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Feds remain AWOL as public pot smoking begins

By Scott Bomboy | National Constitution Center – Fri, Dec 7, 2012

A federal showdown with Washington state over its newly realized marijuana law has gone up in smoke, as people puffed pot in public this week with no repercussions.

The blatant disregard of federal and local threats about using marijuana in public echoed public sentiments in 1933, as the nation saw the end of Prohibition on the horizon, and it started to party in its own way with alcohol.

On Wednesday, the Obama administration issued its first detailed statement on legalized marijuana in Colorado and Washington, a development that conflicts with federal law.

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan issued the following statement:

“The Department of Justice is reviewing the legalization initiatives recently passed in Colorado and Washington State. The Department’s responsibility to enforce the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged. Neither States nor the Executive branch can nullify a statute passed by Congress. In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. Regardless of any changes in state law, including the change that will go into effect on December 6th in Washington State, growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Members of the public are also advised to remember that it remains against federal law to bring any amount of marijuana onto federal property, including all federal buildings, national parks and forests, military installations, and courthouses.”

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The Feds

will spring into action just as soon as people start legally producing the product. That is how they will shut it down. This thing is far from over.

so it's been a few days that

so it's been a few days that pot has been legal in these states?

Has the earth come crashing down yet? Is there total chaos? Are thousands dying each day?

Once the rest of the states realize the world isn't ending, they will likely join in.

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

In answer to your last 3 questions, no, but the MSM is grabbing

whatever they can get ahold of: (from Drudge):"Shootout at alleged Washington 'pot house' on first day of legal weed... "

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Friedrich Nietzsche


in other words, the federal govt is the 'Big Cheese'! The states are just children that have to do what they are told!

Classic case of 'too big for their britches'... Past time to cut them down to size!

When Fascism goes to sleep, it checks under the bed for Ron Paul!

Top dog ... Número Uno ... Big Kahuna ...

and those uppity State's Rights types should learn their place:

you will do whatever the Feds tell you or else

I reckon not

The Governors of those States need to make public statements

declaring that no part of the U.S. government has any jurisdiction or authority over the issue within the territorial jurisdiction of the several States, and re-iterate that this above statement by DoJ is patently false with respect to the issue of nullification and of the applicability of federal law on such questions within the several States, and that ANY attempt to act under color of law by ANY federal personnel will result in their arrest, prosecution, conviction and IMPRISONMENT under State law.

And then they need to back that up with action when the federalis try to arrest people anyway.

they are just waiting

to get databases from established sellers or approved sellers and then arrest everyone at once! More likely get a list of the approved sellers and go shut them all down.

For now, I'd say enjoy yourself as long as you are not on Federal property. Spread seeds liberally!

10th Amendment

Tenth Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

If the feds want to prohibit the use of certain drugs, pass a constitutional amendment which was done for alcohol prohibition (the 18th).

What part of the 10th don't the feds understand?

Solution: During Prohibition, juries refused to confict alcohol arrests - they "nullified" an unjust law. Juries may vote their conscience today also. See Fully Informed Jury Association www.fija.org No victim = NO CRIME!

9th Amendment

Unenumerated rights include the right to smoke pot, breathe air, and eat dirt. Even if its not good for us, it is our right to action, not our privilege.

"congress determined

"congress determined marijuana was a schedule 1 drug" through bad science and persuasion.

Excuse me??

"Neither States nor the Executive branch can nullify a statute passed by Congress"

Then how in the heck can the Executive branch go to war without an Act of Congress???

Our King picks and choses what Congressional Acts or Constitutional Laws he wishes to enforce. If the statement that Durkan stated is correct, then EVERY single Presidential Directive EVER made is invalid and unConstitutional and Obama's comments about "If Congress does not pass it I will enact it" is as worthless as our fiat dollars!! WAKE UP AMERICA!

This could actually be a good sign from the executive branch

The executive branch's main responsibility is to execute the law, but it can also, on occasion, decide not to enforce certain laws that it deems to be excessive our out of touch with the people. This is a privilege of the executive that is seldom realized. It is possible that this statement merely recognizes the reality "on the ground" and the reality "in Congress". It looks like they may be moving towards a policy of only enforcing marijuana possession federal lands and property. But that is just what I am reading into it.

What a whore

A filthy whore

This is the fight

That needs fighting. We have to draw the line. I'm sick of the monopoly and I'm sick the game. We greatly outnumber the Feds yet most do nothing. I'm not advocating anarchy, I'm talking about Restoration.


Lima-1, out.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

Bring it on Obama.

Bring those troops home to fight your corporatist pot problem.

You can not keep domestic policy status quo lest you bring them home.

You can not keep foreign policy status quo if you do bring them home.

Decisions, decisions. :-)

I have never smoked pot but I almost would do it just to blow smoke in Washington DC's face.


AnAppeal, I don't smoke pot either but I did a lot in college

However, my wife and I can no longer afford medical insurance and I've done so much research on marijuana that I'm fixing to start self medicating with the natural plant again. I can't talk my wife into smoking it but she likes brownies :)

Oh they will come

they have to observe, evaluate, report, define, plan, act.

They will come. The only question is how much does the game change before they do.

(edit) you know what I know. Somebody is messing with their turf, representing as to oppose their authority and they will respond and assert like big pissing dogs. They will come with SWAT, with guns, with handcuffs, they will line women and children up against the wall with their guns, they will scream obscenities and threaten our women and our children, our men will they cart to jail and some of our women with them and our children they will place in foster homes under their own agency and power.

They will make war against us hight and low, they will employ all manners of deceit and lies to do so and they will kill our faithful dogs outright. They will make war upon us, our people and our families, they will seize our houses and our properties and wealth and they will seek to imprison us for the rest of our lives, never to see the light of day or breathe free air again for they seek literally to EXTERMINATE ALL OPPOSITION TO THEIR HEGEMONY and they will never, ever stop.

This is their way. Do not be fooled.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

Grow your own!

I seriously doubt the Feds are gonna go after any individuals that grow or possess a personal amount. They'll start intervening when someone starts making a lot of $$$. I would encourage everyone in these states to start growing their own. If the majority of marijuana users are growing their own, then what can the Feds do about it? Growing your own supply is the best thing you can do to keep it out of the hands of the regulators and the special interest. Overgrow the government!

"I will not submit to authority of man. I'm alive, I'm awake, this is more than I can take." -Jordan Page

Is it more important to

Is it more important to propagate? Some suggest spreading seeds along highways and railroads.

yeahhh,note sarcasm,it will

yeahhh,note sarcasm. on serious note,it will all be arkansas ditchweed once hemp is being grown outdoors, i think everyone is forgetting once hemp is being farmed. the real enemy will be male pollen not the dea/spider mites. outdoor pot will suck once hemp is being farmed. pollen filters will be the only way,sealed greenhouses!!

Ron Paul 2016

I live in Arkansas, and while

I live in Arkansas, and while i do know plenty of people that smoke ditchweed, I also know many people that smoke medical grade, including myself. You can grow some super dank almost anywhere in the world. And i don't think hemp is going to ruin the good stuff. They grow hemp in Canada, and they still have good weed. Farmers are pretty damn good at maintaining a good product. Anyway, i think indoor growing is better...you control every aspect of the plants growing conditions.

"I will not submit to authority of man. I'm alive, I'm awake, this is more than I can take." -Jordan Page

i disagree

the states can and will nullify congressional dictates.

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

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Its a good start

but maybe a bit too early to be celebrating. When the feds get bored they could just as easily cause the citizens of WA and CO grief at any point.

Yeah the perfect excuse

To replace all the police force with TSA and FED officers.
So they can in force federal law anywhere they go.