Feds oppose Calif. Prop 19 to legalize marijuana

Attorney General Eric Holder says the centralized government will enforce its marijuana laws in California even if electorate next month makes the state the first in the nation to make lawful the drug.

The fairness Department strongly opposes California's proposal 19 and remains firmly loyal to enforcing the federal Controlled substance Act in all states, Holder wrote in a letter to former chiefs of the U.S. Drug Enforcement government. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter, dated Wednesday.

"We will energetically enforce the CSA against those individuals and organization that possess, produce or distribute marijuana for leisure use, even if such activities are permitted under state law," Holder wrote.

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