With in the past decade the definition of states rights have become very loose, and the federal government smirks at the constitution meant to protect such rights. As we unfortunately learned during the Civil War, if push comes to shove, the Fed can over power the state. Even if that goes against our most sacred of laws, our Bill of Rights.
Recently our federal government has been rubbing our noses in their power, like with the events during the "Occupy" movements, Homeland Security, the abusive Patriot Act, gun control acts and the in-our-faces fight against medical marijuana. Our low voter turnouts and lack of control over our government has created innocent civilian victims to the system, like unjustified prison time and records.
Tyler Roe was arrest back in March in Olney, Montana during a federal raid on a warehouse that housed several hundred medical marijuana plants. Roe lived on site with his roommate and co-worker Michael Kassner who was also arrested. The two were charged with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana despite the fact that they were working legally under state law.
The men worked worked for Black Pearl dispensary, and they cared for the medical marijuana at the Olney warehouse while awaiting new construction for the plants relocation. The warehouse held over 700 much needed medical marijuana plants for suffering patients. But now all that medication is in the hands of the federal government, and they have no plans of reimbursing anyone involved with this legal business.
With limited options, Roe pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana on Wednesday, and was sentenced to 1 year in a federal prison. Well if working inside the law didn't make him a harden criminal, prison certainly will. Roe's co-worker Michael Kassner has also pleaded guilty to federal charges, and the owner of Black Pearl dispensary, Ryan Blindheim has as well pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and money laundering.
Columbia Encyclopedia: states' rights"states' rights, in U.S. history, doctrine based on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." The term embraces both the doctrine of absolute state sovereignty that was espoused by John C. Calhoun and that of the so-called strict constructionist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, which reserves to the state governments all powers not specifically granted by that document to the federal government. A states' rights controversy is probably inherent in the federal structure of the United States government."