Hutchinson predicts 'massive' confrontation on new pot laws | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hutchinson predicts 'massive' confrontation on new pot laws

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 6:05 AM

ASA HUTCHINSON: Mad about marijuana.
  • ASA HUTCHINSON: Mad about marijuana.
Asa Hutchinson, a possible Republican candidate for governor (again) in 2014, makes news in Politico with a dramatic pronouncement about the legalization of marijuana in several states.

Said the former Drug Enforcement Administration director now practicing law in Arkansas:

“The stage is set for a confrontation of massive proportions,” said Asa Hutchinson, the former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Hutchinson, who headed the DEA during George W. Bush’s first term, said he sees only two options for the Obama administration, in the likely event that it doesn’t just ignore the new laws: a lawsuit against both states or enforcement of federal drug laws by federal agents.

The most likely federal response, Hutchinson predicted, would be a lawsuit arguing that federal law trumps any state efforts. The administration should “have the courts decide finally that federal law trumps and that the state law violates the federal law,” he said.

Naturally a states rights Republican federalist would desire a massive federal response against activities of which he disapproves. Voter suppression? He'll leave THAT to the states.

Naturally, the government should gear up a massive and expensive action to use the federal law to bust small-time dope smokers. Imagine him as the deranged Volstead Act enforcer in Boardwalk Empire (OK, without the homicidal tendencies).

I'm happy to see Hutchinson continue to espouse reefer madness. Medical marijuana failed in Arkansas by only 30,000 votes or so. With a little cleanup, the proposal should pass in two years, when he might find himself on the Arkansas ballot. Drug crusader Hutchinson would pit his federal supremacy not against small-time recreational users but against small-time sick people desperately seeking help for cancer and other burdens. You go, Asa!

Tags: , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (15)

Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • University pay ranking puts UA System chief at 57

    The Chronicle of Higher Education recently released its survey of pay of top public and private university leaders in 2016-17. Donald Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System, checked in at No. 57 on the list of 251 public university leaders.
    • Jul 22, 2018
  • Winds, race and an open line

    The open line includes power outages, Republicans and racism.
    • Jul 21, 2018
  • EPA sues over 2013 oil spill near Magnolia

    The oil spill many probably never heard about — far bigger than the Mayflower pipeline rupture — has now led to a federal lawsuit against the owner of the operation in Magnolia where the spill occurred.
    • Jul 21, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017
  • Your daily dose of Jason Rapert

    Sen. Jason Rapert really, really didn't like it when a KATV reporter asked him about the hypocrisy of his political arguments.
    • Feb 4, 2017

Most Viewed

  • University pay ranking puts UA System chief at 57

    The Chronicle of Higher Education recently released its survey of pay of top public and private university leaders in 2016-17. Donald Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System, checked in at No. 57 on the list of 251 public university leaders.
  • Corruption probe nets another guilty plea, implicates another senator

    Jerry Walsh, 72, who ran the now-defunct South Arkansas Youth Services, has pleaded guilty to paying $120,000 to an unnamed Arkansas state senator in return for action favorable to the agency, Walsh and others.He pleaded guilty today in federal court in El Dorado. The scheme altogether diverted $380,000 in public money.

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation