We, the undersigned, strongly support the continued enforcement of federal law prohibiting the cultivation, distribution, sale, possession, and use of marijuana -- a dangerous and addictive drug which already has severe harmful effects on American society.From there, the missive quotes from Holder's October 13, 2010 response to an earlier letter from the DEA administrators, this one prompted by Proposition 19, a California marijuana-legalization measure that fell short at the ballot box. Just before its big vote, Holder stressed that if Prop. 19 was approved, the Justice Department would continue to enforce the Controlled Substance Act, which calls for "the prosecution of those who manufacture, distribute, or possess any illegal drugs -- including marijuana."
A 2012 article from The Nation sported the vivid headline "GOP Mogul Behind Drug Rehab 'Torture' Centers Is Bankrolling Opposition to Pot Legalization in Colorado." Here's an excerpt from writer Lee Fang's piece, which focuses on the group's driving forces, Mel and Betty Sembler:
The Semblers have been waging a war on marijuana for decades.By the way, Mel Sembler was a big financial supporter of Mitt Romney.