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About to Drop the Hammer on "Medical" Marijuana


This MSNBC report indicates that the Obama administration has decided to enforce federal law instead of ignoring it.  Specifically, instead of waffling in the face of California's so-called "Compassionate Use Act," the feds have discovered that the Constitution contains something called the "Supremacy Clause" and now aim to enforce it.  Thus, as the article recounts:

Federal prosecutors have launched a crackdown on pot dispensaries in California, warning the stores that they must shut down in 45 days or face criminal charges and confiscation of their property even if they are operating legally under the state's 15-year-old medical marijuana law.

In an escalation of the ongoing conflict between the U.S. government and the nation's burgeoning medical marijuana industry, California's four U.S. attorneys sent letters Wednesday and Thursday notifying at least 16 pot shops or their landlords that they are violating federal drug laws, even though medical marijuana is legal in California. The attorneys are scheduled to announce their coordinated crackdown at a Friday news conference.

If this is true, congratulations are due Attorney General Holder.  This action will not sit well with a significant portion of the President's base, but Mr. Holder has apparently decided to enforce the law notwithstanding.  Good for him.

As ever, CJLF takes no position in the legalization debate.  But the way to change democratically enacted law, about drugs or anything else, is not to flout it.  It's to use the ample lawful means available to persuade a majority of the electorate that change is warranted.

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