Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tx.), top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, is acccusing the Obama administration of being too lax in its enforcement of drug laws, reports The Hill in Washington, D.C. Obama’s policies are encouraging increased marijuana use, said Smith, who likely would become judiciary chairman if the GOP retakes the House.
“The administration is clearly sending the message that they don’t think it’s bad to use marijuana,” Smith said on Fox News. He cited the administration’s decision to not enforce federal laws against marijuana dispensaries in states that have legalized the drug for medicinal purposes. Smith also mentioned recent statistics showing an increased use of marijuana. Obama has said he does not favor legalizing marijuana, particularly as a way to raise tax revenue. The administration faces a key test this fall as California votes on an initiative legalizing the drug for tax and regulation purposes. A new SurveyUSA poll shows the initiative leading, 47-43 percent.