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California Pot Initiative (Proposition 19) Goes to Pot

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The California initiative to legalize marijuana — a law that would have complicated enforcement for federal agents — went down in defeat on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Proposition 19, which would have allowed pot to be sold for recreational use, failed to get the support of the state’s moderate voters.

The measure had strong support from young voters, but failed to win over voters in the very populous Los Angeles County, the Times reported.

Last month, Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. vowed to “vigorously enforce” federal marijuana laws even if Californians approved Prop 19.

Holder’s comments were contained in a letter to ex-federal drug enforcement chiefs.

“We will vigorously enforce the CSA against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law,” Holder wrote in the letter.

9 Ex-DEA Officials Ask Justice Dept. to Challenge Legalization of Marijuana in Calif.

marijuana-umledu2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Nine former DEA administrators have fired off a letter to Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. asking that he step in if Californians in November vote to legalize marijuana, the Associated Press reports.

AP reports that the administrators wrote an Aug. 24 letter to Holder asking that he file a lawsuit challenging the legalization if voters approve Proposition 19.

The letter says that legalization of marijuana would challenge federal authority, AP reported. The administrators said the lawsuit would be similar to one the administration filed in Arizona involving immigrants.

“We would expect the Department of Justice to act just as swiftly and for the same reason,” the letter said, according to AP.

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