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

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.” [Read more…]

Pot Prohibition: The End Game is No Federal Schedule

Since 1972, there have been many proposals in the U. S. to remove cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, the most tightly restricted category reserved for drugs which have “no currently accepted medical use.” Cannabis does not meet the Controlled Substances Act’s strict criteria for placement in Schedule I, and therefore the government is required by law either to permit medical use or to remove the drug from federal control altogether. [Read more…]