Colorado, Marijuana, and Federalism
|Topics:||Federalism & Separation of Powers|
George Terwilliger comments on the Supreme Court's refusal to hear a complaint from neighboring states that Colorado’s relaxation of marijuana laws hurts them and undermines federal law:
Regardless of the Court's inaction on the issue- or perhaps now all the more because of it -- the Administration should reconsider the complete abandonment of its responsibility to enforce the laws duly enacted by the legislature. Federalism does not mean that every state can simply act contrary to federal law where and when it may be popular to do so. Colorado doing so here is as contrary to our constitutional system as is the federal government imposing the burdens of its lax immigration policies on the people of the states, especially those most affected by the influx of illegal immigrants.