The Era of Big Government may be back, budget-wise. But at least we’re starting to see some dividends on cultural federalism: Obama’s attorney general finally makes some noises that the federal government will back da f— up as relates to California’s medical-marijuana law.
Eric Holder, no coward when it comes to being sarcastic to the press, told a Washington news conference: “What the president said during the campaign, you’ll be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we’ll be doing here in law enforcement. … What he said during the campaign is now American policy.”
Of course, what Obama said during the campaign is that the federal government has no business interfering with state law and raiding California pot dispensaries. Since Obama took office, however, the DEA has seemed to be on autopilot, and some more raids have taken place.
Hopefully, this means that will end soon. Combined with, say, allowing universities to start doing research on medical marijuana, we could finally be taking a step down the road to more sensible drug policies.
We’re still a long way from decriminalizing marijuana and medicalizing how we treat stronger drugs. But, as my friends at the Post editorial board like to say, small steps for small feet.