Republicans Hope to Force Obama to Crack Down on States With Legalized Cannabis

Pic: Rep. Trey Gowdy and his impossibly Yeti-like hair-cone, both sponsors of the Enforce the Law bill. (PD)

Pic: Rep. Trey Gowdy and his impossibly Yeti-like hair-cone, both sponsors of the Enforce the Law bill. (PD)

The majority of Americans support cannabis legalization, but why worry what the people want, right? Enter the “Enforce the Law” Act. These three douchebags, along with Rand Paul (R-KY) , consider both Obama’s decision not to go after states with legalized cannabis, and the Justice Department stating that it will stop prosecuting low-level drug offenders under harsh mandatory minimum sentencing laws, to be infringements on congressional authority.

Via Raw Story:

Legislation approved by House Republicans would seek to force President Barack Obama to crack down on marijuana in states that have made the drug legal for medical or recreational use.

The House passed the Enforce the Law Act by a vote of 233-181 on Wednesday. The bill was introduced by Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jim Gerlach (R-PA) to allow Congress to sue the president for failing to faithfully execute laws.

“The Constitution gives Congress the responsibility to write the laws and the Executive to enforce them,” Gowdy said Wednesday in a statement. “We don’t pass suggestions. We don’t pass ideas. We pass laws. Regardless of our politics, I hope my colleagues have enough regard for our work to expect those laws would be faithfully executed.”

committee report submitted by Goodlatte cited the Obama administration’s decision to not intervene with marijuana legalization efforts in various states as an example of executive overreach.

Colorado and Washington both legalized the recreational use of marijuana through statewide voter referendums in 2012. In addition, 20 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Federal law, however, still considers the possession and sale of marijuana to be a crime.

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  • addalled

    Obama is the new George Wallace. “States’ rights now! States’ rights tomorrow! States’ rights forever!”

  • Liam_McGonagle

    That’s what I love about Republicans: they’re not apt to fly off in pursuit of some airy-fairy, ephemeral trend like public opinion. They say what they mean and mean what they say.

  • Brave New World

    How about you “Enforce the Law” against the bankers who tanked our economy and fucked everyone over for 6 years and send them to jail, you corrupt fucks!!! No, just arrest the potheads you say? Well fuck you.

  • Reuben_the_Red

    Rescheduling it from 1 down to 2 or 3 would be a little simpler than passing a law to make it possible to sue the president for possibly not enforcing the unscientific [racist] scheduling in the first place, would it not? But I’m sure getting behind something like this will earn them big points with their base next round of Tweedledum vs. Tweedledee. Why don’t they sue the Prez for spying on Americans? Or for continuing to torture detainees? Or for assassinations? Or for threatening journalists with arrest?

    How many of these guys take money from private prison corporations that rely on “heads in beds” to turn a profit, and who help write legislation to make more people into “criminals” and to make more crimes punishable by incarceration?

    • sonicbphuct

      Aww, you give the Pols too much credit: “How many of these guys… help write legislation to make more people into “criminals”….” They never write their own legislation. Hell, most can barely read, let alone write.

  • Mick-Doscious

    When are these morons going to do their job and serve the people?

  • BuzzCoastin

    they were elected by the sheeple
    wee tbe sheeple deserve what wee elect

  • Just me

    Amazing how people twist the real story, this legislation was not passed with potheads in mind, it was passed because Obama is acting like a king and ignoring laws he doesn’t agree with, Obamacare as it was passed is the law, yet Obama has issue waivers, chosen to suspend and delay portions that aren’t working out.

    • sonicbphuct

      care to elaborate on that? I’m not sure I’m following: it sounds like you’re saying that the repubs want Obama to enforce the health care act as it is written, without waivers, or delayed implementations. And that this demand has nothing to do with legal weed in CO, WA and some 15 other states in various forms. Am I getting that right?

      • Just me

        That is the primary reason, the fact remains that one of the president’s jobs is to enforce the laws congress passes, Obamacare is one of those laws, any changes that Obama has done after it’s passage are illegal, if you pay close attention, you’ll notice the waivers and delayed implementations Obama has issued are designed to prevent the voters from feeling remorse until after the election.

        • sonicbphuct

          You realize this happens with everything. Company X doesn’t have to follow rule A because of some waiver or grandfather clause. At this point siding with either side only betrays the intellect underneath.

  • Thurlow Weed

    Goodlatte. He commands the hipster vote in his precincts.

  • badfae

    So, are these the same people who argue that individual states should be
    able to decide things like same-sex marriage and access to abortion and
    birth control for themselves, then?

  • Dingbert

    Now can we finally stop lying about Paul being libertarian and start acknowledging him as a paleocon?

    • Andrew

      No, political labels are too useful to both parties.

  • Hadrian999

    i support legalization ,but I think this is a good thing. The Issue needs to come to a head and be settled. Right now it’s in a kind of limbo, relying on the goodwill of the current executive branch. Business can’t operate that way and producers and sellers of state-legal marijuana have no idea if they will be targeted by the DEA to make a point. It’s difficult to get funding for expansion because banks are afraid to deal with the uncertainty. We need a final legal answer so that this industry can operate in the open freely like any other. I think this “crackdown” could speed up the process.

  • StopSOPA

    H.R. 4046: “Unmuzzle the Drug Czar Act of 2014″ Do yourself a favor and look it up. It states

  • Jon Ripley

    So every politician who voted to invade Iraq illegally should be brought up on charges, along with anybody who supported torture. As long as all laws are to be enforced. How about the whole NSA, and everybody associated with it, because of wiretapping without a warrant. Can we find the missing trillions of dollars in the defense department while we’re at it?

  • Friday Hefler

    Are they aware there are laws on the books from the “progressive era” (upheld by Supreme Court) that BAN incorporated (non-human) entities from giving money to political candidates and parties, in any way? They just aren’t enforced.

    Are they aware that the Sherman Antitrust Act is still on the books and legal? Of which many Banks and other Corporations openly operate in violation of. It just hasn’t really been enforced since Reagan.

    And maybe they forgot that a lot of these so-called tax loop-holes, that their corporate handlers enjoy, are no such thing, they are simply selective enforcement of standing tax code, by the executive branch.

    In fact, there are a LOT of laws, still valid and enforceable, that would bring down most banks, many corporations, and a LOT of politicians, and do a lot of good for the average American and the middle class, which the White House has elected not to enforce (mostly since Reagan), So do they really want to open that can of worms?

    Not to mention, the classification of Marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, is a regulatory matter, not legislative. There is NO federal law specifically against Marijuana, it falls under federal drug enforcement laws based on it’s FDA & Legal classification. He can simply order the justice department and FDA to reclassify and schedule it to something that can be managed by the states’ laws, such as prescription drugs/narcotics (cocaine, heroine, methadone), which are not actually illegal, but illegal to trade openly, but are regulated for dispensation under federal and regional laws for medical practices.

    So he doesn’t need Congress, nor does he have to change his policy, he just has to get off his ass (grow a pair) and change some paperwork.

    And if that’s the way they want it, then so be it, Obama should take a Czech approach to dealing with them. If they want him to “enforce the law” then he should!

    Get a great historical, legal team together, analyze all the laws that the executive branch has been selectively enforcing (or not at all), increase the hiring budget for the justice department, and go at them ALL, mindlessly, with zeal and gusto. See how they like it.

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