You are probably aware of the federal crackdown on Washington State dispensaries. Washington and Montana are getting the California treatment.
I have mixed feelings about dispensaries. On one hand I think they are a bit of a ripoff. On the other, I suppose some do offer innovative products that normally wouldn’t be available to your average recommendation holding patient. I do know that with the integration of 5073 into 69.51a dispensaries in this state are flat out illegal. Period.
I find the current moratorium on collective cannabis gardens across Washington a bit ironic. You see, I’m of the belief if patients were allowed to help one another, without fear of prosecution, the dispensaries market share would be drastically reduced. A dispensary is a business. Make no mistake.
But, with that being said, I haven’t come close to the point of this post. I have two… I think. In order to do so I’ll have to provide a copy of a statement made by the Western District U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. I’m giving you the whole statement. I wouldn’t want to be accused of quoting out of context.
The following is a statement from U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan on the ongoing investigations:
“The activities today and the ongoing investigations are targeted actions consistent with Department of Justice policy and guidelines. Our job is to enforce federal criminal laws. In doing so, we always prioritize and focus our resources. As we have previously stated, we will not prosecute truly ill people or their doctors who determine that marijuana is an appropriate medical treatment. However, state laws of compassion were never intended to protect brash criminal conduct that masquerades as medical treatment. In determining how to focus our drug enforcement resources, we will look at the true nature and scope of an enterprise, and its impact on the community. We will continue to target and investigate entities that are large scale commercial drug enterprises, or that threaten public safety in other ways. Sales to people who are not ill, particularly our youth, sales or grows in school zones, and the use of guns in connection with an enterprise all present a danger to our community.”
Those identified in the search warrant affidavits are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Now, let’s take a look at this, shall we?
“Sales to people who are not ill, particularly our youth, sales or grows in school zones, and the use of guns in connection with an enterprise all present a danger to our community.”
So then, is Jenny telling us sales to people whom are sick is okay? I find the mention of guns somewhat interesting. I’ve never heard of a dispensary defending its turf with drive-by shootings, or whatnot. Or, is this merely a reiteration of the BATF’s recent memorandum. You know, the one that states a patient administering cannabis cannot legally own a firearm, ‘cuz, they’re, uh, druggies.
And my second point is coming up. Let us take a look at this sentence:
“As we have previously stated, we will not prosecute truly ill people or their doctors who determine that marijuana is an appropriate medical treatment.”
Now that little passage is sweet! What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is a U.S. Attorney alluding to the fact that cannabis has medicinal uses. A U.S. Attorney making a statement that is contrary to the current DEA classification of cannabis as a schedule I drug! Suh-weeet, I tell ya!
That’s it. That’s all I had. Something for you to chew on, perhaps, as you’re having a late Saturday morning brunch.