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BREAKING NEWS:  To the governor’s desk. Tennessee bill to nullify the unconstitutional federal ban on hemp farming and production PASSES. 88-5 in the House and 28-0 in the Senate.


Governments and political representatives are not the people themselves.

They are no more than the people’s agents, whose powers go no further than that authorized by the people in a written and enforceable constitution.

Kurt Lash

How do you spell Sebelius? F.A.I.L.U.R.E.

Rather than demanding full enforcement of unconstitutional federal marijuana “laws,” Republicans in Congress would far better serve the Constitution by working to repeal those unconstitutional acts.

But, they won’t.

And they’ll have to realize at some point, those so-called “laws” simply CANNOT be enforced due to nullification efforts in 20+ states.

This is going to happen on more and more issues as time goes on. Too many laws = impossible to enforce.

Nullification for the win.

Michael Boldin, Tenth Amendment Center

First batch of spring cleaning shipments on their way. #nullification shirts, books, DVDs. Thank you! #tenther (at Promenade Towers)

BREAKING NEWS: Missouri house votes to nullify all federal gun control measures - “whether past, present, or future.”

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 3, 2014 – Big a big margin today, the Missouri state house passed an “emergency” bill which seeks to nullify virtually every federal gun control measure on the books, “whether past, present or future.” House Bill 1439 (HB1439), introduced by Rep. Doug Funderburk (R-St. Charles) passed by a vote of 110-36.

With language inspired by Thomas Jefferson, HB1439 declares that the state rejects the idea of “unlimited submission” to federal power. It also declares that “whenever the federal government assumes powers that the people did not grant it in the Constitution, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.”

The state capitol city’s namesake would have been proud, said Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey. “This is exactly what Thomas Jefferson himself said that states had a duty to do,” he said. “States aren’t supposed to stand by and do nothing while the federal government violates the constitution. And they’re not supposed to be willing partners in the act either.”


BREAKING NEWS: Tennessee house votes to nullify federal ban on hemp farming and production.

NASHVILLE, March 31, 2014 – Today, the Tennessee state house passed a bill which some supporters consider the strongest pro-hemp legislation in the country.

House bill 2445 (HB2445), introduced by Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), would mandate that the state authorize the growing and production of industrial hemp within Tennessee, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal ban on the same.

The bill reads, in part:

“The department of agriculture shall oversee and annually license any grower who wishes to produce industrial hemp.”

Mike Maharrey, communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center, noted that one word strengthened the bill considerably. “By including the word ‘shall’ in this legislation, it has a great deal of impact,” he said. “This means that rather than keeping it open-ended like other states have done, hemp farming will be able to move forward in Tennessee whether the regulatory bureaucrats there want it to or not.”

‘Shall’ is a legal term which creates a specific requirement far stronger than a word like ‘will.’ The former is more closely interchangeable with the word “must,” while the latter allows leeway for the object of the term to delay. In this case, the bill states that the Tennessee department of agriculture will have a mandate to license farmers for growing hemp.

Three other states – Colorado, Oregon and Vermont – have already passed bills to authorize hemp farming, but only in Colorado has the process begun. Farmers in SE Colorado started harvesting the plant in 2013 and the state began issuing licenses on March 1, 2014. In Vermont and Oregon, hemp farming was authorized, but no licensing program was mandated, so implementation has been delayed due to regulatory foot-dragging.

That won’t happen in Tennessee should HB2445 pass into law. The legislation also ensures that not only will hemp licenses be issued, but the process for doing so will start quickly.


BREAKING NEWS: Missouri Senate Committee Passes Bill to Take on NSA

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 27, 2014) – A bill that would prohibit Missouri from offering any material support to the NSA or other federal agencies engaging in warrantless mass surveillance passed out of committee today.

SB819 addresses two broad privacy issues. Titled the ‘Fourth Amendment Protection Act,’ the first section would prohibit the state of Missouri from providing “material support for participation with or assistance to, in any form, any federal agency which claims the power, or which purports due to any federal law, regulation, or order, to authorize the collection of electronic data or metadata of any person pursuant to any action not based on a warrant that particularly describes the person, place or thing to be searched or seized.”


In the last few weeks, Republicans in states have killed the following important nullification bills.

To stop Obamacare implementation in SC
To stop Obamacare implementation in OK
To stop Obamacare implementation AZ
To stop Obamacare implementation in IN
To stop Obamacare implementation in MS
EPA nullification in ID
Withdrawing from Common Core in GA
Withdrawing from Common Core in AZ
Withdrawing from Common Core in MS
4th Amendment Protection Act in OK
4th Amendment Protection Act in MS
Firearms Freedom Act in OK
To Stop federal gun control in TN

(We will be compiling a full list of those which passed and failed - and who’s responsible in the coming months.)