Fed Says They’ll Go After Marijuana Users Even If California Legalizes It
Attorney General Eric Holder says regardless of the result of the vote on Proposition 19, the Justice Department will continue to enforce drug laws.
“Let me state clearly that the Department of Justice strongly opposes Proposition 19. If passed, this legislation will greatly complicate federal drug enforcement efforts to the detriment of our citizens,” it said.
Holder did not spell out exactly how he will proceed but said the Justice Department was “considering all available legal and policy options,” and intended to “aggressively enforce” federal drug laws.
The use of medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996, but Proposition 19 would permit the state’s counties and municipalities to authorize the cultivation, transportation and sale of marijuana, and to tax it like tobacco and alcohol.
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