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..."