The Insane Drug War
Comrade Obama's Justice Department is making plans to crush Colorado and Washington's drug reforms
- Conservatives should remember that the Constitution exists and they should eagerly join with Liberals and Libertarians to defend the Bill of Rights and the 10th Amendment.
It is entirely in Comrade Obama's power to refrain from interfering with marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington. But that would require Obama caring about the Bill of Rights and the 10th Amendment. But politicians caring about freedom is are rare thing in D.C.
If Obama was committed to drug reform—or simply to states' rights—he could immediately end DEA raids on those who grow and sell pot according to state law, and immediately order the Justice Department to make enforcement of Federal marijuana laws the lowest priority of U.S. attorneys in states that choose to tax and regulate pot.
But Obama has no interest in the Bill of Rights. That would mean giving up Federal power that makes all Presidents living Gods running everyone's lives.
Marijuana Legalization In Colorado - Would Obama Kill It?
But neither Colorado's Amendment 64 nor Washington's Initiative 502 requires the state to get into the pot business, and this is no small detail.
Growers and sellers will still be vulnerable to unconstitutional Federal prosecution.
Since voters in Washington and Colorado opted on Election Day to legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, the Department of Justice has been relatively quiet over how it will handle what is likely to become a heated debate regarding states’ rights.
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In an article published by The New York Times this week, reporter Charlie Savage says senior White House and Justice Department officials are already attempting to tackle how to handle the new marijuana laws, and are amid deliberations right now that will determine when, where and how national law enforcement can intervene.
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes tells NPR station KUOW that in his state, residents should be thankful that local law enforcement won’t be tasked with what is largely considered not just a non-issue, but an expensive endeavor. Whereas schools and universities in Colorado aren’t considering the new law for the sake of saving money, Holmes says the legislation in Washington will actually save the state bundles reports RT News.
"I think that they should acknowledge this newfound right," he says to KUOW. "I think they should celebrate in the privacy of their homes if they choose to do so. And be thankful that we’re no longer arresting some 10,000 Washingtonians a year in the state of Washington and spending well over $100 million in law enforcement resources on that."