Yes We Cannabis!


Okay, I’ll back off of my criticism of the Obama administration as a do-nothing bunch of slackers. They did something. The department of justice pulled the stick from its ass and figured out that maybe the federal government shouldn’t waste its time or money chasing AIDS patients who smoke pot to relieve their symptoms.

The New York Times reports:

In a memorandum to federal prosecutors in the 14 states that make some allowance for the use of marijuana for medical purposes, the department said that it was committed to the “efficient and rational use” of its resources and that prosecuting patients and distributors who are in “clear and unambiguous compliance” with state laws did not meet that standard. (source)

And in a major about-face from the last dipshit laden administration:

“It will not be a priority to use federal resources to prosecute patients with serious illnesses or their caregivers who are complying with state laws on medical marijuana,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a statement accompanying the memo, “but we will not tolerate drug traffickers who hide behind claims of compliance with state law to mask activities that are clearly illegal.” (source)

Okay, I can dig that.

But, this event does get us a recipient of the asshat award! Dumbass Representative Lamar Smith of Texas.

The federal government has decided to defer to the individual states on this issue. If a state is willing to tolerate medical marijuana, then the federal government isn’t going to impose its will on that state. You know what that is called? “STATES’ RIGHTS”

However, “conservatives” only like “states rights” when it has to do with carrying a gun or discriminating against gays and minorities. When you tell Mississippi that it has to give full human rights to negroes, then you’re imposing on states’ rights. When you might tell Flori-duh that the Constitution’s Equal Protection clause means… well, gays and lesbians are entitled to “equal” treatment, then you’re imposing on states’ rights.

Lamar Smith, a “conservative,” called the WAAAAMBULANCE….

“By directing federal law enforcement officers to ignore federal drug laws, the administration is tacitly condoning the use of marijuana in the United States,” said Mr. Smith, the senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. “If we want to win the war on drugs, federal prosecutors have a responsibility to investigate and prosecute all medical marijuana dispensaries and not just those that are merely fronts for illegal marijuana distribution.” (source)

I’m really not in the mood to be witty. I’ll just say that Lamar Smith — you’re the asshat of the day.

4 Responses to Yes We Cannabis!

  1. Clint says:

    Actually, I don’t think this is news. Eric Holder said all this in February, and raids didn’t stop. All it takes is one local asshat sheriff to complain that local law is being broken. Even if it isn’t, the feds will now raid. Those operating legally are just as subject to federal raids today as they were a year ago.

  2. Bill Lum says:

    off topic, but i’m surprised you haven’t mentioned that the doe v ciolli autoadmit fiasco may be over, at least temporarily. the plaintiffs have dropped their case against the remaining defendants.

  3. Skepticalinq says:

    That poster is full of win.

  4. Eco Green says:

    Politicians are 10 years behind the times, when it comes to hemp use. People have been fighting for along time against pot prohibition with some movement going on now. Still too slow for those caught up in the jail system. Our freedoms have been trampled on by folks who know nothing about how beautiful cannabis can be for someones life. Keep up the good work.

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