The Obama administration said Thursday that it would not challenge laws legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington state as long as those states maintain strict rules involving the sale and distribution of the drug.
Right, in other words, you can pretend that your state is soveriegn ... as long as your state does as it's told by the federal government. They're just so damn magnanimous, aren't they? So it's just like state's had rights, but different ... see? No doubt this is just as the founders envisioned.
In a memo to U.S. attorneys in all 50 states, Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole said the Justice Department is “committed to using its limited investigative and prosecutorial resources to address the most significant threats in the most effective, consistent and rational way.” He stressed that marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
And why would he stress this? So he can keep the hammer over the heads of the states? Think of it as the sword of Dumoclese.
The memo, which was welcomed by proponents of marijuana legalization, directs federal prosecutors to focus on eight areas of enforcement rather than spending time targeting individual users. Those aims include preventing distribution of marijuana to minors, stopping the growing of marijuana on public land, keeping pot from falling into the hands of cartels and gangs, and preventing the diversion of marijuana to states where it remains illegal. More here:
Wow, so they're just going to keep doing everything they're already doing and then loudly proclaim they're granting us some extra liberty ... yeah, I reckon not.
I wonder how much money they (federal govnt) squander "enforcing" these crucial federal laws. Never mind. I don't wonder anymore, I just looked it up ... more than 10 billion curp so far this year. Oh well, no reason for concern. They have plenty of money, right?
And for the record, the Klown does not smoke-a the marijuana. Tried it, didn't like it ... probably because its value is only appreciated by the smart & cool peeps.