Our Republican congress here in Michigan, left over from before the Republican Party became toast, has blocked the question of Marijuana legalization from the ballot for this fall. Over 350,000 signatures were gathered, but the Republicans had passed a law requiring that the 180,000 signatures required be gathered within 180 days. And the Republican-friendly Michigan Court has upheld the law. 150,000 of the signatures were gathered in the 180 days, only 30,000 short.
What if all 350,000 signers then go next week and sign another petition, or even write in the ballot proposal? But once again, it becomes clear why this is a constitutional issue, and we need a U. S. Supreme Court decision on whether a thing can be a crime when no ones rights are violated and no commerce is involved. Office holders at every level of government have for fifty years been selected precisely for not understanding this issue. So we get anomalies where sodomy is a right, toxic antidepressants fine even if your driving, you know, we wouldn’t want anyone depressed, Oxy over-prescribed because it is profitable, and heroin detox a failure, just don’t smoke or prescribe weed! It is a “Schedule One” drug, and we are supposed to respect such authority. That is what happens when we try to address a constitutional question by ballot in the elections.
The people of Michigan have seen enough of this Republican governance, and won’t be electing Republicans now for some time, leaving the Democrats with insufficient criticism and opposition. But we have see what happens when government is run for profit.