Attorney General Eric Holder finally weighed in on California’s upcoming Prop 19 vote and said the government will still go after people who violate federal weed laws even if their actions are legal under state ones, creating even more confusion in Barack Obama’s cannabis maze at the Department of Justice.
Last year, the president issued directives to the DOJ, instructing them to back off prosecuting medical weed patients in states where it’s legal. Well, that’s bullshit since many dispensaries from San Francisco to Denver have been raided by the DEA in 2010, so it’s not surprising that Eric Holder would deviate from that same legal principle if the recreational use of cannabis is legalized and wrote the following in a letter obtained by the AP:
We will vigorously enforce the CSA [Controlled Substance Act] against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law,” Holder wrote.
The attorney general also said that legalizing recreational marijuana in California would be a “significant impediment” to the government’s joint efforts with state and local law enforcement to target drug traffickers, who often distribute marijuana alongside cocaine and other drugs.
He said the ballot measure’s passage would “significantly undermine” efforts to keep California communities safe.