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Feds Continue To Play Whac-A-Mole With Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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medical marijuana patient police abuseProsecuting Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Is A Complete Waste Of Federal Resources

At a time when our nation is running on financial fumes, our government continues to waste money destroying local economies in an absurd Whac-a-Mole mission to crackdown on medical marijuana.

From tearing the medical marijuana industry down to its foundation in Montana, to running amuck at Oaksterdam U, Uncle Sam has been busy over the last couple of years. Many dispensaries, collectives, cultivation centers, compassion centers, and caregivers have been shuttered by direct federal threats and action. Federal Prosecutors have threatened and prosecuted landlords for renting to medical marijuana operations. Yet, more and more states continue to pass medical marijuana laws, and launch dispensary programs. Washington D.C., New Jersey, and Arizona will all see dispensaries open this year. There is a stark contrast between these states, and those that have suffered the most under federal raids–clear and unambiguous regulations.

True, no law is completely clear and unambiguous. Take Arizona: several lawsuits have been filed and heard in the year-and-a-half since voters passed the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. But, by addressing weaknesses in the law with a spirited debate, the regulations in Arizona have been clarified, perhaps not to everybody’s liking, but at least Arizona is taking charge of regulating the industry. Unlike other states like Montana, where the State government stepped aside as the Feds came down on the industry with crushing consequences, Arizona continues to buttress the industry against federal interference.

As I reported two days ago, President Obama insists his position has always remained the same: the Justice Department is not focused on operations in clear and unambiguous compliance with state law, but on those that use the cover of state law to supply recreational users, as stated in the Ogden Memo. Whether you believe Obama or not, it is a prudent course for states to establish clear and unambiguous medical marijuana regulations at the state and local levels. If voters pass the law, states must uphold their duty to protect its citizenry. In the end, no single rally or event will shift the federal government’s policies on medical marijuana. As with prohibition, more and more states will legalize marijuana for medical or recreational purposes until the absurdity of prohibition implodes. If more states approve medical and recreational use of marijuana, more marijuana haters have a chance to see firsthand, that marijuana is a marvelous herb that poses no threat to our society.

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  1. Nygratefulfred on

    If you find yourself on a jury and there are or is criminal charge(s) for Marijuana automatically vote for ACQUITTAL!

    No matter what the law says or the evidence,VOTE FOR ACQUITTAL!

    We can make so many retrials,mistrials,and not guilty verdicts that it won’t be worth arresting or prosecuting anyone for a Marijuana offense anymore!

    If prosecutors weed(get the pun?) out the automatic acquittal jurrors when a jury is picked then when a guilty verdict comes in appeals can be filled questioning the partiality of the jury,etc.

  2. I agree that we should all vote to acquit on mj cases but prosecutors excluding jurors for cause   would not be a basis for a successful appeal on the grounds that it creates biased juries.

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  5. Very well said, Mr. Green. I believe that what this article says is completely true. The federal government will never be all for the legalization of marijuana for medical and/or recreational purposes. No matter how much scientific evidence is thrown in their faces, they still stick to their old ways. Being a former Navy 3rd Class Petty Officer, I know quite a bit of information on how the government runs this country. I am a 24 year old U.S. Navy veteran with severe chronic pain, osteoarthritis, chronic acid reflux disease, and spondylitis (relating very closely to the chronic pain.) The VA has done just about all they can to help me with my condition and yet the problems persist. The only way I am able to escape the constant pain I feel every day, is to inhale marijuana smoke. I have witnessed first-hand the medicinal properties of marijuana and how it helps to deal with chronic pain. Furthermore, I believe that the classification of marijuana as a “drug” is wrong in many ways. First and foremost, the definition of a “drug” is: A substance that has the ability to cause dependence. Nicotine is a drug. Alcohol is a drug. Marijuana is a plant. I have never felt the undying need to inhale a marijuana cigarette as badly as I have felt for a regular cigarette. As a smoker, I can say that smoking cigarettes is far more addictive than smoking marijuana. I will continue to support this cause for people like me around the country until the prohibition is ended. Thank you.

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