Federal Government Doesn’t Have The Money To Fight Marijuana Legalization In The States


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?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • JW-USA

    So along these same lines do local communities in ND have money to enforce smoking bans?

    I think NOT and if I were a Mayor, I’d declare my town a sanctuary city tell the police chief to priorities (sp?) the calls to respond only after the patrol car has been washed & vacuumed.

    Then as mayor I’d tell those that wish to enforce the law, to do it in civil court on their own dime.

  • JW-USA

    In related news, Obummer and Atty General the Holder, have reviewed the Nov elections and realized that 73.569 % of their voters are potheads, the rest were too stoned to fill out the survey form or couldn’t read it even if sober.

    Therefore no enforcement action will take place until they can figure out how to blame GW Bush

  • The Fighting Czech

    Imagine workers that are forced to particiapate in Random Drug testing. ….. They are going to have to avoid all public events now. This second hand smoke, will have actual consequences…. its a real career ender!!!! But hey, its all worth it, if we can expand the “stupid” population….

  • Roy_Bean

    This could be funny. We’re going to see a bunch aging smoked up liberals marching with signs demanding States Rights. The 10th Amendment crowd just got some new members.

    • SigFan

      Very good – but keep in mind then they’ll be demanding their government supplied free Doritos.

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

        An argument against entitlements not expanded liberties

  • HG

    When the Federal gov’t doesn’t have the financial resources to enforce its own laws, that tells me they’ve got their financial priorities out of whack.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I agree, though I believe the feds ought to save money by withdrawing from the “war on drugs.”

      Leave it up to the states.

      • HG

        I’d agree for the most part.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      It surprises no one that your misunderstanding of things confuses you.

  • Hellboy

    But, But, But, No money??????? Since when ???????? I thought we were awash with money………. Just take it out of Obama’s slush fund or maybe the same funds that pay for Obama phones…….
    No sweat as far as the old credit card goes either……Debt????? phfffffft…