US to Enforce Marijuana Law Despite California Vote

by VR Sreeraman on  October 18, 2010 at 11:57 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
Federal law enforcement agencies intend to aggressively go after marijuana possession and cultivation even if California voters vote in favor of legalization in a November 2 referendum, US newspapers reported.
 US to Enforce Marijuana Law Despite California Vote
US to Enforce Marijuana Law Despite California Vote

The reports cited a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder to former chiefs of the Drug Enforcement Administration vowing no let up in enforcement of marijuana laws.

"Let me state clearly that the Department of Justice strongly opposes Proposition 19. If passed, this legislation will greatly complicate federal drug enforcement efforts to the detriment of our citizens," it said.

Holder did not spell out exactly how he will proceed but said the Justice Department was "considering all available legal and policy options," and intended to "aggressively enforce" federal drug laws.

The use of medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996, but Proposition 19 would permit the state's counties and municipalities to authorize the cultivation, transportation and sale of marijuana, and to tax it like tobacco and alcohol.

The proposition will be put to voters in a referendum during the upcoming mid-term legislative elections on November 2.

A slender majority of Californians support the proposition, according to the latest polls.

Moreover, the measure has been defended by California officials, who argue that the indirect costs in police and prisons needed to enforce a marijuana ban are too high for the fiscally strapped state.

Source: AFP

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i wonder if there will be any physical resistance to the feds pushing their will onto a state that may choose to be free instead of being led. a california army so to speak. i'll join [caifornias army]if the feds choose to interfere in free will. if americans stand up and say no with enough force the government will have to listen.and to those people who say they will just arrest you if you fight, remember why this country was started in the first place.
markthurst Monday, October 18, 2010

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