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Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 09:47:20 -0700
To: tjeffoc@sirius.com (Tom O'Connell)
From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: Washington Supreme Court Decision on Ralph Seeley

U.S. citizens [sic] are subject to the
municipal jurisdiction of Congress;
they are "federal" citizens.  Confer
at "Federal citizenship" in Black's
Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition.

Did the Washington Supreme Court 
uphold any right of the federal government
arbitrarily to proscribe use of marijuana
by any Washington state Citizen?

There are two classes of citizenship
under American Law never repealed.

/s/ Paul Mitchell

copy:  Supreme Law School

At 09:33 AM 8/11/97 +0100, you wrote:
>To the Editor:
>The recent decision by the Washington Supreme Court upholding the right of
>the U.S. Federal Government to arbitrarily proscribe use of marijuana by
>any U.S. citizen, even for medical purposes, is a victory for the illogical
>and fraudulent war on drugs. Those familiar with the  circumstances of the
>passage of the Marijuana Tax Act (MTA) in 1937 know that it was secured by
>misrepresentation and deception, both in characterizing the herb  to
>Congress and in misrepresenting the official position of the AMA.
>Subsequently, when the MTA  was declared  unconstitutional by the US
>Supreme Court in 1969, its authority to criminalize marijuana was replaced
>by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970.
>There are many reasons to question the assumptions and Constitutional
>validity of the CSA, but  leaving them aside for a moment, marijuana does
>not fulfill even one of its three  criteria for listing an agent as a
>"Schedule 1" (forbidden) drug. These relate to abuse potential, safety and
>medical utility. The only agent fulfilling all three  is tobacco, not even
>considered by the law, and , of course, at this moment perfectly legal
>It's not the first time in America that a high court upheld the irrational
>or downright absurd as just and reasonable law. Fortunately, Washington
>voters will have the opportunity to overrule their Court in November when
>they will vote on the issue of medical marijuana. Fortunately, truth and
>reason and compassion will get another chance in Washington.
>Thomas J. O'Connell, MD
>195 Warren Road,
>San Mateo, CA 94401
>(415) 348 6841

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