Obama's War on Weed

In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees.

Landlords, worried the feds will steal their property, will tell dispensaries to move out. Banks won't handle money for pot-themed businesses. Dispensaries will be taxed so heavily they won't be to cover the payroll or pay the electric bill.

Yet it remains to be seen whether federal prosecutors, who undoubtedly have even more serious criminals with which to contend, are willing and able to carry out the threat. When Jack Gillund, Melinda Haag's spokesman, was asked whether her office had the resources to go after every dispensary or grower who doesn't comply with the 45-day deadline, he offered a simple reply: "No comment."

Lauren Horwood, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner in California's Eastern District, says Wagner's goal isn't to shut down everything. He's focusing on "large, professional, money-making operations – the commercial operations."

Horwood also says that it's wrong to call it "Obama's crackdown." She says the California U.S. Attorneys decided to take action on their own because the situation has grown out of control among recreational users. But she acknowledges that they received Obama's blessing.

It's classic political strategy: Send the underlings out to take the heat, while the bosses hide under their skirts.

Either way, the end result casts Obama as even more zealous than George W. Bush. Bush threatened owners of dispensary properties in 2007, but never followed up. Meanwhile, Colorado and other states have seen no similar crackdowns. Only time will tell whether Obama plans to destroy the entire medical marijuana industry, or merely smack California around for a bit.

"I'm willing to give the Obama Administration the benefit of the doubt," says Blair Butterworth, a Democratic consultant in Seattle, where about 100 dispensaries operate. "In California, they may be sitting on uncontrollable drug sales. They need to slap some wrists."

It's easy to pick on California, a state known for its excesses. But "the last thing Obama needs right now is to go to war nationally with the medical marijuana community," Butterworth says.

Leniency for marijuana users, medical or otherwise, continues to be a popular Democratic stance, he says. Butterworth is helping the campaign to put outright legalization on the Washington state ballot next year. He thinks it's got a good chance.

Of course, a successful election could just tick off the feds even more.

A million patients can't be wrong

An estimated one million people in California have obtained a doctor's recommendation to grow and use marijuana legally.

More than 150,000 medical marijuana patients have registered in Colorado as of July.

Tens of thousands of patients are registered in the other weed-friendly states.

If the feds shut down every dispensary in the country, all these people will still be able to legally possess marijuana – no matter where they bought it – under their state laws.

The only difference is they'll be forced to go back to buying their weed from Mexican drug cartels, rather than Americans who provide jobs and pay taxes.

It's akin to the feds saying that Anheuser-Busch can no longer sell beer; they'd prefer that people only buy from Al Capone.

Hey, wait — didn't something like that happen?

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Stevetrn
Stevetrn

I tried to read the whole artical but I reconize bullshit when I read it.

Fabivillarre
Fabivillarre

It is unfortunate that the people who voted for this guy actually beleived in him. He is not God nor is he a leader, He is taking up residence as a president who has twist and turns in hos dealing with the American people. He needs to finish his term and get out of office or impeachment proceedings need to occur. He has already caused much damage, pain and suffering to the American people and the economy.

rbblum
rbblum

Almost as though Obama is wanting and willing to push for the fundamental transformation of the United States of America via a revolution (of his own making on one of several fronts).

4 Ron Paul
4 Ron Paul

The only person who makes sense is Ron Paul for president if u want cannabis leal 4 sure with no lies!

FUCKREPUBLICANS
FUCKREPUBLICANS

I Smoke Weed All Day Everyday Even In Jail We Be Blazin Up You Bitches!!! Fuck All Republicans!! Racist, Jesus Freak Ass Hypocrits!!! Fuck Obama Too If He Wanna Hate On Cannabis!! Bob Marley Should Rise Up Out The Grave And Slap The Shit Out This Dooky Dook!! Kooneechiwa Bitches!!!

Craigley
Craigley

War on Weed? It's just more of his lies to get elected.

Sadly, 99.0% of the HP Goobers voted for him.

MarlenaJohnson
MarlenaJohnson

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MarlenaJohnson
MarlenaJohnson

Co-worker's aunt makes $79 hourly on the PC. She has been fired from work for 11 months but last month her paycheck was $6958 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it on this web site....http://alturl.com/a4ofg

Kirkmuse
Kirkmuse

Like millions of other voters, I voted for, campaigned for and donated to his campaighne for twobasic reasons:1. Candidate Obama said the war on drugs was an utter failure.2. Candidate Obama promised he would no go after medical marijuana users or their caregivers.

In 2012 I will do the same for his opponent.

Is Obama on the payroll of the Mexican drug cartels? Al capone had thousands of politicianson his payroll, including President Warren G. Harding, according Ken Burns' outstandingdocumentary: Prohibition.

rsteeb
rsteeb

If Haag, Obama, or anybody else thinks we are going to accept this tyranny, they must be smoking CRACK.

-Richard P Steeb, San Jose California

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rip dvd to wmv

I can distinguish everything from your display name, you do get the right words on this!

Brent
Brent

Words of a true genius lol.

Nko
Nko

I hear ya

H_e_x
H_e_x

Are there any other candidates who would be any better in this respect?

Al
Al

The lesser of evils. Great.

H_e_x
H_e_x

So get off your lazy ass and do something. God damn, people bitch and complain, but god fucking forbid they actually do something about it. Yes, candidates from both parties share a lot in common, but there are some big differences. But no, it's easy to simply bitch and complain about "lesser evils."

 
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