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Marijuana is new battleground for states’ rights

first_imgThey claimed they were protecting “states’ rights.”And then there was the “New Federalism” advocated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.For Reagan, it meant cutting federal spending (the main purpose) and transferring responsibilities (mostly responsibilities to the poor and to children) back to the states — who of course couldn’t afford to fulfill them. It wasn’t really about federalism any more than opposition to the New Deal or to civil rights was.Strom Thurmond, the South Carolina senator who led the fight against civil rights, didn’t believe that it should be his home state that provided equality to black schoolchildren.President Reagan’s team was committed to reducing the size of government — and reducing its role in helping the poor and the needy — at both the state and federal level.Justice Louis Brandeis famously wrote of our federal system that the division of powers between the federal government — with its “limited” powers specifically delineated by the Constitution — and the state governments, which continue to possess all powers not given to the federal government, would allow the states to “serve as a laboratory” and “try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”It took a while, but liberals finally got the idea. So why did the Trump administration announce last week that it intends to ignore the will of the voters, trample the rights of the states and enforce federal marijuana laws that are totally and completely inconsistent with everything states such as California are trying to do?Federal prosecutors are not going to be out there prosecuting recreational users, Trump’s posturing notwithstanding.Juries are composed of the very same people who voted to legalize recreational use. Try finding one that would convict.A dealer who imports and sells to kids across state lines is another thing; Trump didn’t need to make an announcement to give notice to them that federal law enforcement was still interested.All Trump accomplished last week was to prove the blatant hypocrisy that has long plagued the concept of federalism. And tick off a whole lot of people in a whole lot of states.Susan Estrich is a nationally syndicated columnist.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Editorial, OpinionFor most of the 20th century, “federalism” was the cry of conservatives battling growing federal power that came, constitutionally at least, at the expense of the states.So their response to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal was not that children should work endless hours in unsafe conditions but that the federal government had no business legislating programs and laws to end child labor and establish minimum standards for work, labor and hour regulation and the rest.It was only after President Roosevelt threatened to pack the Supreme Court that the conservatives on the Court finally gave in.Likewise, during the civil rights battles of the 1950s and 1960s, the opponents of civil rights in Congress and in the governors’ mansions did not come right out and say that black law students, college students and schoolchildren should attend schools that were both separate and terrible.center_img Justice William Brennan wrote a famous article in the Harvard Law Review during the dark days (for liberals) of Warren Burger’s tenure as chief justice.Brennan called on states to use their own constitutions to protect their citizens where the federal government refused to.Activists on various issues, including the environment and civil rights, increasingly looked to the states to act where the federal government would not.Federalism.Cannabis, anyone?In California, as in a growing number of states, the voters last year approved the recreational use of marijuana — complete with a whopping 15 percent (or higher) tax.Nationally, a majority of Americans support legalization. State after state has approved initiatives allowing first for medical marijuana and, more recently, for recreational use. States’ rights.last_img read more

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Commonwealth hits target with Park Royal scheme

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SDG shift at Spitalfields

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Derwent Valley ups NAV for fourth year running

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Business parks: American bye

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The REIT man

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Deka in talks to fund Grosvenor scheme

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Indonesian homegrown gunship displayed at Singapore Airshow

first_img“[The CN235] can provide air support for ground troops, combat search and rescue missions, naval patrols, as well as border patrols,” Adi said in a statement on Tuesday. He added that Pakistan, the Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Senegal were potential markets for the gunship.Such African and Middle Eastern countries are among the many nontraditional markets eyed by PTDI as Indonesian businesses seek to fill global supply gaps arising from the US-China trade war.The company exported at least two planes last year — one to Thailand and one to Nepal — and is slated to ship another plane to Senegal this year.Through its participation at the air show, Adi said that the Bandung-based company was also trying to expand marketing and increase the sales of its products and services, include planes, helicopters and most recently, long-range military drones, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul services. (nor) State-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) is displaying a CN235 gunship at the Singapore Airshow held at the Changi Exhibition Center from Feb. 11 to 16.PTDI corporate communication manager Adi Prastowo said the company was seeking to “expand marketing and increase sales of products and services” by participating at the show.He added that the CN235 gunship — a multifunctional vehicle that can carry cargo, paratroopers, medical teams and patrol squads — had been developed to meet market demand. The particular model displayed in Singapore also sported a 30-caliber machine gun. Topics :last_img read more

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Twitter flooded with #TolakDaruratSipil as Jokowi announces additional COVID-19 policies

first_imgA day after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the latest government measure to address the COVID-19 crisis in the country, netizens took to social media to voice their concerns and objections over “civil emergency policies”.Hashtag #TolakDaruratSipil (reject civil emergency) topped the trending topic on Twitter on Tuesday morning, with more than 135,000 tweets as of 10.30 a.m.The President ordered his Cabinet on Monday to impose stricter rules on physical distancing coupled with “civil emergency policies” to contain COVID-19.“I ask that large-scale social restrictions and physical distancing policies be heightened and implemented more effectively, which is why I said they should be coupled with civil emergency policies,” Jokowi said in his statement to a limited Cabinet meeting on Monday.Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) politician Mardani Ali Sera was among those who voiced his concerns over the planned policy.“Pak Jokowi should instead impose lockdowns or regional quarantines. It could be partial in some regions. He chose to impose a civil emergency policy that requires greater authority without the responsibility to provide basic food and health care for the people. We [should] #TolakDaruratSipil [reject the civil emergency policy]. Let’s choose quarantine or lockdown,” Mardani wrote on his Twitter account @MardaniAliSera.Pak #Jokowi mestinya melaksanakan Karantina Wilayah/ Lockdown. Bisa parsial di bbrp daerah. Tapi justru ingin terapkan Darurat Sipil yg meminta Otoritas Besar tanpa kewajiban menyediakan pangan & kesehatan warga. Kita #TolakDaruratSipil. Ayo kedepankan Karantina Wilayah/Lockdown.— Mardani Ali Sera (@MardaniAliSera) March 30, 2020 “Declaring a civil emergency can disrupt the government’s focus as the greater authority can potentially become uncontrolled,” he added.Read also: Jokowi refuses to impose lockdown on JakartaMeanwhile, Twitter user @RachlanNashidik wrote “the President should not issue a bare-minimum policy to address the pandemic but do whatever is needed to ease the people’s frustrations. #TolakDaruratSipil,” the user tweeted.   Presiden jangan mengambil kebijakan paling minimal untuk mengatasi pandemi; tapi menyiapkan kebijakan paling maksimal untuk mengatasi frustrasi rakyat. #tolakdaruratsipil— Rachland Nashidik (@RachlanNashidik) March 30, 2020Twitter user @zalfa_slsbl wrote: “Meanwhile, [Indonesians] will be dead by the time [the government] finished studying the impact of #Covid_19 on the nation’s economy. Let me just get this clear ‘HUMANITY IS ABOVE [NATIONALISM]’. Can they just make the right decision? #Indonesia_LockdownPlease #TolakDaruratSipil.”Meanwhile the whole citizens will be dead by the time they finished studying the impact of #Covid_19 on the nation’s economy. Let me just get this clear “HUMANITY IS ABOVE NATIONALITY”. Can they just make the right decision. #Indonesia_LockdownPlease #TolakDaruratSipil pic.twitter.com/kpIrqFacWE— Zalfa Salsabila 🌻 (@zalfa_slsbl) March 31, 2020 Some netizens also criticized the legal instruments used as a reference for the government to implement such a measure.“I am confused, or is it me that is less-informed? As far as I know, the legal instrument usually used in containing a pandemic is the law on health quarantine or disaster, so what is the civil emergency for? #TolakDaruratSipil,” wrote @Hilmi28 in the tweet.a sy yg kurang belajar yaa ? Setau saya menghadapi pandemi itu Instrumen UU yg digunakan diantaranya UU Karantina Kesehatan atau UU bencana, emang darurat sipil utk apa ? #TolakDaruratSipil— Hilmi Firdausi (@Hilmi28) March 30, 2020Despite the outcry, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo, who is also Indonesia’s COVID-19 task force chief, has confirmed that the policies announced by Jokowi on Monday referred to three existing pieces of legislation.They are the 2007 Disaster Management Law and the 2018 Health Quarantine Law — which stipulates large-scale social restrictions and regional quarantines — and Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No.23/1959 on a state of emergency, which particularly regulates civil emergencies.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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UK virus toll over 40,000, with 10,000 care homes deaths

first_imgDeaths in care homes fell at a slower rate than the population at large, and the total number of deaths in care homes in England and Wales now stands at 9,975.A cross-party parliamentary committee looking into the government’s handling of the crisis on Tuesday said testing had been “inadequate” in a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.”The decision to pursue an approach of initially concentrating testing in a limited number of laboratories and to expand them gradually… is one of the most consequential made during this crisis,” they said.”From it followed the decision on March 12 to cease testing in the community and retreat to testing principally within hospitals.”The decision meant residents in care homes could not get tests when the virus was at its most potent stage, they added. Topics : The government’s official rolling tally, which was 34,796 as of Monday, is lower because it only records deaths after positive tests.Either way, Britain is the worst-hit country in Europe, and the government has been criticized heavily for its response to the outbreak.The ONS figures show a sharp fall in coronavirus deaths in the week up to May 8, reinforcing ministers’ claims that the country is past the peak.Numbers in England and Wales fell from 6,035 to 3,930. Care home deaths accounted for 42.4 percent of the total — up from 40.4 percent the week before.center_img Britain’s official coronavirus death toll is now over 40,000 with almost 10,000 dead in care homes in England and Wales alone, according to a statistical update released on Tuesday.Some 40,902 deaths from coronavirus were registered by May 8, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), meaning the true toll will be even higher when deaths registered over the last 10 days are taken into account.The ONS figures include deaths where COVID-19 is suspected or mentioned on the death certificate.last_img read more

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