State vs Federal Essay

1028 Words Jul 8th, 2014 5 Pages
| Federal Vs State Policy Comparison | | | CJA 464 | Robert Powers |


Each state has their own specific unique laws established individually for their state. In conjunction with those laws that exist over the people in their specific state there are also federal laws that govern the states as well as the people who live in them. These laws that govern the people are known as state laws and federal laws. The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land in the United States. “It creates a federal system of government in which power is shared between the federal government and the state governments. Due to federalism, both the federal government and each of the state governments have their own court systems (Comparing
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State law in short, is the law of the land that governs each state separately. Each state has their own unique designs of laws and each state has their own laws, which are created in their own legislation. The laws that each state creates are created as a bill and passed in each individual state by his or her own state legislature and are approved and signed by the specific state’s governor. The problem with their relationship is that habitually while there is a requirement to exist in general they cannot coexist and when this happens conflicts arise. When conflicts arise the problems are generally taken to federal courts to attempt to find a resolution (The Federal Legal System, 2014).
According to Cornell University Law (2012), “Furthermore, all federal, state, and local officials must take an oath to support the Constitution. This means that state governments and officials cannot take actions or pass laws that interfere with the Constitution, laws passed by Congress, or treaties. The Constitution was interpreted, in 1819, as giving the Supreme Court the power to invalidate any state actions that interfere with the Constitution and the laws and treaties passed pursuant to it.
The general concern with the medical marijuana problem is that although some states have made it a legal substance, which could indeed be used for medical purposes, the fact still remains that even though states have made it legal by federal law, it is a substance that is illegal.

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