Washington Governor Vetoes Main Parts Of Medical Marijuana Bill
Joe | Apr 29, 2011 | Comments 3
Bowing to federal pressure and fearing federal prosecution of state employees, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire vetoed the most essential parts of SB 5073 today – a bill that would have set up a dispensary system in the state.
Threatened with federal reprisal by the state’s two U.S. Attorneys, the Governor left some parts of the bill intact, but for the most part, federal intimidation worked, culminating in the DEA raids in Spokane yesterday.
“The federal raids in Spokane signal that we need to take the U.S. Attorney at his word,” she [the Governor] said.
And while some think the federal government would never prosecute state employees for implementing a medical marijuana law, can we really be sure of that? Haven’t the feds proven they will go to great lengths to interfere with state business? What is to stop them from going even further?
The federal government is at war with sick people all over this country, and to what purpose? Is the DEA really that powerful that they are allowed to use massive amounts of resources bullying states into doing things their way?
Federal policy must change, and the first step to that change is the person occupying the White House. President Obama has utterly failed us. And while the makeup of Congress is important, only the President controls the Department of Justice and The DEA.
The battle between the states and the federal government has only begun to heat up.