States like Colorado and Washington have legalized the use of marijuana. The federal government, though, still considers the transport, sale and use of the drug to be very much illegal. Fortunately for the states, though, it doesn’t appear as though the feds have the funds for enforcement.
U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan issued the following statement:
“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. Neither States nor the Executive branch can nullify a statute passed by Congress. In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. Regardless of any changes in state law, including the change that will go into effect on December 6th in Washington State, growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Members of the public are also advised to remember that it remains against federal law to bring any amount of marijuana onto federal property, including all federal buildings, national parks and forests, military installations, and courthouses.” …
Federal officials already have the power to bust people for possessing marijuana, but not the budgetary funds to station agents in Colorado and Washington. In reality, while federal agents have shut down medical marijuana facilities in states, they haven’t gone after people for the act of smoking marijuana.
Proponents of legalized marijuana have been waiting to see if Attorney General Eric Holder will file suit to block or repeal the marijuana laws in those two states.
The citizens have legalized the use of marijuana through the democratic process. This legalization is the will of the people. Why in the world should federal taxpayers then pay to enforce laws on the citizens of these states that they have specifically rejected?