Why is marijuana still illegal? | Federal Way letters, Feb. 25
February 27, 2009 · 4:06 PM
I believe Rick Steves should ask the ACLU's director of drug policy, Alison Holcomb, and retired Whatcom Superior Court Judge David Nichols these questions:
• Why is marijuana a Legislature issue and not an issue for the courts to protect individual rights? Why do the courts review these criminal laws by rational review?
• Don't the marijuana laws affect his individual fundamental rights to privacy, to liberty and to property protected from unreasonable government intrusion?
• Doesn't Rick Steves have standing to question the validity and construction of criminal laws that threatened to affect his fundamental rights by a declaratory judgment proceeding in a court of law? RCW 7.24.020
• If Alaskans have constitutional protection to possess marijuana because of the right to privacy, what happened to the right of privacy in the Washington State Constitution Article I section 7? No person shall be disturbed in his private affairs, or his home invaded, without authority of law?
• The Alaskan Supreme Court recognized a fundamental right has been violated and demanded the state to provide a compelling state interest to justify the government intrusion into Alaskans' private affairs. There was none because the private use of marijuana does not affect the rights of others.
• Doesn't the Fourth and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States protect the right of privacy?
• Are not the marijuana laws unreasonable regulations and violate the Fourth and Fifth Amendments?
• Why is marijuana illegal? What happened to due process of law?
• Why is marijuana still illegal? The American judiciary denies equal protection of the Fourth Amendment thereby due process of law.
Michael J. Dee, Windham, Maine