Obama and Holder: Promise Breakers

48617868In May of 2008, while campaigning for his current job, Barack Obama said he “would end U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raids on medical marijuana suppliers in states with their own laws“.

In February of 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said,

“”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,” he said. “What he said during the campaign is now American policy.”

But today – August 13, 2009 – in California (where medical marijuana is legal) the Feds raided two medical marijuana dispensaries and the homes of their owners.

Federal authorities and local police agencies raided two Westside marijuana dispensaries Wednesday as well as the residences of the owners.

The raids occurred at a facility on Washington Boulevard in Culver City and on Overland Avenue in Los Angeles. Authorities seized undisclosed items and are continuing their investigation, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman.

The names of the owners whose homes were searched were not immediately available.

During one of the raids, officers shot a dog believed to be a pit bull, but the circumstances of the shooting remain unclear, a law enforcement spokesman said.

The DEA, FBI, Internal Revenue Service, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Torrance Police Department and Culver City Police Department took part in the raids.

Law enforcement agencies have been cracking down on pot dispensaries for some time, but officials did not immediately say what prompted these raids.

Source: LA Times

 It’s one more example of president Obama breaking promises made to the people who helped elect him. And as the broken promises continue to pile up, we should all be seriously questioning whether we can believe a single word he says about his plans for health care “reform”.

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3 Comments on “Obama and Holder: Promise Breakers”

  1. jonolan Says:

    Yes. That was a lie. Obama cannot do as he promised the potheads and still execute the required duties of his office.

    One of the primary duties of the POTUS is to ensure the enforcement of the laws of the country, in particular federal law.

    To keep his promise, Obama would have to selectively choose not to enforce that law. That’s not a road you should want him to start down.

    • 13oclock Says:

      What about the 10th amendment? Constitutionally, federal law does not trump state law no matter how much the states have looked the other way since the Civil War.

      But the point of the post was the lie itself. Brazen.

      • jonolan Says:

        Yes it was brazen, which is somewhat odd for Obama. He normally prefers to lie via nuance as it were – i.e. saying something that he knows will be interpreted one way while not actually coming out and saying something definitive.

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