A Blog Posting by Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, from February 5, 2018.
Times are a’changin.
When liberals begin talking about local control and states’ rights, you know that something is afoot.
Local control and states’ rights have long been a bastion for conservative republicans, the right-wing and racists. Today, states and municipalities are beginning to rediscover local control and states’ rights as they find themselves on the receiving end of federal marijuana and immigration policy.
One wonders why it took them this long. Welcome to the party.
And what a party it is. Between states holding up their middle fingers to the federal government on marijuana legalization, to cities, towns and counties providing sanctuary to Dreamers in direct defiance of federal immigration law, there’s a new wind blowing.
Not to mention the two hundred municipalities across ten states who have now adopted local laws banning fracking, corporate factory farms, gas pipelines and aerial pesticide spraying, all directly in defiance of state and federal laws that force those projects into communities that don’t want them. MORE…