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Feds won't sue to stop pot use in Wash., Colo.
KING5 ^

Posted on 08/29/2013 12:05:17 PM PDT by djf

US DOJ announces pot enforcement not a priority...

WASHINGTON -- The federal government says it will not sue to stop the states of Colorado and Washington from allowing recreational marijuana use.

In a sweeping national policy announcement, the Justice Department outlined eight top priority areas for its enforcement of marijuana laws....

(Excerpt) Read more at king5.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Colorado; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: corruption; doj; marijuana

1 posted on 08/29/2013 12:05:17 PM PDT by djf
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To: djf

Unusually sensible for a DOJ policy release.


2 posted on 08/29/2013 12:07:23 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: djf

It’s stupid.

Just decriminalize it.


3 posted on 08/29/2013 12:11:19 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: djf

Funny when the 10th amendment is recognized...


4 posted on 08/29/2013 12:12:41 PM PDT by TomServo
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5 posted on 08/29/2013 12:13:20 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: djf

As The Great Choomer himself once observed:
(or thought, or dreamed, or meant to say)

“Let ‘Em Be - A Stoned Electorate Is A Compliant Electorate”


6 posted on 08/29/2013 12:13:23 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("You bring me the man, I'll find you the crime" - Lavrentiy Beria [and Eric Holder])
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To: djf

So HOLDER respects state laws regarding pot, but DISREGARDS state laws regarding voting and sodomite “marriage”. Got it.


7 posted on 08/29/2013 12:16:57 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: djf
Stopped clock -- blind squirrel.

Don't see this standing for long, though ... when the fed jackboots realize how much power they're relinquishing, they'll probably change course and start kicking in doors again.

8 posted on 08/29/2013 12:17:18 PM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: djf

So much for the constitutional requirement of uniform enforcement of federal laws. One can argue that the federal governments drug laws themselves are not constitutional, but clearly granting certain states an exemption from the enforcement of criminal laws violates the rights of people who live in states where they are enforced.

You can’t pass a Federal law that makes violation a crime in Texas but not in Colorado.

But since the constitution means nothing to these people anymore, who is going to complain?


9 posted on 08/29/2013 12:18:13 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Vendome
Just decriminalize it.

They can decriminalize all recreational drugs, as far as I'm concerned.

10 posted on 08/29/2013 12:19:45 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: bassmaner

U kiddin?

I’ll bet they are holding their breaths waiting to see what the tax revenue adds up to!

We’re talkin one big time cash cow here.


11 posted on 08/29/2013 12:20:29 PM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: SoFloFreeper
So HOLDER respects state laws regarding pot, but DISREGARDS state laws regarding voting and sodomite “marriage”. Got it.

As I noted in post #8: 'Stopped clock -- blind squirrel'.

Every g**d*mned thing these jerks do is political. As soon as it becomes politically expedient to do so, they'll be sending the jackboots after the potheads again.

12 posted on 08/29/2013 12:21:15 PM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: TomServo
Funny when the 10th amendment is recognized...

My thoughts exactly. Selective enforcement/compliance.

13 posted on 08/29/2013 12:22:18 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Vendome

They just did. It’s called equal application of the law. At least at the federal level. The states are still on their own over the matter.


14 posted on 08/29/2013 12:23:56 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: P-Marlowe

You might want to read a bit more.

Historically, and traditionally, and tenth-amendment-wise, the “police power” belongs to the states.

The “police power” refers to the essence of criminal jurisdiction, and has to do with matters that effect the health and welfare and general well being of the citizens.

Federal government has criminal jurisdiction where Congress controls things according to their “exclusive legislative authority”.

There are DOJ documents and Supreme Court rullings out there that explain it more, you can research them if you like.


15 posted on 08/29/2013 12:26:43 PM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: djf
We’re talkin one big time cash cow here.

Maybe, but I'm not sure they even care about that. Their primary currency is POWER, and they'll use whatever means they have at their disposal to gain/retain it.

Remember from the 2008 debates: when Charlie Gibson noted to 0bama that keeping capital gains tax rates low results in greater income to the treasury, 0bama's response was that 'fairness' (ie. screwing the 'fat cats') was more important. Pure, unabashed political power (which, according to one of 0bama's heros comes from the mouth of a gun) is really what they traffic in.

16 posted on 08/29/2013 12:27:38 PM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The Injustice Department has a different stance when it comes to states that enforce border security and immigration laws.


17 posted on 08/29/2013 12:29:56 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: djf; xzins

I don’t care what is historical or traditional, federal criminal statutes apply to all citizens regardless of which states they commit the crime. The Federal Government can’t make a criminal law that only applies to the residents of one state. Federal laws are Federal laws.


18 posted on 08/29/2013 12:52:36 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: djf

The only laws this Nazi government is interested in enforcing are gun and tax laws. Everything else, meh!


19 posted on 08/29/2013 12:57:54 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The time for impeachment has come.)
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To: Vendome

They will once they figure out how much tax money they will get.


20 posted on 08/29/2013 12:59:51 PM PDT by funfan
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To: P-Marlowe
You can’t pass a Federal law that makes violation a crime in Texas but not in Colorado.

Some federal laws will still be enforced such as smuggling, interstate transportation etc. Simple possession or cultivation should never have been federalized in the first place.

If a DEA agent arrests a suspect in Spokane WA with 10 pounds of pot they can still prosecute him federally but they can't just dump the case on the state and locals for prosecution as they did in the past.

Given the crowded federal docket and prosecutable guidelines, DEA is not going to wast their time on any case they know the AUSA will decline because all the work will be for not.

21 posted on 08/29/2013 1:05:17 PM PDT by usurper (Liberals GET OFF MY LAWN)
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To: djf

This should be alarming to anyone regardless of what side of the pot issue they are on, since it says that the Feds can just “turn laws on and off” like a light switch at their whim. That is a very dangerous situation when you ponder its implications. You feel safe from criminal prosecution... today.


22 posted on 08/29/2013 1:05:34 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: P-Marlowe

Well, you may not care, but in one of the most important Supreme Court decisions in modern times they DID care.

United States V Lopez, 514 US 549

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Lopez


23 posted on 08/29/2013 1:09:50 PM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: djf

Why would they sue? The president is a dope-head himself...

No - they are too busy suing states for enforcing laws the Feds should be enforcing, and in investigating law-abiding citizens who use firearms to defned their lives...


24 posted on 08/29/2013 1:25:03 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: djf

That case has absolutely nothing to do with the point I made.

Congress cannot enact a criminal statute that only applies to the citizens of some of the states. Exempting the residents of Colorado while prosecuting the residents of Texas for the same crime is a clear violation of the Constitution.

Lopez had nothing whatsoever to do with that issue.


25 posted on 08/29/2013 1:27:44 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: P-Marlowe

The Lopez case helps show the limitations and extent of federal criminal jurisdiction.

What you think we have now is what Hamilton wanted but DIDN’T GET!

The federal government has no general police power, and no “law” that Congress passes can expand it’s power from a limited jurisdiction to a general jurisdiction.


26 posted on 08/29/2013 2:01:46 PM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: djf

“In declining states the leadership intuitively choses the most harmful course of action.”-A Great Historian 1888


27 posted on 08/29/2013 2:02:13 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: djf

This is interesting, especially since they been busting medical pot dealers left and right in WA state.


28 posted on 08/29/2013 2:07:34 PM PDT by CityCenter (Pleading the 5th is just so 1972.)
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To: djf

Great day in the morning! This could very well be the beginning of the end of the federal WoSD.


29 posted on 08/29/2013 2:12:55 PM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
Great day in the morning! This could very well be the beginning of the end of the federal WoSD.

It's dead, Jim.

30 posted on 08/29/2013 2:16:20 PM PDT by Ken H (First rule of gun safety - have a gun)
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To: Ken H

Honestly, I can’t believe this day has come.


31 posted on 08/29/2013 3:07:57 PM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Ken H

Doubling down on the drug war is not a winning political strategy anymore.

For example Alaska senator challengers are Mead Teadwell, Joe Miller, and maybe possibly Sarah Palin. Pothead Palin has the doper vote if she does run.


32 posted on 08/29/2013 5:24:22 PM PDT by IDFbunny
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To: SoFloFreeper
So HOLDER respects state laws regarding pot, but DISREGARDS state laws regarding voting and sodomite “marriage”. Got it.

That!
And up yours, libertarians, who could care about any state laws/prerogatives -- abortion included.

33 posted on 08/29/2013 7:13:51 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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And then there is the usurpation of state authority with regard to moral turpitude and so-called "gay" rights. Now, out the window when it comes to Federal law.

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34 posted on 08/29/2013 7:22:32 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: djf; P-Marlowe

So you think the Fed should be able to jail you for an act in one state but no jail you for the same act in another state???

You should be saying get rid of the federal law altogether. That’s the only thing that makes sense.


35 posted on 08/29/2013 11:03:39 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins; djf

This is just another example of Obama’s justice department picking and choosing which laws Obama will execute. What is especially egregious about this one is that it shows that Obama is willing to enforce laws in States that he doesn’t like and let them slide in states he does like.

Don’t be surprised when Obama enforces the Heath care mandate in Red States and gives blanket waivers to Blue States.


36 posted on 08/29/2013 11:51:20 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: P-Marlowe
So when a state passes a law against Obamacare, will you support Obama overriding that state?

What about a state that passes a gun law that is in conflict with a federal gun ban - will you urge Obama to enforce federal law against that state?

Your answers would have to be "yes" to both of these questions to be consistent with your position on medical mj.

37 posted on 08/30/2013 2:36:22 AM PDT by Ken H (First rule of gun safety - have a gun)
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To: Ken H

That should read “recreational mj” rather than “medical mj”.


38 posted on 08/30/2013 2:38:53 AM PDT by Ken H (First rule of gun safety - have a gun)
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To: Ken H; djf; xzins

Since both Obamacare and most gun restrictions are unconstitutional I would say that the president has a duty to not enforcer those laws in any state Clearly, however the president cannot pick and choose which states will enforce a criminal statute and which states he will not.

If a president believes a federal law is in keeping with the powers granted to Congress, then his sole Constitutional duty is to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed. If he fails in that duty, as he has for instance on immigration laws, then that is an impeachable offense.

My arguments on this thread are addressed to the limited idea that Obama thinks he can grant a waiver of federal prosecution for criminal laws to one or more states, while continuing enforcement in all the other states.

Actually that would also be an impeachable offense. But the cowards in congress will never do that, so we have to try and survive until Ted Cruz is elected president.


39 posted on 08/30/2013 5:52:30 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: P-Marlowe

I have to agree to the selective enforcement angle not going to pass muster. He could end not enforcing them in any state then to be even handed. There are many arcane and forgotten laws that go unenforced to.

The Latin American reaction will be interesting.


40 posted on 08/30/2013 11:08:16 PM PDT by IDFbunny
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