L.A. Sheriff: Pot Legalization ‘Not Going To Pass, Even If It Passes’

Sheriff Lee Baca: "Prop 19 has no effect on what we're going to do"

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said on Friday that the voters don’t matter. His deputies’ enforcement of marijuana laws would not change even if voters approved Proposition 19, which would legalize cannabis in California, on November 2, according to the Sheriff.

“Proposition 19 is not going to pass, even if it passes,” Baca said in a news conference Friday at sheriff’s headquarters in Monterey Park, reports Robert Faturechi in The Los Angeles Times.

The department run by Sheriff Baca polices 75 percent of Los Angeles County. His staunch opposition to marijuana — even if it is legalized — was echoed Friday by an announcement from Attorney General Eric Holder that federal officials would continue to “vigorously enforce” cannabis laws in California, even if state voters pass the measure.

Baca, who is sworn to uphold California state law, claimed Prop 19 was superseded by federal law and if passed, would be found unconstitutional.

Standing onstage with other prominent opponents of marijuana legalization, including Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, Sheriff Baca colorfully assailed marijuana use, users and sales.

Asked if he had ever experimented with pot, Baca left no room for doubt. “Hell, no,” he said.

Baca claimed legalizing cannabis would have far-reaching effects, including increasing the costs of drug rehabilitation (although most people in rehab for marijuana have been forced there by court order), causing traffic accidents (although marijuana is not a significant factor in auto wrecks), prompting labor disputes with employees getting high on the job (although Prop 19 gives employers the right “to address consumption that actually impairs job performance“), and providing a safe cover for drug cartels selling hard drugs.

California’s laws for pot smokers are already lenient enough, Baca claimed.

“If you a need for an ounce or less… then use your marijuana, but use it privately,” Baca said. “If you want to do a joint in your house, do it. Leave the rest of us alone.”

Baca claimed personal users smoking at home were already a non-priority for police agencies, including the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. His department does target pot dealers, he said.

The sheriff came out against Prop 19 early on, joining with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to try to prevent its passage.

Polls have shown California voters are almost evenly split on legalization.

Incredibly, Baca claimed on Friday that local law enforcement agencies — which, again, are sworn to uphold state laws — should abide by federal drug laws prohibiting marijuana, even if Prop 19 passes.

“[Prop] 19 has no effect on what we’re going to do,” Baca said.

Steve Elliott, a working journalist since 1982, is editor of Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media’s site of cannabis news, views, rumor and humor.

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75 Responses to L.A. Sheriff: Pot Legalization ‘Not Going To Pass, Even If It Passes’

  1. +28 Vote -1 Vote +1Theresa Knox
    October 16, 2010 at 10:54 am

    As an elected official sworn to uphold the law of the State of California, this man should be impeached. What a complete hypocrite, to say that he has no problem with people smoking it at the decriminalized level it’s at now but if smoking marijuana freely becomes a law he won’t enforce it. It’s ok, though, because the more the oppressors spout garbage like this, the more angry the public will become, and that anger will stimulate us to further our education about our rights… and change will follow on a huge level, not just on the legalization of a harmless plant.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1undrgrndgirl
      October 18, 2010 at 8:46 am

      CAN he be impeached?

      • Vote -1 Vote +1Oscar
        October 18, 2010 at 9:22 am

        Any elected official can be. The greatness of Democracy. :oD

        • +3 Vote -1 Vote +1J. West
          October 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm

          Not Democracy, a Constitutional Republic with the rights of the individual above those of the State. Democracy is mob rule or two wolfs and a sheep voting on what to eat.

  2. +16 Vote -1 Vote +1Cann_Do
    October 16, 2010 at 10:59 am

    And to think that Sheriff Baca is running unopposed. UNOPPOSED!

    So there truly is no alternative to Baca for voters in LA County? That itself is a sad indictment of LA.

    Its clear that the Baca Dynasty is just getting started.

    Enforcing non-existent state laws, illegally prosecuting federal arrests as a state employee, ignoring the laws enacted by the people… Thats just the beginning for some one so endowed with a sense of power- because he is running unopposed.

    Unopposed. Sheesh, that’s simply crazy. Do all cops simply line up in tow behind their fearless leader? Or is there someone who can mount a challenge next time?

  3. +33 Vote -1 Vote +1Leonard Krivitsky, MD
    October 16, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Sheriff Baca, you are delusional, this is not a Communist or a Fascist State, this is a Democracy the last time I checked, and this means that people’s vote does count!

    Cannabis should have never been illegal in the first place. Its “illegality” is not based on any science, just on lies, distortions of fact, and blatant racism. The truth is that Cannabis is less physically addictive than caffeine, and that it may also serve as a much “safer alternative” to alcohol and/or hard drugs. Another Cannabis product, hemp, was used by humans since time immemorial! It is fully recognized that Cannabis use SUPPRESSES VIOLENT BEHAVIOR, and that Cannabis may be used to help not only treat, but to also prevent some devastating illnesses such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

    The fact is that Cannabis has been used by humans for thousands of years exactly because there are so many ways in which this remarkable plant can help us and our planet. So, it is naive to presume that a bunch of fear-mongerers can change this fact, no matter how loud and untruthful they become! I worked in addiction medicine for years, and Cannabis use was the least of my problems, so I do recognize that classifying Cannabis in the same group as heroin and cocaine is one of the greatest scientific fallacies of our times. The so-called “gateway” drug theory was found to be totally invalid, and a very recent large study called this “theory” half-baked. It is simply untrue scientifically.

    As Kathleen Parker aptly observed on CNN couple of days ago, “To say that most hard drug addicts start with marijuana is the same as to say that all rapists start with masturbation”. Yeah, that’s about it! Cannabis is not physically addictive, as there is no clearly definable and reproducible physical withdrawal syndrome, observed with alcohol or opiate withdrawal, for example. A recent large study denied any connection between smoking Cannabis and a risk for lung cancer. Quite the opposite, Cannabis use is being found to have some preventative role with such serious conditions as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, and according to the latest research, Cannabis may even be an “exit substance” for recovering alcoholics/hard drug/prescription drug abusers. Cannabis criminalization leads to horrendous Civil Rights violations around the country. YES to Cannabis re-Legalization! YES on Cali Prop. 19!

    • +11 Vote -1 Vote +1Theresa Knox
      October 16, 2010 at 11:14 am

      DR. K, I sure love reading your posts! Kudos, and keep it up!

      • +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Tramp Finesse
        October 16, 2010 at 9:02 pm

        Its burns me to the core for someone to claim Cannabis has a negative effect on our societies problem with addiction. First of all, in my nonmedical opinion, ingesting or smoking cannabis is the safest way to detox from, in my case, an opiate addiction. Its not the substitute for someone’s addiction, though it might be a safer temporary alternative for someone trying to stay away from physically addictive drugs.
        Even more importantly, those of us opiate addicts who suffer from mild to severe chronic pain have a safe way to manage the pain. Cannabis saves me from my addiction. I don’t have to turn to the opiates. I don’t have to have such a fear of withdrawel.

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Timothy Bledsoe
      October 19, 2010 at 7:27 am

      “Sheriff Baca, you are delusional, this is not a Communist or a Fascist State”

      Actually, this -IS- a fascist and communist state; it is merely to what degree.

  4. +14 Vote -1 Vote +1Patriot
    October 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    “Proposition 19 is not going to pass, even if it passes,” Baca said…

    Meaning he does not care what THE VOTERS or THE LAW becomes, He is going to enforce what he wants… WOW SCARY.

    I doubt federal courts are going to start trying small volume marijuana cases, and we know how the state and supreme court ruled on medical marijuana in which they tried to use the same scare tactics.

    The fact that the President of Mexico is speaking out against it shows how much money his country and drug cartels stand to lose by legalization.

  5. +13 Vote -1 Vote +1Mark
    October 16, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    But in front of what judges will Baca send all of his Quixoitc “busts?” Assuming 19 passes…

    Anyone “busted” by Baca could simply ask for such a simple thing called a trial to find out they’re innocent of any ‘crime,” and have in fact been handed a winning lottery ticket courtesy of the sheriff.

    But really, you have to love the spirit of the guy… it’s kind of like reading those stories 30 and forty years after WW2 where Japanese soldiers living in the jungle could never admit the war was over and the US won. It reads like possible stories of the throwback police and judge in the “ghost town” type of stories cheap movies are made of.

  6. +8 Vote -1 Vote +1LindaSpeaks
    October 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Another Public Servant that forgot the ‘serve’ part of his job. The will of the people is paramount. How did this jerk get in office, and why did he take a job he has no intention of performing properly. I say again, our police and elected officials need regular periodic psychological evaluation to weed out the power-drunk.

    • +12 Vote -1 Vote +1AnarchyInTheUSA
      October 16, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      Problem is probably 90% of police officers wouldn’t pass a psych evaluation…what do you think made them wanna be cops?

  7. +13 Vote -1 Vote +1ElectroPig
    October 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Second order of business after the November 2nd elections are done….FIRE THIS MORON!!!

    When a PUBLIC SERVANT refuses to SERVE THE PUBLIC when the PUBLIC EXPRESSES THEIR INTENT VIA LEGISLATION HE HAS SWORN TO UPHOLD…that person is no longer serviing the public, ans renders themself a PUBLIC PARASITE which must be removed at the first opportunity.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1Slug
      October 24, 2010 at 4:27 am

      get rid of him right away so the spread of his poison be stopped

  8. +11 Vote -1 Vote +1Cubby
    October 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Any one person who unilaterally decides to disregard the laws enacted by the people, is a lawbreaker. If Sheriff Baca does what he say he will, he should be arrested as a criminal. No one person gets to decide for the rest of us. Maybe some time in prison would change his tune.

    • +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Ty
      October 19, 2010 at 6:04 am

      I’m sure there are many more reasons a scumbag like this “PIG” should be locked up…. look at the guy, you can tell just by looking at him that there are real problems upstairs with this piece of crap. Then he opens his mouth and proves it. As long as people like this are walking the streets the rest of us are not safe…. Time to arm ourselves against gangsters like this “Pink-O-Commie FAG”

  9. +7 Vote -1 Vote +1Alan Baker Schultz
    October 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Nothing more to be said; Heil Hitler!

  10. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1bluecollarbytes
    October 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    More proof that California was never all that ‘enlightened’ about marijuana, medical or otherwise. What you’ve actually seen over recent years was simple incompetence by authorities opposed to pot, but who haven’t got their act together, and are now stomping their feet in anger. Sir Baca will enforce any law he happens to agree with, selecting whether to enforce Federal law or the state’s.

  11. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Brian Brawdy
    October 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Holder: Feds will Enforce Marijuana Law Regardless of California vote. IN the battle of bongs over bureaucrats, will Holder win? http://tinyurl.com/24ssyzo

  12. +7 Vote -1 Vote +1Dracis
    October 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I did not realize that the LA Sheriff was a Federal Job.

  13. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Ethan
    October 16, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    WOW

  14. -28 Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
    October 16, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    some of you guys are so ignorant. i had no idea that this many americans had this much disrespect for the officers and deputies saving your asses everyday and you guys dont even care. this same issue happened recently in arizona when people argued that the state law that was passed (THAT EXACTLY MIRRORED THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL LAW) was racist. its essentially the same issue here. Sheriff Baca is NOT trying to say that he does not care what the citizens of los angeles and california think. he is simply restating that he is sworn to protect and enforce the laws laid down by BOTH the state AND the federal government. Deputies and officers are not just sworn to protect and enforce state laws but federal laws as well. So, YES, a deputy/officer can arrest you for breaking a federal law and YES having marijuana in your possession is in violation of a federal law. Sorry to spoil your fun but federal laws (which are in fact made BY the people of the United States) ALWAYS “trump” state laws. To say that the state is being unfair is in fact calling the entire country and your fellow citizens unfair. Honestly i dont even know why you people are arguing about this. In all my life, i have seen NOTHING good come out of using marijuana. The fact that marijuana is far less addictive than cigarettes still gives further proof that cigarettes should be made illegal as well. Even if it is believed to have medical benefits of some sort, the cons far outweigh the benefits which even doctors are not even completely sure of. I guarantee to those of you reading this, 99.9999999999999 % of all marijuana users who “think” they have a good medical excuse are not using it for medical reasons. Deep down they know that they are just using marijuana to get high. Vote NO on 19.

    • +7 Vote -1 Vote +1Jillian Galloway
      October 17, 2010 at 4:46 am

      Read the Garden Grove v. Felix Kha decision and answer this, if state cops are supposed to be enforcing federal law then why is Sheriff Baca publicly announcing that he’s not going to bust personnel marijuana users? They are violating federal law so why isn’t he doing HIS JOB?!!

      Law enforcement tell us all the time that they “don’t make the laws, they just enforce them”. But here we have Sheriff Baca and other law enforcement personal bending over backwards to prevent this law from being changed – that isn’t just enforcing the law, that’s meddling very much in the making of the law!!

      This is a clear conflict of interest! We have no way of knowing if Sheriff Baca is working to protect society or his job!

      • -9 Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
        October 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm

        hes not arresting personal marijuana users because it would clog up the courts. the LA sheriffs departments main objective is to arrest the drug dealers that sell drugs which ruin everyone’s lives. hes not bending over backwards to prevent this law from being changed, hes just stating that he will continue to enforce the federal law which states that marijuana is illegal to have in your possession.

        • +3 Vote -1 Vote +1batteredbypd
          October 17, 2010 at 9:15 pm

          thats a lie….my life has been ruined by the sheriffs all over 0.3 grams of marijuana……

          http://batteredbypd.wordpress.com

          • -5 Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
            October 18, 2010 at 8:45 pm

            ahh and here we get to the root of the problem. You are just angry at the sheriffs department because they were just doing their job. i you didnt want your life ruined than you should not have been carrying marijuana in the first place.

            • Vote -1 Vote +1James David Andrew
              October 18, 2010 at 10:20 pm

              How lame!

            • +2 Vote -1 Vote +1batteredbypd
              October 18, 2010 at 11:28 pm

              Funny you speak on what you don’t know. But anyways, if I’m angry you should be angrier…..this is your hundreds of thousands of tax dollars being spent on someone being in possession of 0.3 grams of marijuana……if you don’t see anything wrong with that picture, something is clearly wrong with you!

              • -2 Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
                October 19, 2010 at 8:38 pm

                i do see something wrong with you carrying an illegal drug

    • +12 Vote -1 Vote +1Norman Lepoff, M.D.
      October 17, 2010 at 9:50 am

      You are the ignorant one, Ryan. The cops have become overpaid, cowards and thugs who are one and the same as the mafia and the cartels. This is why they fear legalization so much. Also, they are concerned about losing thier huge salaries, benefits and pensions that thier drug war against cannabis users has brought them, as well as all the truckloads of cash from their confiscations and drug sales to our children. It is a shame that they have become the scum of the earth, but this is what they are. It takes a coward to bust a cannabis user. Plain and simple.

      As far as the safety and health benefits of Cannabis. They are both widely known. You are a fool, my friend. Go read a pharmacology text book at your local med. school and learn something.

      • -12 Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
        October 17, 2010 at 7:54 pm

        you are sorely mistaken on a number of things. first, if cops are part of the mafia and cartels then legalization would actually get them more money because the marijuana dealing enterprise would be open for business. People like you are the ones who only pay attention to the rare stories of police officers/deputies who are caught in the act of fraud and stealing money etc. this is of course because you have had a bad reputation with law enforcement yourself. As humans, none of us are perfect not even police officers. people like you who hold them to a perfect standard disgust me. if you think that they are so horrible then why dont you try being a cop. im sure they could use your “perfect” moral standards and behavior, am i right?

        • -5 Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
          October 18, 2010 at 9:14 pm

          Agreed that there are some “medical” uses for marijuana. For example: marijuana can be used to deal with nausea during chemotherapy treatment. note the word “can”. there are far better alternatives for curing nausea than using an illegal drug such as marijuana. Also marijuana is also believed to help someone who is trying to stop taking another type of addictive drug because marijuana is far less addictive than legal cigarettes. However, this is not to say that taking marijuana to help with quitting smoking is recommended as it is illegal and still has many of the negative effects of other tobacco products such as the destroying and building up of carcinogens in lung tissue. Smoking to stop smoking just doesnt make sense. its like saying you can cure an ice cream craving by eating more chocolate cake. Sure it is possible that marijuana can help you stop smoking cigarettes, but the likelihood of you getting hooked on marijuana instead is also high. This is why many companies have provided products such as nicotine patches and gum, which work almost the exact same way as marijuana does (by “stepping you down” from the nicotine-like effects of the drug), only its legal. Also the best way to stop a habit is to never start. The legalization of marijuana would be encouraging the use of drugs and would in fact be a step backward for creating a drug-free world.

          • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve
            October 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm

            A drug free world? There are drug stores all over my city such as Walgreens, and they have drive thru service. Marijuana is not a drug it’s a herb. Drugs come from synthesized substances.

            • Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
              October 19, 2010 at 9:03 pm

              drug n.-any article, other than food, intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of humans or other animals. marijuana fits this definition because it can be used to alter the natural behavior of the human body. and marijuana is both a natural herb AND a drug. hemp, hashish, heroine, and marijuana are all products that come from herbs and also products that 99% of the pharmaceutical world recognizes as drugs.

              • Vote -1 Vote +1Steve
                October 20, 2010 at 3:15 pm

                The government considers hemp or marijuana to be a controlled substance. Coffee is not a drug but when you extract the caffeine then you have a drug.

          • Vote -1 Vote +1Tramp Finesse
            October 20, 2010 at 12:48 am

            What drugs exaclty are you trying to free the world of?

        • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1James David Andrew
          October 18, 2010 at 9:19 pm

          Federalist swine will all get what’s coming to them one day! oink, oink!

    • Vote -1 Vote +1sons_of_liberty
      October 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm

      Read the 10th Amendment fool.

      • -4 Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
        October 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm

        i did. it clearly states that powers not granted to the federal government nor prohibited to the states by the Constitution of the United States are reserved to the states or the people. the federal government already decided on the issue of the legality of marijuana. in fact very recently the people in washington not just the sheriff made it very clear of their opposition to this proposition. So here you have the majority of politicians (who will vote against proposition 19 if taken to supreme/federal court) so even if it is “passed” in California, you WILL NOT WIN. no matter how much you think, hope, or pray about it, the rest of the country and politicians are opposing this including our democratic president, obama. if passed, it will be voted on in washington and marijuana will still be illegal.

        • +2 Vote -1 Vote +1James David Andrew
          October 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm

          News flash Washington D.C. also medicalized. This will not go away. All the feds need to do is remove marijuana as a controlled dangerous substance. They can save face. Or if they so choose to waste all of their (ours) abundance of money figuring out how they will rule against the will of the people. You seem so sure of yourself Ryan. I have compassion for the emptiness you must experience everyday. No need to mask your masochistic tendencies, maybe you need a kitten to perk up your outlook my friend.

          • Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
            October 19, 2010 at 9:08 pm

            please fill this “emptiness” of mine by telling me exactly when medical marijuana was legalized in washington dc.

          • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
            October 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm

            your humor is appreciated. And yes i acknowledge the fact that i was wrong after doing further research on federal law enforcement vs. state law enforcement. think ill take your advice and get a new kitten especially since my other one got ran over by a car bout a week ago

            • -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Harry6375
              October 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm

              James why you gotta be such a jerk?

    • Vote -1 Vote +1Tramp Finesse
      October 20, 2010 at 12:34 am

      Would you be interested in some information about the benifits of medical marijuana? I realize that so far in your life, you haven’t experienced for yourself or a seen a family member who benefited from medicinal cannabis. This is because it just wasn’t the solution for you or anyone close to you or because you haven’t been given a legal option to see if it could benefit you or anyone you know.
      I would be happy to share my own personal experience with you. I won’t waste time on that though if you aren’t interested in hearing about a person who benefits from medical marijuana. In fact, if you aren’t interested in learning about medical marijuana, there is really no point for you to respond……or really even talk in the first place about medical marijuana.

      • -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
        October 20, 2010 at 6:42 pm

        no by all means tell me all about your personal experience with marijuana.

  15. +9 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Elliott ~alapoet~
    October 16, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    You’re mistaken on that point, Ryan.

    Deputies are sworn to enforce state laws. They have no authority to enforce federal laws — that is left to FBI, DEA, and other federal agents.

    • -7 Vote -1 Vote +1Patrick
      October 17, 2010 at 5:13 am

      You are the one who is sorely mistaken, Steve.

      Local law enforcement enforce all statues, from city ordinances to state and yes FEDERAL law.

      • +6 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Elliott ~alapoet~
        October 17, 2010 at 7:54 am

        That’s incorrect, Patrick.

        “It is not the job of the local police to enforce the federal drug laws.” ~ The “Felix Kha” decision, California

        http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=5614

      • +6 Vote -1 Vote +1Norman Lepoff, M.D.
        October 17, 2010 at 9:44 am

        The Constitution of the State of CA. explicitly says that State officials are to enforce state, not federal, laws.

        All they have to do is look at who pays them. It is the people of the State of Ca., not the Feds. Of couse, this does not include the drug money and cartel money these corrupt cops and politicians thrive upon.

        • -3 Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
          October 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm

          reguardless they work for the government

          • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1James David Andrew
            October 18, 2010 at 10:05 pm

            Yes the sheriff’s dept works for the government of CA. Good luck trying non existent crimes in a state court which does not recognize it as a crime. The sheriff will surely end up on the wrong side of a lawsuit for false imprisonment. Such a lap dog. Bark , Bark!

            • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
              October 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm

              did some research. turns out youre right. state officials cant enforce federal laws so pardon me for my misunderstanding. however, could you tell me what benefits the legalization of marijuana would have to the state of california.

  16. +9 Vote -1 Vote +1Jillian Galloway
    October 17, 2010 at 4:36 am

    The “Felix Kha” decision held that “it is not the job of the local police to enforce the federal drug laws”. And *if* Sheriff Baca believed what he’s saying he’d be raiding the dispensaries AND going after personnel users right now because marijuana is illegal under federal law. The fact that he’s not means that he’s either currently breaking federal law or he’s lying about being able to ignore Prop 19 when it’s passed.

    Prop 19 will send the federal government a clear message that support for the prohibition is OVER. Don’t let this rare chance pass us by. LEGALIZE MARIJUANA – end the cartel murders!

  17. +9 Vote -1 Vote +1Jillian Galloway
    October 17, 2010 at 4:51 am

    LEGALIZE MARIJUANA, and I’ll vote for you.

  18. +7 Vote -1 Vote +1Norman Lepoff, M.D.
    October 17, 2010 at 9:41 am

    This man is a total disgrace. He works for the people of Ca. and is sworn and paid to enforce our laws. If he does not like the laws of our State or the will of the people, he should not take our money as a salary and should either quit his job, or be fired.

  19. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1che pecora
    October 17, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Hes only against it because the cops are making a killing repossesing cash,cars and land.

    • -4 Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
      October 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm

      cops dont get paid for how many people they arrest or cars they tow.

      • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1James David Andrew
        October 18, 2010 at 10:17 pm

        No let’s get it straight, the judges get those. These jokers work for commendations on their records so they get promotions for higher pay grades. See cops aren’t very valued at all, and the best recruits score modestly on aptitude tests. That’s what makes for a good enforcement officer. A neanderthal who just does what they’re told and not to think of the consequence they ensnare over everyone else. Sociopaths with no moral sense of obligation to who they are paid to protect. Have you talked to an officer lately. D U M B. Seriously!

        • Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
          October 19, 2010 at 9:18 pm

          have you been arrested lately? maybe thats why you have such a deep-seated hatred towards police officers.

  20. -8 Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
    October 17, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    About the Felix Kha vs Garden Grove decision: IT WAS MADE IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. Ultimately it doesnt matter at all what the state decides because the ruling of the federal court always supercedes the ruling of the state court. this is not to say however that this case is settled. The state courts’ interpretation of federal law or the U.S. Constitution may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court may choose to hear or not to hear such cases. in this case they did not decide to recognize this case, a poor decision in my opinion. For it was these types of arguements that triggered the civil war. In my opinion the supreme/federal courts cannot ignore this issue for any longer. The supreme court must make a decision and make it known. they need to tell americans whether or not it is constitutional and acceptable for a state law to go against a federal law and whether it is acceptable for state law enforcement to enforce federal laws. i think everyone above would agree with me on that.

  21. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1jim
    October 18, 2010 at 8:53 am

    This is the same guy that tried to force scientology on school children. Narconon.

  22. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1ZL
    October 18, 2010 at 11:45 am

    It’s not going to pass, even if it passes… … … .. Is he high?

  23. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ziggy
    October 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    If this law passes, would you rather be caught with marijuana by a state official or a federal official? Ask yourself where you would rather be tried if you were caught: state/city court or in federal court for a federal offense? Best to just play it safe and vote no cuz a federal offense is a way bigger deal than a state offense. either that or its gonna go to the supreme court like ryan said and be decided once and for all.

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1James David Andrew
      October 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm

      The feds have been looking for a graceful way out of their draconian marijuana policies for years now. Don’t be surprise if the greed of our senators recognize how much pot money will be gained to fight more of their illegal foreign wars. My prediction…Marijuana will be removed as a controlled dangerous substance. Case closed.:)

      • -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
        October 19, 2010 at 9:15 pm

        How will the legalization of marijuana benefit the state of california as a whole, not just the individual taking it? I can see nothing but if any of you have any insights or comments about how it will help, feel free to leave your comment or reply.

  24. Vote -1 Vote +1Ty
    October 19, 2010 at 6:07 am

    State Law Trumps Federal Law. This Pig Stinks, and he’s stupid too.

    • -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
      October 19, 2010 at 9:16 pm

      FALSE

  25. Vote -1 Vote +1Brian Brawdy
    October 19, 2010 at 7:57 am

    The Short History of the Wacky War on Drugs http://tinyurl.com/24pvfyb

  26. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ziggy
    October 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Weird… a lot of you are conspiracy theorists and are saying this guy is corrupt but some of you fail to see the bigger plan of the federal government. Unbeknownst to most people, the government is actually trying to legalize all hard drugs currently illegal. Why, you might ask? well it all has to do with the government running out of money. After marijuana and various other hard drugs are legalized, the government will impose rediculous taxes on these drugs just like they have done with cigarettes. Overall, its just another scheme for our corrupt government to make more money.

  27. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1Ziggy
    October 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    and probably to fund the new heathcare system

  28. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Phip
    October 20, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    “Baca” in japanese means foolish. Pretty much the same as this psychotic narcissistic twit that LA has for a sheriff. Instead of enforcing the laws he wants to pursue his own personal interests. This is same kind of scumbag that has gotten into too many political offices. If you want people who actually represent you, then you must not keep electing this elitist minded scumbag who thinks that they are above the law.

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  31. Vote -1 Vote +1Axiom
    October 23, 2010 at 8:52 am

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