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House GOP passes bill to force Obama to crack down on legal weed in states that allow it

Posted by on Mar. 17, 2014 at 12:50 AM
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House GOP passes bill to force Obama to crack down on legal weed in states that allow it


Legislation approved by House Republicans would seek to force President Barack Obama to crack down on marijuana in states that have made the drug legal for medical or recreational use.

The House passed the Enforce the Law Act by a vote of 233-181 on Wednesday. The bill was introduced by Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jim Gerlach (R-PA) to allow Congress to sue the president for failing to faithfully execute laws.




“The Constitution gives Congress the responsibility to write the laws and the Executive to enforce them,” Gowdy said Wednesday in a statement. “We don’t pass suggestions. We don’t pass ideas. We pass laws. Regardless of our politics, I hope my colleagues have enough regard for our work to expect those laws would be faithfully executed.”


committee report submitted by Goodlatte cited the Obama administration’s decision to not intervene with marijuana legalization efforts in various states as an example of executive overreach.

Colorado and Washington both legalized the recreational use of marijuana through statewide voter referendums in 2012. In addition, 20 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Federal law, however, still considers the possession and sale of marijuana to be a crime.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced last year that the Department of Justice would not challenge states’ marijuana legalization laws as long as they maintained an “appropriately strict regulatory system.”

The decision not to enforce federal drug laws “in entire states is not a valid exercise of prosecutorial discretion,” the Republican’s report stated.

“Rather, the guidance to U.S. Attorneys establishes a formal, department-wide policy of selective non-enforcement of an Act of Congress. This infringes on Congress’s lawmaking authority by, in effect, amending the flat prohibitions of the [Controlled Substances Act] to permit the possession, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana so long as that conduct is in compliance with state law. This crosses the line between permissible discretionary decisions made by prosecutors on a case-by-case basis and an impermissible suspension of the law by executive fiat,” the report added.

The report also cited numerous decisions by the Obama administration regarding immigration and the Affordable Care Act as examples of executive overreach.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said in a statement that the bill would be “dead on arrival” and Obama has threatened to veto it “because it violates the separation of powers.”

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slashteddy
by Bronze Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 12:52 AM
Sigh.
RandRMomma
by Maya on Mar. 17, 2014 at 1:02 AM
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Even bigger sigh.

There is a process for impeachment. But, since they can't get Obama impeached, this is their way to try to keep Obama "in line." It would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic. This won't even pass the Senate. It's a huge waste of time and resources.


Quoting slashteddy: Sigh.
sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 6:36 AM
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 LMAO...now republicans are against states rights?

mmk...

Maybe they will be the reason for getting the federal laws changed

 

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meriana
by Platinum Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 7:24 AM
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Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 LMAO...now republicans are against states rights?

mmk...

Maybe they will be the reason for getting the federal laws changed

 

Boom.  Thanks to Republican Family Values for sharing!  For more great stuff:  www.aattp.org!

That's what makes me laugh. They're always going on about a smaller Federal Gov. and that the states should have more power than they do UNTIL a state does something they don't like...then it's all about the Federal Government stepping in and making them behave. Seems they have't yet figured out they can't have it both ways

Carpy
by Ruby Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Actually, the purpose of this bill is in regards to other things.  MJ is not even a blip on the radar for this.

candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 17, 2014 at 8:17 AM
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Yes it is about other things.  It is about all the laws he is refusing to enforce.


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Quoting Carpy:

Actually, the purpose of this bill is in regards to other things.  MJ is not even a blip on the radar for this.


AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 8:27 AM
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I just have to add I find it hilarious that everyone signed on to that bill is a rabid state's rights advocate. Apparently they only want states to decide their own futures when they agree with the state's political vision.
Personally, I'm shocked at the seeming hypocrisy of this bill and the sentiments of its authors.
Citygirlk
by Gold Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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But yet they say they are for small goverment.

BaronSamedi
by Bronze Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Only the states rights they approve of.

Quoting meriana:


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 LMAO...now republicans are against states rights?

mmk...

Maybe they will be the reason for getting the federal laws changed

 

Boom.  Thanks to Republican Family Values for sharing!  For more great stuff:  www.aattp.org!

That's what makes me laugh. They're always going on about a smaller Federal Gov. and that the states should have more power than they do UNTIL a state does something they don't like...then it's all about the Federal Government stepping in and making them behave. Seems they have't yet figured out they can't have it both ways


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