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Feds Oppose Calif. Prop 19 To Legalize Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on October 15, 2010 at 08:10:00 PT
By Pete Yost, Associated Press Writer
Source: Associated Press
Washington, D.C. -- Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal government will enforce its marijuana laws in California even if the state's voters approve a ballot measure to legalize the drug.Holder says the Justice Department strongly opposes California's Proposition 19 and remains firmly committed to enforcing the federal Controlled Substances Act in all states.
He made the comments in a letter to former chiefs of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter, dated Wednesday."We will vigorously enforce the CSA 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.He also said that legalizing recreational marijuana in California would be a "significant impediment" to the government's joint efforts with state and local law enforcement to target drug traffickers, who often distribute marijuana alongside cocaine and other drugs. Holder said approval of the ballot measure would "significantly undermine" efforts to keep California communities safe.If Proposition 19 passes in November, California would become the first state to legalize and regulate recreational pot use. Adults could possess up to one ounce of the drug.California already allows medical marijuana.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Pete Yost, Associated Press WriterPublished:  October 15, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Associated PressCannabisNews  -- Cannabis  Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml
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Comment #7 posted by Canis420 on October 15, 2010 at 10:27:30 PT:
From MPP
Thereís been a great deal of chatter recently about what the federal government can or will do if Californians wisely pass Proposition 19 in a few weeks (read up here and here for example). President Obama has several choices, but the one I want address here is the one recently urged by nine former DEA heads (pdf): for the feds to sue California in an attempt to declare the law null and void under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution because it violates the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). I have yet to see a more than perfunctory analysis of such a scenario, so I thought Iíd post a little introductory Constitutional Law lesson for our curious readers.For complete article link below:http://blog.mpp.org/tax-and-regulate/prop-19-and-constitutional-law-for-dummies-and-dea-administrators/10132010/
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Comment #6 posted by HempWorld on October 15, 2010 at 09:58:41 PT
Feds Oppose Democracy and Science!
This is what is going on!
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Comment #5 posted by Had Enough on October 15, 2010 at 09:24:11 PT
#4...Just Wondering
Calvina Fay & Co. wants pee testing and goes all over the place spewing lies about cannabis and promoting pee testing.How come she isnít chiming in on the cops getting the same treatment...And donít stop there...pee test congress...That alone by itself will end prohibition.But then again...Calvina & Co. know not to bite the hands that feed them.***Calvinaís link to pee testing.http://www.dfaf.org/questions-answers/drug%20testing
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Comment #4 posted by Had Enough on October 15, 2010 at 09:02:41 PT
Portland wants random drug testing of officers 
The Portland Police Association is pushing back against the drug testing proposal.Posted on October 2, 2010PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The union representing Portland police officers is pushing back against a proposal that would require random drug testing of police officers.The proposal from the city would also require drug tests after use of deadly force, suspects' death in custody and serious traffic crashes.Portland Police Association attorney Will Aitchison says the proposal would violate the officers' right to privacy.more...http://www.kgw.com/news/Portland-wants-random-drug-testing-of-officers-104209144.html
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on October 15, 2010 at 08:58:59 PT
Oh boy!
Now it gets interesting!California is about to take Uncle Sam out behind the woodshed for a little lesson in hickory stick therapy.I want to see Michele Leonhart arrest California! We are in for the most interesting year since the beginning of prohibition. It would not surprise me if this issue sparked a revolution. The closer we get the harder they push. The harder they push the more we push back.It is becoming more and more obvious just how important prohibition is to the feds and their sponsors. Will they push this issue until we have an actual war where citizens fight back instead of a war in name only where the victims aren't allowed to fight back?
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Comment #2 posted by dongenero on October 15, 2010 at 08:30:17 PT
DOJ, ready to go rogue
"Holder says the Justice Department strongly opposes California's Proposition 19 and remains firmly committed to enforcing the federal Controlled Substances Act in all states."Oh, the Justice Dept remains committed to the CSA? How about The People you represent? They after all, are the point of the DOJ existence, no? 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on October 15, 2010 at 08:14:01 PT
It's Time To Change The Federal Law
That will be the only way to finally get this done right.
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