Editorial: Enforce federal marijuana laws

Congress should repeal the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, a single paragraph that handcuffs the U.S. Justice Department from enforcing federal marijuana laws in states where marijuana is legalized.

Ex-president Obama and his minions attached the amendment to a massive budget bill and enforcement of existing laws went limp. But Attorney General Jeff Sessions is on the verge of getting Congress to repeal that amendment and begin enforcement of federal laws in the 29 states with some form of legalization of marijuana.

This has some marijuana growers and marketers worried.

They should be.

Liberals in state houses start by pushing the legalization of marijuana for “medical reasons.” Once those laws are passed, it leads to limited recreational use and finally to full-blown legalization. If this Obama amendment is repealed, federal law enforcement can begin raids on illegal marijuana operations and that is good news for all Americans. The Senate supports the amendment but it is in trouble in the House. “The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives,” Sessions said.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco – the most liberal court in the nation – served notice to the Department of Justice last year that as long as the amendment stands, it will allow any marijuana in California and eight other states under it jurisdiction.

Marijuana is harmful to people. Anyone in law enforcement will tell you it is a gateway drug to even more dangerous addictions.  Federal drug laws may seem like an overreach but liberal marijuana laws in Colorado have had an effect on crime in neighboring states, including Oklahoma.

Thank goodness Attorney General Jeff Sessions is serious about enforcing existing federal law.