- Jackson man to cast electoral vote for Trump; others trying to dissuade him (11/29/16)51
- Man killed by vehicle had been charged with domestic assault (11/30/16)
- Hotel chain president: City should regulate short-term lodging (11/27/16)16
- Former Cape council member dies, remembered as 'wonderful public servant' (11/29/16)1
- Woman accused in three robberies disguised herself as man (11/29/16)5
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)24
- Officers: Delta man dies during domestic dispute (11/28/16)1
- Business notebook: New store shows faith in Scott City district (11/28/16)
- Missouri chamber to honor Cape's John Mehner (11/30/16)6
- Men who pulled father, son from burning car near Naylor honored by highway patrol (12/1/16)
Where's the compassion now?
To the editor:
What happened to compassionate conservatives? Clearly they weren't paying attention to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled 6-3 Monday to maintain federal anti-drug policies and ignore states rights in the case of Gonzales v. Raich.
Angel Raich has brain cancer and was prescribed marijuana as a way to allieviate her pain. She followed the letter of California law and did not profit beyond treating her condition.
The traditional avenue through which the feds intervene in the marijuana industry is interstate commerce: Pot grown in state A can cross to state B and be sold, affecting the overall cost of the black-market plant. Despite the lack of interstate commerce -- Raich could show that the pot was homegrown and was not sold or bartered -- the government argued that her garden-grown pot would affect "overall production."
In a government dominated by the compassionate conservative, no one finds it insulting that state laws can get spit on and the seriously ill can be denied medicine because it might make federal drug policy look bad?
A compassionate person would know that keeping medicine, controversial or not, from seriously ill persons isn't compassionate. A conservative person would know that the federal government ignoring state laws because they don't agree with them isn't conservative. And any American knows that ignoring the voters decision -- California's Compassionate Use Act was adopted by a voter referendum -- isn't American. I'm writing U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson next to say just that. Will any compassionate conservatives join me?
BAILEY HIRSCHBURG, Cape Girardeau