Should pot smokers in Colorado be put behind bars? Even though marijuana is now legal for adults over the age of 21 in Colorado, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz still wants people to go to jail for smoking it. Cruz slammed President Barack Obama for not doing more about the issue because while the state law allows for marijuana to be smoked, it is still technically forbidden by federal law. However, the Department of Justice announced last August that it would not target any arrests for adults who used marijuana in compliance with state law.
Speaking at at Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation, Cruz said that pot smokers in Colorado can still technically be jailed until the federal law is changed. “You can go to Congress, you can get a conversation … this President didn’t do that,” he said. “He just said, ‘The laws say one thing’ — and mind you these are criminal laws, these are laws that say if you do ‘X, Y, and Z’ you will go to prison. The president announced, ‘No, you won’t.’”
But as pot is now legal in Colorado, marijuana smokers are even winning the right to smoke in plain sight on the street. “City council ruled that you can smoke weed on your front porch,” said newly hired Denver Post marijuana editor Ricardo Baca. “There’s also a yellow light in place for banks to work with marijuana businesses, which is currently forbidden because banks are federally regulated and it’s still a Schedule I drug.”
Of course, it’s safe to say that Cruz is not a fan of any of Obama’s policies. He has defended his father’s claims that the President rules America “just like a dictator.” He has also supported his father’s beliefs that the goal of same-sex marriage is to “destroy” traditional families and God, countering Obama’s support of gay marriage.