From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/04/sen-ted-cruz-not-enforcing-federal-marijuana-laws-in-colorado-is-dangerous-to-liberty/
By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has again criticized President Barack Obama for not overriding state marijuana laws.
In an interview with the libertarian magazine Reason published Monday, Cruz said he supported an “intelligent conversation” about drug policy.
“I will say one thing that’s been dismaying about the Obama administration,” he continued. “The Obama administration’s approach to drug policy is to simply announce that across the country, it is going to stop enforcing certain drug laws. Now, that may or may not be a good policy, but I would suggest that should concern anyone — it should even concern libertarians who support that policy outcome — because the idea that the president simply says criminal laws that are on the books, we’re going to ignore [them]. That is a very dangerous precedent.”
Voters in Colorado and Washington state approved ballot measures to legalize marijuana in 2012, but federal law still prohibits the possession and sale of the drug. The U.S. Justice Department, however, announced it would not seek to overturn the new state laws and would only intervene in a narrow set of circumstances, such as when drugs were being sold to minors.
Cruz said Obama overstepped his authority by refusing to prosecute marijuana users and sellers in Colorado and Washington state. Only Congress could enact such a policy, he argued.
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