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1998 Ron Paul Chapter 47

Girl Arrested For Rescuing Classmate In Asthma Attack

5 May 1998

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1998 Ron Paul 47:1
Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, let me point out, once again, that up until just very recently in our history, it was assumed that the Federal Government did not have this authority. To assume that we do have this, I guess that’s why we call it a war, to say that this is national defense.

1998 Ron Paul 47:2
But Prohibition, obviously, when they passed that amendment to the Constitution, recognized that the Congress couldn“t pass laws. And like I mentioned in 1937, when Roosevelt decided that we should attack medical marijuana, that he would do it through raising taxes. So it’s only in recent history that we’ve decided that this is a Federal project. And the record is just not very clear it’s been very successful.

1998 Ron Paul 47:3
But I am concerned not only about the drug usage, obviously, and the fact that the war has failed, but those things that are so negative when it comes to violation of liberties.

1998 Ron Paul 47:4
The other day there was a story in the media that said there was a child suffering from an acute attack of asthma. Now, there was another asthmatic in the class, and she did what seemed to come natural to her: She went and gave her a whiff of her nebulizer and the girl immediately came out of her acute asthma attack. And she was quickly apprehended under a Federal statute saying that she was disobeying the Federal law on the use of drugs.

1998 Ron Paul 47:5
Now, it might be advisable to caution a young child giving medications to another, but this was very obvious and very clear. She happened to have been a hero with the other students and she was certainly a hero for the girl she helped.


1998 Ron Paul 47:4
what seemed to come natural to her probably should be what seemed to come naturally to her.

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