Don't get that excited about California Prop 19 — a state ballot measure to legalize small possessions of marijuana — passing, kids. Because mean old Attorney General Eric Holder says his department will still "vigorously enforce" superseding federal anti-pot laws.
The Associated Press has obtained a letter Eric Holder wrote to former heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration, who apparently still give a shit about any of this. Holder explains that while Californian pot-smokers might get their precious little "state law" changed, the federal government will still enforce its famously futile anti-pot laws, to protect our communities from the reefer:
"We will vigorously enforce the CSA [Controlled Substance Act] 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.
The attorney general also said that legalizing recreational marijuana in California would be a "significant impediment" to the government's joint efforts with state and local law enforcement to target drug traffickers, who often distribute marijuana alongside cocaine and other drugs.
He said the ballot measure's passage would "significantly undermine" efforts to keep California communities safe.
What an old fart. But he may not really mean it. It might just be an official position he needs to set for his department, knowing all the while that he doesn't have the means to "vigorously enforce" this ambitious War on Fun. Fewer than one percent of arrests for marijuana crimes are carried out on the federal level right now, and DEA agents probably don't want to pick up the slack, since it's just dumb marijuana. Then again, some local police — like Los Angeles County's — have said they'll help the federal government out.
This could be a mess to watch. It's best to get high beforehand.