The DOJ’s jihad on medical marijuana

The world’s most ridiculously named law enforcement organization — the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms — is one of many federal agencies participating in the crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries and growers, something that many Barack Obama supporters couldn’t have imagined happening when they elected him. From Time:

…In 2011, the Department of Justice revised its guidance to U.S. Attorneys, allowing them to target any medical marijuana activity except for ill patients and their immediate caregivers. The Drug Enforcement Administration has made it clear that “medical marijuana is not medicine,” and even called it a “mortal danger.” The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has banned the sale of guns to medical marijuana patients. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has told public housing authorities that they can’t rent to medical marijuana patients. And the Internal Revenue Service has reiterated its position that medical pot businesses cannot deduct expenses related to an illegal drug. Fearing federal intervention, many banks are now dropping medical marijuana dispensaries as customers…

…Individual sick users are safe from prosecution, but they are likely to find it harder in the coming months to get the drug. Growers and dispensers are not protected by state law from federal prosecution, especially if they become large enough to get noticed by federal investigators. And the likely result is that more of the medical marijuana industry will be pushed underground in the coming years, making it more difficult for local officials to track the business. This arguably will only increase some criminal activity, as large amounts of money and a very profitable commodity move through the system by way of small-time dealers working without sophisticated security systems…

I can’t help wondering just how nervous the law-breaking banksters who ruined our economy would be if the feds went after them with a tiny fraction of the same zeal.

Footnote: Tell me again, Obama fans — what does this guy stand for that you admire?

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1 Response to The DOJ’s jihad on medical marijuana

  1. robinhood63 says:

    They’ve gone after on line poker too. I don’t know who told him it would be a good idea to go after two things that should be way down the list of things to do. bush the lesser and his band of criminals,wall street and the banksters should have been at the top of the list. Maybe not in that order, but up there.


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