Republican lawmakers believe President Obama is being a hypocrite by allowing legal marijuana states, both medical and recreational, to operate without suffering federal prosecution.
In an effort to combat what the GOP believes to be failed leadership, the House voted last week 233-181 in favor of the “Enforce the Law Act,” which, if passed, would give Congress the right to pursue legal action against the president for failing to faithfully execute laws.
“The Constitution gives Congress the responsibility to write the laws and the Executive to enforce them,” said Representative Trey Gowdy, who along with Bob Goodlatte, Darrell Issa and Jim Gerlach introduced the bill. “We don’t pass suggestions. We don’t pass ideas. We pass laws. Regardless of our politics, I hope my colleagues have enough regard for our work to expect those laws would be faithfully executed.”
In a recent committee report, Representative Goodlatte said the Obama Administration’s choice to stand along the sidelines and watch the Great Marijuana Experiment damage America was nothing short of executive irresponsibility. What he is referring to is last year’s announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder, which stated that the Department of Justice would not interfere with state marijuana laws as long as they operated with a strict regulatory system.
President Obama’s blatant disregard for federal drug laws, “In entire states is not a valid exercise of prosecutorial discretion,” continues the report.
“Rather, the guidance to US Attorneys establishes a formal, department-wide policy of selective non-enforcement of an Act of Congress. This infringes on Congress’s lawmaking authority by, in effect, amending the flat prohibitions of the [Controlled Substances Act] to permit the possession, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana so long as that conduct is in compliance with state law. This crosses the line between permissible discretionary decisions made by prosecutors on a case-by-case basis and an impermissible suspension of the law by executive fiat.”
Most Democratic lawmakers agree the Enforce the Law Act is dead legislation at best. In fact, President Obama has said he will veto the bill the moment it reaches the White House.
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.