Saturday, April 16, 2011

WA Governor Refuses To Sign Law Making Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Legal

The cowardly (or worse, pro-drug war) evil bitch of a Governor of Washington state, Christine Gregoire, has refused to sign into law a bill allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in her state: Governor won't sign marijuana bill.

Washington state's piece of shit (and traitor to the people) of a governor stated that she received a letter from the state's two federal criminals U.S. attorneys Jenny Durkan of Seattle and Michael Ormsby of Spokane, telling her that "growing, distributing, and possessing marijuana in any capacity ... is a violation of federal law regardless of state laws permitting such activities." This in spite of Obama's promise (and supposed official policy) on medical marijuana in states with medical use laws:

The prosecution of significant traffickers of illegal drugs, including marijuana, and the disruption of illegal drug manufacturing and trafficking networks continues to be a core priority in the Department’s efforts against narcotics and dangerous drugs, and the Department’s investigative and prosecutorial resources should be directed towards these objectives. As a general matter, pursuit of these priorities should not focus federal resources in your States on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana. For example, prosecution of individuals with cancer or other serious illnesses who use marijuana as part of a recommended treatment regimen consistent with applicable state law, or those caregivers in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state law who provide such individuals with marijuana, is unlikely to be an efficient use of limited federal resources.-Memorandum for Selected United State Attorneys on Investigations and Prosecutions in States Authorizing the Medical Use of Marijuana

I also like the following from the same memorandum, stating that the policy does not "legalize" marijuana (guess those assholes in the Injustice Dept. just don't like the states in your face nullification of federal law).

Of course, no State can authorize violations of federal law, and the list of factors above is not intended to describe exhaustively when a federal prosecution may be warranted. Accordingly, in prosecutions under the Controlled Substances Act, federal prosecutors are not expected to charge, prove, or otherwise establish any state law violations. Indeed, this memorandum does not alter in any way the Department’s authority to enforce federal law, including laws prohibiting the manufacture, production, distribution, possession, or use of marijuana on federal property. This guidance regarding resource allocation does not “legalize” marijuana or provide a legal defense to a violation of federal law, nor is it intended to create any privileges, benefits, or rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any individual, party or witness in any administrative, civil, or criminal matter. Nor does clear and unambiguous compliance with state law or the absence of one or all of the above factors create a legal defense to a violation of the Controlled Substances Act. Rather, this memorandum is intended solely as a guide to the exercise of investigative and prosecutorial discretion. recent days the [Obama] administration has seen fit to interject itself in the ongoing legislative debate to establish and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state. Last week, on the eve of a final House vote regarding Senate Bill 5073, the U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington issued a statement warning landlords that they could face forfeiture of their properties if they rent to licensed medical marijuana facilities. Undeterred, the House passed SB 5073 (the Senate had previously passed an earlier version of the bill), setting up a potential showdown between lawmakers and Democrat Gov. Chris Gregoire.

In an April 14, 2011 letter to Gov. Gregoire from the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys Jenny Durkan of Seattle and Michael Ormsby of Spokane wrote, “[W]e maintain the authority to enforce the Controlled Substances Act vigorously against individuals and manufacturing and distribution activity involving marijuana, even if such activities are permitted under state law.”

The letter continues: “The Washington legislative proposals will create a licensing scheme that permits large-scale marijuana cultivation and distribution. This would authorize conduct contrary to federal law. … Accordingly, the Department [of Justice] could consider civil and criminal legal remedies who set up marijuana growing facilities … or who knowingly facilitate the actions of the licensees. … [S]tate employees who conducted activities mandated by the Washington legislative proposals would not be immune from liability under the Controlled Substances Act.”-Why Are The Feds Still Meddling With States’ Medical Marijuana Laws?

Forfeiture of property under the unconstitutional asset forfeiture "law". This is "Change", Obama? Threatening landlords providing space to those offering a medical service to people in need? Going against the will of the people in those states with such laws? I thought the Feds were all about spreading "democracy" by dropping bombs on brown people (which maybe makes it a good thing that they oppose democracy in the United States; can you imagine the death and destruction in our cities that would result if they really were committed to democracy in our own country)?

Pond scum Michael Ormsby said in an interview: "many of the landlords, I'm happy to say, have taken action." So the federal criminal gang (no longer with any legitimacy at all as a governing authority) uses threats of implied violence to maintain its insane drug war and intimidate peaceful people who are simply conducting business and engaging in voluntary exchanges with others, and the criminal upstanding defender of justice Ormsby is "happy" about it.

As for Washington state's governor (a DemocRAT):

Gregoire may have requested this letter as political cover so she can veto the bill (citing the federal conflict, the risk to state employees, etc). Of course, our medical marijuana law already conflicts with federal law, her employees have already been collecting taxes on medical marijuana against federal law, and her employees provided input on this bill. So they are already complicit. This is the best chance Washington has ever had to improve its medical marijuana law. Gregoire should sign it into law—standing by her legislature—and make Obama figure out what the hell he wants to do. Does he want to throw down with the states trying to do the right thing (uh, the states that have medical marijuana laws are also the ones that elected him)?-Obama Administration Warns It May Prosecute State Employees if Gregoire Signs Medical Pot Bill

At her official website, it says: "Learn about Governor Christine Gregoire's priorities, projects and initiatives". Well, Christine, we've now learned all we need to know about your "priorities", which apparently don't include obeying the will of the people or your own state legislature, or supporting your state's existing law.

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