Obama's DOJ Interferes with California Medical Marijuana

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  1. Obama's DOJ Interferes with California Medical Marijuana
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    / Brian Doherty / 12,7,2010
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    Pro-Obama administration pro-pot legalization folk, you just make me sad. Here's the latest on how Obama's Department of Justice is respecting local option when it comes to pot, via California Watch:
    The Obama administration has warned Oakland over the licensing of four giant pot farms, saying the plan is in violation of state and federal law and could trigger multiple legal actions against the city.

    Officials from the Justice Department's civil division and the U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco delivered the blunt message to Oakland City Attorney John Russo, according to two officials who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to talk about the meetings.

    “The warning is clear: These are illegal, large-scale pot growing operations, with Oakland planning to get a cut of the illicit profits,” said one official....
    What are these goddamn narcs so upset about?
    At issue is a controversial ordinance, approved by the Oakland City Council last July, to license four “industrial” facilities to cultivate and process marijuana and sell the product to medical marijuana dispensaries around the state. If Oakland issues permits and the facilities are built, they could be the largest of their kind in the world.

    In November, Oakland voters approved a measure that imposes a 5-percent business tax on all medical marijuana operators, including future pot farms, opening a potentially lucrative revenue stream for the city.
    Remember when that awesome Obama was all "hands off, not our priority" about state medical pot? Yet do not forget that "in unambiguous compliance with state law" loophole, large enough to drive any number of federal raids through:
    after closely studying the Oakland plan some federal officials have concluded the ordinance violates state law because it treats pot farms as distinct business entities for tax purposes, thus severing the direct connection between cultivator and patient that underpins the legal standing of a medical marijuana collective or cooperative.

    “Oakland would be on the hook for violating state and federal law,” said one official who foresees possible civil and criminal litigation if the pot farms go into operation early next year as planned.
    And that ain't all for this pot-friendly groovy administration with other priorities:
    The Obama administration's challenge to Oakland over large-scale marijuana cultivation appears to be part of a broader federal effort to bring order to California's booming medical marijuana industry following last month's defeat of Proposition 19, the initiative to legalize recreational pot.

    Eight days after the vote California's four U.S. attorneys met with DEA and Justice Department officials to develop a plan to deal with some of the loopholes and gray areas in the state's medical marijuana program, according to two officials briefed on the discussions.

    U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said the Nov. 10 meeting focused on a "state-wide federal enforcement strategy" for marijuana but declined to provide details.
    And in conclusion: sigh.



    Buckle up California,the ride is just starting and what if PROP 19 had passed? How much closer would we be to ending this governments reign of terror? [​IMG]
     
  2. These are the kinds of things I discussed with people who were against Prop19, greed is going to potentially bite them in the ass realllllly hard soon if things progress this way.
     
  3. so worthless, why are they spending MY money on this crap. go do something worthwhile, such a fucking joke...
     
  4. This kind of stuff really makes me upset. The whole thing is really getting out of hand, something major needs to be done
     
  5. We knew this coming and discussed it before the election. Failure of Prop 19 to pass basically gave a green light to the opposition to put the beat down on MMJ and growers. They will work as hard and fast as they can to inflict damage to the industry before the 2012 election.
     
  6. ^^^agree
    and this is where m/m growers that voted against Prop 19 to keep their profits stable
    will be the target.
    They had best have all their ducks in a row because the feds will be looking up their
    kazoo with a telescope. And it may not help to be "within state regulations".
     
  7. Let me see if I'm understanding this right...

    The US government is suing/taking legal action against a derivative of the US government at the tax payers expense if they continue cultivating a plant for medicinal purposes?

    That's fucked.
     
  8. Just so you guys know, the raids didnt stop once Obama said MMJ was his last priority.

    There have been raids consistently since that announcement and in this past year Ive heard of about 4 large scale grows getting busted in my area alone.

    and another fun fact for the guys that voted No on prop 19. the week after it didnt pass 2 of the biggest dispensaries in San Jose were raided and closed down. They opened up but now have to "follow new regulations"
     
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