Mission Creep.

Our president is rather fond of making law enforcement decisions on a piecemeal basis— see Dream kids and DOMA— so why not make this one of the ones he declines to enforce? He could pretty easily make a federalism argument for not going guns-blazing into dispensaries obeying state law, and in fact, that was his explanation of his campaign promise. Does he imagine the upside of looking like a tough, law-and-order type with older independents and conservative Democrats is worth the disillusionment of his young, hip base? I’m not so sure, now that legalization has hit 50 percent in the Gallup poll. Ten of the 16 subgroups Gallup tested support legalization at 50 percent or above. Women, southerners, Republicans, conservatives, and 65+ are all under 50 percent (50-64-year-olds just barely, at 49 percent).

Again, I’m going to have to go with institutional support. So long as pot dispensaries need busting, then the DEA has a job. It’s not like his vanishing jobs office can handle explaining to the 10,000 people that work for DEA that their services are no longer needed. Democrats don’t argue with public sector employees.

2 Comments

  1. Back in the day Ronald let Nancy have her way !!!! (cool) . JUST SAY NO was a good thought taken too far. Marijuana busts = overcrowded jails, wasted labor from DEA and other law enforcment, loss of revenue from taxes, missuse tax dollars, war on pot not working. Need to focus on heavy, hard drugs like meth,crack,heroin ect. Focus on prescription drug abuse. These worthy tax dollars.

    1. At the very least, that would be worth a try. If we focus on the drugs that really are addictively dangerous, rather than simply stupid habits, we might discover that to me more manageable. Or equally futile; which would also be worth knowing.

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