White House Considers Legal Fight Over Pot
It might sue Colorado and Washington over legalization: NYT
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2012 2:00 PM CST
In this May 13, 2009 file photo, marijuana grown for medical purposes is shown inside a greenhouse at a farm in Potter Valley, Calif in Mendocino County.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

(Newser) – Top Justice Department and White House officials are meeting to figure out how to respond to marijuana initiatives that decriminalized possession in Washington and Colorado states, reports the New York Times. Options for the feds include bringing cases against low-level users, filing lawsuits against states to prevent them from setting up tax and regulatory systems, or cutting off federal money.

National officials have reiterated that marijuana remains illegal everywhere under federal law, but Americans generally believe the feds should back off if a state votes to decriminalize. “It’s a sticky wicket for Obama,” said one political science professor, noting that a tough federal response could be “a slap in the face to his base." As for going after low-level users: The idea would be to get a court case in the works that would ultimately require a judge to rule on whether federal law trumps state law.

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midget_farmers
Dec 11, 2012 10:33 PM CST
it is about industrial hemp... wake up!
KerouacDon
Dec 9, 2012 10:20 AM CST
So sick of this shit.. This is as fundamental as a "right" can get- as an adult, I should be allowed to ingest whatever I want. This little White House discussion is over how much favors and $ can be kept in crony coffers, not the health, welfare, or "freedom" of American adults.. You're all fucking fired. If we can't have this.. Best get on it- legalize it in all states before they break down your doors/windows like Christmas Vacation and steal the only thing that makes ppl happy when burned. Lol.. Who can we call when we're being invaded?
jagerhans
Dec 8, 2012 12:41 PM CST
since every american fart ends up eventualy smelling worldwide , i wholeheartedly support your cause and wish you the best luck in this "dopewar" against your douchy and evil federal government. also i find really hilarious that in your country referendums are promoted and approved only to start a late quarrel about their legitimacy. if the new proposed regulations cannot be applied, where is the whole friggin' point in voting in the first place. haven't you a supreme court for settling such questions beforehand and prevent the subsequent nonsensical controversy (and all the moronic waste of money) ?