I’m not at all advocating for marijuana use, but could somebody please explain to me where in the Constitution the Federal Government is given the power to regulate a plant product grown on private or public property within a State, that is only sold or used within the bounds of a State, or to require that the State or local law enforcement agencies enforce any sort of prohibition enacted by the Federal Government on commerce that is NOT interstate? Under what Article of the Constitution can the Federal Government prohibit The People from putting any substance into their own bodies?
It may be argued that there is a public interest in protecting people from the effects of a given substance. But if that is the case, should not the supposed resultant negative actions be the acts that are prohibited and punished, and not the mere ingestion or possession of the substance itself?
I don’t think it’s a super idea to have a bunch of people running around smoking pot. But neither do I think the DEA, FBI or DOJ have a single Constitutional leg to stand on should they choose to interfere with Washington State’s ballot initiative legalizing the use and possession of marijuana.
The powers of regulation or the exercise of personal choice to ingest any item belong solely to The States and The People.