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Old 11-06-2012, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Sure federal law trumps state and local laws, but marijuana legalization ensures local and state level authorities most likely won't have simple consumption citations as their highest priority. How do you think either candidate will deal with the potential for state level legalization, meaning that they most likely won't have local and state cooperation?
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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Well they can do the alcohol prohibition thing, and have "treasury" officers so a federal police force to enforce it locally. But that wasn't popular then, costs lots of money, and isn't likely. The DEA will likely go after the suppliers, not the small guys.

Likely if Romney wins, he'll try and enforce federal law. Since Obama will be a lame duck, whats the point of resisting it, let the experiment go unchallenged, and if it proves fruitful, then cancel enforcement nationwide.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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It's going to be interesting....it's been a while since states so blatently ignored federal law. We'll see if whoever wins goes all Lincoln on their azz.

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Well they can do the alcohol prohibition thing, and have "treasury" officers so a federal police force to enforce it locally. But that wasn't popular then, costs lots of money, and isn't likely. The DEA will likely go after the suppliers, not the small guys.

Likely if Romney wins, he'll try and enforce federal law. Since Obama will be a lame duck, whats the point of resisting it, let the experiment go unchallenged, and if it proves fruitful, then cancel enforcement nationwide.

You have to remember...prohibition became a jobs program for the treasury department's entry to law enforcement. Even worse, when it expired, rather than dumping those federal workers, they created special taxes associated with firearms and related products, in order to continue this jobs program. I have trouble seeing the feds back down and largely disolve the DEA...so expect some kind of response.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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It's going to be interesting....it's been a while since states so blatently ignored federal law. We'll see if whoever wins goes all Lincoln on their azz.
Just like alcohol prohibition, some states passed laws to enforce prohibition on a state level. Others did not.

The federal government can still enforce it.

I think the most likely outcome is a lowering in the drugs "schedule" status.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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It's going to be interesting....it's been a while since states so blatently ignored federal law. We'll see if whoever wins goes all Lincoln on their azz.
It's going to be pricey and time consuming getting 0 support from local and state authorities, and with the fiscal cliff looming, I just don't see how the feds will have the resources to tackle this.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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It's going to be pricey and time consuming getting 0 support from local and state authorities, and with the fiscal cliff looming, I just don't see how the feds will have the resources to tackle this.
The best enforcement they'll use are normal DEA agents going after the suppliers.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Strange that liberals are in favor of states' rights when it comes to pot but not when it comes to abortion. To be fair, I support the rights of states to make their own laws regarding both abortion AND pot. My personal opinion on pot is I feel it should be legal with a valid medical prescription. The growing of pot should be legal with license. I know some want it to be completely legal for any personal use or growing for personal consumption or sale. I'm just giving my opinion.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:31 AM
 
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If they decide to like they do on states that do not show enforce of seat belt law and mnay others. They can withhold funding in areas like alw enforcemnt or otehr area they decide to.That is alwaqys how federal governamnt gets states to comply.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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It should be very interesting considering Obama is a proven liar on the issue and Romney doesn't even support medical marijuana.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:38 AM
 
Location: On the corner of Grey Street
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It'll be interesting to see. It was on the ballot here in CO and I really had to give a lot of thought to which way I wanted to vote.
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