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If Marijuana is Legalized, the Federal Government May Sue California

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The movement to legalize marijuana in California via Prop 19 is worrying the federal government. Last week they, along with L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, vowed to enforce federal drug laws, even the November 2nd ballot measure passes. And today, the Associated Press has learned that the Obama Administration will sue.

"People don't want to see someone jump in from Washington and tell them how to vote," the federal "drug czar" Gil Kerlikowske told them. "But I think it's also important the people of California get the facts, and the way this proposition is being sold doesn't hold up to scrutiny."

Kerlikowske said California has a higher percentage of children being treated for marijuana use than anywhere else in the U.S. Nearly half of those being treated for the drug are under 18 and liberal attitudes towards pot are a factor.