Obama Drug Czar: We Will Go After Marijuana Distributors In Washington And Colorado

February 22, 2013 By 24 comments
Obama Raids Washington & Colorado

In an interview with Canadian news magazine Maclean’s last week, Gil Kerlikowske, President Obama’s Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, stated that despite recreational legalization in Washington and Colorado, they would still go after distributors and growers in both states. “You’ll continue to see enforcement against distributors and large-scale growers as the Justice Department has outlined. They will use their limited resources on those groups and not on going after individual users,” said Kerlikowske, who is also a former Seattle Police Chief.

In an interview with ABC News, soon after the November legalizations in Washington and Colorado, President Obama said, “We’ve got bigger fish to fry. It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal.”

It is likely President Obama chose his words carefully by only mentioning individual users and not distributors or growers, despite many being led to believe there would be no federal interference at all within the two states.

Back when running for president in 2008, Barack Obama stated that medical marijuana was an issue for state governments, not the federal government. “I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue,” he said, promising to end raids on medical marijuana dispensaries seen under the Bush Administration. Many soon learned his real intentions when the DEA raided four times as many marijuana dispensaries as Bush, in half the time.

Just last month Washington’s newly-elected governor Jay Inslee met with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss Washington’s new legislation legalizing marijuana. Without going into any detail over what Holder actually said, Inslee said he was “encouraged” from what he heard.

Inslee also said he “thinks (Holder) is going to give us an opportunity to make our case to allow us to express and give effect to the voters’ will,” leading many to question why no solid statements on Holder’s position were given.

At this time no mention has been made over whether the federal government will be going against all distributors and growers, or just those who aren’t going through the proper channels under Washington state law to do so.

Also this month, Washington State Rep. Matt Shea (R) introduced legislation to permit the development of an industrial hemp industry within state. Whether or not the federal government will attempt to derail this remains to be seen.

“The constant contradictions coming out of this administration lead to a massive amount of uncertainty, but the bottom line is, according to the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, anything made and sold that stays within the state of Washington is beyond their jurisdiction. Also there are states’ rights under the 10th Amendment,” noted Rep. Shea.

At this time, it appears both Colorado and Washington will move forward with the legalization process. Washington state is currently accepting applications for newly created pot consultant positions with the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/larrystalley Shannon Talley

    Just remember the 4th ammendment – Exercise it!

  • andrew

    Imagine that, our politicians lying to us just so they can get elected. this is the exact reason why a lot of us Americans want to leave this country. And soon the Mexicans will realize its actually better in mexico and start jumping the fence the other way!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/amersonsr Jared H. Amerson

    Yeah lets worry about Pot Smokers, Legal ones at that. Big Gov’t Needs to take a big brake, if not I feel a big revolt coming from us citizens, I bet there are more pot smokers than not, well see how it ends. Remember Prohibition didnt work either Obama!

  • Hank

    Great. Just great. I think that we shall see action under the 10th Amendment.

  • TribalTrance

    Oh well Obama has failed as a peoples President bit of a lame duck and now we are all going through the motions until 2016. Obama not dealing with the issue he will look back as a major regret and the next future President will claim the glory. You are only president once and actually looking forward to 2020. If only we could fast forward and get on with the job of quickly restoring the US economy and creating jobs with cannabis and hemp before its too late.

  • hipster54

    What a shock! Since the original Marijuana Tax Act was enacted,the whole machinery of our dear country pertaining to this issue has been one lie after another…as I said-what a shock, Mr Obama

  • Neil Armstrong

    The fed’s need to be reminded that they work for us, not the other way around. We elect one black president and he spends all his time working to enslave the entire population.

  • Trebha Cooper

    Obama is a fake name made up using the Bible you guys should demand a birth cert not a pdf forgery go get thus liar and fraud…

  • yourdad5678

    DAMN IT!!
    We the PEOPLE dont want you to spend our goddamned tax dollars on this shit!!
    How many times do we have to tell you?

  • DanBrazil

    Man, WTF Obama is doing?The rest of the world is waiting to see how the legalization will turn out in you country.You guys heve a huuuuge influence in this matter, everybody knows the history of the prohibition. WE ARE COUNTING ON YOU AMERICA. PEACE FROM BRAZIL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Horton/100000278827311 Jeff Horton

    So Glad I didn’t vote for this fake. Can’t blame Bush for this lie Obama.

  • http://twitter.com/Richardplenty Richard Plenty

    Is that really how you spell Washington, you must be stoned!

  • Don

    This is another Fox News – Republican misinformation Bull! Obama his self has repeatedly stated in multiple interviews (after the election) that he will not go after legal “Marijuana Distributors” in those states… The other anti-Obama fools should try to think for themselves and do some research instead of having Right think for you…

  • samuel bench

    wow proof that Americans have lost their spark we just let the government tell us no after we said yes

  • samuel bench

    there better b something because if we take this from them america is lost

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PMCUNYFXC55K5OL4RSFLWRQ3S4 Jack

    LIES THIS GOVERNMENT GUARDS POPPY FIELDS IN AFGHANISTAN AND BRINGS IT IN WITH ARE OWN MILITARY. DON’T BELIEVE ANY THING THAT COME OUT OF OBAMA MOUTH HE LIES JUST LIKE EVERY PRESIDENT HAS DONE UNTIL WE ALL GET TOGETHER LIKE OTHER COUNTRY AND PROTEST IN HUGE NUMBERS THIS CRAP WILL CONTINUE IF PEOPLE WOULD STAND TOGETHER BUT WE DON’T WERE ALL FOOLS TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT OTHER COUNTRY’S DO AND TAKE NOTE WHAT THEY DO TO GET THERE GOVERNMENT TO CHANGE!
    THE WAR ON DRUGS IS JUST A REASON TO GIVE THE DEA A REASON TO KILL! THE DEA IS NOTHING BUT A HIRED HITMAN FOR THE US GOVERNMENT!
    THEY FEEL GOOD WHEN THEY KILL SOME ONE THAT’S SICK UNTIL WE ALL STAND UP AND SAY NO MORE THIS WILL CONTINUE!

  • Michael

    This Will Prove freedom and democracy isnt American values. – respect the peoples vote and let the experiment be pure!! We have lived with prohibition – let a few people live without it – AT ALL!! Chill

  • Jim

    Well huummm…… “Just Say No!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.vert1 Richard Vert

    This guy was a dweeb is Seattle and now he’s nation wide. The problem is any fun loving person can’t get into public office. If you have smoked a joint , had sex or driven over the speed limit you’re vilified by the press and politics are off limits. The country is run by buzz-kills. Buzz-kills and money grubbers that could care less what we want and wouldn’t know a good time if it kicked them in the ass.

  • Jlt1202

    i LOVE if you are a citizen that pays taxes, who has a card, who buys more ‘tools’ ‘product’ legally, and pays more taxes on thous things. The government turns around and is using OUR tax money to arrest TAXPAYING citizens because of a stipulation in ‘federal’ law with state law. Protect and serve? more like Discriminate and incarcerate….

  • Al White

    It’s simple.
    Create jobs Obama!
    Then you’ll get your taxes.

  • Michael Richard

    Alcohol, cigarettes, and prescription medications. All legal, all
    addictive, and in excess can kill you. Marijuana. Illegal, not addictive
    (physically – no; psychologically – depends on your will power), and in
    excess has never caused a documented death. Ever. Yet, this plant is
    labeled by the U.S. Government as a Class 1 narcotic (no medicinal uses)
    alongside LSD, MDMA, GHB, and heroin. While Class 2 (one step below
    Class 1) includes the likes of Oxycodone, methamphetamine, opium, and
    cocaine. The fact that marijuana is still illegal is laughable. What
    isn’t laughable is the exorbitant amount of monies wasted enforcing this
    “law” against marijuana, the lives ruined for simple possession,
    overcrowded prisons with nonviolent offenders due to offenses involving
    this plant, clogged judicial systems prosecuting the same people
    mentioned above, and the time wasted by our law enforcement personnel on
    these issues instead devoting their efforts to more serious crimes
    against society. More and more people daily are realizing the benefits
    of decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana not only regarding the
    points I mentioned above, but because of the state of our economy and
    the much needed financial boost this would give each and every state.
    And yes, this does include those who do and do not smoke. All are in
    agreeance. This is also the first time in polling history (various polls
    all report the same/similar numbers) where the American public favors
    the legalization of marijuana. The numbers represent nationwide
    concurrence. Now it is up to the Government, those who were elected by
    the people, for the people, to listen to the people’s voice!

  • 四眼子

    操你妈

  • Larry Idema

    We learned in the 70′s pot was hardly a class 1 drug and highly demonized….Let’s not rush the government it only 2013. Tell me, was some of the original rational for passage of these laws discriminatory against minorities? And now, who wants to close prisons, eliminate the drug war, and maybe collect some extra tax revenue. Some days I wish I was in charge, my ignorance, narcissistism, singlemindedness, greed, prejudice and WASP status eminently qualifiy me.