The U.S. Conference of Mayors resolved last week to support “states setting their own marijuana policies without federal interference” and specifically called on President Obama to stand down on the crackdowns.
“The United States Conference of Mayors urges the President of the United States to reexamine the priorities of federal agencies to prevent the expenditure of resources on actions that undermine the duly enacted marijuana laws of states.”
The entire resolution is available HERE.
The resolution featured 18 cosponsors, including Seattle, Wash., Mayor Mike McGinn; Las Vegas, Nev., Mayor Carolyn Goodman; Oakland, Calif., Mayor Jean Quan and Alexandria, Va., Mayor William Euille. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker even supported the resolution. That’s worth noting, considering Utah isn’t exactly a haven for pot enthusiasts. Sales of any amount calls for five years incarceration plus a $5,000 fine under state law.
“The bipartisan resolution we passed today simply asks the federal government to give us time to implement these new policies properly and without interference. Cities and states across the country are enacting forward-thinking reforms to failed marijuana prohibition policies, and for the federal government to stand in the way is wasteful and contrary to the wishes of the American people,” Aurora, Colo., Mayor Steve Hogan said in a press release.
One cosponsor, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, called for jury nullification when the federal government raids marijuana dispensaries operating legally under state law in his jurisdiction.
Passage of this resolution is part of a pattern more meaningful than single-issue activism progress. It’s about respecting those who don’t ask for permission from Washington, D.C. when none is required.
It has been referred to as “the blueprint” in the Tenther community (HERE, HERE, and HERE). Currently 19 states have medical marijuana laws on the books, over a dozen states feature decriminalized policies, and of course citizens of Colorado and Washington voted to legalize the recreational use of weed for people over 21 years old this past November. A combination of all of these decentralized efforts are pulling the rug out from under the unconstitutional Drug Enforcement Administration. We have here a clear lesson: appealing to ” our leaders on Capitol Hill” is a waste of time, energy, and resources that would be better spent locally on successful and effective strategies.
And consider this: 473 sheriffs have chimed in defending gun-ownership! Whether the issue is largely advanced by “the Right” or “the Left” doesn’t mean much to the feds. In fact, their worst nightmare is grassroots coalitions shaking off old petty labels for the purpose of protecting states’ rights and in turn the individual freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights.