Sunday, September 5, 2010

Balancing Local Control with State and Federal Government (Post #7)

One of the enduring debates in the history of the United States is how much power the federal government should have versus how much power state or local government should have. This debate over the balance of power between states and the federal government resulted in a civil war that cost over 600,000 US lives. It also made for contentious debate over the role of the federal government in ensuring civil rights to blacks during the 20th century.

The debate over local control has come to Galt as well. The city of Galt has asked that the Wellness Center that operated as a medical marijuana dispensary shut its doors. The city of Galt went so far as to ask the Sacramento Superior court to issue an injunction forcing the business to close.

Should an issue like medical marijuana be handled at the local level like the city of Galt thinks it should? Should it be handled by the state government in Sacramento so the state itself has a uniform policy? Keep in mind that the federal government already has a provision in place outlawing medical marijuana. Additionally, the Supreme Court has ruled (Gonzales v Raich, 2005) that under the commerce clause the federal government has every right to prohibit local sales of marijuana even if the state has already allowed its use.

So how should our country handle an issue like medical marijuna? Should each local government make the decision? Should each state make a uniform policy or does the federal government have sufficient knowledge to make a law that impacts us in Galt? What would be best policy for our society? A uniform "war on drugs" policy from Washington, DC? A state-wide policy or a local decision? What is most fair to the citizens of the US/state/city of Galt? What is most democratic? Does the federal government have too much control as is?

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182 comments:

  1. i believe the answer for this problem is similar to the system of trickle down economics, let the country legalize it, then the states approve it, then counties ect. and finally the cities like Galt, have a board meeting, organize, and have a city wide vote, if the majority rules that they dont want it, then let the majority rule.

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  2. also, 1st comment!

    Bryan Jenks
    Bauer p.1
    AP Gov

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  3. Haley Neal Bauer Per 1September 5, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    I personally think its not fair for the city to rule something illegal if the state or federal government already approved it. In the case of medical marijuana, the state should get to decide legal or illegal and that's that. It'll be benificial to the economy, so it doesn't make sense why medical marijuana wouldn't be allowed in one city. The law should be uniform throughout the state. Because if Galt doesn't allow a dispensary, citizens will go elsewhere to get their marijuana and that money could've been used to benefit a business in Galt.

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  4. Bryana Zamarripa Bauer p3September 5, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    i think that medicinal marijuana can be helpful to patience that other medicines dont help. Having the government decide whether they should pass legalizing marijuana might not be the best idea but having the people decide would be better.
    Bryana Zamarripa
    Bauer
    p 3

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  5. I think medical marijuana should be handed out by doctors and hospitals only. There is really no need for a medical marijuana businesses because people don't know the direct amount unless they have the prescription. Involving the government completely goes beyond the need of the medication process and causes more grief.

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  6. Each state should have a uniform policy that does not violate the Federal law. That way no confusion between local and state government goes on. As far as medical marijuana, a state policy should outline the legalities of marijuana because maybe people in that certain region or state are happier with the substance. It would be another public good that the Federal government would be providing if the people of the state agreed on something for their state, such as marijuana.

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  7. I think the issue should be handled at a state level, because if every city had the choice if a medicinal marijuana shop should be established most cities would ban them to try and decrease drug related crimes. However this could pose major problems for people that are prescribed this drug, like cancer patients. The state would be able to regulate it's ruling better than the federal government, and be objective enough to rule fairly in cases like the one in Galt. Bauer/Sloan

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  8. I think that the only people that should be allowed to give out marijuana are doctors. It should be prescribed maybe its a good idea for this situation should be handled at a state level because then it would be done fairly. If everyone voted in Galt about this marijuana situation not a lot of people would go so then it would be unfair. If the federal government would decide this for us people would still be unhappy so IF THE STATE DECIDED IT WOULD BE SEMI REASONABLE

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  9. I think that if the states o national government legalize medical marijuana, thats ok however if an individual city decides to outlaw it, then there should not be any medical marijuana stores in that particular town. I do believe there needs to be more research so doctors will know how much it can help or not. Sloan p. 3

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  10. I think that legalizing medical marijuana is an outrage. I believe that it is a drug and not good for the body so we should never use it. We should never take that substance into our bodies. I think we are doing just fine with our medicines today that doctors do not need to research it more.

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  11. I believe that on the topic of legal marijuana each city should have the right to decide whether or not they want it to be used within their city limits. Even if the state allows it, each city should have the power in deciding what they want to do with it.

    -Ivan Cardenas
    Mr. Sloan Per. 3

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  12. Brian Magina, Sloan P.3September 6, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Although the law has been past, I believe that small cities like Galt should have the right to decide whether or not they want medical marijuana stores in their community. Like bryan said there should be a vote held where the people decide if they want it or not. If more people do not want it, then no store should be opened. But if people do want it opened, then open one and let it be used by whoever is allowed.

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  13. Jordin Herrera Per.2September 6, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    I think something like Marajuana should be handled by the state government because if the laws governing its use are state laws then the state should enforce those laws. Cities dont have the authority to shut down busnisses or ignore laws.

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  14. Margarita Flores per.5 Mr.BauerSeptember 6, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    I believe an issue like medical marijuana should be handled at the local level like the city of Galt thinks it should. The people in Galt know whats best for their own city because they are the ones who live here. Our country should handle an issue like medical marijuana by having each city vote. This would be the most fair to the citizens, because the federal government have too much control as it is.

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  15. I feel the issue of medical marajuana should not be handled at the local level. It allows for too many places to have too many different policies. It would be better to have each state to have one uniform law and then all local governments follow it. There is no need for every city to have its own medical marajuana dispensary. If you need it that bad, go see a doctor.
    Kassie Lizama
    Sloan p2

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  16. Our federal government and the constitution was originally set up to be the supreme law of the land. Thus, isn't it technically not legal for California to have allowed medical marijuana at all? That being said, I do think citizens in their respective cities have the right to regulate what illicit substances are being sold in their jurisdictions. The federal government should place some limitations or suggestions, but there really is no strategy that applies to every place. The federal government saw the repercussions of prohibition during the twenties; why should we have a prohibition on pot today? Studies have shown that marijuana can be less addicting and less dangerous than smoking cigarettes or drinking. (http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q=node/28) Typically, smokers and drinkers partake in their habits with more frequency than marijuana users. And yet, those two habits are socially accepted, condoned even. The best choice for the federal government to make, especially in these hard economic times, is to lift the prohibition on a national level, and give jurisdiction to the states and counties. After that, they can tax the heck out of it to try to raise some revenue. I don't think the government has too much control; I just don't think they're focusing on controlling the right things.

    --Emily Dirksen
    Bauer
    AP Gov
    Per. 4

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  17. Emily Geiszler, Bauer, Period 4September 6, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Personally I think marijuana is one of the most disgusting things on the planet. That being said, my opinion is probably extremely bias. I think that if the federal government has made it illegal, states should have to follow those laws before creating their own. I agree with the other half of Emily^2 when she said that the constitution is the supreme law of the land. State governments should not have the ability to overrule a federal decision. The federal government has put these guidelines in place for a reason and by going against them the state is going against the rest of the country.

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  18. Joeylee Maimone Sloan 4
    Personally, this whole legalizing marijuana deal is just stupid. And if it's grown in the ground and is considered a natural herb, then why is it ILLEGAL now?? It just doesn't make any sense to me. But I really don't care what they do about marijuana being legal or illegal or who has the right to do that. If the federal government comes and takes control over what the state government says, then there is probably a good reason for why they would do that.

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  19. Ok, are you kidding me? Galt has the biggest meth house in the country and there are really just concerned about the pott dispensors? this shows how stupid galt is. i think that the state should take total control of this because galt shouldn't make any decisions by themselves because all there is here is a bunch of rednecks and mexicans. i believe that once weed is legalized... medical marijuana isnt even going to be needed anymore because first of all it sucks!!! state need to take control and legalize it and don't let galt make any decisions! Tori Tamura Mr. Sloan p.1

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  20. personally i dont care whose job it is to make marijuana legal. i believe with joeylee on her point of view because even though we say it's grown and blah blah blah, it's still illegal! so why make a stupid fuss about making it become legal. we should just listen to whoever is controlling this because obviously they have a higher power than the people of galt to tell us whats legal and what's not.

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  21. an issue like medical marijuana be handled at the local level like the city of Galt thinks it should? If its in galt or where ever then that's their problem. Our country should handle an issue like medical marijuana by each local government making the decision.

    Sloan period 1

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  22. I completly agree with Joey's/ tori's comment. People are going to smoke it weather or not if its illegal. I feel as if we have bigger problems to deal with.
    Amanda Hommond
    Sloan per 1

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  23. amanda eckroth
    per.1
    mr.slaon
    i think each state should have a ddiffernt opion about legaling differnt things....such as marajana..

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  24. I think that the country should be in charge of legalizing medical marijuana or not legalizing it. But then the states should be able to 'outlaw' it. Medical marijuana is a drug no matter how you use it. I think that only doctors should be able to prescribe marijuana and for medical purposes only.
    Emily Staab
    Bauer Per 2

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  25. Wow, it feels like we went back in time to 150 years ago when people debated over state and federal rights and ignited a terrible war. However, this issue wont split the nation apart but I feel that the decision concerning medical marijuana should be left up to the states. being the firm believer of states rights, I believe that the federal government has too much power.Marijuana could be taxed too which would bring revenue to California, a state that could use some money. Besides, whether there is a law or not, or medical or not, people will grow it, people will sell it, and people will smoke it.
    kevin Krivda, Bauer P1

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  26. For a topic like marijuana, I believe that local gov't should have at least a partial say in whether or not something as serious as marijuana is distributed in their towns. But something still wants me to let the state or fed. gov't get the majority of the say. If your boss tells you to do something, you do it. Same should apply with medical marijuana.

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  27. Morgan Woods------>BauerSeptember 6, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    I think that the state should be allowed to make decisions such as this on their own, and if a certain region within the state disagrees then they can appeal and the state can agree on what is fair.

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  28. Medical marijuana is just the same as marijuana, but there is the word medical in front of marijuana to appeal to people that it's okay to use it. There are already lots of other drugs out there that are currently being used, so I don't see a problem in using "medical marijuana". I do feel that the federal government have a lot of control. If a town, city, or state wants to remove it, they should be able to have a say and vote on removing it. Medical marijuana is ridiculous, but I do not see a reason why it should be removed. If it was to be removed, personally, it would be the same as banning all drugs.

    Chrissy Vue
    Sloan
    AP Economics
    Period 3

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  29. Medical marijuana should only be giving out at hospitals plain and simple , because in these times with the economy constantly dropping people with fake canibus cards get this "medical marijuana" and sell because they need the money jordan elzie per 2 sloan

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  30. I think issues like this should be handled at the state level. Then there would be a uniform policy and there wouldn't be all sorts of confusion between the local and state governments. Kayla Sweet Sloan per 1

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  31. Cierra Gonsalves, Mr.Bauer, Period 2September 7, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    When it comes to the debate of power between the Federal Government and the State/Local Government, I believe that each state should worry about itself and the Federal Government should somewhat supervise but also just take a chill pill. When it comes to medical marijuana, I believe that the State/Local government should be the one to choose weather its legal or not. Surely there is a better cure for a sickness then pot... Not to mention it kills brain cells and alters behavior.

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  32. I believe that marijuana places should be limited by the federal and state, the federal gov. needs to establish the rules and the states need to make sure that those rules are being followed. Ontop of that i believe that state governments should be able to put medical marijuana places where they are needed, but must follow rules set in place.

    Trista Dowdy
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  33. I think the issue about illegalizing marijuana should be decided by the state government not the city because the state should have more right over the issue. But in other hands by the city making marijuana illegal i think that is wrong because it was used in the good way not just to smoke. It helped people get better or maybe even save lives. So overall i think its not right that a city gets to make there own decisions such as this.

    Jaskiran Kaur
    Mr. Bauer
    Period 2

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  34. i think that it should be up to the city to have medical marijuana stores or not. the state can decide if it is even legal or not, but then the city should decide how to incorperate the law into their society. they should hold a mandatory vote so that all is fair and people can decide what they want
    ~~brooke fletcher
    mr.bauer
    period 2

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  35. I think the local government should control it. That way there not all the same.

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  36. Alexis Watson Bauer 3September 7, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    If the higher governments have not decided on matters, such as medicinal marajuana, then I believe the local governmens have the right to decide. Plus they live there and they know what is acceptable to their community and what their citizens approve of.

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  37. Asher Maroot- SloanSeptember 7, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    The federal government has already outlawed medical marijuana. The federal government has every right to prohibit local sales of marijuana even if the state already sells it. Local government can say what they want about it, but it is a federal issue. It should really matter whether marijuana can legally be sold in Galt or not, because Galt is not that big and it is not that difficult to go over one more town to buy marijuana. If you really need it, then you will drive a little farther for something you need.

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  38. Lucero Cardiel. Mr. Bauer 3rd periodSeptember 7, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Personally, I think the state should decide on how to go about the marijuana situation. A uniform law throughout California would keep help with keeping it under control. There would be no need for controversy when the whole state is the same.

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  39. Danielle Bulmer---- Bauer --- 4September 7, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    I honestly don't really understand why the government cares so much about marijuana since it's only a small harmless herb compared to all the other drugs out there such as ecstacy, cocaine, heroin, ect... marijuana isn't that big of issue. Why not just allow the states to decide on whether or not to tax it and get done with it already? it's not like it's going to stop people from purchasing it nor lighting one up for a puff.

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  40. Maria Schmidt, Mr. Bauer, Period 5September 7, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    First of all, I don't believe anyone should be using marijuana because it's a drug. If people really need it, they should be getting it directly from their doctors. Even though the state approves of medical marijuana, I believe that the local governments have the right to decide if it should be sold within their city. The citizens of the city should have a say in whether they think it should be dispensed and have a right to have their opinions heard. There should be local control because each city is different and each knows how certain things, like medical marijuana, will affect them.

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  41. MIRIAM BEJINES MR.SLOAN P.5September 7, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    well i think that state government should be the one to decide about marijuana issue not galt because i think that is a big responsability to make and i dont think we are going to be able to apply it good.

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  42. I feel that the decision should be up to the local government. Only because they have a better idea of what they want distributed in their city. The federal government doesn't know how each city functions and what people would do with the medical marijuana which is why the city should be able to decide what they want to do. If they see a huge crime rate of drugs then the city would probably outlaw it. Regardless of who makes the rules marijuana is going to be in every city and state and nothing can truly stop that.

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  43. I think both, i mean its kind of like your parents when your a teenager, you can be told by your parents that you dont have a curfew, but if an officer gives you a ticket you cant get out of it by saying well my parents said i could be out. You should follow city laws, but the federal government matters more, so they should have the control over what you can do.

    Mr. Bauer

    Per. 2

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  44. I beleive that the federal power should be making most of the regulations and decisions. If it was different for each city it would be easy to just leave the town to a city with regulations that fit to your liking. In subjects like marijuana, the federal goverment should decide.

    Kimberly Smith
    Bauer
    Period 1

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  45. LourdesGodinez
    Mr. Bauer
    Econ Period 2

    I think that if the state has ruled someothing as legal, a city shouldnt be able to make it illegal. So I think that the governement should decide for the whole state and course the people should vote. I think using marijuana for medical purposes is okay, but for other reasons, its not.

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  46. nathalie Trevino; A. Bauer period1September 7, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    I believe the federal government should have control over the situation. A nice uniform policy throughout the whole nation would keep things nice and organized. There would be no need for confusion from state to state since every policy would be identical.

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  47. the issue of medical marijuana should be handeled by the state, this would ensure an over all policy. if galt was to vote on the isue it may not be the best idea because many are mall informed or not informed at all and therfore can make the wrong choice. having one strict policy to follow will insure that state will follow the proper tactics to promote the public good.
    Alondra Munoz
    Sloan P.5

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  48. I think that the medical marijuana issue should be handeled by the state goverment. I think this is one of the most controversial topics in the unites states. thats why i think it should be seen as a state not a local goverment issue.
    monica salazar
    mr.sloan p.4

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  49. The local government should decide on the issue of medical marijuana. The people of city should also be able to have a voice on it. The community knows what is best for their city. I don't think it even matters anyway. Marijuana is everywhere.

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  50. Does it matter who decide on the issue of marijuana? Because people are going to do it anyway. People cant stop marijuana getting into the wrong hands. The State goverment should say if the marijuana is only a medical purpose and if the local government doesnt like it then they can have a meeting and try to ban it from the city or town or whatever.
    -Rene Bonilla
    Per.4

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  51. I believe that the issue of medical marijuana should only be handled by the federal government. Because if it were, then it would be the same and equal for the other states. That being said, everyone would have to be under the same policy. Rather than having people decide,and have different policies. I also believe that marijuana should be distributed for medical reasons only!

    Melissa Quezada
    Mr. Bauer
    P.2

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  52. Breana Spiro p4 sloan

    well my opinion is that there is no escaping this whole weed situation and either galt gets with it or there will be more problems. Galt wants to act all pure and great and not accept that galt is a pretty big pot town so they should be smart about things and at least make money off of it since weather they legalize it or not weed will be in galt PERIOD

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  53. In the case of medical marijuana, it seems stupid for the federal government to even have a ban on it in the first place, since people will do it regardless of the laws. Might as well just legalize it and put a good amount of tax on it to make profit. But I digress. I do think that the state and federal powers are actually decently balanced, since the federal government does sort of need to keep all the other states in control, or at least in a state of order. Giving too much power to the states doesn't work because then states will start doing things their own way and mess it up for the other states. If the federal government has too much power, then it's just an unbalanced power system where we all listen to one central power, kinda like a monarchy. Either way, the federal gov. should have at least a little more power than the states to keep everything in order, but the states should have enough power to differentiate themselves from one another and make laws according to what their population majority wants. All in all, balance is the key.

    Brian S.
    Per. 4

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  54. Cristian Garcia / Bauer period 3September 7, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    I feel that the city of Galt should decide. i feel if the city does not want to have marijuana in there city then let them decide. This country was built on a democracy so the city the state should decide. First the state needs to vote to allow marijuana and then each city should decide if it should be sold in there city.

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  55. I believe that an issue such as drug policy should be decided by the federal government. It would be highly unlikely that they would legalize any drugs, and this would help to stop any states from being rebels by allowing drugs to become legal. If the federal government were to pass a law that legalized the use of drugs, then I believe that any state could vote to still ban drugs. This is also what I believe should happen at the state level. If the state were to pass abill to legalize the use of drugs, then I believe that any city should have the right to not allow the sale of these drugs. Basically, I believe that the local governments only have the right to stop something, not to allow something that is illegal.
    Bauer per. 1
    Sloan per. 3

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  56. The legalization of marijuana should be on a state decision because if its just a city law, then then everyone would just flock to that city for a marijuana safe-haven. If it were moved to a state law, then the cities wouldnt be overflown with potheads looking for a quick high. INSTEAD, all of california would benifit from incoming potheads :). Therefore putting more money into our economy and somewhat helping our down economy.

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  57. I think something big like marijuana in a small city like Galt should be decided to produce and sell by the American citizens living in the community. One person like the government should not be able to make that choice because there is so many opinions and different views on this topic.

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  58. I think that the decision of whether or not medical marijuana is sold locally should be up to the local government. If it's being sold in Galt, then how does it effect other cities? It gets taxed and brings money to our city, and it's not like you can overdose off of weed, so i think it's actually benefitting our city being sold here. I think the local government should hold a meeting and let citizens vote on if they think it should be sold here or not.
    -Matt Nolen
    Sloan, p.1

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  59. I think galt should be able to come together and vote themselves as a community on whether or not medical marijuana should be allowed in our community. It's somthing everyone should have an oppinion on, the state goverment shouldnt make a desision like this. It will impact the people around us but whats the diffrence if sacramento has medical marijuana? Sac is not that far from galt. Saying no to medical marijuana isn't going to stop weed from comming into galt. People will get it one way or another. so i think its up to the state gov to allow the community to vote.

    Ashleyy H.
    Period 5.
    Sloan

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  60. I think that local governments should be allowed to decide if medical marijuana should be sold or not. They know whats best for their city because they live there. The federal government cannot be in every city or state so they dont know exactly whats best for those people. Even if medical marijuana cannot be sold in Galt, people will find a way to get it no matter what. There is somethings that cannot be stopped regardless.

    Chelsea Ray
    Mr.Sloan p.1

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  61. I think something like medical marijuana should be handled by the state. I think that should be a uniform policy in order to avoid chaos and to keep things fair. Also because medical marijuana is a medical issue, I think it should be handled by the state, but it's not a big enough issue to be a US issue.

    Sloan p.2

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  62. I belive that medical marijuana is needed by some patients but at the same time i think the citys should be abel to vote on it and decide wether to pass it or not.Everyone should be abel to vote for what they want changed and it all depends on the majority vote.

    Clarisa Carrillo
    Per.4
    Mr.sloan

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  63. Luis Anguiano
    Mr.Bauer
    Peroid 2

    I do believe that the state should be the one who should be in charge of the way weed should be handled. One way or another weed will be smoked if its illegal or legal but its just plan stupid.

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  64. I really don't care one way or the other if marajuana is legalized, but I do believe that the decision should be held by local governments. It seems like they would have more power to regulate and uphold the law that they establish. Also, if a local government decides that a market in marajuana would benefit them, I think they should have the opportunity to decide that for themselves.

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  65. Medical Marijuana should be a decision that the state decides on. The country deciding that is way too broad for this specific case. Peoples opinion on marijuana probably differ all over depending on the state. Some states might be more for it than others, and if we had an amendment or law for the whole country it might be difficult getting the ¾ vote of the overall states, leaving many states angry with either outcome. A topic like this is better addressed when it’s by state. State making the decision isn’t as abstract and can be more pleasing. That way, if one state really wanted the law to pass, it could. But if all the other states did not want the law, it would not. And there would be more people happy. Because if ten states wanted Marijuana and the rest didn’t, they wouldn’t get it if it was a federal decision. And they would be angry. By having this a state choice it would get the law, while the others would be satisfied without it. It’s reasonable in this situation. It should not however be a local decision. It gets too complicated.

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  66. Hannah Engebretsen
    Bauer, Period 2

    I think that marajuana should be handed out by doctors or people with a pharmasict agree, who can give perscriptions. If people are sick they should just go get some from a doctor and not the people of a city.

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  67. I believe that the city is too small to pronounce something so major, as the medicinal marijuana, illegal. Even though some people lie and get medicinal marijuana just to have a good time, some people actually need it and it isn't fair to punish those people by cities making them illegal. The state has more power and more people could get a majority in on the matter and it's more fair to the people... rather than a city council who make the decisions for the whole town.
    Ryan Klucznik
    Bauer
    P. 4

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  68. The issue of medical marijuana should be handled on a state level because if the local government were to make the decision, there would be problems as cities become known for legalizing it and people move to consume it. If it were decided by the federal government, people would continue to use it secretly.

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  70. The problem with medical marijuana should only be given out by doctors and hospitals, not by a business that wants to give it out, There should be prescriptions given out.

    BAUER, period 3

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  71. Giving the city government the right to make decisions on bases such as medical marajuana may not be the best idea. Personally, I believe that it is a decision that should be solved by the state government. Therefore, the laws and rights of each city are the same instead of being completely scattered and disorganized. Also, the topic is dealing with medical marajuana, which is a completely different issue than distribution of "pot". Medical marajuana distrubution would mainly affect doctors and pharmasists, which the city government should have no power over.

    Devin Smith, P. 1, Mr Bauer.

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  72. Alyssa Cuevas
    sloan per 5
    aha legalizing marijuana who cares, my view is people are gonna do what their going to do whether you tell them too or not i mean arent their people dying from starving or being homeless and were worried about a natural herb that people are still going to do no matter what the freakin law says, i mean lets go people get your priorities straight!mhmhmh nuff sd

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  73. Medical marijuana should be dealt with at the local level. Some cities and even counties may not want to dispense the product within their limits and should therefore not have to. But then again, this power should not solely lie with the directors of the city. The matter should also be voted on by residents living within the limits to determine the best course of action in either doing away with or keeping the dispensaries.

    Sloan
    p.2

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  74. Federal law should always override state law where it can be applied. However, federal and state governments should be separated to certain areas of law. This would erase the problem of state and federal governments engaging in power struggles on issues such as marijuana.

    Caleb Boyd
    Mr. Sloan
    Per 2

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  75. Richard May, Mr. Sloan, Per. 4September 7, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    it should b legalised by the federal government, but controlled by the state. Meaning that all states are allowed to have medical marajuana and it is up to the states of how to distribute it. If they believe it shouldn't be allowed then they make it really hard to be obtained, grown, and perscribed. Kind of like a last resort thing, try all these perscriptions then if those don't work give a perscription for it, and have it dispensed by a hospital. It would be a very controlled legal substance, like alcohol, taxed like crazy, crazy government restrictions and laws, but legal.

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  76. i think that this should be handle by states because if cities start approving this law then all the cities will then it would be in every city of the state with out even the state voting for it to be pass so i think this should be state level voting

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  77. i believe the marijuana issue should be handled at a state level. Making marijuana legal for health purposes only will only make it easier for teens to get a hold of it. so i think the state should either make marijuana legal in the whole state or not at all. i believe that those who are going to smoke it will whether its legal or not and those who won't, just won't. So it really shouldn't matter if some people need it for health reasons. They should let them smoke it if its what they want. after all america is a free contry.
    brenda anguiano
    Mr. Bauer P4

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  78. Danielle Smith, Sloan P1September 7, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    I think decisions on marijuana distribution should be a state government's job. I don't think it's right for the local governments to be in charge of it. Potheads would just move to that city to get it. Granted, if they want to roll it up and smoke it, they're probably going to wherever they're located. But I think it could be trouble for a city if it was purely up to them. Maybe states could benefit from it if it was at that level, who knows? I don't think it's a matter of legalizing it or not, because people are going to do what they're going to do. I think we'd be fine either way. Legalize it, people will just be more open about it. Don't legalize it, and people are still going to be doing the exact same thing they're doing right now. They'll just keep their deals and what not under the table. Hm, what is most democratic...? Let the people vote on it! See which level the citizens want marijuana distribution handled at and make a decision from that. I don't think federal government has too much power as it is. Well, the "change" *hint, hint* that has come about seems to have put a lot more control in the government. But, I think overall, the federal government has had a sufficient and logical amount of power.

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  79. so the question is which one should vote for having this marijuana shop in galt? The state, the Galt City Council, or the people( or citizens)? I believe the state should handle this because proposition 19 hasn't been approved yet and these people who opened up this marijuana shop couldn't bare to wait any longer and opened up the shop anyways. I believe if proposition 19 has been approved and marijuana is now legal, then it shouldn't be a problem to either open up a marijuana shop or not because its now legal. The state has the power to pass any law or proposition in their state and the should should take the vote.

    Bauer
    Econ P.5

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  80. i think that it should be up to the state to have medical marijuana stores or not. It is not fair to say that you are allowed as people to use the drug, then to allow city's to tell you no you can't. Normally the city will say no to the use of the drug, because it makes them look better. And federalist have always battled the states with this issue, but have backed down from enforcing it lately. In conclusion, I do not believe Galt has the right to close the store.

    Michael Freeman

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  81. Faye Roberson, Bauer, Period 5September 7, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    I think medical marijuana should be handed out by doctors and hospitals only. I think this because im sure they made this a rule because they dont want the weed to get in the wrong hands because galt already has an issue with potheads, well not only galt, but the city doesnt wnat it to get bigger im sure.

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  82. I believe that its good that local governments should take control and make decisions on these issues because the federal or even state government is too big and too concerned with more important issues. This way issuses like these can be handled quicker with local governments.

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  83. the local govt shouldnt make a decision over marijuana because its a small town and there isnt many opinions that we have.The federal gvt which is bigger can take care of this.Marijuana should only be used for medical reason.

    -hinojosa,tania
    p.5 sloan

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  84. i think each state should chose because that way there is less confusion and there wont be problems with opening a business and having it shut down soon after and the laws wont just depend on where you are

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  85. I think that the state and federal government should have equal power or atleast be on the same level of communication

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  86. The Galt City Council shouldn't be able to decide whether the Wellness center should close or not. This is a sate level issue. If the city is able to close down the center because it is dispensing MEDICAL drugs, then what other issue will they try to decide. The Wellness Center may be in Galt, but the issue surpasses the bounderies of the city and county.

    Bauer/Sloan

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  87. Maria Perez
    Sloan
    Per.4
    I believe that the medical marijuana should be controlled by the federal government because they know whats the better good for everyone. Even though the federal government should have the power over these hard decisions to make but i think that the state should also have power over these decisions because they know more about what each state needs, and they can see more clearly what each place needs like the cities. They can see what cities are having trouble with the marijuana and make sure its the right decision and not bring bad things to the state instead of good. It depends what the issue is, to see who should have more power and more say in each decision that should be made, in each state or in the nation as a whole.

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  88. I think that there should be a state law that applies to everyone. This way local and state governments would not be fighting with the federal government over a big issue like Marijuana. They should be able to get together, and take actions a lot faster to meet the needs of the people. A state or local government may apply a law to its community, but not all areas are the same. Which is why I believe the federal government should make laws that apply to everyone so that no debate can come over wuth issues like Marijuana. I dont think that that the government is involved with to many of our things.

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  89. The constitution is fairly clear over such matters. It states that the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land. California is a state under the Federal Government, which follows the rules provided in the constitution. Since it is a federal law that Marijuana is illegal, for both home growing or medically, i think it is stupid the state is even trying to legalize marijuana. They can't because there is a federal law against it. I think Galt is doing the right thing in not allowing pot stores to open here, and i think we should all follow the chain of control in this situation. Feds say no, state is under the Feds so the State shouldnt legalize it. Galt is under the State, and since the State is (or should be) following the federal laws, so should our local government.

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  90. the issue of marijuana should be decided by each state to have a uniform law. handling it on the local level leads to too many policies and confusion. There is no need for every city to have its own policy.

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  91. This issue has no reason to become a problem even at the state level for the local government should shut the Wellness Center down. The constitution makes no exception for state law to over ride federal law and federal law has already outlawed medical marijuana. And while the state should become involved if the Wellness center stays open, however the law is clear until the next vote and the local should acknowledge that.

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  92. I think the legalization of marijuana should be dealt with at the state level. Each city having its own policy is too inconsistent.

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  93. I believe that the federal government should handle these type of laws because they know what they are doing and its a much quicker process. The federal government has rules to keep it under control. They ask questions and only sale it for important needs. There is no need for the city of Galt to stop this because eventually people from galt will go somewhere else and get it.

    Karen Villasenor
    Mr.Bauer
    Per:2

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  94. I believe that the state government should control were and weather marijuana can and should be sold at. i believe this because their the people that make it legal or not. i believe anything that has to be passed by the state government should led by the state government.

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  95. Josh Agans, Bauer P.5September 7, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    First of all, even if marijuana is illegal, people are still going to grow it, sell it, and smoke it. It being illegal now hasn't stopped people from doing all three of those things. I believe that Galt did the right thing though by not allowing the marijuana store to open here. I do not think that the state should be able to make marijuana legal because it is a federal law. Why should the state over rule the federal government when it has less power? That doesn't even make sense for that to happen. I think the decision, either to legalize or illegalize marijuana, should be the same throughout our entire country.

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  96. I believe that it should be controlled by the state, because someone might have to go a long ways to get their marijuana if the cities around them don't accept selling medical marijuana.

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  97. I think Local Government should say if their county should sell the drug legal or not, but as for legalizing it i think the state should say if its legal.

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  98. the federal gov't of the state has the control over morality laws such as use or alcohol/smoking ect and marriage laws. therefor it is under state juristiction whether or not to allow sales and practice of useage of medicanal marijuana. Therefor, if the state allows the legal use and sale of marijuana, no one can be legally punished for it's use by the federal gov't (so long as used responsibly i.e. no DWI or DUI's or in public places and following the age restriction laws). however, it is my belief that if a district, county, or city board does not want it's use or sale within it's juristiction, then the powers that be may have control. So for instance, the wellness center in galt was forced to close it's doors by a decision of the city council, this act should be as legal as if they didn't want to put in the wal-mart in the community, as long as due process takes place. In my opinion the local gov't should be allowed to make these choices for their towns and such, so use of drugs such as mariuana, alcohol, or anything else can be controlled by their gov't system if it is wanted, as long as it does not violate any federal laws laid down by the state of California.

    Chad Cote, Bauer econ, P 5

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  99. I think the local govt should decide weather
    Marijuana is illegal or legal.
    They should take control. and decide to have it.
    Some cities would allow it and some not.
    who knows.
    Sania Bacha
    Bauer
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  100. Mallory Lemieux Mr. Sloan Pd. 4September 7, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    i think the state should have the right to make the decision about having medical marijuana. Each state is different so they adjust to the needs of the state. legalizing marijuana i think could help the state because they could collect taxes from selling the marijuana and could help are states debt!

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  101. State law should be followed over local government positions. Each town cannot go around making its own rules. This being said, I do not support the legalization of Marijuana. However, state law has to be followed first.

    @Jason Lowery... You would man lol.

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  102. I believe that the leagalization of medical marijuana is mainly up to the state. Just because one little city such as Galt doesn't want it doesn't mean they have more say than the state. I agree with Wes when he says that each little town can't go around making their own rules. Also, people spend soo much money on getting their marijuana from random drug dealers, if the state were to make it legal they can use that money and pay off a whole lot of debt.

    Danielle Barros
    Sloan
    P.4

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  103. I believe that the federal government should be the ones in charge of making the decision about having medical marijuana. It would be much better because it would apply to all the states and it would be equal to everyone, although i do not think that marijuana should even be legalized at all.

    Viridiana Ramirez
    Mr.Bauer
    Period 2.

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  104. Kaylanie Lavender Per.1 Mr. BauerSeptember 7, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Not having the proper balance in local and state government can definately pose a serious problem. Not only between local and state, but throughout all the states. We need to have set laws that pertain to everyone or else we will just have people going around their city or state rules to other nearby city or state.

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  105. I believe that once a state has made its decision on legalizing marijuana or not,any city in that state should go by that decision and not make everything so difficult. It's ridiculous that Galt is going through all this trouble over something that the state has already handled.

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  106. I believe that if the state approves it then the city cannot deny it. I think the state has more power over a city within it. If the state of California approves the use of medical marijuana then Galt or an area close to it should provide a place for it, so that the people in need of it can get it. However, if the state is not forcing the city to have a facility such as this, then the city should be able to decide if they want it there or not. If the answer is no, then an area in close reach of Galt should provide a facility selling marijuana for medical uses only.

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  107. I believe that the state should have control whether to allow legalization of devil lettuce or not to because it makes more sense to only have a single state legalize it than an entire nation. Frankly i think its going to have bad longer term effects
    Fran
    bauer

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  108. i think that the city of Galt should not have done anything. the reason behind this was that if they can get a permit to even run thus business and establish it in the city then it was approved to do so. there is no need to go to federal because they aren't gonna be able to do anything for a while, the federal gov is also going through the same thing if they should legalize or keep it illegal. this problem should of just stayed in the city of Galt.
    Jose Munoz Per. 5 Mr. Bauer

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  109. First of all, I think medical marijuana is bull. I think the states should not be able to overrule the federal government on this issue. Galt should not take control of this situation, but the state should step in and control it themselves. The federal government should regulate the states on this issue and states should not have the authority to do it themselves.
    Hayley Swearingen
    Sloan
    Per 4

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  110. Francisco Gonzalez
    Mr. Bauer P.2

    Honestly as confusing as this topic is in term of balance wise i believe in a way Galt did have the right to close down the medical marijuana store but there were also wrong in doing so. Galt was wrong in the fact that they should have never let the business set up if they knew later on they were going to end up closing it really? if ur gonna do that why allow it in the first place im pretty sure it has to go through the city council in order for a new business to set up its like were experiments or something testing what we want and don't want. Well basically i believe the state more so the city should have the right to decide what should and shouldn't be put up but they should have the approval of the state.

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  111. karina ramos mr. sloan p1September 7, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    in my opinion medical merijuana and merijuana is the same thing! i believe that the federal government should make the decisions about medical merijuana. each state should vote to ether accept or deny it. ether way there is some people that need it medical wise!

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  112. I believe that the issue of medical marajuana should not be handled by local governments. It would be better for each state to have one uniform law and then all local governments follow it would have to follow it. There is no need for every city to have its own medical marajuana dispensary. The more dispensaries there are, the more likely marijuana will be abused.
    kayla smith
    sloan per 2

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  113. I think that medicinal marijuana should be, & only be prescribed by doctors who think there patient should benefit from it's outcome. Like in some cases, marijuana is used widely by Cancer diagnosed people, to help lessen their pain during treatments. And that it is the state in which should make the decisions. Because if each city had it's own power & say when it came down to making hardcore decisions, there would be now common ground to go off from. Arguments & ideas would be flying back & forth. It would be to conflicting & overbaring to maintain.

    Sloan P/2
    AP Econ

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  114. Sergio Maldonado, Sloan p.3/Bauer p.4September 7, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    The States should decide issues like this because if local governments decided what to do there would be to many differences between what they decide. For example, if a person goes to visit a relative in a different town that doesn't allow these types of drugs and has to continue his or her treatment, is he or she going to be arrested for something that is legal in his or her town? To avoid confusion it is better for the States to decide if they should allow this drug or not, but if they do approve it then they should make people have to get prescriptions, so that not everyone has access to this drug.

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  115. Personally, the sales of medicinal Marijuana should be a city decision. Marijuan sales, at centers to actual persons obtaining a cannibus card should be allowed to access their needs without having to drive a vast distance to do so. There is a difference from smoking weed just to do so, compared to someone with a disease such as cancer that uses it to ease the pain. Our government is selfish and opinions carie throughout the United States, yet I believe decisions such as marijuana distribution should be decided by the city. Marijuana should be treated in the same matters of tobacco in general. People die from tobacco everyday, yet in Galt we still sell chew and cigarettes at local gas stations, HECK we have a tobacco man store don't we? A medicinal marijuana store should be allowed in Galt with restrictions. Persons need a cannibus card, therefore its not like we are drug dealing... This store is meant solely for the purposes of treating patients who are prescribed marijuana!
    -Haley Collins
    Sloan, p.1

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  116. I think local governments should be able to make decisions on things like medicinal marijuana. The local government is able to act in a manner that closely reflects the opinions of individuals. Meanwhile state and federal governments make general decisions, they do not take into close consideration what certain people want in a city instead they only consider the views that are popular in all of the nation. The most fair policy for Galt would have to be one that most Galt residents can agree on.

    Omar Hoyos
    Bauer

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  117. enrique angulo
    bauer
    econ
    7 sep 2010

    In my opinion i believe that each city should have their own individual right to do what they please with an illegal substance such as marijuana.

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  118. Sarah Richter, Bauer, Period 5September 7, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    I think thst it was fine for Galt to have the marijuana shop for medical needs. Having to go all the way to the doctor to get your medicine can be hard and stressful. Having it in galt makes it local for anyone around. Everyone can have access to the drug from getting it in the streets, it all depends on how much you want the drug or need it.

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  119. I feel like the state should have the authority to decide whether or not medical marijuana dispensaries should be legal. I do not think that the local governemnt should be given much power in the first place, because I believe that this leads to disorder and narrow mindedness. State governments should be given the power to determine whether or not medical narcotics and other beneficial drugs should be legal or not, rather than that power be given to local governments.
    Conner Woods Bauer

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  120. Isabel de la rosa
    Bauer
    p.2
    I believe that the state should decide whether medicinal marijuana should be legal since its a decision the whole state should be equal with giving everyone the same right to acess the drugs they need like with any other medication as for recreational marijuana the city should decide since the effect would influnce the people in the city.

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  121. i think that the states should make the law of whether or not medical marijuana is legal. i think that local government is going to far. if a city chooses to ban it, the citizens will just go to another city to get what they want. i think that the state should let the public vote, and whatever we choose should become the law. if the state chooses to allow medicinal marijuana, then that will be the end of it. people will do what they want to do; some people will smoke and others wont. it will be like it is now in that aspect. i say give the public the choice.

    karissa patwell
    sloan p3

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  122. I believe an issue like medical marijuana should be handled at the local level like the city of Galt thinks it should. The people in Galt know whats best for their own city because they are the ones who live here. Our country should handle an issue like medical marijuana by having each city vote. This would be the most fair to the citizens, because the federal government have too much control as it is.

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  123. the issue of medical mirijuana should be handled by doctors and professors or whatever. at the government level. they shouldnt just let any small city or town handle it. that would get way to out of control.
    kimberlie hernandez
    sloan
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  124. I think that this particular issue should be handled by the local government, in this case it is Galt. they should know what is right for their town and if they feel that the wellness center is unnecessary, oh well.

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  125. I think that medical marijuana should be under the control of the local or state government. Each city and state is different from each other. This means that certain cities and state have different needs and wants. I don't think the federal government could satify the wants and needs of each city and state without upsetting someone.
    Erica Ayala
    Bauer
    Per. 4

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  126. States should have the right of their own, yet as a united country we need to have certain elected right that all states need to uphold and stand by, in order to keep them united.

    Bauer, 1st, AP Gov

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  128. I believe that the ability for a business to sell medical marijuana should be a state issue and not a city issue because, a drug is a big law and the ability to sell it should be held at a much higher level of government.

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  129. I believe that if the fedral government says that it is illegal then it should be illegal everywhere. If a city wants to add extra laws that do not violate fedral law then they should be allowed to. Certain things such as this topic should be handled at a fedral level, not just in certain cities or states.

    Zach Mietz

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  130. Marijuana is absolutely illegal. To perceive the local dispensary in Galt as a legitimate operation is preposterous and presents an issue regarding legality. Federal law prevails in this case- Simplistic as that.(Sloan P.3/Bauer P.4)

    God Bless America and the Great State of California.

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  131. Janeiry Balderas, Mr. Sloan, Period 4September 7, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    I believe that the government has the right to control certain things, even though there are issues that are controversial and many times people from opposing views have clashes. But that's why we have the right to vote and to choose what we want. i believe though that a law should be made state wide and not regional, unless tension is really high and opposing sides cant agree. personally though i believe that marijuana should not be legal, but like in any discussion there may be others that may not agree but everyone has their own opinion.

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  133. I think that the federal government should have complete control over whether galt should be selling maryjane legaly. It's not up to the city of Galt to decide what they want and dont want, their not always going to agree on thinks that are right for our community.
    Jonathan Ramos
    Mr.Bauer
    Per.2

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  134. I believe that a federal law such as this one dealing with the sales of weed, should be determined by the federal government. The federal government declares weed illegal so i believe it should stay that way, states shouldnt overpower already established federal laws.

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  135. Alejandro Ibarra (Mr. Sloan P.1)September 7, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    I believe that the local gov't would be best to decide on a case like medical marijuna. I say this because each social group(town,city) should know what they want and the state or federal govt't shouldnt take that right away since it doesnt really affect them but the people close to the area.

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  136. Josh McNearney P.3 BauerSeptember 7, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    I think that it was a bad idea for galt to get rid of the wellness center because where are all the medically unstable that need their MJ going to go!?!? and for the whole what power should decide on legalizing marijuana it should be the state because the state should decide on what should go on in their state other than the federal government.

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  137. I THINK THAT THIS ISSUE SHOULD BE HANDLED BY THE STATE OR NATIONALLY. I THINK IT WOULD BE TOO DIFFICULT AND A BIG DRAMA IF THEY WERE TO MAKE IT A LOCAL VOTE. I BELIEVE THAT THE COMMUNITY SHOULD HAVE A RIGHT TO WHETHER THEY WANT MARYJUANA IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS BUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONTROL THIS ISSUE.
    DIANA REYES =]

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  138. I believe that the government should give the power to the state to decide about this issue.

    Victoria Turney
    Bauer 1st

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  139. I believe that the city should be the one to make the decision on the distribution of marijuana. If the whole state, or even country, wishes to do the same, then so be it.

    Guadalupe Velasquez
    Sloan, Period 1

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  140. I believe that the law should come from the state and be uniform throughout. When one thing is prohibited in one city, it would be much too easy for them to go else where to acquire it. The state should have control over the prohibitions and laws. That way the law would not be a silly rule is one part an easy one to get by.
    Natalie Nunez
    bauer
    pi

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  141. I think that I agree with what Bryan said and that the laws should trickle down after the country approves, and that it's okay for cities to have their own laws. I feel if it worked the other way, and all laws had to be uniform, all the cities would try to make their individual laws part of state law, and there would be so many restrictions, you wouldn't be able to do much of anything. So I guess that means I believe we should have less federal control, but there are some things that should be standard and mandatory throughout the country. As a bad example--the Federal government decided that slavery should be illegal--states shouldn't be able to decide otherwise.

    Sasha Schotzko-Harris
    Mr. Bauer
    gov Per.1

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  142. i think it will only be fair if it was delt with the state cuz it would make more sense and it would be more equal. marijuana should only be given out like medicine in a pharamacy. if its only used for medical reasons.
    erika oropeza
    mr. sloan
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  143. Bauer 4th
    I think that this issue should be on a state level. I belive this issue would do better in some sates and not so well in others. California would probably ban this at first becuse they are more striked but other states wouldent.

    jacob farrar

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  144. Jacqueline OlympiusSeptember 8, 2010 at 6:46 AM

    I believe when dealing with such issues as Marijuana, creating a law about it should go through each level of government, one clearing it (either approving or disapproving) so the next one is able to clear it and so on. Therefore, first, the federal government should decide if we should allow it in our country, then the states decide if they want it in the state, and then the city if they want it in the city.

    --Sloan
    AP Econ, period 3

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  145. Ryan thinks that it should be the city of galts thing to say where it canbe placed and not if it should be placed. its a bussness so let it be if there keeping to them selves and not do anything bad then we should alow them to stay there. Its not botherning ryan so dont let it bother you. the federal gove should be the only one to tell them they cant sell there and kick them out not the city of galt. Ryan mean who is the city of galt anyways.

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  146. i agree with jacob f. some states could handle there power and use it correctly, but other states wouldn't know what to do without the help of the federal government. The federal government helps out a lot and i thinnk it should stay the same.
    blake harrison
    Bauer
    period 3

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  147. Mr. Sloan
    period 4

    Honestly if it is for medical purposes than why is it illegal to grow and sell?? Granted the federal government has every right to ban the selling of medical marijuana. But why would they even have the illegal drug for medical purposes?? I think that the states should be abel to say whiether they will allow marijuana or not and than the individual cities should be allowed to decide if they want to sell the illegal drug. But it is illegal therefore if they have medical purposes than the should try to legalize marijuana for medical purposes only.

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  148. Shane Santos, Period 5, BauerSeptember 8, 2010 at 7:14 AM

    I believe it was the right thing to close down the store because it had opened up after they were already told not to. But seeing how federal laws are supposed to be more important than state laws is not true. One federal law is that every person in the united states can be asked at any time to show their i.d but that rule is never enforced. Arizona copied that law and now can not follow through because its not "fair" to people of color. Im not saying that states should run themselves but i think the states know what best for themselves and we can do what we think is necessary to make a safe environment for people.

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  149. I think an issue like medical marijuana should be decided by each state government and have the people of each state vote for it. I think an issue like that shouldn't be decided by the national government because there are so many different sides to it that it needs to be looked at by each state individualy.

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  150. I believe if a state or a government passes a law, then the city or town should obey it. If marijuana is legalized, then they cant forbid the sell of marijuana.
    P.S. Sloan, do you think we should legalize marijuana?

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  151. On a law like this, a town should be able to make the selling of marijuana illegal, just like different towns can having different smoking laws. If one group of people doesn't like seeing pot smokers all around their town, then by all means make it illegal there. But, if some other town thinks that marijuana stores are important and fun then that's cool too.
    Sloan Per. 3
    Bauer Per. 4

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  152. I believe that the townspeople should determine whether marijuana should be sold in their town or not. It brings in money through taxes and it benefits the town. The townspeople should be able to have a meeting and get together to vote on whether it should be allowed or not. If they vote, it would be democratic and fair for everyone.
    -Sloan Period 2

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  153. I think that the city of galt shold be able to choose whether we have a marijuana store or not. we elected these people for a reason and we should trust their judgement. also i think if we don't agree with them then if enough citizens argues there could be a reapeal and then have a more democratic way of dealing with it.
    Katey Santillan
    bauer
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  154. I think that medcal mirauhna should be legal in some ways. I think that it depends with the situation of that person. I dont think that the drug should be used for anything else. Tori Milligan per.3 sloan

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  155. When it comes to controversial issues, such as medical marijuana, the decision should be made at the local level. A city should be able to choose whether or not they want people living there using medical marijuana. If the states were able to control everything, then the special and unique needs of different cities will not be met. Cities won't be able to be run as well as they need to be without specific regulations that they are able to make.

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  156. i think that medicinal marijuana can be helpful to patience that other medicines don't help.The local govt should not make a decision over marijuana because its a small town. The federal govt which is bigger can take care of this problem. i think Marijuana should only be used for medical reason.
    Stephanie A
    Mr.Sloan
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  157. why doesn't everyone stop complaining about it especially if its used to help people. It's not like it's gonna harm you much, its just a plant. and if your so concerned about it then stop drinking because marijuana is a lot less effective than alcohol. Is the federal government going to say we can't use pain killers or zanex soon too? The state should make the choice, give us the option.

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  158. things that are small like this do not need to be taken to state or federal levels, simply leave at a city level because it is not going to help the state of california nor the United States of America. if something affects our nation it should be up to the federal government and if it affects the entire state then the state government should deal with it, otherwise leave it to the city government to handle it.
    Ruben Rodriguez
    Mr. Bauer Per. 3

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  159. In my opinion it's the people who always want more power the constitution is clearly stated and we did a few modifications to it, but we should just let it be where it's now.

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  160. i think that marijuana should not be controlled by the state or city it should be controlled by the federal government.

    Chris long, Mr.Bauer, P.3

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  161. I do not believe that the city should have that sort of power. They should let the state enforce such laws and should be somehow also regulated by the federal government to en extent. The City of Galt is just once again going over its head.

    Michael Robles
    Mr. Bauer
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  162. I think that it is a federal capacity to enforce these laws and that the executive branch and legislative branch have failed to enforce them because they deem it convenient to turn a blind eye and also they lack the moral backbone. However, in the absence of federal enforcement, I think the local government (Galt in this case) has every right to do what they see as fit to preserve the domestic tranquility. Additionally, I think that a uniform war on drugs is necessary, it is poisoning our society; if you don't believe look up the Chinese Opium Wars.

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  163. I think that a city and state have the right to say what they think and testify against the federal government if they think it is unjust. People need to have a say in the country that is ruled by the people.

    Melody Morphis
    Mr. Sloan
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  164. i think the decision to legalize Marijuana should be left up to the states. It's a stupid thing to do anyway, but it should be up to the people of each state. The federal govt. doesn't really care anyway unless they're MAJOR drug pushers, so why not leave it up to the state?
    Sloan
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  165. i think i commented on this already... but idk if i turned off my comp before i published it. but anyways. marijuana is dumb. i'm religiously opposed to it, so there's no reason for me to even consider the opposing point of view. how's that for ignorance? just kidding. but really though. it should a be a state-wide policy.

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  166. The city of Galt wants the selling of medical Marijuana to stop. The citizens of Galt know what is good for Galt. Obviously marijuana has caused the city more harm than good. However the federal government does what they think is best for the people. The selling of marijuana should not be controlled by the city or state.

    Gabriella Cello
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  167. Justin Tyler, Bauer, p.3September 12, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    i think that it should be up to the city to decide whether or not to have a medical marijuana dispensery. The people of galt are the ones who live in the city so they are the ones who fell the effects of the dispensery. If they believe it is not good for the city than they should not have to get the government involved.

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  168. Steven Reichmuth, Bauer, period 2September 12, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    I believe that marijuana should be sold in Galt as long as it done legally. The city should have no right to shut down something that the state, which is a higher level of goverment, allows. The poeple who buy the marijuana there use it for medical purposes anyway, so why should matter if they get it locally or travel to sacramento to purchase it. Hey, the city should be happy atleast they get revenue off the product sold.

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  169. Chad Farris Mr Sloan Per 4September 13, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Medical marijuana should be handled on the federal level since it is a drug and one that is illegal. Doctors should prescribe medical marijuana from certain locations that are run by the federal government not the city.

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  170. viridiana ramirez period 2September 20, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    I personally think its not fair for the city to rule something illegal if the state or federal government already approved it. but they sh0ud legalize something that is worth it and that we know its going to help and benefit our economy and us not just others it has to be equal.

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  171. well i think that medicinal marijuana can be helpful to patience that other medicines dont help. Having the government decide whether they should pass legalizing marijuana might not be the best idea.This should be everyones choice.
    amanda hommond
    sloan per 1

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  172. I think the citizens should vote but also have the president or government someone higher to make the right decision about making marijuana illegal or legal and if they are going to make it illegal then they should do that everywhere else not just here.
    Aniscia Silva. Sloan. Per 5.

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  173. Gevevahna LathipanyaOctober 5, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    I think patients benefit from medical marijuana. The government does not represent the every community in every state so I believe citizens should be able to vote because it is mainly concerning them and the environment. Also they should consider if people are going to abuse this law being passed.

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  174. I understand why galt does not want medical marijuana in town, but they should look at the bigger picture to this. everyone knows that people all around california are getting there medical marijuana cards due to some sort of ilness, so lets tax the profit that they make on marijuana sales.

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  175. I think that it should be a local law and tax the marijuana use because people are still getting their marijuana legally or illegal

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  176. i dont think one city out of the whole state or U.S should keep something illegal, just there. if the state or u.s approved it to be legal. it goes legal, not stay illegal in cities. medical marijuana in the other hand, some people use it, but some cities i guess still consider it an illegal drug even though its medical. its just stupid

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  177. Vicente Chavez
    Sloan per 5th
    I personally think that it should be up to the local government to allow medical maryjuana to be sold or not beacause every one has their own views and if its going to be used it should be use with a medical i.d and people should have the right to vote on this in ther local government so that they ecide if this should be allowed and federal and state should not be interfering with this because it should be up to the local government.

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  178. kayla rodriguez sloan5December 13, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    legalizing marijuana is debatable, my opinion is that people will do what their going to do whether you agree or not. alllll of those who smoke think that rules are meant to be broken. in this occasion its laws that are being broken, but there are plenty of people who break the law everyday. theres worse problems going on in our world today

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  179. I believe that if it is illegal in the fedral government then it should be illegal everywhere. If the city or state wants to add laws that do not go agianst or violate fedral law then they should be allowed to. This topic does go against that so it should be handled at a fedral level, not just in certain cities or states.
    Spencer Pellandini
    Sloan
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  180. I believe that if it is illegal in the fedral government then it should be illegal everywhere. If the city or state wants to add laws that do not go agianst or violate fedral law then they should be allowed to. This topic does go against that so it should be handled at a fedral level, not just in certain cities or states.
    Spencer Pellandini
    Sloan
    P.1

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  181. enrique salazar sloanper5December 15, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    I think medical marijuana should be handed out by doctors because in the wrong hands it is abussed

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