Marijuana Resolution Asks Obama To End Federal Crackdown

Sunday California’s Democratic party released a resolution asking President Obama to end the crackdown on medical marijuana in California and leave Colorado and Washington to implement legalization without federal interference. As time goes by more and more political entities are speaking out asking for the ability to represent their constituents and the best interests of their localities. As of this afternoon 19 states have now adopted medical marijuana with New Hampshire’s law being signed, and it seems that Illinois will be next.

Marijuana may not be fully legal in California, but the state’s Democratic Party has made its position clear.

In a resolution released on Sunday, the California Democratic Party requested that President Barack Obama end the federal crackdown against states with marijuana laws on the books:

The California Democratic Party requests: President Obama to allow the newly enacted marijuana legalization laws in Colorado and Washington to go into effect with no federal interference, and […] end the Department of Justice interference and raids by federal agencies in states with medical marijuana laws. 18 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing the use of cannabis […] and Colorado and Washington in 2012 passed laws legalizing the recreational use. […]
The United States spends over $20 billion a year enforcing marijuana prohibition laws, and thousands of people are murdered every year involving the smuggling of illegal drugs into the United States and marijuana accounts for over half of these illegal drugs […]

Marijuana prohibition laws are racially enforced with a far larger percentage of African-Americans and Hispanics convicted and imprisoned for marijuana prohibition offenses than their white counterparts even though marijuana use in their communities is no more than in white communities.

News of the resolution was applauded by marijuana reform advocates, including Marijuana Majority founder and chairman Tom Angell.

“In just the past few weeks, we’ve seen the U.S. Conference of Mayors, The New York Times editorial board and now the Democratic Party of our nation’s most populous state call on President Obama to finally follow through on his campaign promises to respect state marijuana laws,” Angell told The Huffington Post.

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