War on drugs is treason, states have rights beyond federal government

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To the Editor,

Jeremy Browning's otherwise well-researched article claims, "Federal law makes no concession for state laws that legalize marijuana."

Yet Amendment X to the Constitution states, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."

Since DARE budgets have replaced textbooks and teacher salaries in many communities, I can see how the average citizen might be ignorant of such issues.

But on the off-chance the supreme law of the land was not required reading to those sworn to uphold it, here's another quote that ought to put paid drug "warriors" on notice.

Article III, Section 3: "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort."

Meanwhile, legally taxed and regulated consumables kill millions of Americans, and millions more languish behind bars over a green, seed-bearing herb.

The Justice Department even publishes statistics proving that homicides increase during historical periods of alcohol and drug prohibition.

Fight real crime. Arrest a prohibitionist. The war on (some) drugs is treason.

Jose Melendez,

DeLand, Fla.

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