Obama Administration Pledges To Ignore State Legalization of Pot And Crackdown On Users and Distributors

marijuana_leafPresObamaWe discussed earlier how, when trying to lure back liberal voters for his reelection, President Obama’s administration went into radio silence on its past crackdown on marijuana use, including medical marijuana. Then, the day after reelection, the Justice Department announced that it would continue its unpopular crackdown on pot distribution and possession. Now, after the legalization of marijuana use in Washington state, the Justice Department has announced that it would not yield to the citizens of the state and would continue its crackdown. The statement came from the office of the United States Attorney in Seattle, the highest ranking Justice official in the state.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Seattle warned “[r]egardless of any changes in state law, including the change that will go into effect on Dec. 6 in Washington state, growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. … Neither states nor the executive branch can nullify a statute passed by Congress.”

That is a curious statement since the Obama Administration recently did precisely that in the immigration area — it declared that it would no longer enforce the express law with regard to certain illegal aliens. It also refused to defend such laws as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Moreover, the Justice Department routinely makes decisions on the allocation of resources and priorities. Many citizens question the need and efficiency of fighting the use of pot, particularly for medical purposes. The statement from the highest DOJ attorney in the state is therefore not only misleading but appears intentionally misleading. It expressly states (wrongly) that the Administration has no choice but to prosecute the possession and distribution of marijuana.

It is also worth noting that the Administration did not need these state laws to alter its senseless actions in this area for the last four years. It has continued its policy despite widespread criticism and indeed these laws were responses to that ongoing federal campaign.

For the moment, federal agents stood aside as citizens in Washington celebrated the legalization of marijuana.  However, the message is clear — if belated after the election — that President Obama will continue the mindless campaign in the area. We have a huge bureaucracy that is entirely geared toward the prosecution of these cases, including the ability to keep “proceeds” seized in these raids by police and prosecutors. It has become something of a perpetual enforcement machine unconnected to any sense of priority or logic. It also denies the right of these states to go their own way under federalism principles.


Source: ABC

59 thoughts on “Obama Administration Pledges To Ignore State Legalization of Pot And Crackdown On Users and Distributors”

  1. From the patent:

    Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed class of cannabinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula (I) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group consisting of H, CH3, and COCH3. ##STR1##


  2. Shano, how can the feds patent an herb? I thought plants were non-patentable? I thought you might have stumbled across the answer to that one while you were researching it.

    another thing I just don’t understand is how the feds, who were set up to defend the states, coin money and make treaties with other countries, have gotten to the point where they are bossing our states around. I just don’t get that. I guess my southerness is showing, but I DO believe in state’s rights as laid out when our country was started. Ya know, actually, I’m really quite surprised that it wasn’t Texas to start this one!!!

  3. i do hope they hold off a bit on enforcement. i’ve got three truckloads of cocoa-puffs and moon pies headed there now.

  4. Wells Fargo made a bundle laundering Mexican drug cartel money.

    Is the F.I.R.E. sector a big drug warrior? – why yes, yes they are.

  5. MikeS named it, what has not been named by anyone before him.

    The Illegal Drug Industry.
    Illegal Drugs are more profitable than legal cannabis.
    And until proven otherwise I will still believe that the CIA and HW Bush have been and are involved in this illegal industry.

    Besides, they get all the support of alcohol industry in the fight against competing substances.

    Tobacco kills, that’s proven. Do we have a war against its use?

    1. “MikeS named it, what has not been named by anyone before him.”


      We’re on the same page. If I was the head of an International Drug Cartel I would support the election campaigns of all those who want to keep all drugs illegal. It is interesting how there are some entities whose work dovetails with the drug cartels interests. Every large drug bust contributes to maintenance of high prices and following the money who benefits the most?

  6. What Justice Holmes, Darren Smith, and Gene said.

    Are these laws the start of the domino effect in other states like the laws recognizing gay marriage? I would think that the fed and state law enforcement systems would be overloaded with enforcement personnel if marijuana was legalized in all 50 states. If so, it definitely wouldn’t help unemployment numbers.

  7. “nick spinelli1, December 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

    W was more progressive than Obama on this, ironic don’t you think?”

    George did far more and different illegal drugs than Obama has. He felt the skit was harmless. Am sure that he is still puffing away and smiling at what is happening.

  8. Bob, Esq..

    Support for your professor from unexpected sources? Perhaps.


    Sobran’s point was that through the Harris Act, Congress broke the previous Constitutional barriar to making of laws which expanded Federal power into new areas. Previously the Constitution was interpreted as preventing new powers being added except by CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

    An introductory excerpt:

    “If Washington and Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton could come back, the first thing they’d notice would be that the federal government now routinely assumes thousands of powers never assigned to it — powers never granted, never delegated, never enumerated. These were the words they used, and it’s a good idea for us to learn their language. They would say that we no longer live under the Constitution they wrote. And the Americans of a much later era — the period from Cleveland to Coolidge, for example — would say we no longer live even under the Constitution they inherited and amended.”

  9. One rarely sees a sarcasm colored cat and when one does it is easy to mistake them for a calico.

    1. Gene,

      You need to learn how to be sarcastic…. It’s a developed skill….

  10. Think of this as corporate welfare to the legal, LEO, prison industrial complexes.

  11. The tipping point is coming when Wall Street becomes involved. Obama better make his choice wisely:

  12. If Obama was really interested in US manufacturing, he would support legalizing Industrial Hemp. Kentucky may be second after Colorado. Is he going to go after farmers growing industrial hemp as well? The manufacturers of hemp food and fabrics? Where is he going to draw the line?

    1. Industrial hemp is fine but medical marijuana is not,

    2. both will see crackdowns, or

    3. people will be left alone to use their medicine of choice and American industry will have a new food and cellulose product worth billions of dollars.


  13. Bob, correctly set the tone of this discussion. What we see is the truth that the “Illegal Drug Industry/Drug Treatment Industry/ Prison Industry/DEA Complex has great power.

    1. Mike,

      I have to agree with justice Holmes…. Gene, Bob Esq and what you said.

      Do you really expect Obama to not violate our civil rights as granted to us by the 10th? So long as commerce clause is effective and money can be made, why not make everything a crime?

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