Skip to comments.L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca says deputies would enforce marijuana laws even if Prop. 19 passes
Posted on 10/17/2010 8:27:40 PM PDT by bornred
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said Friday his deputies marijuana enforcement would not change even if Proposition 19, which would legalize the drug in California, passes Nov. 2.
Proposition 19 is not going to pass, even if it passes, Baca said in a news conference Friday at sheriff's headquarters in Monterey Park.
Baca, whose department polices three-fourths of the county, was bolstered Friday by an announcement from the Obama administration that federal officials would continue to vigorously enforce marijuana laws in California, even if state voters pass the measure.
Baca said the proposition was superseded by federal law and if passed, would be found unconstitutional.
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Inside every so-called "liberal" is a tyrant waiting to come out.
He can’t enforce them with state laws, because mj will be legal. Will he become an arm of the feds? Will the feds let Baca enforce fed drug laws, but won’t allow AZ to enforce fed immigrant laws?
Will AG Eric Holder let him enforce Federal law?
It would be legal when? where? work? kids?
Its not even a well-thought out idea.
He is a State Law Officer who needs to get his foot out of his mouth. He has NO AUTHORITY save State law and if he tries to enforce a State Law that is no longer State Law then he needs to be put away. I don’t care where he stands on the issue, he is to enforce the law of the State.
How can a county sheriff say he is going to enforce federal laws while violating state laws? Where is his authority to do this? He’s not a federal agent. Which jurisdiction does the county fall under? I don’t see “county” anywhere in the separation of powers; they are obviously an arm of the state... not the feds... unless you happen to live in Waco.
And no, this is not the same thing as Arizona... law enforcement are enforcing a state law that AGREES with federal law.
Really, which one? the State Law or the Federal Law?
In this case there might be two laws and where exactly in the constitution does it talk about imposing naughty vegetable laws?
But there are a lot of Nanny Staters who wish to control others in this regard.
Inside many republicans there is a totalitarian rascal waiting to get out.
Wouldn’t that pre-empt Federal Law?
I couldn’t help it, just saying.
Because L.A. County has no other problems.
In my state of Idaho we just had laws go into effect that if a firearm is made in Idaho and stays in Idaho the Federal Government has no authority over it. We are still waiting on the challenges in court.
Is California’s marijuana law not going to have the same legal challenges when it comes to the FEDs?
Would the FEDs not claim the Interstate Commerce clause on both cases?
Prop 19 is not well laid out and will probably have unforseen reprocussions, but if passed, it would make it legal to have less than an ounce, grow your own in limited area and supply, etc. A couple weeks ago, Arnie signed a law making less than an ounce to be an infraction, reducing it from a misdemeaner. All this of course is only for 21+ year olds.
I’ve read the arguments for and against and neither camp makes very good arguments.
I heard on the radio news Saturday that Eric Holder intends to uphold the anti MJ law in CA no matter the outcome of the election. So I guess Baca would be able to enforce???
not a big difference.
Today all you need is a quack and even a minor can get it prescribed for laziness.
If dope is legalized, the narcs are all out of work. No more cool property forfeiture, no bribes, no lucrative rehabilitation classes, half the prisons will be empty, etc.etc. The cops have more at stake than anybody else if legalization ever happens.
Between the Mexican cartels and US “law enforcement”, half the continent lives off illegal dope.
But Federal Law trumps State law doesnt it. So if the Feds say it is illeagl couldnt they prosecute you? Although I really do not see that happening unless of course you are a Republican or Tea Partier and are running for office :)
Yeah, that’s what they say. I don’t believe much that comes from 0baMao and his homies.
The Federal laws on sale and cultivation are pretty serious:
I suspect the last thing the Feds want is a test case where somebody is busted for “personal cultivation” in compliance with state law, since it could be the basis for overturning Gonzales v. Raich.
As for Baca, it’s possible he will just focus on the storefront operations. Seize the merchandise and lock up the owner for 48 hours. Doesn’t even matter whether the Feds file charges, because it’s impossible to do business in that environment.
This is essentially how the blue counties treat legal gun owners today, so it’s not much of a leap for them.
Sure they do................
I don’t believe what 0blahblah or Holder say. Call me a skeptic.