Obama: Feds Can't 'Police Whether Somebody Is Smoking A Joint On A Corner'

"And we are trying to provide them structures to make sure that, you know, big time drug traffickers, the spillover effect of the violence, potentially, of a drug trade [are not] creeping out of this experiment."

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  President Barack Obama said Thursday that the federal government did not have resources to prosecute casual users of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, two states where it has been legalized for sale, in an interview with CNN.

“The Department of Justice, you know, under Eric Holder, has said that we are going to continue to enforce federal laws. But in those states, we recognize that … the federal government doesn’t have the resources to police whether somebody is smoking a joint on a corner,” he said, according to a transcript of the interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper conducted in Wisconsin. “And we are trying to provide them structures to make sure that, you know, big time drug traffickers, the spillover effect of the violence, potentially, of a drug trade [are not] creeping out of this experiment.”

Obama’s comments reflect the attitude of Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department, which announced in August that it would not challenge marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington. However, marijuana dispensaries already opened in Colorado still operate under dubious federal legality. For instance, they largely do not have access to banks, which are federally regulated, forcing them to operate in cash only.

 

Read full article @ Huffington Post

Comments

  1. Malcolm J. Brenner says

    Isn’t it freaking time to end this battle in the Drug War, America’s longest-running conflict? 77 years and still going, billions wasted trying to stop us from smoking a weed!

  2. Malcolm J. Brenner says

    Isn’t it freaking time to end this battle in the Drug War, America’s longest-running conflict? 77 years and still going, billions wasted trying to stop us from smoking a weed!

  3. Mike says

    what intelligence is there when agents who work for the federal government must go to a legalized state to make an arrest. This is going to make people fell that the DEA is our enemy. plus these people are now rouge but they will get hurt and hopefully no longer able to do such crimes against there own country, as they did with an arrest where not necessary. Is this the emotion of jealous behaviors?

  4. Mike says

    what intelligence is there when agents who work for the federal government must go to a legalized state to make an arrest. This is going to make people fell that the DEA is our enemy. plus these people are now rouge but they will get hurt and hopefully no longer able to do such crimes against there own country, as they did with an arrest where not necessary. Is this the emotion of jealous behaviors?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>