Because Supreme Court precedent supports the notion that states don't have to participate in the enforcement of federal programs, states can have a profound effect on public policy. They can, in essence, pull the rug out from under the federal government and end prohibition from the bottom up.
The P.E.A.C.E. Act
The P.E.A.C.E. (Preventing Excessive Allocations for Cannabis Enforcement) Act stops the state-level enforcement of federal marijuana policy. Because federal enforcement relies heavily on participation from state and local law enforcement, this can have a profound impact on the ability to continue the status quo.
As it has been shown in Colorado, Washington State and elsewhere, the feds cannot enforce marijuana prohibition by themselves. When those states changed their policies, the feds either had to capitulate or demonstrate their lack of control to the entire country. Understanding this, they cut their losses and backed off. This demonstrates the true power that the states hold. While the feds may want you to think they are all-powerful, that is simply not the case.
The anti-commandeering doctrine forms the basis of the P.E.A.C.E. Act. The Supreme Court decision in Printz vs. Mack serves as the modern legal lynchpin. Justice Scalia held that ‘The Federal Government may neither issue directives requiring the States to address particular problems, nor command the States’ officers, or those of their political subdivisions, to administer or enforce a federal regulatory program."
In short, while a state doesn't have the legal authority to overturn federal prohibition laws, by refusing to participate in their enforcement, they can effectively cripple them.
Getting the P.E.A.C.E. Act introduced by your state legislature will start your state down the road to Peace on our Streets. In addition, we offer legislation to legalize industrial hemp as well. From there, we will eventually expand to fight other abuses related to the federal drug war such as Civil Asset Forfeiture. Starting with hemp and marijuana builds the foundation, as these initiatives are already taking off across the country, and the success is already proving our opponents to be completely incorrect in all their predictions.
As the movements to legalize and decriminalize hemp and marijuana take off, the positive results of the reforms will be hard to deny. That will allow us take back our rights by enacting policies that help the public health rather than harm it. We are paving the way for a revolution of decentralized activism that can return the power to the people once and for all. Once that happens, we will have Peace on our Streets.
1. Get the model legislation HERE
2. Contact your STATE representative and senator HERE
3. Call both. Strongly, but respectfully urge them to introduce and support the P.E.A.C.E. Act.
4. Please join us and help us actualize our goal.