Holder Promises Marijuana Verdict Coming 'Soon'
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Holder Promises Marijuana Verdict Coming 'Soon'
Posted by CN Staff on February 26, 2013 at 13:01:44 PT
By Jordy Yager
Source: The Hill
Washington, D.C. -- Attorney General Eric Holder promised Washington and Colorado state attorneys general on Tuesday that the Justice Department would issue its verdict “soon” on how it plans to treat the states’ recent moves to legalize marijuana. “We’re still in the process of reviewing both of the initiatives that were passed,” said Holder, speaking at the National Association of Attorney General annual conference in Washington, D.C.
“You will hear soon. We’re in the last stages of that review and we’re trying to make a determination as to what the policy ramifications are going to be, what our international obligations are — there are a whole variety of things that go into this determination — but the people of [Colorado] and Washington deserve an answer and you will have one soon.” Holder was responding to Colorado state attorney general John Suthers, who asked the nation’s top law enforcement official when the DOJ would be weighing in on the state laws that have been in effect for nearly two months. The DOJ is charged with enforcing the federal prohibition on marijuana, and the state laws run counter to the long-existing ban, creating a debate over which law should be enforced and which law is most responsive to the will of the people. Marijuana has been a centerpiece of the federal government’s “war on drugs,” aimed at cracking down on drug use in the United States. But the growing number of people who support the decriminalization of pot — which is still legally classified nationally in the same category as heroin — has some policymakers in Washington, D.C., rethinking their approach. On Monday, nearly a dozen House Democrats introduced several bills that would decriminalize marijuana and remove the drug from the list of controlled substances, while requiring the federal government to regulate it and impose penalties on tax-evaders. Holder has met or talked with both governors and attorneys general from Colorado and Washington during the DOJ’s review process, posing a series of questions to the state leaders, such as how they plan to prevent marijuana produced in the state from being trafficked to other states where the drug is not legal. Source: Hill, The (US DC)Author: Jordy YagerPublished: February 26, 2013Copyright: 2013 The HillWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by ekim on February 28, 2013 at 07:35:23 PT
have watched news about leaking radioactive tanks
in WA and the Gov wants the GOV't to empty them/With this sequester taking shape and Holder on the sidelines it should be interesting to see who willbe able to convince the people they need tax payer money the most.
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Comment #4 posted by Tim Stone on February 27, 2013 at 10:50:30 PT
Holder's verdict will likely be based solely on input from drug testing companies, prosecutors concerned about asset forfeiture, narcotics officer associations terrified of having to actually go out and get a productive job, corrections officer unions, and the usual reactionaries who have been claiming since at least the time of Socrates that the youth are going to heck and need to be whipped into shape hard. The Holders of government always and only listen to those usual suspects. I very much fear that cannabis prohibition will not go gently into that good night. Wait for the backlash. There's always a backlash.
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Comment #3 posted by MikeEEEEE on February 26, 2013 at 20:57:14 PT
Having a rational reason for prohibition was never a criteria or requirement. Based on history, and for whatever reason is produced, the propaganda is ineffective. Reminds me of a certain war......with the forces of freedom already landed at Normandy, off the beach and aparently inland. Based on new intelligence gathered, this movement has not been halted."such as how they plan to prevent marijuana produced in the state from being trafficked to other states where the drug is not legal."Moonsight, remember that stuff from prohibition part I, it is still trafficked. Sounds like the soldiers will have to setup road blocks, bummer for those alcohol trafficers.
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Comment #2 posted by John Tyler on February 26, 2013 at 19:13:28 PT
prohibition is not an option any longer
Holder has to come up with some rationalization for this to make it all work. The citizens of Colorado and Washington have said loud and clear that they want to have legal cannabis and have made it so. Things are moving forward. The political people have to move along with it or be left behind. Trying to maintain prohibition is not an option any longer.  
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on February 26, 2013 at 17:57:49 PT
The United Nations vs. God's green plant?
"what our international obligations are"-0-Humane obligations come 1st. Our obligation to fellow humans to stop caging them for using what God says is good on page 1, comes 1st.How many people are going to put down their bongs if the U.N. tells them to?The Feds are too few and the U.N. is even less.Americans have contempt for cannabis laws and We are not going back. -Onward.
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