Will Sports Gambling Aid the Fight for Cannabis Legalization
I have to say thank you to Henry, a Dabbin Dad viewer, for shring this little gem to start getting your minds moving. We are already feeling the economic stresses living in Connecticut and as of last week, 71% of state tax-paying residents who support legalizing adult-consumption of cannabis were told in so many words, your beliefs and desires don’t matter to the current legislative body. Are our politicians truly that blinded that they can’t stand up to the House Speaker and to other political leaders standing in the way of the will of the people? If you are as disturbed as I, please reach out to your legislators. Governor Malloy is already prepared to call a special session of legislature to consider sports betting, as reported by the Hartford Courant and other outlets. Why not put more pressure on your representatives! Make them work for your vote, I know I will be!
I know some lawyers that would love to hear this… Let the hypocrisy die!
How the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Sports Gambling Will Pave the Way for Marijuana Legalization
By Jacob Weindling
The Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling today, paving the way for states to legalize sports gambling. This will have massive reverberations across the country, and not just when it comes to betting on sports. This case is a distillation of the tension between state and federal governance in America. Sports gambling was illegal in the United States thanks to the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that made Nevada the only state where someone could wager on the results of a single game.
The Supreme Court today decided that federal law violated the 10th Amendment, which was the founders’ failsafe as a way to guard against unforeseen circumstances. Effectively, the 10th Amendment means that the states have powers which are not expressly delegated to the federal government, and because the constitution doesn’t say anything about gambling on sports, seven of our nine justices agreed that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act doesn’t line up with our constitutionally stated principles. This is where marijuana legalization comes into play.
The United States federal government has declared marijuana to be a schedule one narcotic—meaning that it has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Other schedule one narcotics include peyote, ecstasy and heroin—proving beyond a shadow of a doubt the utter insanity of this position. The list of states who have defied this classification is longer than those who adhere to it. Read More.
H/T: Paste Magazine