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Feds to Enforce U.S. Drug Laws Even if California Legalizes Marijuana…..

If Prop 19 is approved in California …

There are going to be several efforts to overturn the vote…..

If it get’s passed…

While it’s passage was way ahead in the polls….

The number’s have closed….

Now this….

The Fed’s letting everyone know their position…

Of course …there isn’t going to be FBI agents locking people up for small amounts of grass….

That would shut down the Federal courts in the state…

 

Buzz kill. Even if California voters legalize marijuana next month, federal law enforcement officials will still “vigorously enforce” drug laws against people who grow, distribute or sell pot, Attorney General Eric Holder said.

Holder sent a letter this week to nine former chiefs of the Drug Enforcement Administration clarifying his agency’s position onCalifornia’s Proposition 19The Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

“Let me state clearly that the Department of Justice strongly opposes Proposition 19. If passed, this legislation will greatly complicate federal drug enforcement efforts to the detriment of our citizens,” Holder wrote.

The ballot initiative allows state residents 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to 25 square feet worth of pot plants. It also authorizes cities and counties to oversee cultivation and sales.

But the federal Controlled Substances Act forbids the possession and sale of marijuana, and it’s that statute that Holder said he will continue to uphold — no matter what happens in California…..

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October 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Law, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Hillary Clinton weighs in on the Arizona Bill…..

[ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during an interview on “Meet the Press” ]

The bill is going to effect an upcoming state visit by Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon to Washington DC……

“Clearly, as I understand the way the law is being explained, if you’re a legal resident, you still have to carry papers,” she ( Clinton ) said. “Well, how is a law enforcement official supposed to know” whether someone might be an illegal visitor, she asked.

The topic was raised in the context of Mexico’s new travel alert to its residents and citizens, which criticizes the “negative” political environment for immigrants, due to the new law. “It must be assumed that every Mexican citizen may be harassed and questioned without further cause at any time,” Mexico’s foreign ministry warned last week.

Arizona last month enacted a law that makes it a crime to be present in the state without legal immigration status, and authorizes police to question people suspected to be illegal immigrants about their status.

The law has become a lightning rod for immigration advocates, who rallied in cities across the country on Saturday, urging Congress to pass legislation overhauling immigration policy.

Clinton said that although there were legitimate concerns about securing the borders, the state of Arizona didn’t have the authority to usurp federal immigration laws and impose its own.

The new law poses some delicate diplomatic issues for Mexico President Felipe Calderon’s upcoming state visit with President Barack Obama. The two sides have been working to combat violent drug cartels along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We don’t want to make his life any harder,” Clinton said…….

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May 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , | 1 Comment