Skip to comments.Washington Post: House Republicans warn D.C. mayor not to legalize pot (NANNY STATE ALERT)
Posted on 02/25/2015 7:36:18 AM PST by MadIsh32
Two powerful House Republicans late Tuesday warned D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser not to move forward with legalizing marijuana in the nations capital and they warned of stiff federal retribution if the citys chief executive did not yield.
The letter came on the same day that Bowser declared that a voter-approved measure to legalize pot would become law in the city at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday and the letter set the stage for a dramatic final 24 hours before that deadline.
If you decide to move forward tomorrow with the legalization of marijuana in the District, you will be doing so in knowing and willful violation of the law, read the letter signed by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chair of the appropriations subcommittee that handles the D.C. budget.
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This is one argument I wish the GOP would stay out of
There is so much illegal money to be made with pot that it is a major source of all the crime
HArd drugs like crack being much worse, but if pot was legal I believe a majority would NOT skip to the harder stuff
And I speak from a lifetime of experience knwing such people and poissibly having spent some of my youth in such wasteful endeavors.
Big gov’t conservatives from Utah telling me what to do in my home really angers me.
If only the GOP could be as tough with Obama.
Not only is Chaffetz a bully but he is hiding. You can’t email or call his office. Links don’t work. Phones go straight to vmail. What do you call a bully who hides after he throws a punch. Starts with a P.
You have to pick your battles.
I share concerns about the trend to legalize pot. But this is a battle the GOP Congress should stay out of. There is no upside but many downsides to getting involved in this.
There are a great many things which are, technically speaking, legal according to the local jurisdiction but illegal according to a larger overlapping jurisdiction. DC need not declare something illegal or legal, just leave enforcement up to federal agencies - which becomes interesting when the feds have an official non-enforcement policy.
What a strange legal place to be after US v Raich...
If there is one thing I cannot stand here is “federal enforcement” of laws. When a park police officer pulls me over for having a cell phone in my hand, I want to go to NPS headquarters and rip that place apart.
Once the marijuana industry wisens up & starts making political donations, there will be a lot of Republican lawmakers changing their tunes & trumpeting states rights, local control, etc.
For sure. Legal grass is like casino gambling and lotteries. Big money for legislators to spend!
Drugs are not Liberty. Never were. They are just childish self centered indulgences at odds with the best interests of society.
Legal grass is like casino gambling and lotteries. Big money for legislators to spend!
Better they impose sales taxes on pot users, than impose income tax on me to imprison pot users.
I’m ambivalent on this one, but I do think legal grass will be very widespread in the next decade in the US.
Casino gambling went from 2 states to 40 in 25 yrs.
What about it?
Its a drug, its legal
Asset forfeiture without conviction, warrantless searches, no-knock raids, suspicionless drug tests, and billions spent on a thoroughly failed War on Drugs are not liberty either.
Yeah, So? It's been with humanity going back 10 million years, and this nation has made a conscious decision to tolerate all the damage and death it causes.
Pissing and moaning about how this is unfair to Marijuana is just a child's argument. We don't have to be "fair" to Marijuana.
I am sick of libertarian IDIOTS constantly asserting "the War on Drugs Is a Failure" because they are too f***ing stupid to understand what a success looks like. 2% usage is not a failure, it is a great success for a Holding action which is what the "war on drugs" is.
China's war on drugs was a failure, and they lost the war, and their nation some decades later.
Now you have a legitimate gripe regarding government abuses, but you don't have a legitimate argument about the whole thing being a failure.
This is what a failure looks like.
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