The Debate Over The Legalization Of Marijuana Essay

911 Words Oct 17th, 2016 4 Pages
Over the past couple of years there has been many disputes over the legalization of marijuana. Majority of the disputes involves whether or not legalization of marijuana through state laws contradicts federal law. In 1970 the federal government passed the Controlled Substance act, this act prohibits the sale or consumption of marijuana despite the use. As governor of Pennsylvania I will veto the law that will allow the sale and consumption of marijuana for recreational use and continue to abide federal law due to the fact that the Constitution of the U.S expresses the supremacy clause in Article VI, the consequences of legalizing prevail over the benefits of passing and the state governments that has passed legalization of marijuana have been unable to protect their citizens from being prosecuted by federal law. In a manner of speaking as governor of Pennsylvania, it is assumed that I must abide federal laws. (Governors ' Powers and Authority) Hence, if a state decides to pass the legalization of marijuana, that state explicitly violates federal law. According to Article VI in the Constitution of the U.S. , “This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding. The…

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