Saturday, January 21, 2006

TheAgitator.com: What the Hell Happened?: Comments: "January 03, 2006 What the Hell Happened?

Stumbled across this stunner while doing some research. It's from the October 20, 1999 Dallas Morning News:

Gov. George Bush said he backs a state's right to decide whether to allow medical use of marijuana, a position that puts him sharply at odds with Republicans on Capitol Hill. 'I believe each state can choose that decision as they so choose,' the governor said recently in Seattle in response to a reporter's question.

Chuck Thomas, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, a medical marijuana lobbying group, praised Mr. Bush as 'courageous' and 'consistent on states' rights. I would hope he would be an example for Republicans in Congress.'

Aides said Mr. Bush does not support legalizing marijuana for medical use. But his position supporting state self-determination opens the door to medical marijuana use in some places. President Clinton and most Republican lawmakers, by contrast, oppose all state medical marijuana legalization laws, saying they could lead to abuse.

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His position of opposing the medical marijuana but saying states should decide is unique among presidential contenders, Mr. Thomas said.

Two years later, Bush would begin a campaign to send federal SWAT teams into convalescent centers. The paramilitary units would then assert the supremacy of federal drug laws by handcuffing cancer patients, the elderly, and AIDS patients to their beds while putting the barrels of assault weapons against their heads, then ravaging their rooms and belongings for evidence of marijuana.

The Bush administration would also assert the supremacy of federal law all the way to the Supreme Court, resulting in the catastrophic Raich decision, which not only prevented states from setting their own medical marijuana policy, but also effectively killed the Rehnquist court's 'federalism revolution' for good.
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