Senator Ted Cruz Says He No Longer Believes in States’ Rights
Despite having backed a state’s right to ignore Federal laws in the past, Ted Cruz has now decided to support a strong Federal government enforcing its rules on the States.
Voters in Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in 2013, but federal law still prohibits the use of the drug. The Department of Justice announced in August of 2013 that it would not target for arrest adults who used marijuana in compliance with state laws.
Cruz said the Obama administration should continue imprisoning people for using marijuana until federal law is changed.
“You can go to Congress, you can get a conversation, you could get Democrats and Republicans who would say, ‘We ought to change our drug policy in some way,’ and you could have a real conversation, you could have hearings, you could look at the problem, you could discuss commonsense changes that maybe should happen or shouldn’t happen. This president didn’t do that. He just said, ‘The laws say one thing’ — and mind you these are criminal laws, these are laws that say if you do ‘X, Y, and Z’ you will go to prison. The president announced, ‘No, you won’t.’”
I expect Senator Cruz will be telling his supporters about the need for States to stop fighting the Federal government on such topics as same sex marriage, gun control and a woman’s right to choose next.