With Two States Legalizing Marijuana, Are Drug Warriors In Washington Freaking Out?

Voters in Colorado and Washington made history Tuesday night. The states’ marijuana legalization initiatives, I-502 in Washington and Amendment 64 in Colorado, brought what many marijuana advocates are calling the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition in America. But the power of the people — and the states — have one big hurdle to clear before the ban on pot is lifted: The feds. Only this time, the people may have built more than drug warriors’ boots can stomp out.

On Tuesday night, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who opposed Amendment 64, warned constituents of a long road ahead. “The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or goldfish too quickly.” Unnecessary stoner stereotype jab — but, moving on….

With more busts for medical pot than the Bush administration, President Barack Obama has proven to be the marijuana warrior he promised not to become in 2008. Now, the Obama administration’s policies regarding medical pot have prompted speculation that full legalization may face tough opposition from the feds. Still, with Colorado’s Amendment 64 garnering 50,000 more votes in the state than Obama did, others say this election sends a message to politicians that attacking marijuana policy reform is politically toxic. But the Controlled Substances Act still holds marijuana in the most restricted class of drugs, Schedule I, defined as dangerous, addicting and medically irrelevant.

“The Drug Enforcement Administration’s enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged,” a DEA spokesperson told Reason.com . “In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. The Department of Justice is reviewing the ballot initiatives and we have no additional comment at this time.”

– Read the entire article at AlterNet.



  1. gutrod on

    The people of America have spoken but are the feds listening. How many more trillions will be spent before they do. To still classify marijuana as a Schedule I drug is a serious miscarriage of justice and abuse of power. The stigma attached to users is totally unwarranted. Same in Canada where our current regime has introduced mandatory increased prison sentences for offenders. We are following the American governments failed policies down the garden path. It really is time to stand up and be counted. Our governments have muzzled millions of otherwise law abiding citizens who are currently afraid to stand up and express their views in a democratic manner for fear of being branded a druggie in public. Pure scare tactics. To change the laws in America is a time consuming procedure, while in Canada majority leader Stephen Harper set us back 50-60 years with new cannabis laws brought into reality by the swipe of a rubber stamp while any and all opposition were conveniently silenced. Human and individual rights mean nothing to the feds who operate under the guise of religion.

  2. Bud Grinder on

    I couldn’t agree more!

    ALL of their victims should be exonerated and receive a written apology signed by the President of The United States as well as reparations – financial compensation for the abuse that has been inflicted on them and the harm that has been done to them by their own government and it’s mercenary thugs.

  3. Bud Grinder on

    NO! they should NOT enjoy their new career. They should hate every minute of it as much as their victims hated the abuse which was inflicted on them by these ignorant, mercenary, mindless government thugs.

  4. Brian Kerr on

    LEAP is Law Enforcment AGAINSED Prohibition. <<<< see the againsed part.

  5. Brian Kerr on

    I think jail is a better place for them. Since they are murdering scumbags.

  6. Paul Pot on

    People will be reviewing the crimes of the DEA and soon they will be called to answer.
    There will be drug war trials.
    The drug war has been a disaster.
    It has impoverished millions, murdered too many to count and left many more to suffer and die without their medicine.
    Crimes against humanity on this scale can not be left unpunished.

  7. Anonymous on

    I have no pity for DEA and LEAP.Those polices have made innocent people freaking out for the last 100 years.Its about time those suckers fear from loosing their job and freak out themselves.Good riddance !

  8. Anonymous on

    Millions Of Innocent Lives Ruined By The War on Drugs And Evil Motherfuckers!

  9. Anonymous on

    Coming soon to a mall near you – the DEA agent turned rent a cop!

    Enjoy your new careers, you scumbag motherfuckers!