Colorado and Washington: will the empire strike back?

Posted on December 8th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

cannabisThe New York Times reports that White House and Justice Department officials are considering plans for legal action against Colorado and Washington in the wake of last month's legalization initiatives. The Obama administration declined to comment on the deliberations, but pointed to a press release the Justice Department issued on Dec. 5—the day before the initiative took effect in Washington—in the name of the US attorney in Seattle, Jenny A. Durkan.

Duarkan warned Washington residents that cannabis remains illegal under the US Controlled Substances Act: "The Department of Justice is reviewing the legalization initiatives recently passed in Colorado and Washington State. The Department's responsibility to enforce the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged. Neither States nor the Executive branch can nullify a statute passed by Congress. In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. Regardless of any changes in state law, including the change that will go into effect on December 6 in Washington State, growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law."

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Obama weighs in on legalization measures

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 Obama has broken his silence on the Washington and Colorado measures. From ABC News, Dec. 14:

"We've got bigger fish to fry," Obama said of pot users in Colorado and Washington during an exclusive interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters.

"It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it's legal," he said, invoking the same approach taken toward users of medicinal marijuana in 18 states where it's legal.

Sounds good, but we've heard this kind of laissez faire rhetoric from the POTUS before...


Comment by Bill Weinberg on Dec 16th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

DEA raids continue in Washington state

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OK, so much for laissez faire rhetoric. The DEA last week carried out coordinated raids on cannabis dispensaries in Washington state, confiscating documents and around $2,500 worth of medical marijuana. (HuffPost, July 25)

Comment by Bill Weinberg on Aug 2nd, 2013 at 2:08 am

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