LA Sheriff Pledges to Bust People for Pot Even If Marijuana Is Legalized in California

From Alternet: http://www.alternet.org/drugs/148524/la_sheriff_pledges_to_bust_people_for_pot_even_if_marijuana_is_legalized_in_california/

By Steve Elliott

October 17, 2010

Sheriff Baca, who is sworn to uphold California state law, has essentially said that the voters don’t matter.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said on Friday that the voters don’t matter. His deputies’ enforcement of marijuana laws would not change even if voters approved Proposition 19, which would legalize cannabis in California, on November 2, according to the Sheriff.

“Proposition 19 is not going to pass, even if it passes,” Baca said in a news conference Friday at sheriff’s headquarters in Monterey Park, reports Robert Faturechi in The Los Angeles Times.

The department run by Sheriff Baca polices 75 percent of Los Angeles County. His staunch opposition to marijuana — even if it is legalized — was echoed Friday by an announcement from Attorney General Eric Holder that federal officials would continue to “vigorously enforce” cannabis laws in California, even if state voters pass the measure.

Baca, who is sworn to uphold California state law, claimed Prop 19 was superseded by federal law and if passed, would be found unconstitutional.

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