- Comrade Obama has worked to confiscate the private property of landlords who rent to medical marijuana businesses that are legal under state law.
- Now with the other hand Obama grants the American Indian racial group the right to grow pot.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- The U.S. Justice Department is giving Native American tribes authority to legalize marijuana on their reservations, telling federal prosecutors the issue needs to be handled on a "government-to-government basis."
The shift is not expected to immediately change how law enforcement in Riverside County deals with marijuana on any of the 12 reservations here. And it's too early to know if local tribes will take the opportunity to legalize the drug on their reservations.
"We don't enforce federal law, we enforce state law, so any change in the federal law isn't going to affect us necessarily," said Capt. Ray Wood, commander of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department's Hemet Station and head of the department's Tribal Liaison Unit.
Jeff Grubbe, chairman of the Palm Springs-based Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, said in a text message that the tribe has no comment at this time. The tribe's reservation covers 32,000 acres in the western Coachella Valley.
The growing acceptance and legalization of marijuana prompted some tribes to ask the Justice Department for guidance on enforcement of federal drug laws on tribal land.
The department responded in October with a policy statement to federal prosecutors and other law enforcement officials noting that the diversity among Indian nations requires flexibility when working with tribal leaders on the issue of marijuana
The guidelines are the latest signal from the Obama administration that it respects the sovereign status of Indian tribes, said Stephen Pevar, an instructor on American Indian law at New York University Law School and author of the book The Rights of Indians and Tribes.
|Victim of Racism|
Denzel Washington is Black. He is not allowed to own a casino in most states. By law only the American Indian racial group is allowed to own a casino. Now the Indian racial group is given special protection to grow pot.