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44. DOJ Takes Steps to Subsidize California Gangs; Threatens to Shut Down Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/10/07-2


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2011
3:53 PM
CONTACT: Marijuana Policy Project

Bruce Mirken, Director of Communications
BMirken@mpp.org,
415-585-6404

Department of Justice Takes Steps to Subsidize California Gangs; Threatens to Shut Down Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

U.S. Attorneys Announce that Dispensaries in California Must Close

WASHINGTON - October 7 - In a press conference today, all four U.S. Attorneys in California announced that the administration will no longer ignore dispensaries and will actively prosecute many commercial operations. The attorneys said they will concentrate on criminal prosecution and asset forfeiture against the landlords of medical marijuana dispensaries or cultivation centers, and threaten action against certain commercial organizations. Multiple businesses throughout the state have been given 45 days to close down. To support the increased efforts to eliminate the medical marijuana industry, they claim that it has been overtaken by criminal organizations and harms communities, yet do not offer justification of these claims at the present time. In the absence of regulated and licensed dispensaries, however, many patients will likely be forced to obtain medical marijuana from street dealers and gangs, which will doubtless create additional law enforcement and public safety problems for California.

Despite campaign promises not to spend limited law enforcement resources interfering with state medical marijuana laws and a 2009 Department of Justice policy directive against targeting individuals acting in compliance with state medical marijuana laws, the U.S. Attorneys signaled that they now intend to prosecute individuals who provide that medicine to patients under safe, regulated conditions.

"How can the Obama administration say that it's fine for sick people to use this proven medicine, and yet tell them they cant have any legal place to get it? asked Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. Medical marijuana isn't going away. Over 70 percent of Americans support making medical marijuana legal, and 16 states allow it.

The end result of the federal government's policy is to ensure that medical marijuana is sold illegally in most parts of the country, as well as to create needless suffering for patients who can't find a place to buy medical marijuana."

Since 2009, eight states have enacted or implemented laws that set high standards and strict regulations on medical marijuana dispensing, moving away from previous gray market models that lacked licensing or regulations. During the previous administration, targeting providers in California did not prevent marijuana profiteers from operating. Instead, a federal policy of interference with state medical marijuana laws pushes states towards programs with confusing legal gray areas and little to no control over the operation of providers.

See http://www.mpp.org/assets/pdfs/library/HolderObamaState... for a list of quotes from the Obama administration articulating the previous, sensible policy.


With more than 124,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. For more information, please visit www.mpp.org .

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With more than 26,000 members and 100,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. For more information, please visit http://MarijuanaPolicy.org.
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  -Feds to eradicate Cannabis in California all together DreamSmoker  Oct-08-11 10:42 AM   #0 
  - Just look at how many Bush era people were replaced at Justice  DefenseLawyer   Oct-08-11 10:45 AM   #1 
  - I deal with them also and they don't set policy and you know that.  former9thward   Oct-08-11 11:18 AM   #31 
  - What? Lied to? By *this* administration!? Say it ain't so!  villager   Oct-08-11 10:46 AM   #2 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Oct-08-11 10:49 AM   #6 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Oct-08-11 10:50 AM   #8 
     - Huh?  DefenseLawyer   Oct-08-11 10:51 AM   #9 
     - The administration's position is the same as has been since it was stated over two years ago.  tridim   Oct-08-11 10:55 AM   #13 
        - I'm just a caveman  DefenseLawyer   Oct-08-11 10:57 AM   #15 
           - I don't see a link to the admin's redaction in your response.  tridim   Oct-08-11 11:03 AM   #20 
              - I think you need a civics lesson  DefenseLawyer   Oct-08-11 11:08 AM   #27 
                 - More words, still no link to the redaction.  tridim   Oct-08-11 11:41 AM   #49 
                    - Actions speak louder than words.  sabrina 1   Oct-08-11 12:13 PM   #57 
                       - *Crickets*  Mr Deltoid   Oct-09-11 02:55 AM   #73 
     - You are calling someone a liar without offering any support for  Bluenorthwest   Oct-08-11 10:57 AM   #14 
     - The ratfuckers are quoted and described in the article.  tridim   Oct-08-11 10:59 AM   #17 
        - They work for the DOJ and by law, can be removed by the  Bluenorthwest   Oct-08-11 11:17 AM   #30 
           - I say what I've been saying. It's political ratfucking.  tridim   Oct-08-11 11:22 AM   #34 
     - Noone is paying attention to who appointed the US Attorneys doing this.  YellowCosmicSun   Oct-08-11 10:58 AM   #16 
     - You get it, I'm stunned that nobody else seems to.  tridim   Oct-08-11 11:00 AM   #18 
     - +1  mopinko   Oct-08-11 11:03 AM   #22 
     - Well...  Bluenorthwest   Oct-08-11 11:27 AM   #40 
     - I'd like a response from you.  Bluenorthwest   Oct-08-11 11:39 AM   #48 
        - moderators are allowed to have opinions.  mopinko   Oct-08-11 01:35 PM   #61 
           - So your opinion is that people should notice that Obama  Bluenorthwest   Oct-08-11 02:04 PM   #62 
              - i can even be wrong.  mopinko   Oct-08-11 05:34 PM   #65 
     - You do realize that United States Attorneys work at the pleasure of the President, right?  DefenseLawyer   Oct-08-11 11:04 AM   #23 
     - But they don't take all their orders from Obama. They have independence.  YellowCosmicSun   Oct-08-11 11:08 AM   #26 
     - That's some mighty good spin  DefenseLawyer   Oct-08-11 11:10 AM   #29 
        - You are talking about spin?  tridim   Oct-08-11 11:20 AM   #33 
        - Obama appointees  Bluenorthwest   Oct-08-11 11:22 AM   #35 
        - I really don't know where you get your understanding of how the Justice Department is structured  DefenseLawyer   Oct-08-11 11:23 AM   #37 
        - Maybe you just haven't looked into the situation as deeply as you should.  YellowCosmicSun   Oct-08-11 11:24 AM   #39 
           - I understand your take  DefenseLawyer   Oct-08-11 11:29 AM   #45 
              - They aren't. And they will likely have to quash these actions.  YellowCosmicSun   Oct-08-11 11:54 AM   #53 
                 - LOL! Do you really think such a characterization would have any currency?!?!  RainDog   Oct-09-11 02:47 AM   #71 
                    - Yes. Potheads don't vote like old anti-druggers.  YellowCosmicSun   Oct-09-11 11:31 AM   #77 
                       - so, 81% of the population are potheads?  RainDog   Oct-09-11 01:07 PM   #80 
     - apparently, the better a President is, the more helpless he is to affect Federal policy  villager   Oct-09-11 10:48 AM   #76 
     - Do you know who appointed them?  Bluenorthwest   Oct-08-11 11:19 AM   #32 
     - Deleted sub-thread  Name removed   Oct-08-11 11:28 AM   #43 
     - If that's the case, then Obama should speak out in favor of medical cannabis  RainDog   Oct-09-11 12:10 AM   #69 
     - Poor Obama... it seems like there are hundreds of conspiracies  SomethingFishy   Oct-09-11 12:13 AM   #70 
     - BULLSHIT. Obama can tell the DEA to go to hell, instead he is encouraging them.  Odin2005   Oct-08-11 11:03 AM   #21 
  - This is just plain wrong.  CaliforniaPeggy   Oct-08-11 10:46 AM   #3 
  - The bribes from the private prison industry are more important to them, apparently.  Odin2005   Oct-08-11 11:04 AM   #24 
  - No kidding n/t  DreamSmoker   Oct-08-11 11:10 AM   #28 
  - The ratfucking continues.  tridim   Oct-08-11 10:48 AM   #4 
  - Some folks like to be fucked by rats. It gives them excuses to fuck Obama.  YellowCosmicSun   Oct-08-11 10:55 AM   #12 
  - OWS  90-percent   Oct-08-11 10:48 AM   #5 
  - Just in reference to that headline...  Capitalocracy   Oct-08-11 10:49 AM   #7 
  - your local rag isn't the best source for news.  YellowCosmicSun   Oct-08-11 10:54 AM   #10 
  - The Associated Press contributed to this report.  Faux pas   Oct-09-11 12:02 AM   #68 
  - this is a travesty.  Tuesday Afternoon   Oct-08-11 10:55 AM   #11 
  - This administration has dome nothing but backstab us!  Odin2005   Oct-08-11 11:02 AM   #19 
  - They'll round up all the grandmas on MMJ and put them on Kenyan death panels.  Robb   Oct-08-11 11:06 AM   #25 
  - How about facts:  treestar   Oct-08-11 11:23 AM   #36 
  - First they came for the traffickers, and I did not speak up because I was not a trafficker.  Robb   Oct-08-11 11:27 AM   #41 
  - It's amazing that this article is never posted on DU..  tridim   Oct-08-11 11:32 AM   #46 
  - 99% what are they pissed about?  RegieRocker   Oct-08-11 02:51 PM   #64 
  - Right, they're only targeting the for profit operations  EFerrari   Oct-08-11 11:35 AM   #47 
  - Now that post shows an "I'll believe what I want to believe" attitude  treestar   Oct-08-11 11:42 AM   #50 
     - No, it shows that I learn from experience with this administration.  EFerrari   Oct-08-11 11:47 AM   #52 
     - This issue will not spin, people who care about it are organized  Bluenorthwest   Oct-08-11 11:54 AM   #54 
  - So if they are breaking CA law, let CA handled it (nt)  The Straight Story   Oct-08-11 11:57 AM   #55 
  - I don't understand the Justice Department's obsession with this  lunatica   Oct-08-11 11:24 AM   #38 
  - Insane. Our marijuana paranoia.  Loge23   Oct-08-11 11:27 AM   #42 
  - DOJ Takes Steps to Subsidize California Gangs; Threatens to Shut Down Medical Marijuana Dispensaries  G_j   Oct-08-11 11:29 AM   #44 
  - If the Feds keep this up the proles might one day wake up & wonder where they get the authority  court jester   Oct-08-11 11:46 AM   #51 
  - Eradicating canabis in Ca? Oh, a superb use of energy and resources  xiamiam   Oct-08-11 12:07 PM   #56 
  - "Soon half of Americans will be in Federal Prisons..."  bvar22   Oct-08-11 12:30 PM   #58 
  - that is exactly how the dots connected for me..nt  xiamiam   Oct-08-11 01:11 PM   #60 
  - Zactly!  lonestarnot   Oct-09-11 11:34 AM   #78 
  - K&R  Upton   Oct-08-11 12:57 PM   #59 
  - Way to give power to the Cartels.  Blue_In_AK   Oct-08-11 02:05 PM   #63 
  - The growers might be glad to hear that. It may drive  roody   Oct-08-11 11:40 PM   #66 
  - Maybe the cartels will send Obama a nice fruit basket. nt  Incitatus   Oct-09-11 11:36 AM   #79 
  - Obama's administraton can go to hell. (nt)  w4rma   Oct-09-11 12:00 AM   #67 
  - WTF is wrong with this administration?  Mr Deltoid   Oct-09-11 02:53 AM   #72 
  - LEGALIZE IT. REGULATE IT. TAX IT. FUCKING ENOUGH ALREADY.  Warren DeMontague   Oct-09-11 04:02 AM   #74 
  - How in the hell does Obama stand a chance without California?  randr   Oct-09-11 10:33 AM   #75 
 

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