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Marijuana Crackdown in California: U.S. Department of Justice Says it's Not President Obama's Fault

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Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 7:07 AM

click to enlarge Don't blame this guy.
  • Don't blame this guy.
As we've noted, marijuana advocates are mad at President Obama.

An Occidental College-educated lefty, Obama's supposed to be one of them. But when his U.S. Department of Justice cracked down on pot dispensaries in California, essentially saying that all weed shops are illegal on a federal level, the green vote seemed to unite against our Commander-in-Chief. He became the man.

Huffington Post has been all over the story and this week indicates that ...

... Obama had nothing to do with the attorneys' crackdown.

Lauren Horwood, a spokeswoman for the DOJ, appeared to take pains in distancing the prez from the decision to go after dispensaries in California:

... We didn't have direct talks with [U.S. Attorney General and Obama appointee] Eric Holder -- not that we wouldn't, he's been out and visited -- but just the way the Department of Justice works, he's not that hands-on on these kinds of details.

So there you have it. Federal crackdown on California-voter-approved pot: Not Obama's fault.

But still, if you were a pot supporter, you'd have to wonder why the nation's jefe hasn't at least stepped in to stop the madness.

As California NORML chief Dale Gieringer told us recently:

We view the crackdown as a betrayal of Obama's campaign pledge that 'I'm not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue.'

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