Our View: Bipartisan Hypocrisy on Marijuana

November 20, 2012

SAY UNCLE, ALREADY: We hope Mr. Hickenlooper and the rest of political establishment will respect the election results and fully implement Amendment 64

It was just two short weeks ago that radio ads featuring ex-Governors Bill Owens and Bill Ritter permeated the airwaves, with the two Bills confidently predicting that the necessity of marijuana prohibition was something “we can agree on.”

As it turns out, “The Bills” were dead wrong.

Seems that when it comes to pot, most Coloradans see things Tom Tancredo’s way.

In a delightful example the electorate defying the will of the professional political class, Coloradans delivered a stinging rebuke to Owens, Ritter, John Hickenlooper, and the “hundreds of elected officials” who opposed marijuana legalization.

But the elites aren’t ready to give up yet.

Having failed at the ballot box earlier this month, sore losers from both political parties have ratcheted up their hypocrisy in an effort to try and undermine the will of the voters.

John Hickenlooper has signaled his reluctance to fully implement the voter-approved measure citing the federal prohibition on marijuana.  And frankly, we see that as pretty disingenuous.

We don’t recall Mr. Hickenlooper speaking up for federalism during the debate over providing special tuition discounts for illegal aliens at state colleges and universities.  Nor do we remember Hizzoner rushing to overturn his city’s de facto illegal alien sanctuary policy as Mayor of Denver.  Even though both are in direct conflict with federal law.

We also find it somewhat ironic that Mr. Hickenlooper isn’t more sympathetic to the decriminalization effort considering that he’s enjoyed so much personal success selling beer — a product that used to be illegal, and whose production and distribution was once the sole purview of organized crime syndicates and clandestine smuggling networks.

And the hypocrisy isn’t limited to just those on the left.

Self-styled conservatives who fancy themselves advocates of personal freedom and limited government have seemingly abandoned the Tenth Amendment in order to mount a full-throated defense of a grossly overreaching, expensive and completely ineffective federal policy of marijuana prohibition.

What gives?

We’ve read the U.S. Constitution over and over, and we can’t find any references to marijuana.  We aren’t lawyers, but the document’s silence on the matter suggests to us that the regulation of marijuana is a power “not delegated to the United States by the Constitution” and is thus “reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

The good news is that some elected officials are getting the message.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, who joined “The Bills” and Governor Hickenlooper in opposing Amendment 64, has made it clear that he intends to respect the outcome of the vote.

On Friday, the Lone Tree Republican and Marine Corps combat veteran co-sponsored legislation, authored by Rep. Diana DeGette of Denver, directing the federal government not to interfere with Colorado’s decision to decriminalize marijuana.

Coffman deserves credit for walking out on the ledge in support of citizen democracy.  We hope Mr. Hickenlooper and the rest of political establishment will soon follow his lead.

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One Response to Our View: Bipartisan Hypocrisy on Marijuana

  1. January 3, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I’m one of those old folks who voted against this bill legalizing marijuana…WHY? because we don’t know enough details, the details were not provided before the vote and they are still not provided enough to satisfy the questions that encompass this drug…
    just where and when will people be allowed to light up and ‘enjoy’ this drug?
    are non-smokers going to be blasted with this definite “skunk-like aroma” throughout the neighborhood now because users now have a legal right to…
    what are the financial gains for the community? the state? there is no provision in the law to tax the sales of this drug, legal or not…
    are users going to be subject to the same type of open container laws that drinkers are?
    and is the police force going to add officers to control the underage use, because they have their hands full now, and the abuse will happen…how will this be paid for?
    MJ is not a ‘harmless drug’. The effects of MJ cannot be monitored as the quality of the plants cannot be monitored…this is a big mistake Colorado. For once I agree with the Gov. to go slow on this.


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