“We will enforce the CSA vigorously against individuals and organizations that participate in unlawful manufacturing and distribution activity involving marijuana, even if such activities are permitted under state law.” the Haag memo, 2-1-11.
Some folks believe this memo is a contradiction of one previously released by David Ogden the Deputy Attorney general. However, if we take a closer look –
“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. On the other hand, prosecution of commercial enterprises that unlawfully market and sell marijuana for profit continues to be an enforcement priority of the Department. To be sure, claims of compliance with state or local law may mask operations inconsistent with the terms, conditions, or purposes of those laws, and federal law enforcement should not be deterred by such assertions when otherwise pursuing the Department’s core enforcement priorities.”
– we will see that’s not truly the case.
So what’s with this new “crack down” — the dispensaries in Montana, and California that have been raided?
Washington State currently has a bill working its way through the legislature that would allow and regulate dispensaries. The new Arizona law utilizes dispensaries as a primary means for recommended patients to obtain cannabis. States like Jersey are setting up a system whereby the dispensaries are state operated.
Another bill in Washington would allow the sale of cannabis, for whatever purpose, through the state regulated liquor stores. There’s another initiative in Washington this year that would basically nullify the federal cannabis laws. California made a run at cannabis legalization last year. Oregon is presently in the process of obtaining signatures to put cannabis legalization to the voters.
Many other states have taken a look at cannabis legalization or, at least decriminalization. Oregon no longer has cannabis listed as a schedule I drug.
Two farmers in North Dakota are suing the DEA for the right to grow hemp.
Back East a researcher is suing the DEA over the availability of cannabis to perform various studies.
I think the Feds are freaking, man. An attempt to revamp cannabis laws are spreading through the states like wild-fire. The people are no longer being influenced by the federal government’s scare tactics (Reefer Madness, anyone?). The people are educating themselves about cannabis. The people are speaking.
So ask yourself, why then doesn’t the federal government simply remove cannabis from prohibition? Why does the federal government hinder the medicinal research? Why won’t they let a couple of farmers grow a few acres of hemp? As a friend of mine is fond of saying, “Follow the money.”
How much longer are the people of this country willing to put up with this farce? Not much, I’ll wager. I have a feeling it’s about to come to a head (no pun intended).