WASHINGTON (AP) -- Every former U.S. drug enforcement administrator is calling on the Obama administration to come out against California's marijuana legalization effort with the same force it brought against Arizona's illegal immigration crackdown.
An Aug. 24 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder from all nine former DEA administrators raises questions about when the administration should wade into debates over state laws.
Before Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a tough immigration law in April, President Barack Obama called it misguided. Holder sued Arizona, saying only the federal government could pass immigration laws. The DEA administrators say Obama should take the same stance on drugs.
Obama's drug czar has said he opposes California's Proposition 19, which would make the state the first to legalize recreational use of marijuana.