Which is a Slippery Slope of the First Order.
I was under the impression that the DoJ and the United States Attorney’s were charged with enforcing all the Federal Laws.
Obama Won’t Seek to Arrest Medical Pot Users
Federal prosecutors are told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state laws.
WASHINGTON — Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department.
Under the policy spelled out in a three-page legal memo, federal prosecutors are being told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.
The guidelines being issued by the department do, however, make it clear that federal agents will go after people whose marijuana distribution goes beyond what is permitted under state law or use medical marijuana as a cover for other crimes.
The memo advises prosecutors they “should not focus federal resources in your states on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana.”
For myself, I’m ambivelent as regards marijuana in general and the “medical” uses thereof (when did the FDA approve marijuana for medical applications?) in particular. I’m much less ambivalent about the Justice Department not enforcing the laws they are sworn to uphold. If Obama wants to change this, he should propose legislation to legalize it vice instructing his Attorney General not to enforce the laws on the books.