Despite California exercising its Tenth Amendment right, the Department of Justice will prosecute marijuana users even if Proposition 19, which has been endorsed by 65 law professors from across the political spectrum, passes on November 2nd:
Attorney General Eric Holder vowed to continue enforcing federal laws against marijuana in California even if the state’s voters legalize the drug.
Holder, in a letter to former administrators of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), officially stated opposition to Proposition 19, the state ballot initiative on which Californians will vote that would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana.
“We will vigorously enforce the [Controlled Substances Act] against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law,” Holder wrote in the letter, which was reported on by The Associated Press.
A year ago, it looked like an administration was finally beginning to scale back the War on Drugs, which has been a costly failure, as the Department of Justice decided not to prosecute individuals using marijuana for medicinal purposes.
As has been with administrations past, the Tenth Amendment be damned and the laws of the federal government, no matter how fruitless they are, will be enforced.