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Dennis Burke is a political hack with minimal legal skills--and not much more political skills. His only true skill is being a friend of JaNo.

Personally, I don't think Arizona law enforcement should assist the Feds enforce this in any fashion. I'm not a fan of weed, but I'm even less of a fan of Congress using the commerce clause to stretch its powers - which is what the Federal ban on weed is based on. At least I know I'm in good company; Justice William Rehnquist agreed with me.

If the Feds want to raid pot shops in AZ, let them. By themselves, without local support. Why should AZ participate in a further erosion of states' rights?

So how are the feds handling things in CA? Are they knocking down doors and prosecuting the growers, distributors, and users? Seems to me as though a precedence has been set by the feds allowing CA to grow, distribute, and smoke the pain away.

It wasn't Dennis Burke's job to police Arizona's voter initiatives. That was Attorney General Terry Goddard's job and he failed, miserably. If Goddard had been doing his job, he would have prevented this obviously unconstitutional law from going on the ballot. His mistake has cost (and will continue to cost) Arizonans untold time and expense. Hopefully, other AGs will learn from his mistake.

KT - There difference between CA and AZ on this issue relating to the Federal Government is that the Obama Administration likes them and hates AZ. They'd prosecute given the right circumstances and then find a way to justify it.

Absolutely right about how the justice dept. will handle Calif. and Arizona in any case that comes in front of them, but since when has principle been up for bid among the Conservative minded among us?-
I don't expect everyone to be as libertarian oriented as myself but could someone please point out to me where in the US Constitution does it give the federal government ultimate jurisdiction in matters of local concerns?-
The Republicrats might keep in mind that this law was passed by popular vote in Arizona, if they want to continue to promote a suicidal mindless national war on drugs then they can continue to suffer for it at the polls- clearly the scare tactics of "Reefer Madness" is going to make anyone using them look like the hypocritical church lady..
It's time to start looking at facts not based on the agenda laden premises of the Nixon administration..

Burke aspires to elective office someday and is trying to: 1) assure the swing voters in the middle of the spectrum that he is a serious law enforcement officer; and 2) assure the base that he won't do anything to prevent them from getting their weed in nicer neighborhoods.

He handled it in a ham handed way (big surprise) and now Horne has messed things up by calling his bluff.

RonJ, you are absolutely correct.

Okiepeg, I've posted before on here, the argument the Feds used - and the argument that prevailed before the Supreme Court in Gonzales v. Raich (2005), is based on the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution. Short version, the liberals on the court decided that if weed was legal in one state, and produced in that same state, then sooner or later some of that weed would illegally leave that state, and thus affect the price of weed in states where it is illegal...and therefore Congress has the right to regulate it. It's an absurd argument, that found no merit in the eyes of Rehnquist, O'Connor & Thomas, but it is now the law of the land...thereby gutting states' rights.

Are you aware the DEA just licensed 55 pharmaceutical companies to grow pot? MSN money is running a story ("Could legal pot give Big Pharma a much-needed high?") that,

"Just last week, the Drug Enforcement Administration said 55 unnamed companies have been granted licenses to grow cannabis in the United States. Observers say the pharmaceutical companies need the pot farms to cultivate weed so they can produce a generic version of the THC pill Marinol, which is marketed by Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (WPI ), and at least one other cannabis-based pill for a wide variety of new uses.

But to grow pot and put organic THC and CBD in pills, the DEA to would need to move organic THC down from Schedule I to the far less restrictive Schedule III, where synthetic THC Marinol currently resides. That’s exactly what drug companies have requested. And by all indications, their wish is likely to be granted."

In other words, if big corporations grow dope with the government and put it in a pill, it's medicine. But if you grow it at home or at a dispensary and then put it in a vaporizer, it's a felony. If they suspect you, they break down your door shoot you 22 times and accuse you of being a drug dealer as happened to a Marine veteran in Tucson recently.


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