United States Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that not only is the Justice Department opposed to Prop 19, they will “vigorously enforce the CSA (Controlled Substances Act) against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law.”
I know there are some who held out hope for a different answer, but this administration has shown time and again that they are no different than the Bush Administration when it comes to cannabis. Medical marijuana raids continue despite claims to the contrary, Obama laughs off cannabis questions at his online town halls, and now this hostile reaction to a ballot measure that hasn’t even been voted on yet.
We’ve always known that new battlefronts will open up if Proposition 19 passes. Court challenges and federal “paybacks” are inevitable. So we must fight for victory now, while getting prepared to defend what we have won. It is the ebb and flow of war, whether the war be political or violent. Our activism will win the day, not matter how much the feds want to throw at us.
Make no mistake, this is a political war we can’t afford to lose.