A recent article on the Huffington Post has articulated confusion around the motivation that is causing the aggressive behavior of the California U.S.Attorney’s office against state legalized marijuana facilities. California is leading the way in drug busts, reporters questioned California U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. who said the following:
“There was no particular incident that prompted our enforcement actions,” Thom Mrozek, spokesman for Birotte, told HuffPost in an email on Friday. “Across the state, we have seen a fairly significant increase in the problem over the past couple of years. And, at least in our district, our actions were prompted in part by widespread concern among local officials – the City of Lake Forest is a particularly good example of this.”
That sounds fair enough,but when contacted for verification and further detail of the ‘increase in problems’ reported by the U.S. Attorney’s Office sources were unable to confirm that anyone had put in complaints. What if the idea is came from a small group of California attorneys and not from the Obama Administration?
But there appears to be no evidence that the intervention was provoked at the behest of local officials. San Francisco city officials, when contacted by The Huffington Post, could not confirm they had put in any requests with Haag’s office.
So where did the pressure to come down on the weed industry come from if not from the White House and not from the citizens?
One possibility could be the State of California is using the smoke screen of a Presidential mandate in order to seize ALL of the combined assets of the California (or any state’s) medical marijuana industry.
If you think about it, that makes much more sense than taxing them. Why have some of the revenue when you can take ALL of the money, and on top of that, I’m sure the softening marijuana trade is putting a hurting on the (hushed) U.S. and Mexican drug partnership.
Others insist the weed crackdown came from the White House and this recent wave of government interference is simply a legislative tactic that will disassemble the industry from the inside out.
When the IRS, the local police, the licensing boards, the banks and nearly any other industry is all interconnected it doesn’t leave much room for the dispensaries to negotiate. At some point the house of cards will fall (from the pressure of fees, fines and voided operating licenses).
The president hasn’t directly addressed the new ‘War on Drugs’ as his being either for or against our plight. It could that he could give a dam about ‘medical marijuana’ access and rich pot hippies in California when he has several wars, a non-existent economy, and an upcoming election to worry about.
That could be why the California Feds turned all pit bull on us, the president has other things to worry about, so whose gonna check them?
My optimistic viewpoint is that we will suffer until the very end of the election run, then, and only then, will Obama reach out his mighty pen and sign something, or say something that will relieve the mass paranoia of weed smokers from sea to shining sea.
Maybe I’m just being hopeful here, and I only say this because I understand politics. If Obama came through at the last fucking minute, of course he would be critisized in the intrium for having used our medical cannabis issue as a tipping scale for the 2012 elections.
Fuckyeah, But let’s not act like we wouldn’t all happily smoke a fat stanky one in honor of BAM right before we head off to the voting polls rocking ‘Yes We Cannabis” t-shirts reeking of weed knowing no one could say shit or do shit!!
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