Marijuana, Federalism, and Rule of Law

Rule of Law by from, January 8, 2014

On September 24, 1957, President Eisenhower ordered the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army to Little Rock and federalized the entire 10,000-member Arkansas National Guard in order to enforce  the Supreme Court’s desegregation order after the decision in Brown v. Board of Education held that segregated schools were unconstitutional.

On January 1, 2014, drug dealers in Colorado opened brick and mortar pot shops to openly sell a Schedule I controlled substance in defiance of federal law. They did so, confident that they would face no opposition from federal law enforcement because Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memo stating that closing down recreational marijuana stores would not be a priority.

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