Ted Cruz refuses to respect States’ Rights, criticizes Obama for not arresting tokers
While Ted Cruz didn’t intend to make Obama look good on the subject of marijuana legalization, he unwittingly did when he criticized Obama the other day for not arresting cannabis consumers in Colorado.
Speaking at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative political group which recently released a poll showing 79% of Texans opposing jail for drug offenders, coming on the heels of another poll showing 58% of Texans supporting marijuana legalization, the US Senator from Texas joked about how the brownies everyone was eating had come from Colorado.
If only we could get these uptight people to try an edible, they might chill out and relax a little bit.
He then went on to chastise Obama by accusing his administration of bypassing “commonsense changes” with congress on drug policy in favor of their own views.
Cruz went on to state,
You could go to Congress, you can get a conversation, you could get Democrats and Republicans who would say, ‘We ought to change our drug policy in some way,’ and you could have a real conversation, you could have hearings, you could look at the problem, you could discuss commonsense changes that maybe should happen or shouldn’t happen. This president didn’t do that. He just said, ‘The laws say one thing’ — and mind you these are criminal laws, these are laws that say if you do ‘X, Y, and Z’ you will go to prison. The president announced, ‘No, you won’t.’
While Obama and his administration has certainly been no friend to the marijuana movement, racking up more dispensary raids than George Bush while outright making fun of the notion that our cannabis laws need to change, he should be given props for finally seeing some of the light.
Rather than being a leader on the subject, he waited for everyone else to do all of the ground work before finally coming out to say that he would no longer impede state medical and legalization efforts.
Of course his new policy completely goes against what he told Rolling Stone while trying justify the massive amount of raids on medical organizations.
I can’t nullify congressional law. I can’t ask the Justice Department to say, ‘Ignore completely a federal law that’s on the books.’ What I can say is, ‘Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage.’ As a consequence, there haven’t been prosecutions of users of marijuana for medical purposes.
Cruz gives him way too much credit, but Obama is obviously more enlightened on this topic, which isn’t saying much.
He is right though, Obama should have already gone to congress and pushed them to pass drug law reforms.
It could be said there is something to worry about when the president refuses to enforce federal law, but it could easily be argued that this is not even within the realm of federal control, regardless of previous legislation and court rulings. It implores us to ask why alcohol prohibition required a constitutional amendment, but cannabis prohibition does not.
When you get the right people on the court, judicial review can quickly become a farce. Just as much of a farce as making cannabis a Schedule 1 drug.
Obama should be applauded for not enforcing such a hideous, rights-infringing law. It’s just a shame it took us not backing down and pushing forward in order for him to take this stand. With 21 states already having medical marijuana, two with legalization, several poised to legalize in 2014, and polls showing a majority of Americans in support of legalization, it only makes sense not to enforce such a bad law.
We do wish that congress and the president could get together and not only discuss some commonsense changes, but also act on those discussions by getting the federal government entirely out of the way when it comes to drug policy, and leaving this matter up to the states.
Where is your support for States’ Rights, Senator Cruz?
By: Stephen Carter
Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com
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