Blindsided as he was during a “bloodbath” of a House Judicial Committee hearing, in which U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was hung out to dry over the teeny-tiny issue of injecting American-made weaponry into the Mexican cartel wars, you could forgive the Justice Department head for mincing his words when Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) asked why, exactly, it is that Holder's lawyers are shutting down state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries. And why, when his own department said in 2009 that so doing was a “low priority.”
Except he didn't. He repeated the message of the 2009 Ogden Memo, which gave California medical marijuana users and providers what they say was false hope.
“What we said in the memo, we still intend,” Holder said.
Holder isn't the only official whose words don't match his actions. This week, two state governors — a former Republican and a Democrat — formally asked the federal government to remove marijuana from the DEA's list of most-dangerous substances. Absent from the conversation was Gov. Jerry Brown.
Vocal in the War on Drugs — at least from in front of a microphone — has been Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who told a crowd at the Drug Policy Alliance's conference in Los Angeles last month that the feds' war is wrong.
But is Newsom applying any pressure on Brown, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, or on Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi — anyone?
All signs point to no.