On Tuesday, Colorado and Washington passed ballot measures that would allow for recreational use of marijuana. Those victories for federalism may be short-lived as the federal government may file suit to prevent the measures from going into effect:
Votes making Colorado and Washington the first U.S. states to legalize marijuana for recreational use could be short-lived victories for pot backers because the federal government will fight them, two former U.S. drug control officials said on Wednesday.
They said the federal government could sue to block parts of the measures or send threatening letters to marijuana shops, followed up by street-level clampdowns similar to those targeting medical marijuana dispensaries the government suspects are fronts for drug traffickers.
“This is a symbolic victory for (legalization) advocates, but it will be short-lived,” Kevin Sabet, a former adviser to the Obama administration’s drug czar, told reporters.
“They are facing an uphill battle with implementing this, in the face of … presidential opposition and in the face of federal enforcement opposition,” Sabet said.
During the campaign, Obama tried to reach out to stoners by shooting a video with John Cho and Kal Penn, stars of the Harold and Kumar movies. Kal Penn, who briefly worked in the White House, claimed that Obama had been “consistent” on marijuana policy. Sure, only if you’re willing to ignore, you know, most everything he has done.
Back in 2009, Obama, who had admitted to using drugs in the past, said that his administration wouldn’t arrest medical marijuana patients in states that allow for its use. Unfortunately, Obama has continued to shut down marijuana dispensaries in states where it is legal for that purpose and prosecuted their operators despite state laws.
Penn Jillette, who, like me, has never used drugs, discussed Obama’s drug policy on his show back earlier this year. The rant is epic and you need to watch it, especially if you believe that Obama has scaled back the war on drugs: