The House GOP is forcing Barack Obama to take accountability and do his job. Legislation approved by House Republicans now requires the president to crack down on marijuana in states where the drug is legal for either recreational or medical use. The Enforce The Law Act, introduced by four Republicans, was passed with a vote of 233-181.
“The Constitution gives Congress the responsibility to write the laws and the Executive to enforce them,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) in a statement. We don’t pass suggestions. We don’t pass ideas. We pass laws. Regardless of our politics, I hope my colleagues have enough regard for our work to expect those laws would be faithfully executed.”
Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana for recreational use, while 20 states and the District of Columbia have legalized it for medical use. But Attorney General Eric Holder said the Department of Justice wouldn’t challenge the legalization measures of various states if maintained an “appropriately strict regulatory system.” And of course, Obama has already threatened to veto this bill “because it violates the separation of powers.” Money could also be a deciding factor in this as well; new reports indicate that Colorado made $2 million in taxes from legal during the month of January alone, in addition to another $1.5 million from medical sales.
Meanwhile, a Republican lawmaker has launched a “No Welfare For Weed” bill after reports that EBT withdrawals were being made at ATM’s inside of legal Colorado pot shops. Approximately 62 EBT withdrawals were made at these establishments last January, but it’s a fraction of the more than 42,000 EBT withdrawals made throughout the state that month.