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.” ~Attorney General Eric Holder
California may be the first state to legalize marijuana in the US, however the Attorney General says the US government will enforce federal laws against marijuana no matter how Californians vote next month on Proposition 19.
Proposition 19 would regulate recreational pot use, permit adults to possess up to one ounce of the drug and grow small gardens on private property.
The conflict between state and federal poses an enforcement issue though.
“‘We will continue as we are today regardless of whether it passes or doesn’t pass,’ County Sheriff Lee Baca said. His deputies don’t and won’t go after users in their homes, but public use of the drug will be targeted, he said.”
On the federal level concerns were raised over the extent to which federal drug agents would raid communities statewide to catch small-time users and dealers, or if they even had the resources to do that. Then it will become more efficient to target “certain” communities more than others, then Black and Brown folk will end up in jail…or at least that’s my guess.
Holder claims legalized recreational marijuana would be a “significant impediment” to joint efforts to target drug traffickers, who often distribute pot alongside cocaine and other drugs, by all levels of government.
In the event the Prop 19 passes the Supreme Court has ruled the federal government cannot “order local law enforcement to act.” ~nytimes.com
“Besides California, 13 other states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana in recent years.”
Do you think Attorney General Holder made a good argument for opposing Prop 19? Do you think marijuana should be legalized? Do you think recreation marijuana will soon be legalized in more states like medical marijuana?