Obama Administration Steps Up Opposition to Prop. 19
In a letter sent last week to former Drug Enforcement Administration officials, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder noted that the Department of Justice "strongly opposes Proposition 19," which would legalize marijuana in California. He wrote, "If passed, this legislation will greatly complicate federal drug enforcement efforts to the detriment of our citizens." Holder also indicated that the federal government might sue to overturn the ballot measure if it is passed by voters on Nov. 2, writing that DOJ "is considering all available legal and policy options."
- "Holder Promises To Enforce U.S. Drug Laws if Prop. 19 Passes" (Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times, 10/16).
- "Obama Administration Blasts State's Pot Measure" (Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/16).
- "AG: We'll Still Prosecute Pot, Prop. 19 or Not" (Richman, Oakland Tribune, 10/15).