Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:59 PM
kentuck (73,820 posts)
Hickenlooper asks again for federal pot response
Do you think this is headed to the Supreme Court??
DENVER — Colorado officials asked again Wednesday for a federal response to the state's recent marijuana legalization vote.
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that Colorado needs a response "as soon as possible" about how the Justice Department will respond to Colorado's marijuana vote. Republican state Attorney General John Suthers also signed the letter.
Hickenlooper and Suthers reminded the Justice Department that while federal officials have maintained their right to enforce the Controlled Substances Act, the administration has also turned a blind eye to many medical marijuana users and sellers.
"We need to know whether we can expect any different posture regarding marijuana grown and distributed for recreational use," Hickenlooper and Suthers wrote. "Specifically, we need to know whether the federal government will take legal action to block implementation" of the marijuana measure, "or whether it will seek to prosecute grow and retail operations."
Read more: http://www.gazette.com/articles/pot-147353-response-asks.html#ixzz2CGCLUXZJ
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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:33 AM
defacto7 (7,275 posts)
2. I think he's just trying to put him on the spot
so there are no surprises. If the Gov. pushes for an answer, Holder is more likely not to make it an issue, I would think. It's too hot of an issue for Holder to combat if his position is made clear. If no one puts him on the spot, it would be easier for holder to just do something to make a point. It may not be a bad idea. The federal position needs to be clear so action can be taken by the states if the Feds don't budge. Ambiguity is no friend in this case.