DEA Promises to Continue Drug War and Ignore Voter Decisions in Colorado and Washington
JG Vibes theintelhub
Voters in Colorado and Washington have decided to legalize cannabis for recreational use, however the feds have promised to ignore states rights and lock people up anyway, regardless of local laws.
Bob Tuskin reported on the story for The Intel Hub this morning, saying that:
“Both Colorado and Washington have passed referendums legalizing cannabis use. The plant is still made illegal according to federal law.
Colorado’s Proposition 64 makes it legal for anyone over the age of 21 to possess marijuana and for businesses to sell it. It will be interesting to see how the feds treat this.
Barry Soetoro claimed he would not go after legal medical facilities and respect state laws. Fail!”
The local politicians, even those who opposed the initiative, actually seem to be respecting the will of the voters, but they have also expressed that the feds will not be so understanding.
Last night Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, an opponent of Amendment 64 told reporters that:
“The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through.
That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly.”
Unfortunately, he is right, the feds do intend to carry on the drug war within the borders of states that have legalized cannabis.
This will without a doubt lead to a period of legal conflict within these states and more innocent nonviolent drug users will continue to be put behind bars.
However, the good news to this is that a crackdown of this nature will make the drug war look even worse than it already does and prove that the federal government is going against the wishes of the popular vote.
Up until the past few years, the establishment has actually had public opinion on their side in regards to the drug war, but as more people are learning the truth about prohibition that advantage has begun to slip away.
For the feds to blatantly ignore the wishes of the voters will further undermine the drug war and undermine the electoral process itself.
With that being said, smoking cannabis openly and proudly in these states will be an act of civil disobedience that many are currently planning.
You can’t arrest everyone and, when a law becomes truly unenforceable, is when it will actually be rendered obsolete.
It’s important to remember that just because the law has been written down onto paper though, doesn’t mean that the battle is over.