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Obama administration declares open season on all medical marijuana dispensaries in new DOJ memo

Here is the latest on Obama's escalating war on medical cannabis and his ever-expanding list of broken campaign promises. From Reason.com:

Obama Administration Overrides 2009 Ogden Memo, Declares Open Season on Pot Shops in States Where Medical Marijuana Is Legal
Mike Riggs | June 30, 2011

The Department of Justice sent out a memo Wednesday instructing the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration and leading officials in the U.S. Attorneys Office to treat medical marijuana shops as top priorities for prosecutors and drug investigators.

Continued at: Reason.com:

For anyone that thought things were at least getting better on this issue under the Obama administration, note especially this interesting fact from the artice:

Yet the DEA's medical marijuana raids not only have continued but are more frequent under Obama than they were under George W. Bush. Americans for Safe Access (ASA), which argues that patients who can benefit from marijuana should be able to obtain it legally, counts well over 100 raids in the two years and four months since Obama's inauguration, compared to about 200 during Bush's eight years in office. "The Obama administration really is being more aggressive than the administration of his predecessor," says ASA spokesman Kris Hermes.




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Judge rejects Willie Nelson plea deal in pot case

Magistrate says singer shouldn't get what she thinks is special treatment

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Obama Justice Dept OFFICIALLY Declares Marijuana Has NO Medical

Obama Justice Dept OFFICIALLY Declares Marijuana Has NO Medical Purpose!
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Federal Jurisdiction is limited

Federal Jurisdiction

by Larry Becraft
http://www.constitution.org/juris/fedjur1.htm

In the United States, there are two separate and distinct jurisdictions, such being the jurisdiction of the States within their own territorial boundaries and the other being federal jurisdiction. Broadly speaking, state jurisdiction encompasses the legislative power to regulate, control and govern real and personal property, individuals and enterprises within the territorial boundaries of any given State. In contrast, federal jurisdiction is extremely limited, with the same being exercised only in areas external to state legislative power and territory. Notwithstanding the clarity of this simple principle, the line of demarcation between these two jurisdictions and the extent and reach of each has become somewhat blurred, due to popular misconceptions and the efforts expended by the federal government to conceal one of its major weaknesses. Only by resorting to history and case law can this obfuscation be clarified and the two distinct jurisdictions be readily seen.

See rest of article here:
http://www.constitution.org/juris/fedjur1.htm

Ron is a genius. He

Ron is a genius. He introduces legislation a week before this hits to strip the role of the federal government in regulating marijuana. Do you know how many people will vote primarily off the legalization of marijuana?

Sherrifs Department

It is past time to let the Peoples Sheriff take care of this problem.

Your local Sheriff and deputy's have the authority to enforce local and state laws.

If your Sheriffs Department sides with the Fed instead of the people, change sheriffs.

Your sheriff has the power to tell the Fed and the State that all visits and warrants have to be executed through the Sheriffs Dept.

This should be enforced by 30 days in jail, loss of license to operate in any official capacity in that county and must take the county approved Constitutional Class and pass the test to graduate. Then they make get their license back.

It is also time to go after any judge within the county that offends their oath of office.

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Tom Rankin

Liar....

Liar, pants on fire RP2012 let's end this BS. Hey Barry Bob Marley put it best when he said "It's a plant" and Ron Paul in the debates described your whole term in office not in the recent debates but in 2008 when he said "WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?"

9/11 was an inside job .....time to get some answers..RP 2012

The title of this article

would be more appropriately:

"Obama Declares War on States"

People act surprised...

Has he kept any of his promises?

Why should this one be any different.

Let me tell you something about politicians...

If their mouth is moving...

They're lying.

Except Dr. Paul, of course.

so they want to raise taxes and cut benefits to pay for this

nonsense -typical

Government is supposed to protect our freedom, our property, our privacy, not invade it. Ron Paul 2007

MMJ advocate switching from Obama to Ron Paul

He sounds a little unsure but I think he will fully wake up by 2012 ;)

But DeAngelo, who runs Oakland's Harborside Health Center, one of the nation's largest medical marijuana dispensaries, wasn’t feeling very peaceful, in fact, he was fuming.

...

“I feel personally betrayed: I campaigned for Obama, I contributed to Obama. He said during his campaign that they would not go after people who were complying with state law,” said DeAngelo. “I find myself thinking I might vote for a Republican for the first time in my life.”

...

DeAngelo, who said he might vote for Ron Paul, said Obama is making a “political miscalculation” by distancing himself from medical marijuana and the people who got him elected.

http://www.baycitizen.org/marijuana/story/medical-marijuana-...

It's not about parties any more. Just a label.

That's why I am voting Ron Paul regardless of my past beliefs. Both status quo parties betrayed us. Obama actually turned out to be worse than Bush in my opinion and Bush was very hard to beat!

when I first woke up in

when I first woke up in 2007/2008 to the two parties being pretty much the same. I told alot of Obama supporters that he will just be a black version of Bush. They didn't like that assumption.

Guess who was right.

I did not vote for Obama in 08 but he

shared the winning message of end the wars. And HOPE. In 08 there were a lot of Democrats and Indies alike really considering Ron Paul, and I think the flow is in our favor this time around because those did not get what they ordered and can make the right choice now. This is going to be an interesting year.

Here is more from Reason.com

on past statements from both Obama and Holder contradicting the policy set out in the new memo:

The reversal in policy is even clearer when you consider public statements by Obama and Holder that contradict the position the administration is now taking. In a March 2008 interview with Oregon’s Mail Tribune, Obama said, "I'm not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue." Two months later, when another Oregon paper, Willamette Week, asked Obama whether he would "stop the DEA's raids on Oregon medical marijuana growers," he replied, "I would, because I think our federal agents have better things to do."

Here is how Holder described the administration's policy during a March 2009 question-and-answer session in Washington:

The policy is to go after those people who violate both federal and state law. Our focus will be on people, organizations that are growing, cultivating substantial amounts of marijuana and doing so in a way that's inconsistent with federal and state law.

Jacob Sullum also gives his take on Obama policy toward medical marijuana compared to the previous Bush administration:

Finally, as I've said before, the position that Obama is now taking on medical marijuana—go after producers and sellers but leave patients alone—is no different from the position his predecessor took. In fact, Obama's crackdown on medical marijuana is, if anything, more aggressive than Bush's, with more frequent raids, IRS audits that threaten to put dispensaries out of business, forfeiture threats to dispensaries' landlords, and direct interference in the legislative process by U.S. attorneys. This is certainly not what voters thought they were getting when they heard Obama repeatedly promise to change course on this issue.

http://reason.com/blog/2011/07/01/doj-says-prosecuting-state...

Here is Reason.com with another quote from Holder testifying on video at a House Judiciary Committe hearing in direct contradication to the new policy set out:

Well, again, if the entity is, in fact, operating consistent with state law, and is not—does not have any of those factors involved that are contained in that deputy attorney general memo, and given, again, the limited resources that we have and our determination to focus on major traffickers, that would be inconsistent with...the policy as we have set it out.

http://reason.com/blog/2011/07/01/does-holder-know-that-cong...

OBAMA

OBAMA IS SUCH A BOTTOM-FEEDING SCUMBAG LOW-LIFE. FRAK THIS NEWS!

FRAK THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION! FRAK THEIR OVERSTEPPING OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL BOUNDARIES!

FRAK THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY!

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I AM VERY FRUSTRATED BY THIS.

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Here is Huffington Post on the new changes:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/01/medical-marijuana-m...

They agree with the Reason analysis that the new policy is a "radical departure" from the Ogden memo released in 2009. The article provides the full text of the new memo and they even interview a Colorado dispensary owner who says he raised money for Obama in 2008 but will probably be supporting Ron Paul in 2012 instead. If anyone has an account over there, drop a few comments if you like.

I don't think Obama (or Bush,

I don't think Obama (or Bush, for that matter) cares about drugs. What they do care about is POWER, and the phony "War on Drugs" is an excuse to spy on people, steal property and kick in doors.

send this to every democrat you know

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Paul should use this issue in two ways

(I'm speaking of the Drug War in general and the recent legalization bill)

First - against Obama: Isn't legalization something that many people thought Obama would champion? Doesn't it clash with his image to not only carry on the drug war... but to escalate it? Don't black folks suffer more because of the Drug War?

Next - against other 'constitutional candidates': Isn't this a States' Rights issue? Will any of the other candidates (besides Johnson) stand up for the constitution here? It is important that this issue be properly framed by Paul during the next debate - the constitutional question and that it is up to the states (the logic for it will go over many people's heads - he should stick to the constitutionality of it - and States' Rights).

I think Paul can use this issue to shine a light on Bachmann and Cain as not really being who they claim to be...

I think _we_ should use this issue to recruit more democrats to the cause.

The thing is, Obama is

The thing is, Obama is actually as 'hands off' as Bush was, so every department is going crazy and acting on their own behalf. His weakness gives strength to unchecked government growth.

I posted this in another forum

A good friend of mine was out for a drink celebrating a friends birthday in Connecticut. He ran into another friend from high school who now is a DEA agent. In conversation the agent said his main focus was monitoring doctors and pharmaceutical companies. Although in the course of conversation he said that "Over the course of the next few years the time of the pot heads is coming to an end". Come to find out this agents father is also retired DEA who still deals with the agency as a lawyer. As far as these guys are concerned the War on Drugs is alive and well..

Also it will be interesting to see what the feds take is on Connecticut decriminalizing it as of Today..

"I have found that being rich is not about having the most but about needing the least"

A collapse of the dollar and faith in the US would be good...

...from this perspective.

Employees of the DEA, IRS, etc. would be hit hard. There would be massive layoffs.

And people like these agents would have to go fend for themselves, instead of destroying the liberty of others.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

Indeed

I like that perspective..

"I have found that being rich is not about having the most but about needing the least"

Me too!

And then the idiots that voted for Obumbo will FINALLY see what a crock of s#*+ Obumbo REALLY is!! They'll overthrow him and maybe even murder the man and his synchophants in the process.

That Paul/Frank Bill needs to

That Paul/Frank Bill needs to PASS to end this crap.

The illegal immigrants

are getting cut out of profits by legalization.
And there is no need for Creative jobs with legalization.
The Justice Dept. doesn't get to arrest common citizens for abuse. Wow, what a work stopper and job loser. The courts would be free to actually try real criminals. They would be HUNGRY for those in Washington DC.

obama is a tyrant

"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’, because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."
Thomas Jefferson

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We have had them since at least

Lincoln. Great Jefferson quote, thank you.

But that man should play the tyrant over God, and find Him a better man than himself, is astonishing drama indeed!~~D. Sayers
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This is where the rubber meets the road.

It is now incumbent upon States who have passed these medical marijuana laws to utilize their sheriff's departments, State police, or even if necessary State Guard to secure the life, liberty and property of these business owners who are operating within State law from illegal and unlawful naked aggression by federal agents acting under color of law.

Either the States fulfill their duty to secure life, liberty and property, or they are mere spineless traitors, complicit in the march to federal domination.

Exactly

Which country sheriffs will step up and defend their people? And which governors will step up?

It would be great if a couple did it, and strengthened each other, and became the "shot heard round the world."

This is the type of confrontation that somebody must be willing to make.

The feds will stand down. There is plenty of precedent that they will stand down.

The way it would work is like this.

1) A business owner contacts their sheriff and confirms the sheriff will stand by them if they are unjustly raided.
2) The Swat team shows up, busts down the door, and starts to illegally confiscate property.
3) The owner immediately calls the sheriff.
4) The sheriff and is deputies show up, fully armed, and order the BATT, DEA, FBI to get out, in no uncertain terms. If there is argument, they start to arrest any protesters.
5) Of course, the feds will make a huge noise about this, demonizing the sheriff with lies, mischaracterizations, etc. but nevertheless, the sheriff is RIGHT, and this could very well become the shot heard round the world.

Of course, the danger is that there MAY be a shot, as some bully FBI agent in the raid may refuse to submit. In which case, can you imagine, a firefight!?

That's why the Sheriff can't show up with just a few men, but his ENTIRE dept, forming a posse, and surround the bldg.

This HAS ALREADY been done years ago, read Sheriff Mack's book.

http://sheriffmack.com/index.php/books-by-richard-mack

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford