In response to Colorado and Washington State’s passage of recreational Marijuana last night, the DEA had to flex its muscles in a statement issued yesterday morning.
“In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. The Department of Justice is reviewing the ballot initiatives and we have no additional comment at this time.” said a faceless DEA spokesperson.
Deputy Attorney General James Cole also had a comment to make, a very important one…
“Each case is going to rise and fall on its own unique facts,” Cole said in a 60 Minutes interview. “Any of that is still in violation of the Controlled Substances Act of the federal law. We’re not interested in bothering people who are sick and are using it in the recommendation of a doctor. We are concerned with people who are using it as a pretext to become large-scale drug dealers.”
So, after 15 years of battling California and 16 other states’ medical users, little old ladies with glaucoma and cancer patients like Angel Raich, all of a sudden you’re not interested in bothering people?
Let’s call a spade a spade, YOU’RE A BIG FAT LIAR MR. COLE. You hate freedom, and you hate the constitution.
As a matter of fact your whole organization just can’t wait for an opportunity to bother American citizens. You almost seem excited to get out there and start locking people up. Were you there personally to help raid the Gibson Guitar factory too? What about jailing people in California for wanting to consume raw milk, did you put on the 511 tactical wear and gun up with your buddies for that one? I guess storming into the co-op and the guitar factory with full riot gear and guns drawn wouldn’t be considered “bothering” people though…I would say terrorizing them is a more accurate description.
Even Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper who was an opponent of the amendment made a joke about it with this comment late last night…
“The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly.”
It’s seems that the only people taking this seriously are the ones that don’t have to, the people of Washington and Colorado. If I were good ol’ Governor Hick, I would be taking this very seriously because the people of your state have proven they have a voice, and they will use it.
As for the DEA and the DOJ, you’re going to have to explain to the american people how enforcing an unconstitutional drug law in a state that says it’s legal right in their constitution isn’t an act of tyranny….or terrorism.
For more on this you can read Michael Boldin’s post election story here.