Marijuana Legalization Headed For Washington Ballot: Do The Feds Care?
Joe | Dec 22, 2011 | Comments 3
An article appeared yesterday on The Seattle Times website detailing the marijuana legalization ballot initiative in Washington and why it may be all for nothing.
I-502 has has enough signatures to make the 2012 Washington ballot, according to its backers. But the author of The Seattle Times article contends that even if the ballot measure passes, it will bring down the hammer of the DEA on the state and will all be for naught.
The author’s answer?
The answer is to follow the path that’s already laid out–that is, to do what the folks who ended alcohol prohibition did when individual states began repealingall penalties against alcohol. Without a specific law legalizing booze, the feds had nothing to preempt, and therefore had to rely solely on federal agents to enforce the increasingly-unpopular prohibition laws.
This method eventually ended with the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, and today we drink ourselves silly.
As the author points out, this approach is being tried by the ballot measure being pushed by Sensible Washington, whose initiative failed to make the ballot this year.
But the comparison to alcohol prohibition is an interesting one, and the similarities between that and cannabis prohibition are endless. But does the DEA care? Will the fact that the prohibition has been repealed on a state level matter to the U.S. Attorneys and the agents they direct?
The bottom line is and always will be federal marijuana policy. No matter what states do, the feds will always have the built-in excuse that they are going after dealers of a Schedule I Controlled Substance.
And be sure to check out our Open Letter on Behalf of 30 Million Cannabis Users and join us in our fight!