“Shall the City of Santa Barbara adopt an ordinance mandating that the Santa Barbara Police give marijuana laws the lowest law enforcement priority possible?”

A California judge upholding this citizen-supported and voter approved initiative wrote:

“Santa Barbara is free to decline to enforce federal criminal statutes. It is up to the federal government to enforce its laws. Indeed, the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the federal government from impressing ‘into its service — and at no cost to itself — the police officers of the 50 States.'”

Hat-tip Pete Guither @ Drug WarRant.

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2 Responses to ““Shall the City of Santa Barbara adopt an ordinance mandating that the Santa Barbara Police give marijuana laws the lowest law enforcement priority possible?””

  1. JohnnyCNote Says:

    This is a great way to deal with anti-marijuana laws. This would leave law enforcement more time to go after REAL crimonals

  2. whig Says:

    It only goes part-way, of course. County, state and federal law enforcement are not affected by this kind of ordinance, but through this the city police are properly told to pay attention to other things that pose more of a threat to the people of Santa Barbara than some peaceful hippies who might be enjoying mother nature. And of course medical marijuana is legal under California law.


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