Article Image
News Link • Obama Administration

Ron Paul and Barney Frank tell Obama: Respect state marijuana laws

•, By Eric W. Dolan
 Voters in Colorado and Washington state both approved referenda legalizing the limited recreational use of marijuana. However, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration still classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug: the most restrictive classification, reserved drugs with a high potential for abuse and no accepted medicinal value.
“We urge you to respect the wishes of the voters of Colorado and Washington and refrain from federal prosecution of the inhabitants of those states who will be following their states’ laws with regard to the use of marijuana,” Paul and Frank told the President in a letter (PDF).

“Respect for the rights of states to set policies on those matters that primarily affect their own residents argues for federal noninterference in this case, as does respect for the wishes of the voters – again, on matters that primarily affect those in the relevant electorate.”

Eighteen states — most recently Massachusetts — and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Though the current U.S. Department of Justice has held back on prosecuting medical marijuana patients, federal prosecutors have enlisted the help of the DEA and IRS to crack down on marijuana dispensaries in states were medical marijuana in legal.

Join us on our Social Networks:


Share this page with your friends on your favorite social network: