Archive for October 6th, 2011

by lizard

Congratulations should go to the Obama administration. As the economy stagnates, the jobs bill languishes in legislative limbo, and congress does nothing about anything, federal prosecutors are sending out letters to medicinal marijuana dispensaries in California, warning them that they have 45 fives days to shut down, or face property forfeiture and/or criminal prosecution.

From the above link, Kris Hermes sees a pattern that includes recent raids in Montana:

Kris Hermes, a spokesman for the medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access, said the warnings are part of what appears to be an attempt by the Obama administration to curb medical marijuana on multiple fronts and through multiple agencies. A series of dispensary raids in Montana, for example, involved agents from not only the FBI and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, but the Internal Revenue Service and Environmental Protection Agency.

Ah yes, our federal government can’t be bothered to use agencies like the SEC to prosecute fraud in the financial sector, but hey, let’s throw the whole alphabet soup at medicinal marijuana.

It really doesn’t make any sense. If this president was really concerned about jobs, why escalate a federal crackdown on medicinal marijuana dispensaries operating within state law? Why destroy people’s lives, seize their property, decrease taxable revenue—placing even more of a burden on court systems, jails, prisons, and struggling social services?

Marijuana is a schedule 1 drug, defined here:

Substances in this schedule have a high potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

So why use scarce federal resources to maintain a Big Lie? I’ve got a few hunches, but I’d be interested to hear what others think.

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