November is just about here and the fat lady is getting ready to sing for the medical marijuana community. As Romney and Obama head down the final stretch…neck and neck, to the finish line of the presidency of the United States…where every vote counts. Particularly those votes in the swing states where medical marijuana is high on the list of many concerned voters.
While president Obama tries to appease the marijuana vote which put him over the top in 2008, nine ex-heads of the United States drug enforcement administration have sent letters to Pres. Obama’s Atty. Gen., Eric Holder. The purpose of these letters to try and persuade Atty. Gen. to stand up and fight the possible legalization of recreational marijuana use, in the three states which currently have it on the ballot for 2012. The three states which have stood up for their voters rights and pledged allegiance to the 10th amendment are Washington, Oregon and Colorado.
The nine out of touch – and over the hill DEA heads stated in the letter that they fired off to AG Holder, that there is a clear and unmistakable conflict between the current federal marijuana law and those states which proposed to legalize pot for recreational use and that any type of procrastination by the federal government would constitute acceptance of recreational marijuana use.
Despite the 9 ex-heads of the DEA standing up for the continuation of marijuana prohibition (shocking). Advocates for the legalization of recreational use of marijuana believe that the states, and the federal government would be better served if marijuana were regulated, taxed and handled in a similar form as alcohol and tobacco. One of the most important benefits of legalizing marijuana would be the increased tax revenue, the reduced occupation within our penal system and the outright stripping of all monies made off of illegal marijuana by the many cartels, which seek to supply marijuana smokers in the United States, while spreading violence in their own country.
Unfortunately for the medical marijuana community Atty. Gen. Eric Holder has already shown his hand, and demonstrated a willingness to crush the voters rights in those states that dare to vote for marijuana legalization. Back in 2010, when California had Prop 19 before the people, asking the question, “Do you want recreational marijuana legalized?” Eric holder fired off a letter to California’s four attorney generals, opposing California’s prop 19, and warning that the Department of Justice would do whatever necessary to enforce the federal laws. Regardless of any law which may have been passed by the California voters.
Since Mr. Holder, and the federal government sent those letters out approximately two years ago – the federal government and the Department of Justice have mercilessly tried to bankrupt, force out of business, or otherwise intimidate marijuana collectives throughout the state of California, into crawling back underneath the rock from this they came back in 1996.
Now with president Barack Obama in the race for his political life, his 2008 promise is coming home to roost. When Mr. Obama was running for president back in 2008 he sought and received the vote of marijuana advocates with statements like “I will not commit federal resources to try and circumvent state laws.”