Gov. Brown Tells the Obama Administration to Back Off On Marijuana

California Gov. Jerry Brown said Sunday on CNN that the Obama administration should respect states that choose to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes.

“It’s time for the Justice Department to recognize the sovereignty of the states,” Brown said, noting that a number of states had medical marijuana laws. “I believe the president and the Department of Justice ought to respect the will of these separate states.”

Colorado and Washington state both legalized the recreational use of marijuana on Election Day. However, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration still classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug: the most restrictive classification, reserved drugs with a high potential for abuse and no accepted medicinal value.

Brown said that federal law shouldn’t “nullify reasonable state measures” like regulated marijuana legalization.

“We are capable of self-government,” he added. “We don’t need some federal gendarme to come and tell us what to do. I believe in comity toward the states, that’s a decent respect.”

Though the U.S. Department of Justice has held back on prosecuting medical marijuana patients, U.S. Attorneys have enlisted the help of the DEA and IRS to crack down on marijuana dispensaries in states were medical marijuana in legal. Federal prosecutors in California have also threatened to target newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets that advertised for dispensaries.

Some have speculated the Obama administration will take legal action against Colorado and Washington to prevent the two states from legalizing the drug. In a statement, U.S. Attorney for Seattle Jenny Durkan said the Justice Department was “reviewing the ballot initiative here and in other states and has no additional comment at this time.”

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6 Comments

  1. Anonymouse on

    Gov. Brown you are a victim or your era’s tired propaganda and mythology. Violence does not start because of drug use. You have made an incorrect assumption based upon the information you are privy to.

    Parole information concerning recidivism and violence are not caused by marijuana or any other drug. Simply because a person starts to use drugs does not necessarily mean that they will become wards of your corporate prison system. Drug use is a symptom of an underlying problem of the individual. If we were to remove all drugs the very issues you attribute to drug use would still exist. It is our social structure that supports and maintains corporal punishment of children, inadequate education, class and racial segregation (inequality), work ethics (greed), poverty, racial profiling by our judicial system, etc., these are some of the causes of violence and civil distress.

    Simply put, people that enjoy a decent stress free life rarely use and or abuse drugs. Why would they if they are happy and content? Drugs are a means to escape life’s miseries, to self medicate to relieve post traumatic stress from an abusive past. IF YOU truly want to end violence and drug use then you need to focus on building communities, fortifying education in all facets of public education, focus on ensuring racial, gender and financial equality. Removing the need for intoxicants is a far more noble cause than continuing a system of prohibition that exacerbates the social stresses that cause drug use.

    If you want to continue tearing down communities and families and widening the gap between the races and classes then you should continue to support criminal drug prohibition. Prohibition and the drug war are a war against the very people you swore to protect and serve.

    Your little speech will do nothing to address your lack of action to protect the medical marijuana industry in your state. Legalization is coming to California in the next two years. If you want to continue the governorship of the once most profitable state in the union then you best get on board. Next time an initiative crosses your desk sign the damn thing and move forward. Legalization is coming, resistance is futile…

  2. Anonymouse on

    Gov. Brown you are a victim or your era’s tired propaganda and mythology. Violence does not start because of drug use. You have made an incorrect assumption based upon the information you are privy to.

    Parole information concerning recidivism and violence are not caused by marijuana or any other drug. Simply because a person starts to use drugs does not necessarily mean that they will become wards of your corporate prison system. Drug use is a symptom of an underlying problem of the individual. If we were to remove all drugs the very issues you attribute to drug use would still exist. It is our social structure that supports and maintains corporal punishment of children, inadequate education, class and racial segregation (inequality), work ethics (greed), poverty, racial profiling by our judicial system, etc., these are some of the causes of violence and civil distress.

    Simply put, people that enjoy a decent stress free life rarely use and or abuse drugs. Why would they if they are happy and content? Drugs are a means to escape life’s miseries, to self medicate to relieve post traumatic stress from an abusive past. IF YOU truly want to end violence and drug use then you need to focus on building communities, fortifying education in all facets of public education, focus on ensuring racial, gender and financial equality. Removing the need for intoxicants is a far more noble cause than continuing a system of prohibition that exacerbates the social stresses that cause drug use.

    If you want to continue tearing down communities and families and widening the gap between the races and classes then you should continue to support criminal drug prohibition. Prohibition and the drug war are a war against the very people you swore to protect and serve.

    Your little speech will do nothing to address your lack of action to protect the medical marijuana industry in your state. Legalization is coming to California in the next two years. If you want to continue the governorship of the once most profitable state in the union then you best get on board. Next time an initiative crosses your desk sign the damn thing and move forward. Legalization is coming, resistance is futile…

  3. gutrod on

    Our current dictator Harper has been doing the dirty work of the DEA even better than anticipated. He is right in bed with the American feds, much to the dismay of millions of free thinking Canadians. I don’t believe he would be welcomed with open arms in the American west who lead the way in democracy.

  4. gutrod on

    While laws are addressing the bully issue, the biggest bullies are the Federal governments both in the USA and Canada. Shame on you bunch of organized bullies for picking on peaceful citizens. Jerry Brown is a rare politician who has a conscience. An all American boy with a mind of his own, who is not naive enough to believe the hype and propaganda.

  5. Anonymous on

    Is California governor Jerry Brown interested in a job of prime minister up north by any chance ? We’ll send Harper to govern California and see how long he’ll stay in power ?