Tenth Amendment Center

The state of New Jersey could soon become the tenth state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, further nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect. New Jersey cannabis reform advocates began 2018 with high hopes. Newly elected Governor Murphy pledged to legalize the recreational use of marijuana within his first 100 days. Several pieces of legislation…

DOVER, Del. (Sept. 5, 2018) – Last week, Deleware Gov. John Carney signed a bill expanding the state’s medical marijuana program and a bill creating a process to expunge the sentences of people charged under the state’s marijuana laws prior to decriminalization. These two laws take further steps toward nullifying federal marijuana prohibition in effect in Delaware.…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2018) –  Last week, the California Assembly and Senate gave final approval to a bill that would loosen some regulations on hemp seed and cultivation. Enactment of this bill would pave the way for faster development of the state’s hemp market, and further nullify federal prohibition in practice and effect. Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa…

DENVER, Colo. (Sept. 1, 2018) – Today, a new Colorado law went into effect expanding asset forfeiture reporting requirements instituted last year.  Rep. Leslie Herod (D-Denver) sponsored House Bill 1020 (HB1020) on Jan. 10. The legislation expands asset forfeiture reporting requirements by redefining the agencies required to submit reports. Last year, Hickenlooper signed a bill into…

Federal government policy and the Federal Reserve System are the root causes of inflation, instability, and currency devaluation. However, states can take some steps to protect their citizens from the ill effects of America’s unbacked paper money system. The 2018 Sound Money Index is the first index of its kind, ranking all 50 states using…

As fond as Americans are of referencing the founding fathers, we should also keep in mind that those men drew much of their philosophy and ideas on liberty and governance from classical thinkers whose writings are just as relevant today as when they were first written. One passage from Quintus Curtius’ translation of Cicero’s Duties:  A…

You’re probably familiar with the preamble to the Constitution. Maybe you even memorized it in school. But most government-schools never teach that the Bill of Rights also has its own preamble.

Today in 1632, John Locke was born. One of the most influential political philosophers and Enlightenment thinkers, his theories on natural law, social compact theory, property, monetarism, and republicanism have had a profound effect on the development of the western world. Locke believed that humanity was inherently cooperative and tended to work for the mutual…

MONTPELLIER, Vt. (Aug. 29, 2018) – Hemp production is starting to boom in Vermont, despite federal prohibition. In 2013, the Vermont legislature passed a law legalizing and licensing hemp production at the state level. The Vermont law does not limit hemp cultivation to research purposes, as required under federal law. When Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the…