For a political party claiming the right to privacy as one of their causes, the dem’s position on marijuana legalization is truly baffling to me. From The L.A. Times:
Possession and sales of marijuana are illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. In his letter, Holder wrote: “We will vigorously enforce the CSA against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law.”
Dale Sky Jones, a spokeswoman for the Prop. 19 campaign, said the federal government is continuing to enforce “a failed policy.”
“We’re not necessarily surprised that the establishment is coming down on the side of the status quo. … If the federal government is going to disregard the voters, this is a states’ right issue.”
The status quo is right. We arrest more people for marijuana than for all violent crime combined, and have been since 1998! Perhaps $40 billion a year is simply a targeted economic stimulus for the criminal justice system, though. Whatever their reasons, the democrats’ dedication to privacy rights end where your right to select your own intoxicants begins, and limiting freedom is illiberal. And since Prop 19 would be passed through a democratic election, perhaps they shouldn’t be called democrats either. On this issue, the only name that fits, in my opinion, is hypocrites.