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Posted on 02/05/2009 10:43:26 AM PST by bimboeruption
Drug Enforcement Administration agents this week raided four medical marijuana shops in California, contrary to President Obama's campaign promises to stop the raids.
DEA Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart
The White House said it expects those kinds of raids to end once Mr. Obama nominates someone to take charge of DEA, which is still run by Bush administration holdovers.
The president believes that federal resources should not be used to circumvent state laws, and as he continues to appoint senior leadership to fill out the ranks of the federal government, he expects them to review their policies with that in mind," White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said.
Medical use of marijuana is legal under the law in California and a dozen other states, but the federal government under President Bush, bolstered by a 2005 Supreme Court ruling, argued that federal interests trumped state law.
Dogged by marijuana advocates throughout the campaign, Mr. Obama repeatedly said he was opposed to using the federal government to raid medical marijuana shops, particularly because it was an infringement on states' decisions.
I'm not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue," Mr. Obama told the Mail Tribune newspaper in Oregon in March, during the Democratic primary campaign.
He told the newspaper the "basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs prescribed by doctors, I think that's entirely appropriate."
Mr. Obama is still filling key law enforcement posts. For now, DEA is run by acting Administrator Michele Leonhart, a Bush appointee.
Special Agent Sarah Pullen of the DEA's Los Angeles office said agents raided four marijuana dispensaries about noon Tuesday.
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Barry sez: "Nothin' like a big, fat doobie to ease your pain."
Well, he could fire the agents. But he won’t.
You mean like laws forbidding gun registration?
You mean like laws forbidding gun registration?<<
Barry knows dope keeps us docile and stupid -- guns keep us free.
Maybe if Soros told him too.
Drug Lords Torture Murder Officials
Got to keep that quote around for future use to bludgeon the Demo/Commies when he contradicts himself on a states' rights issue or two... So, ODumbo, what do you think about the way that the Tenth Amendment is being abused by the Congress? And what do you think about Real ID? And what are your thoughts about the Feds essentially blackmailing states into making seatbelt laws a primary offense that can lead to motor vehicle stops, etc. etc.
If there weren’t a War On (some) Drugs, there wouldn’t be any drug lords.
Reasons for cannabis being made illegal:
* Racism (number one reason)
* Protection of Corporate Profits
* Yellow Journalism (certainly not in the USA)
* Ignorant, Incompetent, and/or Corrupt Legislators (no way!)
* Personal Career Advancement and Greed
End the failed war on pot.
This is the right thing for him to do. It is ridiculous when a state says “we want medical marijuana” and then the Fed steps all over the their decision because the Feds think they know better.
No just the boss, why add to the unemployment lists?
This is a bit off subject, but an interesting tid bit I heard on the news last night:
Weve often thought people were making big bucks working with drug cartels.
The investigator that tried to expose Bernie Madoff explained.
Some of Madoffs money came from the Russian mob and the Latin American drug cartels, Markopolos explained. If he would have known my name and he knew that we had a team tracking him, I didnt think I was long for this world.
You make it sound like everyone is just going to start getting high, and let someone take their guns. I’m not, are you? This could be just the first step towards returning states rights.
A lot of potheads voted for 0. He and his ho Congress better pay them off.
Federal gun control laws, like the Great Society and the WOD, is based on the New Deal view of the Commerce Clause.
In your personal opinion, based upon your reading of the Constitution, is this in keeping with the original meaning of the Commerce Clause?
I would hate for the legalization of pot to be the first step or the last step towards returning states rights.
I'd like the first step to be allowing the states to determine if abortions can be performed within their boundaries.
No, I don't agree with the New Deal view.
No, all of them. Because they are thugs and don’t deserve to be on anyone’s payroll.
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