Obama's Perplexing Potpocalypse

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    Eric Holder Says DOJ Will Let Washington, Colorado Marijuana Laws Go Into Effect

    BREAKING: Eric Holder Announces Department of Justice
    to Allow Marijuana Legalization to Go Into Effect

    Internal Justice Department Emails Shed New Light On Obama's Perplexing Potpocalypse

    Well that certainly clears things up dwr

    Obama won’t sue Colorado or Washington state over pot laws

    Nearly a year after Washington state and Colorado voted to legalize recreational marijuana, the Obama administration announced on Thursday that it won’t sue the states to comply with federal laws, though it reserves the right to in the future.

    Update: Reactions To DOJ Marijuana Memo: Dismay, Exuberance, Skepticism

    Dismay: Kevin Sabet

    Skepticism: Tom Angell

    Update 2:

    Some of you surely are questioning the sanity of those who are releasing statements of exuberance about this announcement. However, I do understand at least one reason for doing so. Since the administration is playing the “game” of appearing to be reasonable while not actually committing to anything real, a tactic by the other side can be to publicly accept that “appearance” as something real, in order to cement that impression with the public. Thus, when the administration acts in a contrary manner, the public will view the administration as double-dealing once again.

    The game doesn’t always work, and I certainly have no need to pursue such things here, but I understand it as a legitimate political tactic.


    Reply: they’re a funny lot:

    The guidance lists eight federal priorities that prosecutors should consider when deciding whether to undertake a prosecution.

    • Preventing marijuana distribution to minors

    oooh… Prohibition of cannabis does that. Prosecute the feds

    • Preventing money from sales from going to criminal groups

    oooh… Prohibition does that. Prosecute the feds

    • Preventing the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal to states where it is illegal

    • Preventing criminal groups from using state laws as cover for trafficking of other illegal drugs

    • Preventing violence and the use of illegal firearms

    • Preventing drugged driving

    • Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands

    • Preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property

    ditto, ditto, ditto… all dittoes. Prohibition breeds all those conditions, prosecute the feds!

    oh, the bitter irony of this could make a fella cry.

    CN: Washington, D.C. August 29, 2013

    Obama administration to allow recreational marijuana laws to stand

    Marijuana Stores Can Open in Colorado & Washington
    Steven Nelson U.S. News & World Report
    The Department of Justice announced Thursday it will not block recreational marijuana stores from opening next year in Colorado and Washington state. Voters in the two states elected to legalize the drug in November 2012, but marijuana advocates and state officials have anxiously awaited federal guidance ever since. The Justice Department said in a release it will allow the stores to open, but that it expects state regulations to be "tough in practice, not just on paper, and include strong, state-based enforcement efforts, backed by adequate funding." Read More...

    U.S. Allows States To Legalize Recreational MJ
    David Ingram Reuters
    In a move marijuana advocates hailed as a historic shift, the Obama administration on Thursday began giving U.S. states wide leeway to experiment with pot legalization and started by letting Colorado and Washington carry out new laws permitting recreational use. The Justice Department said it would refocus marijuana enforcement nationwide by bringing criminal charges only in eight defined areas - such as distribution to minors - and giving breathing room to users, growers and related businesses that have feared prosecution. Read More...

    Obama Admin. OKs Washington, Colorado MJ Laws
    Stephen Dinan Washington Times
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder told Colorado and Washington on Thursday that the federal government will not stand in the way of those states’ marijuana laws, clearing the way for individuals to possess and use the drug. The decision, which has been anticipated for months, creates a patchwork of federal enforcement in the country — but it also marks the beginning of state experimentation as local officials try to figure out their own approaches to drug policy. “We want to show how it’s done, and done right,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, who said the final agreement represents a balance that protects individual users but still allows states and the federal government to go after criminal gangs involved in marijuana. Read More...

    Holder Says DOJ Will Let MJ Law Go Into Effect
    Ryan J. Reilly and Ryan Grim Huffington Post
    The United States government took a historic step back from its long-running drug war on Thursday, when Attorney General Eric Holder informed the governors of Washington and Colorado that the Department of Justice would allow the states to create a regime that would regulate and implement the ballot initiatives that legalized the use of marijuana for adults. A Justice Department official said that Holder told the governors in a joint phone call early Thursday afternoon that the department would take a "trust but verify approach" to the state laws. DOJ is reserving its right to file a preemption lawsuit at a later date, since the states' regulation of marijuana is illegal under the Controlled Substances Act. Read More...

    Government Won't Block Colorado MJ Legalization
    John Ingold Denver Post
    The federal government, at least initially, will not stand in the way of marijuana legalization in Colorado or Washington. In a memo sent out Thursday to federal prosecutors, the Department of Justice said it will not make it a priority to block marijuana-legalization laws in Colorado or Washington or close down recreational marijuana stores, so long as the stores abide by state regulations. Read More...

    Feds Won’t Challenge Washington’s Pot Law
    Brian M. Rosenthal Seattle Times
    The federal government will not try to block Washington state’s recreational marijuana legalization law, Gov. Jay Inslee announced this morning. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder delivered his long-awaited decision on a potential legal challenge in a phone call with Inslee and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper just after 9 a.m., according to Inslee’s staff. Colorado’s legalization law, also approved last November, also will stand. “We appreciate that the federal government will allow the voice of Washingtonians to be heard on this issue,” Inslee said in a news release. Read More...

    U.S. Says It Won’t Sue To Undo State Marijuana Law
    Ashley Southall New York Times
    The Obama administration on Thursday said it would not sue to undo laws legalizing marijuana in 20 states, although it will monitor operations in those states to make sure they do not run afoul of several enforcement priorities. Washington and Colorado recently began allowing small amounts of marijuana to be used recreationally, while 18 other states and the District of Columbia permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Read More...

    Obama Adm. to Allow Recreational MJ Laws to Stand
    David G. Savage Los Angeles Times
    The Obama administration announced Thursday a limited pullback on federal enforcement of marijuana, saying it will not interfere with new state laws that permit recreational use of marijuana. The Justice Department said it will not seek to veto new state laws in Colorado and Washington that legalize the recreational use of marijuana, and it will not bring federal prosecutions against dispensaries or businesses that sell small amounts of marijuana to adults. Read More...

    Leahy Wants Administration To Clarify MJ Laws
    CN Staff on August 28, 2013 at 19:47:05 PT
    By Aamer Madhani, USA Today
    Sen. Patrick Leahy wants top Obama administration officials to clarify how conflicting state and federal marijuana laws should be handled. The Vermont Democrat announced Monday that he's invited Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Attorney General James Cole to address the issue at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next month to discuss the conflict in statutes in the aftermath of Washington and Colorado legalizing marijuana for recreational use in November and 19 states and the District of Columbia allowing the drug to be used for medicinal purposes. Read More...

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    Logic 101

    Big Pharma is NOT giving up profits. Patents on cannabinoids and sublingual spray will be sold in drug stores. Keeping Dispensaries outlawed and most important for the war brokers, keep Hemp outlawed from family farmers. As in the beginning, Obombo NEVER said he would not bust buyers clubs under the commerce clause and Raich. He said he would permit individual patients in states with laws legalizing them. I say he has no authority on individuals and states with limits are setting up Catch 22's no different than before.

    Also, I'd bet many reading his new memo are as determined to blame him when he continues busting buyers clubs as are confused about Holders authority or political clout to thwart an act of Congress. Or his bread and butter at Wall St, who sponsors this prohibition as they have all prohibitions. Incremental retardation giving the appeasers and profiteers owning the will of we the people.

    Pisstasting is profitable, but not tasty to the pallet of most middle classists. This is another Big Sky gutting the clean air act. Souder pissing all over the Higher Education Act. So Obombo says you can do what you can already do and I'll keep the bogeyman chained up. But you gots to scratch his back with pisstasting drivers. What the profiteers and appeasers and industrial complexes want. sosdd. But it might calm the dung worrier Urinalists wondering if their next paycheck is coming.

    "At DEA, our mission is to fight drug trafficking in order to make drug abuse the most expensive, unpleasant, risky, and disreputable form of recreation a person could have."
    – Donnie Marshall,
    Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

    Cheap Labor = Profits.
    More income tax back caging a stoner,
    than working minimum wage.
    Treatment = profit,
    while cures and prevention take profit away.
    Eliminating competition = profit
    Undercutting prices with outsourced sweatshops,
    Or Koch private prison, man min, max cap contracts.
    More prison slave labor = profit.
    Larger pools of unemployed,
    joining the scab labor, with or without papers,
    to undercut more wages.
    More desperate to vote on right to work for less.
    Necessity is no longer the Mother of Invention,
    it has become a deterrent to whistle blowing.
    The new Mother is Profits.

    The vast majority of prohibitionists
    still profit on the drug war,...
    … and that is still their only motive.

    Shame on the Drug Worrier Profiteers
    * Nonsensical Harbingers of Idiocracy
    * Misinformation S.A.M.
    * If the Roots are Poison, So be the Fruit.

    Catch 22²


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