Los Angeles Times Hasn't Learned Anything After 14 Years of Legal Medical Marijuana

The mindless incoherence of Prop 19's opposition is really kicking into full-gear following Attorney General Eric Holder's statement that he'll continue to enforce federal law if California legalizes marijuana. LA Times is so intimidated by Holder that I can only assume they believe he possesses super powers or commands a vast army of narco-clone-soldiers capable of capturing every casual user in California:

If California voters were still under the illusion that Proposition 19  would legalize marijuana, U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. sought to disabuse them of the notion last week. "We will vigorously enforce the [federal Controlled Substances Act] against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use…

If the proposition is approved, the result would be a legal morass. DEA raids would nab Californians who think they're complying with the law, only to face federal penalties.

There's no need for a battle with Washington that the state is unlikely to win.

Los Angeles dispensary map (latimes.com)
It's really remarkable to watch the LA Times cowering in awe of the exact same federal powers that have been proven impotent before their eyes for more than a decade during the failed federal war on medical marijuana. Where were the editors of the LA Times when the city became overrun with dispensaries during the Bush Administration? They were reporting the damn news. They ought to be the foremost experts on the practical limitations of federal drug enforcement.

How far up your ass does your head have to be stuck to actually believe California is "unlikely to win" a fight with the federal government over marijuana policy? California has been winning that battle for more than ten years. LA Times is literally suggesting that Obama and Eric Holder are more determined opponents of marijuana reform than George Bush and John Ashcroft, which has got to be some of the worst analysis of marijuana policy ever put in print. It was Eric Holder himself who issued a memo calling on federal agents to find something better to do than bother dispensaries. How could anyone be dumb enough to believe he'll now turn around and begin busting hippies for simple possession?

Amazingly, it has yet to become obvious to everyone that the reason the feds failed to shut down medical marijuana in California is because they don't have the resources to do that. There aren't enough agents to make the cases, enough courtrooms to hold the trials, or even enough sunglasses to hide their eyes, and if they couldn't control the medical marijuana situation, please explain to me how the hell they would deal with a law legalizing all adult use. I shouldn’t have to explain this. Just picture for yourself the size of California's pot-smoking population, tucked into every nook and cranny from Orange County to Arcata, and imagine the magnitude of the army it would take kill their buzz after the state stops making arrests.

If Prop 19 passes, there's nothing Holder, Obama, the DEA, or even the entire U.S. military can do to stop it. That's exactly why its opponents are willing to do anything, even rewrite history, in their desperation to confuse voters and obstruct the surging momentum of the movement for reform.


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Jimbo's Still Right

Again,

         "They've got the guns, but we've got the numbers."

Arrest 'em, sure, but.....

Tell me about the juries they'll be seating to decide on the fate of the "busts."  It's hard to believe that they'll actually waste the money to try to continue to "enforce."

Let the LA Times go out of business...BOYCOTT that Rag !

I'll never purchase another LA Tomb newspaper again.... live in Cambodia and you've lost a valuable customer.

Newspapers are important...

I'd surely like to see the fools at the Times forced to report the success of Prop.19. Talk about eating crow!

Unfortunately, most all the prop's publicity has been newspapers- the coffers ain't deep enough to advertise significantly otherwise. If they all turn against it sharply enough to become government mouthpieces, 19 is done for.

Hopefully unskeptical journalism is less the rule at other papers on the matter of Prohibition and Prop. 19.

cant arrest everyone

They cant stop the ball rolling

 

Calis got the chronic flowing  , when it is time to vote they will come out of the closet

 

I cant believe Obama wont jump on the 420 bandwagon 

, The jobs created by the cannabis industry could save the economy

 

cannabis is safer than aspirin less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco

 

Hey holder  go bust some terrorists or some criminals 

Religious discrimination

If you want to hear Chris Conrad explain why Dennis Peron is wrong on Prop 19, I recommend watching the following interview. 

Personally, I really like hearing one of the bill's authors explaining it, rather than more ignorant people speculating about it. Why can't we just start out with the facts on these things instead of all this foolishness?

Because the drug war is insane. Enjoy,

YouTube: Dennis Peron is wrong, Yes on Prop 19.mov
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvVpgnBoUXA&NR=1

 

I'm wondering why the LA Times is bringing up the issue of federal prohibition without ever mentioning the issue of constitutional law. I can't believe they are unaware of this case,

 

73 days in Detention: Roger Christie Sends THC Ministry Anniversary Greetings

http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/09/20/73-days-in-detention-roger-christi...

 

What do we call that kind of press blackballing when it has results as tragic as the drug war?

 

I call it ethnic cleansing.

 

Reverend Lauren Unruh

THC Ministry

Pleasant Hill, Ca

A Native American Church

Religious discrimination

If you want to hear Chris Conrad explain why Dennis Peron is wrong on Prop 19, I recommend watching the following interview. 

Personally, I really like hearing one of the bill's authors explaining it, rather than more ignorant people speculating about it. Why can't we just start out with the facts on these things instead of all this foolishness?

Because the drug war is insane. Enjoy,

YouTube: Dennis Peron is wrong, Yes on Prop 19.mov
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvVpgnBoUXA&NR=1

 

I'm wondering why the LA Times is bringing up the issue of federal prohibition without ever mentioning the issue of constitutional law. I can't believe they are unaware of this case,

 

73 days in Detention: Roger Christie Sends THC Ministry Anniversary Greetings

http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/09/20/73-days-in-detention-roger-christi...

 

What do we call that kind of press blackballing when it has results as tragic as the drug war?

 

I call it ethnic cleansing.

 

Reverend Lauren Unruh

THC Ministry

Pleasant Hill, Ca

A Native American Church

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