Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Laws



Posted by PicasaA few years ago the people of the state of Colorado voted in favor of an amendment to the state constitution legalizing medical marijuana. The people have spoken.




Last year the people of the Town of Breckenridge voted to decriminalize the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. The people have spoken.



We live under three different sets of laws concerning marijuana. The federal law, the state law and local law.



A few days ago the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration raided a marijuana grower in Highlands Ranch near Denver and charged him with violating federal law. This even after the President issued orders for DEA not to enforce federal marijuana laws in places where the people have approved medical marijuana. The people have spoken.



I was a government employee and elected official for most of the time from 1960 to 2007. Much of that time I was a law enforcement administrator. I have never seen such an abuse of power.



Some of my friends who are mayors, town council members, county commissioners, police chiefs and sheriffs believe that they can cherry pick laws. They can look at all of the laws and see which one they like and which one they don't like. Then they decide what they are going to do. They forget that the people have spoken.



First and foremost local elected officials, police chiefs and sheriffs work for the people. They are not federal law enforcement officials. They are not state law enforcement officials. They are local officials sworn to enforce local laws first and not just the laws that they agree with.



Even after local laws were changed some still say that they will enforce other state and federal laws first. They say that until all laws change they will not comply with the will of the people. They use stalling techniques such as moratoriums and use federal law to rationalize they believe that the people are all crazy and they did not know what they were doing when they changed the law.



You dance with them who brought you.



They work for the local citizens and were put in office or paid by the local voters who have always supported marijuana reform laws. They need to stop picking and choosing the things that they personally like and start working for the people. When you become an elected official or a government employee you should set your personal opinions aside and do the will of the people whether you agree or not. If not you need to resign and go to work somewhere else.

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