Tightening the Pot Noose

Barack Obama smoked marijuana. So did George Bush and Bill Clinton and probably a lot of other Presidents and most of Congress. Just keep that in mind as these hypocrites continue to crack down on legal pot:

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 were scheduled Friday to announce a broader coordinated crackdown.

16 is what they can confirm. The last time, the US Attorneys sent letters to all the dispensaries. This might seem like empty bluster. But when you combine this with a recent DOJ memo advising agents that cracking down would now be a priority, the IRS telling dispensaries they can not deduct any business expenses, the EPA starting to snoop around — and you’ve got a pattern. A pattern of hypocrisy, anti-federalism and bullshit.

This all comes, of course, from Gonzales v. Raich, one of the worst SCOTUS decisions of my lifetime. Give credit to Lee, who called it at the time:

Basically this is a huge green light for Congress to basically do whatever the fuck it likes if it can somehow, in some way, sorta, kinda tie it in to interstate commerce. Our highest court just sold us out. And Scalia, fucking Scalia, the one true federalist on the court, actually sided with the majority in this idiocy. I’m just disgusted by the whole thing.

It’s taken six years, but they are finally following through.

The thing is, they don’t have to do this. That’s one of the things these limp-dicked fascists don’t seem to grasp: that just because the government can do something, it does not follow that it must. Bush — fucking George Hitler Bush — understood this and had the DEA back off. Obama — Mr. Hippy Liberal Power to the People Man — is bringing down the hammer. Just something else to go with his generally hideous record on civil liberties and criminal justice.

Here’s my favorite quote:

Duffy, the U.S. attorney for far Southern California, planned to issue warning letters to property owners and all of the 180 or so dispensaries that have proliferated in San Diego in the absence of compromise regulations, according to Goldsmith.

“The real power is with the federal government,” he said. “They have the asset forfeiture, and that means either the federal government will own a lot of property or these landlords will evict a lot of dispensaries.”

Asset forfeiture. That relic of 18th century law in which you charge property with a crime and just fucking take it; no conviction required.

While I have every respect for federalism, there’s a part of me that wishes the governors of 16 states would stand up to this, would basically announced that any federal agent who raids a legal dispensary will be arrested for violating state law. It won’t happen, of course, but someone is going to have to stand up to these fuckers. Maybe we should just wheel a bunch of sick people into Congress and have them moan, groan and cry in pain until Congress fucking gets it, passes the Paul-Frank bill and ends this madness.

Forget Wall Street. Occupy the Capitol.

Update: It’s even worse. The Feds are threatening landlords with big prison sentences, especially if he dispensary is within 1000 feet of a school or park. Jesus.

Comments are closed.

  1. Manwhore

    I had a couple of friends who opened dispensaries here in LA. My thought on it has always been, at any time, you could go to federal prison for doing business this way (even though it stinks to high hell that we are still fighting this arcane drug war).

    Long story short, my friends waited specifically for obama to be president before opening a dispensary. The logic was that bushitler bad, Obama good). They were probably better off with bush. Sorta..

    Thumb up 0

  2. Hal_10000 *

    There’s no sorta about it in my mind Manwhore. Under Bush, the USA’s has specific instructions to make pot a very low priority. That was specifically reversed by Holder.

    There’s an “only Nixon can go to China” aspect to criminal law. If you look at the people fighting for prison reform, they’re conservative. Rick Perry, for instance, has cut Texas’s prison population by releasing non-violent people. Meanwhile, liberal California’s prisons are bulging. Obama doesn’t want to look soft on crime. But Bush, because everyone knew he was an evil fascist, could be more humane

    Thumb up 0

  3. Manwhore

    Tbh I wondered how much time it would take for the fed to puff its chest out about states rights like this. They were all over Arizona over immigration (and I even opined that I thought the law was racism, but also opined that Arizona has the right to be a sovereign state for this very same reason as I favor dispensaries). They should all have the right to enact the laws to govern their states accordingly. Don’t like it? Move to one you agree with.

    Thumb up 0

  4. InaneGoldfish

    do i agree that Raich was/is probably one of the worst SCOTUS decisions ever made, yes… however, to be fair… raich was a plurality decision and therefore not binding… IMO Wickard v. Filburn or Kelo v. New London are much worse cases

    Thumb up 0

  5. Manwhore

    We lauded these decisions as a way to make our society “safer”. Now these decisions are creating crime and criminals. I can tell you with authority that no one in ca is sticking up the liquor store to pay the dispensary.

    To use our tax payer dollars on this is useless, and I don’t buy the argument that doctors are being too liberal with scripts. My mother just spent 30 days in rehab for….. Zanex and oxycontin. All things scripted to her by doctors and even being over medicated. She was triple medicated for zanex (which btw, your body suffers physical withdrawals from) and oxy (which by the way, you suffer physical withdrawals from).

    Please explain to me how a doctor who scripts you pot is any more or less dangerous in his advice? My attitude is “the pills kill”. Shit, drum waster has fybromigallia and the pill for it causes liver failure. Wtf?

    Thumb up 0

  6. Mississippi Yankee

    This is about marijuana? REALLY???

    Because just a cursory look at this screams as an opportunity for a huge, well-funded, long running west coast version of “Against the Man” protest. (Sunset Blvd. version of Wall St.)
    Something has to get Solyndra, Fast and Furious and Biden out of the news.
    No worries of inconvenient blizzards, pissy whiny billionaire mayors or a local populace that’s not known to tolerate too much bullshit.

    This progressive administration (and the people that paid for it) have always had this card in their pocket.Always. So did Bush and Clinton for that matter. But after 3 years the progs see the enlightened message is not resonating with the masses. It now time to “cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war”.

    Come Thanksgiving time explain to me how I’m wrong.

    Thumb up 0