Over the past couple of years, the medical marijuana industry in Los Angeles has exploded. Estimates vary, but there may be as many as 800 dispensaries currently open for business in the city of angels. An ordinance recently passed by the LA city council, however, is about to change all that.
The new ordinance will force hundreds of dispensaries to close and all but a few to relocate. The goal was to bring clarity to the medical marijuana industry, but the only thing that's clear is that the transition process will be difficult.
Especially now that the DEA has begun raiding dispensaries again, despite the promises made by the Obama administration.
56 percent of Californians currently support pot legalization
On Thursday, a Denver news station interviewed Chris Bartkowicz about his medical-marijuana operation in the basement of his home. Bartkowicz, confident of his compliance with state laws, boasted of its size and profitability.
"I'm definitely living the dream now," he told 9News.
The following day, the dream was over.
Drug-enforcement agents raided his home, placed him under arrest, and carried off dozens of black bags of marijuana plants and growing lights.
The Obama administration promised in October that the federal government would respect state laws allowing the growing and selling of marijuana for medicinal use, but the Drug Enforcement Agency sent a loud message with the arrest of Bartkowicz.
So DEA thugs (they're from the GUNvernment, not a private gang, Ginx) arrested a man for providing a product and service in free exchange with people who want what he offers. So, Ginx, when the owner of a private firm has his freedom and livelihood taken away, who can stop the uniformed state thugs who committed the crime? They have "legal" authority, remember, unlike a gang under anarchy, which would have no such legitimacy. There is no law, there is no other authority to go to under the State, except the kangaroo court "justice" system with its pro-state black-robed tyrants sitting in judgment.
Isn't it nice to know that Barack "Hope and Change" Obama is "expanding the drug war and tilting its funds heavily toward law enforcement over treatment". What hope! Such change! So different from the evil Bush, right, "liberal" DemoRATS?
DEA thug Jeff Sweetin wants you to know that he's also going to go after the dispensaries that help sick people, and that "The time is coming when we go into a dispensary, we find out what their profit is, we seize the building and we arrest everybody. They're violating federal law; they're at risk of arrest and imprisonment..."
The voters of these states have spoken, and these actions are clearly violating the will of the people.ReplyDelete
I am not surprised the DEA is fighting for it's survival in this fashion. If Obama does not take swift action in pardoning and compensating these individuals for their losses [HA!], this can be added to the list of things he's done which I disagree with and it further vindicates my decision to not vote for him.
It might be interesting to note that private interests (such as those which fund the Partnership for a Drug Free America) have been pushing the hand on this matter. Unless Big Pharma gets on board, I think medical marijuana's days are numbered.
I think cannabis should be legal, medical or not. The whole "medical" garbage is just complicating the whole thing.
For a slightly newer list of PDFA donors, see here.ReplyDelete
The whole "medical" garbage is just complicating the whole thingReplyDelete
Obviously I think it should be legalized, period. But surely it wasn't that bad a strategy to first legitimatize "medical" marijuana, to get a popularly supported foot in the door. Not to mention that there are real medical uses of pot, uses that are helping genuinely ill people live better lives (in spite of the propaganda from the pro-drug war fanatics).
I don't think it works that way, otherwise opiate pain killers would be legalized. Even cocaine can still be prescribed, and is even sometimes used in dentistry. Medicalization is not a road to recreation.ReplyDelete
I think even those should be legalized and taxed (though not like cigarettes are today). You may not like the idea of taxing them, but it would be recommended because there will be some social toll from the abuse of these substances. Legalizing mitigates the artificial consequences imposed by the government, and using the tax proceeds of their sale may support the counseling services required from the inevitable cases of addiction and misuse.