Obama’s DOJ Harder on Pot Dispensaries Than Bush’s was…

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.

Cory Booker Utters the Truth We All Acknowledge But Cannot Act Upon

Via Hot Air:

“The so called War on Drugs has not succeeded in making significant reductions in drug use, drug arrests or violence,” the Democrat wrote during the Reddit “ask me anything” chat. “We are pouring huge amounts of our public resources into this current effort that are bleeding our public treasury and unnecessarily undermining human potential.”

And there are plenty of people, left and right, who agree. Yet we cannot undo it. Any politician – from Gary Johnson on down – who advocates legalizing weed  is wrapped up tight and thrown into the bin marked “Political Heretics.” Why?

Certainly, there’s a vast institutional army beyond the Drug War, DEA and so forth. But I think there’s more to it. I think there’s a kind of error message that hist the brain of certain voters when the real, actual prospect of ending the Drug War arrives on a legislative ballot. They may understand the logic, but somehow voting for illegal drugs feels wrong.

But I salute Mr. Booker for telling the truth anyway. As a mayor, he has no authority over the laws, but the case needs to be made more and more.