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One of the central tenants of our constitution is the ability to assert fundamental rights. Recently, the Minnesota Supreme Court declared parenting to be a fundamental right.

The problem, or some say the solution, of fundamental rights is that they do not easily exist on paper. There is no standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, or presumption of innocence in our constitution. And yet, we recognize these as fundamental rights essential to our system of democracy. 

One of the arenas where fundamental rights has changed, rapidly, is regarding same sex marriages. Within the last 30 years, the United States Supreme Court stated that, "Ancient roots" of prohibitions against homosexuality showed, somehow, that the constitution does not grant "a fundamental right to engage in homosexual sodomy."

Our consciousness has shifted, rapidly, on this issue, as demonstrated very well by Ruth Marcus, of the Washington Post. Marcus, Ruth. "The Long and Binding Road." Star Tribune, St. Paul, MN, 7 Oct. 2014: A11.

We are coming to understand that we have a fundamental right to marry. These concepts go along with our ever evolving ideas of privacy, and the freedom to be left alone.

Our present medical marijuana case speaks to fundamental rights. We are attempting to establish the fundamental rights t grow a crop that was brought to this country by our Forefathers and grown by all of our relatives. Stay tuned for more developments.

Any contributions to our case helps to pay experts needed to testify. 

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