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California Gov. Brown: DOJ, Obama should 'respect' state marijuana laws
The Hill ^ | 11/11/12 | Zack Colman

Posted on 11/11/2012 3:52:20 PM PST by Libloather

Calif. Gov. Brown: DOJ, Obama should 'respect' state marijuana laws
By Zack Colman - 11/11/12 10:12 AM ET

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said the federal government should let recently passed marijuana legalization laws stand in Colorado and Washington.

“It’s time for the Justice Department to recognize the sovereignty of the states,” Brown said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “I believe the president and the Department of Justice ought to respect the will of these states.”

Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for recreational use through ballot measures last week.

But marijuana is still outlawed at the federal level, which likely foretells a legal battle over implementing the state laws.

President Obama cracked down on medical marijuana producers after signaling during his 2008 campaign that he would permit that activity. Raids were frequent in California, where using marijuana for medical reasons has been permitted for years.

Against that background and the recently approved Colorado and Washington laws, Brown said the federal government “shouldn’t try to nullify reasonable state measures.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: brown; california; laws; marijuana; moonbeam; retread; weed
State law and state sovereignty? Hmmmm. I wonder if that would work on Commiecare™.
1 posted on 11/11/2012 3:52:26 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Like he respects state immigration laws, or state voter id laws, or state health care was, or. . . . Well, you get the idea


2 posted on 11/11/2012 3:54:36 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Libloather
This Moon-child is apparently not familiar with the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.



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3 posted on 11/11/2012 3:58:58 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Libloather

States Rights? Gee, where are George Wallace and Lester Maddox when you need them?


4 posted on 11/11/2012 3:59:58 PM PST by newheart (The greatest trick the left ever pulled was convincing the world it was not a religion.)
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To: Libloather

Interesting. Some leftist states may want secession so they can keep hitting their bongs. Hey. Whatever it takes. I guess.


5 posted on 11/11/2012 4:00:13 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: Libloather

Question on “Medical” Marijuana?...if its “Medical”... shouldn’t it be payed for by Obamacare?


6 posted on 11/11/2012 4:02:20 PM PST by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: Libloather

I expect that Obama will be making a lot more trips to California just to take advantage of the new law.


7 posted on 11/11/2012 4:06:01 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean
Why? He can just swing by Washington state or Colorado and get the stuff purely for recreational use!

No "I stubbed my toe" excuse required.

8 posted on 11/11/2012 4:11:15 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: Libloather

For pot, yes because it fulfills his agenda. For obamacare and other issues? Fat chance.


9 posted on 11/11/2012 4:38:03 PM PST by ari-freedom
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10 posted on 11/11/2012 4:42:33 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: Libloather
Where does the Tijuana Cartel stand on this issue?
11 posted on 11/11/2012 4:57:26 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Libloather

“Against that background and the recently approved Colorado and Washington laws, Brown said the federal government “shouldn’t try to nullify reasonable state measures.”

Reasonable = Leftist. Nullification is only good for Leftist causes. Otherwise, nullification of 0-care means that you are a redneck, Southern, lost cause rebel.


12 posted on 11/11/2012 4:58:26 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot)
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To: Libloather

If this works, then maybe Obama will respect the vote in several states to not participate in ObamaCare. Maybe Obama will support the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions whereby states can nullify Federal laws (and regulations) they sufficiently object to.

Somehow I don’t don’t think this will come to pass.


13 posted on 11/11/2012 5:52:14 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: Libloather

if my governor in colorado, a dim POS, had any spine he would tell the feds to stick it up their obama and order the state police to arrrest any federali attempting to enforce any fed law contrary to this. he doesn’t so he won’t.
ps i voted against legalization because it was to be a state constitution ammendment. it is way too easy to get ammendments passed than laws.


14 posted on 11/11/2012 6:05:04 PM PST by bravo whiskey
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To: ConorMacNessa
This Moon-child is apparently not familiar with the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Not so fast. Federal regulation of intrastate drugs is based on the same expansive interpretation of the Commerce Clause as federal control over health care, education and the environment. These all occur at the expense of the Tenth Amendment.

Agreed?

15 posted on 11/11/2012 7:11:13 PM PST by Ken H
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To: Ken H

Which is precisely why we needed a Constitutional Amendment to Ban Alcohol. Nothing has changed except the irrational, illogical, yet incomprehensible rulings from 9 scumbag lawyers.


16 posted on 11/11/2012 7:58:12 PM PST by eyeamok
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To: Libloather

Moonbeam may also want to touch base with Arizona on the issue of Federal interference over state law.


17 posted on 11/11/2012 9:43:12 PM PST by 5thGenTexan
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