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Re: Feds target Calif dispensaries
« Reply #3 on: 10-18-2011 at 03:19:45 PM »

Not sure what you mean by your statement jbmac? Anyway, at least the docs are fighting back now also. See today's new post.
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Re: Feds target Calif dispensaries - thousands more lose jobs!
« Reply #2 on: 10-11-2011 at 02:49:14 PM »

I sent this email to President Obama via the ASA web site:

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Stop the Federal Attack on Safe Access to Medical Cannabis


President Obama,

I am writing to urge you to stop a major new crackdown on medical cannabis (marijuana) patients’ cooperatives and collectives in California, which was announced by US Attorneys in a press conference in Sacramento on October 7. Most of the state’s legal patients rely on cooperatives and collectives for access to doctor-recommended medicine they need to treat the symptoms of cancer, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, chronic pain, and other serious conditions. Closing legal patients’ associations will leave sick and dying Californians without the safe access to medicine voters approved in 1996, or force them into the dangerous and unregulated illicit market.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is also threatening property owners who rent to medical cannabis tenants with criminal prosecution and civil asset forfeiture. This will make it very difficult for legal patients’ associations to rent property to grow or provide medical cannabis in accordance with state law. Interfering in the implementation of state law pushes medical cannabis back into the shadows. That is not what state and local lawmakers intended when they adopted legislation to help regulate safe access in our communities. Please do not allow the DOJ to intimidate property owners into evicting tenants who are obeying state law.
Why do you support destroying California Jobs by the 1,000's over a Plant? You're looking to create Jobs, you Say? Legalize and Tax marijuana AND hemp products (Paper/cloth/biodiesel/and more) and create 500,000 new jobs overnight, The Billions in Tax dollars infused into the Economy would keep seniors and the disabled on SSA from eating Dog Food in 2012 due to federal benefit cutbacks.

Spending billions in enforcement dollars, enforcing prohibition against millions of law abiding Taxpayers - and paying MORE to incarcerate them for many many years - is not sound fiscal policy.  I urge you to repeal prohibition and Tax hemp products - and create thousands of new jobs in every state.
As a candidate and as our President, you indicated that you would take a more reasonable approach to medical cannabis. Please stop the DOJ from wasting scarce federal resources to circumvent state law. End the attack on safe access to medical cannabis and law-abiding property owners in California. Work with lawmakers in California and the US Congress to finally harmonize federal law with the laws of the states where medical cannabis is already legal.

Thank you, Sea Mac
Oh, he says he wants to produce new jobs / stimulate the economy / raise federal revenue streams: but not at the expense of admitting that Nixon was a lying sociopath and abandoning his long useless 40 year old "War to GET those Damn Hippies" that opposed him. Nixon's dead and so are most of the Hippies: look at the scientific evidence and The Shafer Commission report and stop ruining people's lives over touching a Plant!   http://thetruthabouthemp.com/hempity/index.php/topic,45.0.html

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Feds target Calif dispensaries
« Reply #1 on: 10-06-2011 at 05:33:10 PM »

This is so damn frustrating!
Feds target Calif. pot dispensaries for closure AP height=27       
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      Harborside Health Center height=119   AP – People chat near the parking lot of the Harborside Health Center, Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. …          By LISA LEFF, Associated Press  – 40 mins ago SAN FRANCISCO – Federal prosecutors have launched a crackdown on pot dispensaries in California, warning the stores that they must shut down in 45 days or face criminal charges and confiscation of their property even if they are operating legally under the state's 15-year-old medical marijuana law.
In an escalation of the ongoing conflict between the U.S. government and the nation's burgeoning medical marijuana industry, at least 16 pot shops or their landlords received letters this week stating they are violating federal drug laws, even though medical marijuana is legal in California. The state's four U.S. attorneys are scheduled to announce a broader coordinated crackdown at a Friday news conference.
Their offices refused to confirm the closure orders. The Associated Press obtained copies of the letters that a prosecutor sent to at least 12 San Diego dispensaries. They state that federal law "takes precedence over state law and applies regardless of the particular uses for which a dispensary is selling and distributing marijuana."
"Under United States law, a dispensary's operations involving sales and distribution of marijuana are illegal and subject to criminal prosecution and civil enforcement actions," letters signed by U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy in San Diego read. "Real and personal property involved in such operations are subject to seizure by and forfeiture to the United States ... regardless of the purported purpose of the dispensary."
The move comes a little more than two months after the Obama administration toughened its stand on medical marijuana following a two-year period during which federal officials had indicated they would not move aggressively against dispensaries in compliance with laws in the 16 states where pot is legal for people with doctors' recommendations.
The Department of Justice issued a policy memo to federal prosecutors in late June stating that marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money-laundering laws. The effort to shutter California dispensaries appears to be the most far-reaching effort so far to put that guidance into action.
"This really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. The administration is simply making good on multiple threats issued since President Obama took office," Kevin Sabet, a former adviser to the president's drug czar who is a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Substance Abuse Solutions. "The challenge is to balance the scarcity of law enforcement resources and the sanctity of this country's medication approval process. It seems like the administration is simply making good on multiple statements made previously to appropriately strike that balance."
Greg Anton, a lawyer who represents a Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, said the 14-year-old dispensary's landlord received an "extremely threatening" letter Wednesday invoking a federal law that imposes additional penalties for selling drugs within 1,000 feet of schools, parks and playgrounds.
The landlord was ordered to evict the pot club or risk imprisonment, plus forfeiture of the property and all the rent he has collected while the dispensary has been in business, Anton said.
The Marin Alliance's founder "has been paying state and federal taxes for 14 years, and they have cashed all the checks," he said. "All I hear from Obama is whining about his budget, but he has money to do this which will actually reduce revenues."
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.
Going after property owners is not a new tactic, though, Hermes said. Five years ago, the Department of Justice under President George Bush made similar threats to about 300 Los Angeles-area landlords who were renting space to medical marijuana outlets, some of whom were eventually evicted or closed their doors voluntarily, he said.
"It did have an impact. However, the federal government never acted on its threats, never prosecuted anybody, never even went to court to begin prosecutions," Hermes said. "By and large they were empty threats, but they relied on them and the cost of postage to shut down as many facilities as they could without having to engage in criminal enforcement activity."
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