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« on: December 07, 2012, 06:46:28 AM »

Administration Weighs Legal Action Against States That Legalized Marijuana Use
 
By CHARLIE SAVAGE
 
Published: December 6, 2012


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/us/marijuana-initiatives-in-2-states-set-federal-officials-scrambling.html?_r=0





WASHINGTON — Senior White House and Justice Department officials are considering plans for legal action against Colorado and Washington that could undermine voter-approved initiatives to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in those states, according to several people familiar with the deliberations.



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Even as marijuana legalization supporters are celebrating their victories in the two states, the Obama administration has been holding high-level meetings since the election to debate the response of federal law enforcement agencies to the decriminalization efforts.

Marijuana use in both states continues to be illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. One option is to sue the states on the grounds that any effort to regulate marijuana is pre-empted by federal law. Should the Justice Department prevail, it would raise the possibility of striking down the entire initiatives on the theory that voters would not have approved legalizing the drug without tight regulations and licensing similar to controls on hard alcohol.

Some law enforcement officials, alarmed at the prospect that marijuana users in both states could get used to flouting federal law openly, are said to be pushing for a stern response. But such a response would raise political complications for President Obama because marijuana legalization is popular among liberal Democrats who just turned out to re-elect him.

“It’s a sticky wicket for Obama,” said Bruce Buchanan, a political science professor at the University of Texas at Austin, saying any aggressive move on such a high-profile question would be seen as “a slap in the face to his base right after they’ve just handed him a chance to realize his presidential dreams.”

Federal officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. Several cautioned that the issue had raised complex legal and policy considerations — including enforcement priorities, litigation strategy and the impact of international antidrug treaties — that remain unresolved, and that no decision was imminent.

The Obama administration declined to comment on the deliberations, but pointed to a statement the Justice Department issued on Wednesday — the day before the initiative took effect in Washington — in the name of the United States attorney in Seattle, Jenny A. Durkan. She warned Washington residents that the drug remained illegal.

“In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance,” she said. “Regardless of any changes in state law, including the change that will go into effect on December 6 in Washington State, growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law.”

Ms. Durkan’s statement also hinted at the deliberations behind closed doors, saying: “The Department of Justice is reviewing the legalization initiatives recently passed in Colorado and Washington State. The department’s responsibility to enforce the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged.”

Federal officials have relied on their more numerous state and local counterparts to handle smaller marijuana cases. In reviewing how to respond to the new gap, the interagency task force — which includes Justice Department headquarters, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the State Department and the offices of the White House Counsel and the director of National Drug Control Policy — is considering several strategies, officials said.

One option is for federal prosecutors to bring some cases against low-level marijuana users of the sort they until now have rarely bothered with, waiting for a defendant to make a motion to dismiss the case because the drug is now legal in that state. The department could then obtain a court ruling that federal law trumps the state one.

A more aggressive option is for the Justice Department to file lawsuits against the states to prevent them from setting up systems to regulate and tax marijuana, as the initiatives contemplated. If a court agrees that such regulations are pre-empted by federal ones, it will open the door to a broader ruling about whether the regulatory provisions can be “severed” from those eliminating state prohibitions — or whether the entire initiatives must be struck down.

Another potential avenue would be to cut off federal grants to the states unless their legislatures restored antimarijuana laws, said Gregory Katsas, who led the civil division of the Justice Department during the George W. Bush administration.

Mr. Katsas said he was skeptical that a pre-emption lawsuit would succeed. He said he was also skeptical that it was necessary, since the federal government could prosecute marijuana cases in those states regardless of whether the states regulated the drug.

Still, federal resources are limited. Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department issued a policy for handling states that have legalized medical marijuana. It says federal officials should generally not use their limited resources to go after small-time users, but should for large-scale trafficking organizations. The result has been more federal raids on dispensaries than many liberals had expected.







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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2012, 07:08:46 AM »

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/legalizing-marijuana-feds-scramble_n_2255192.html#comments


LOL at the pathetic obama slaves making excuses for him. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2012, 09:00:21 AM »


Not nearly as pathetic as your own contradiction on the premise of this thread or your retarded belief that
Obama is getting high in the White House
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2012, 09:04:34 AM »

Not nearly as pathetic as your own contradiction on the premise of this thread or your retarded belief that
Obama is getting high in the White House


Obama is the ultimate hypocrite - pot, chooms, coke, booze, for him - jail for everyone else. 
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2012, 09:08:56 AM »


Obama is the ultimate hypocrite - pot, chooms, coke, booze, for him - jail for everyone else. 

Legitimate source that he currently does any of those things or  you are a liar
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2012, 09:11:19 AM »


Obama is the ultimate hypocrite - pot, chooms, coke, booze, for him - jail for everyone else. 

link to evidence of obama using these things in the office?   mushrooms and pot in the oval office?
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2012, 09:19:24 AM »


Obama is the ultimate hypocrite - pot, chooms, coke, booze, for him - jail for everyone else. 


Hate mongering post reported. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2012, 09:45:03 AM »

I think its pretty evident 33333 can't back up his claims.  It shows how hatred has taken over his mind.

Obama is:

Coke addict
Born in Kenya
Making USA communist
Controlled by his wife




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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2012, 09:54:18 AM »

I think its pretty evident 33333 can't back up his claims.  It shows how hatred has taken over his mind.

Obama is:

Coke addict
Born in Kenya
Making USA communist
Controlled by his wife




 Cheesy

Look at this thread.   I posted an article - immediately get derailed by Straw's personal attacks.   
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2012, 11:40:09 AM »

Look at this thread.   I posted an article - immediately get derailed by Straw's personal attacks.   

He's asking you to prove your claim.

Man up or puss out.
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2012, 11:43:33 AM »

Like talking to wallpaper....
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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2012, 11:43:55 AM »

imagine being romney.... losing to a candidate zonked out on mushrooms.

he really was that weak.   such terrible judgment in that GOP voter base to select him.
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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2012, 11:45:18 AM »

imagine being romney.... losing to a candidate zonked out on mushrooms.

he really was that weak.   such terrible judgment in that GOP voter base to select him.

so then the extreme right drones try and distance themselves from GOP moderates thinking that the whole US vs Them routine and the end all government, abortion, medicare, SS etc is really going to attract voters.

what a bunch of idiots.
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« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2012, 12:54:36 PM »

Look at this thread.   I posted an article - immediately get derailed by Straw's personal attacks.   

No.  He called your bullshit.

Now you can furnish the links to evidence of this or you can just be content to further cement your reputation as the biggest liar on the board and the biggest cry baby in real life.
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« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2012, 01:47:00 PM »

history will view romney as a good guy who lost the election to a drug-addled illegal kenyan.

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« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2012, 02:01:09 PM »

He's asking you to prove your claim.

Man up or puss out.

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« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2012, 02:02:44 PM »

bump

I can't prove obama is doing coke or crack in the WH but I suspect he is doing blow off the sink off the oval office.   
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« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2012, 02:34:24 PM »

I can't prove obama is doing coke or crack in the WH but I suspect he is doing blow off the sink off the oval office.    

So when you accuse him of it, you are doing it knowingly without evidence which means you are lying on purpose.  

Why should anyone believe anything you say?

So basically you just spew lies and garbage.

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« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2012, 02:37:14 PM »

So when you accuse him of it, you are doing it knowingly without evidence which means you are lying on purpose.  

Why should anyone believe anything you say?

So basically you just spew lies and garbage.

Got it.

He has abused coke, pot, chooms, booze, cigs in the past by his own admission, not mine, his.   
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« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2012, 02:54:13 PM »

He has abused coke, pot, chooms, booze, cigs in the past by his own admission, not mine, his.   

What a little butthurt bitch he has made you into.



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« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2012, 03:03:45 PM »

If he's shroomin in the White House, we need to get in on some of that shit.

Be all kinds of fun.
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« Reply #21 on: December 07, 2012, 04:41:01 PM »

He has abused coke, pot, chooms, booze, cigs in the past by his own admission, not mine, his.   

 Roll Eyes

past tense present tense, ideas that seem to escape you.
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« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2012, 05:17:27 PM »

I'm sorry... I thought you believe that the Federal Government should enforce the laws that are the on books, and not look the other way. Wasn't that the crux of many of your rants on a number of subjects, including immigration? Didn't you demonize the Federal Government when they sought to prevent States from enforcing laws that were on the book? And now you want the Federal Government to not enforce the laws that are on the book?

You really ought to choose. One way or the other, you must make up your mind.
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« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2012, 05:33:54 PM »

What a little butthurt bitch he has made you into.


Haha. Great pic.

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« Reply #24 on: December 07, 2012, 06:15:23 PM »

I choomed this evening and yesterday as well.

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