On Tuesday night, Amendment 64, the measure seeking the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults, was passed by Colorado voters, making Colorado the first state to end marijuana prohibition in the United States. This amendment offered an even less restricted marijuana regulation than California, which previously legalized marijuana for medicinal uses.
The people voted, the amendment passed, seems like a great day for democracy, right ? Wrong! While the majority of people in America favor legalization of medical marijuana, the tyrannical federal government does not care how the people feel, they are doing what is in their personal interests. A statement released by the governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, who is a vocal opponent of marijuana legalization, showed the intimidation state officials feel from the federal government:
"The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly."
It was assumed by many that Barack Obama would be more lenient in the federal war on drugs, or at least in the area of marijuana, because he was the portrayed as the cool president, and he even admitted in his 1995 memoir, 'Dreams From My Father', that "pot had helped" him with personal struggles, and even using "a little blow" when he could afford it. But Obama has proven to be worse than President Bush, as Rolling Stone reports, "With more than 100 raids on pot dispensaries during his first three years, Obama is now on pace to exceed Bush's record for medical-marijuana busts."
(Here is a video of Attorney General Eric Holder saying that the Obama administration will continue with their current policy, in regards to raiding medical marijuana dispensaries. This video also has a few news clips of stories of marijuana dispensaries in California getting raided by the federal government.)
In 2010, as Californians were fighting their own battle with legalization of marijuana, the LA Times reported, Attorney General Eric Holder, seen above, the nation's top law enforcement official promised to "vigorously enforce" federal drug laws against Californians who grow or sell marijuana for recreational use even if voters pass a legalization measure.
Why is the federal government insisting on continuing this immoral and unjust war on drugs? This is something I will continue to attempt to uncover, here at The Goodman Chronicle.