Here's one benefit of a government shut-down, a pro-drug war hearing in the House will likely be postponed.
According to Politico: the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on Government Operations is scheduled to hold a hearing tomorrow on the White House’s drug control policy, “in the wake of the DOJ’s decision not to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized it,” the panel said in a statement. “This hearing will also explore the effects of legalization, including the social costs of increased marijuana use.”
Scheduled witnesses include:
- Michael Botticelli, deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy - who is scheduled to say 'Drugs are bad, mmkay, give us more money for the same failed drug war';
- Scott Burns, executive director of the National District Attorney Association - another die-hard drug warrior group;
- and Sharon Levy, director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Children's Hospital Boston - to invoke the 'what about the children argument'.
Since Washington D.C. can't agree on a federal budget, the hearing could be postponed, the committee said.
Sorry, Republicans: you can either shut the government down, or do your pro-drug war hearing. But you don't get to have your cake and eat it too.
Last month, the Justice Department said it would not sue to block the marijuana legalization and regulation in Colorado and Washington, because, it would create chaos in those states. The feds could likely overturn pot regulations in the states, but they can not force states to keep the drug illegal. Such a lawsuit would leave Colorado and Washington with legalization, but no regulations whatsoever, and the federal government would bear the blame for any of the consequences that ensued.