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HMJ Keeps Track of Feds


A short while back the Department of Justice issued a memo addressing the re-legalization of cannabis.  The memo says that in state’s which have re-legalized cannabis for any purpose [medical or recreational], that state must satisfy a list of concerns the feds have.  IF a state re-legalizes, and IF that state toes the line on the list, then all should be well. Since the memo there have been federal raids in Colorado.
The list on the feds memo concerns:

  • Preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors;
  • Preventing revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels;
  • Preventing the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal under state law in some form to other states;
  • Preventing state authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity;
  • Preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana;
  • Preventing drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use;
  • Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands; and
  • Preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property

Two states have re-legalized for recreational purposes — Colorado & Washington.

In Colorado there have been raids. The feds said the raids had something to do with “cartels.” I guess (?) that touches the second concern from the feds list.

Federal officials wouldn’t give specific reasons for the raids — which included agents from the U.S. Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service — other than to say more than one of eight federal concerns about marijuana had potentially been violated. Those concerns include trafficking marijuana outside of states where it has been legalized, money laundering and providing revenue for criminal enterprises, including gangs and cartels.

More words on this story, not more understanding, is HERE. HMJ plans to monitor future raids in re-legalized states and see how long this federal list is still news.

HMJ reminds everyone that allegations in words are not the same thing as evidence of proof. D o J prefers allegations.

There is a link to the original DoJ memo HERE.

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  • Tony_Aroma

    That memo changes nothing, it just gives the feds an excuse. Now, whenever they want to raid a dispensary or recreational store, they just have to say there was a violation of one of the 8 listed priorities. Since the warrants are always sealed, and arrests are not typically made, no one will ever know what’s really going on, and the feds will (appear to) be keeping their word.

    • David B


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