Q: Why is it a pipe dream for me to expect my mayor to enforce federal law?

Posted: October 19, 2009 by datechguy in local stuff, opinion/news
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A: Because why should I expect her to enforce federal laws when apparently the elected president doesn’t plan to do so.

The Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws, under new policy guidelines to be sent to federal prosecutors Monday.

Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state laws.

Different opinions on drug laws are legitimate but that’s why you have a congress that can repeal laws and presidents who can sign them.

Then again they don’t have the guts to move on don’t ask don’t tell why should anyone expect them to have the guts to move on this?

Update: At least one D.A. in LA gets it.

Update 2: I am clearly in the minority among my fellows.

  1. GS says:

    Great point. I’m for legalized marijuana (not just medicinally speaking) and I feel like a lot of the momentum for keeping it illegal is based on the fact that it is such an exception to the rest of the scheduled drugs (i.e. heroin, cocaine, pcp, meth do observable physical and mental harm, create physical addiction, create crime, and you just never hear a story with a happy ending about them).

    Far from a gateway drug, I believe, from my experiences as well as the experiences of many others that I know personally, that it prevents you from trying things you might otherwise have gambled on. Those who do the gamut of drugs are typically “substance abusers”, not potheads. The kids that started by sniffing glue when they were 12, not the ones that occasionally smoke some pot on the weekends. It’s proven to be less harmful than nicotine or alcohol, both of which are physically addictive but helped the financial beginnings of this country in a big, big way.

    But you are so absolutely correct in that we have a federalized republic for a reason. It works. We truly do have a system of “having your cake and eating it too” if people would try to live by it instead of creating some mythical Utopian synthesis of laws that would magically apply to all of us nearly 400 million Americans.