Obama Considers Action Against Legal Weed States
The War on Drugs may be lost, but it’s not quite over. The Obama administration is reportedly stroking its chin with concern at voter-backed initiatives in Colorado and Washington that legalized marijuana for recreational use in the face of federal law. While Washington officially became a pothead paradise yesterday, Colorado is set to join the party next month, and the Justice Department, according to the New York Times, is considering a legal-action buzzkill.
The government has options, but the president risks alienating his supporters, many of whom are drug-loving heathens. “It’s a sticky wicket for Obama,” said political scientist Bruce Buchanan, who called potential action from the administration against legalization “a slap in the face to his base right after they’ve just handed him a chance to realize his presidential dreams.”
The Times notes that “no decision was imminent,” while laying out a few possibilities anyway, including the Justice Department suing the states to prevent them from regulating and taxing marijuana or denying federal grants until state lawmakers bring back anti-drug laws. If Obama is interested in really bad PR, the administration could go after individuals…