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Drugs violate my pursuit of happiness

POSTED December 24, 2009 2:27 p.m.
On Jan. 12, 2010, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano’s bill AB-390 will be voted on by the Public Safety Committee. If it passes, it’s scheduled to move on to the Public Heath Committee the very same day.
I believe that Assemblyman Ammiano is violating the Constitutional rights of millions of Californians, and his own oath of office by introducing legislation to legalize marijuana.
How?
The 5th amendment to the United States Constitution states: “no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process.” Procedural due process guarantees the Government can not deprive one of their right to Life, Liberty, or Property, without adequate notice. Your Liberty can not be taken without procedural due process. Substantive due process places substantial limits on Governmental infringement of fundamental, constitutionally protected rights.
In fact, it is illegal to deprive a citizen of this right. The Supreme Court added behavior that “shocks the conscience” as to what constitutes a violation of due process.  
As I stated, the 5th amendment states “no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process.” This right was extended to each state by the 14th amendment.
The 14th amendment not only protects our right to life, liberty and property, but it also guarantees our right to the pursuit of happiness, as evidenced with Meyer v. Nebraska.   
Because law abiding, tax paying citizens, do in fact have a constitutional right to the Pursuit of Happiness, marijuana legalization is a direct violation of that Constitutional right, for the following reasons.
1. An individual’s drug use is not confined solely to the user, rather it rudely intrudes on the daily lives of law abiding citizens throughout the state.
2. There is monumental evidence that proves the correlation between drug use and increased crime.
3. There is significant evidence that proves drug use severely impacts the quality of life for entire neighborhoods and communities.
4. All legitimate law enforcement groups oppose marijuana legalization.
5. The FDA has declared that marijuana has no medicinal value.
6. Marijuana use is against federal law.
7. More people are in treatment facilities for marijuana use then for all other drugs combined.
8. Marijuana use causes respiratory ailments, lowers immune systems, causes mental illness, and aversely impacts short term memory.
9. Marijuana use contributes to California’s 24.2 percent high school drop out rate, which costs roughly $46.4 billion, according to a UC Santa Barbara study.
10. The sale of marijuana for profit is illegal.
11. We are fully aware of the fact that marijuana legalization advocates have outright lied about their true intention from the start.
Individually, every California state legislator is required by law to take the oath of office.
“I solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California, against all enemies foreign and domestic…” Therefore, it is a direct violation for any state legislator to introduce, author or co-author legislation to legalize marijuana, as it blatantly violates the constitutional rights of millions of California citizens.
While drug legalization advocates may portray themselves as victims, often espousing that they have a constitutional right to use marijuana. Our constitutionally protected right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is blatantly violated by marijuana legalization. Drug users can not insinuate that their right to use somehow trumps our right to live our lives, and bring up our children without exposing them to the shady underworld of drug use. In this instance the majority rules.
I am stating that marijuana use, sales and legalization violates our constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness, under the 14th amendment.
The California state legislature is in direct violation of the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens, their own oath of office, and government code section 37100-37200, for permitting the ongoing operation of marijuana dispensaries, and I also assert that Assemblyman Ammiano is grossly violating our constitutional rights by introducing and authoring legislation to legalize marijuana (AB-390).
— Linda Taylor
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