Feds Target Financial Institutions Associated with Medical Marijuana Clinics
Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
The harassment continues across the state where Feds are sending more and more letters out to landlords and now including financial institutions into the mix.
In its effort to shut down California's booming medical marijuana dispensaries, the Justice Department is seeking to seize the property where the clinics are based, even going after at least one bank that holds the mortgage on a clinic.
Chase bank received a letter to evict the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, according to Greg Anton, attorney for the clinic. The bank owns the note on the building in Fairfax, Calif.
According to Anton, the bank received a similar letter from U.S. attorney Melinda Haag for the northern district of California that was sent to the Alliance's landlord on Sept. 28 and other medical marijuana dispensaries. The letters threatened that unless the owners evicted the cannabis clinics within 45 days, they could face criminal action.
Anton said he obtained a copy of the letter to JPMorgan Chase through the clinic's landlord, as reported by the Bay Citizen.
A spokesman for JP Morgan Chase said he had no comment and would not confirm whether the bank received a letter from the U.S. attorney.
Legal Vs Illegal
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, October, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
Colombian president calls for legalisation of marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, October, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
Finally a president who gets it and is willing to talk about his support of legalization of marijuana and cracking down on the real hardcore drugs instead of wasting time and money on a failed drug war against Cannabis.
Mr Santos added his voice to a growing list of influential figures in Latin America demanding a rethink of the policies that have been used for decades to fight the drugs trade.
He said legalising softer drugs such as marijuana worldwide could help improve international efforts to deal with harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin.
"The world needs to discuss new approaches ... we are basically still thinking within the same framework as we have done for the last 40 years," he said.
Asked if making marijuana legal could offer a way forward, Mr Santos said it could and that he would support it "provided everyone does it at the same time". But he emphasised that other countries needed to take the lead, saying the issue was "a matter of national security" for Colombia, whereas "in other countries this is mainly a health and crime issue".
"Drug trafficking is what finances the violence and the irregular groups in our country. I would be crucified if I took the first step," he said in an interview with Metro, the global free daily newspaper chain.
Feds urged to ease up on medical pot
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
In light of a recent federal crackdown on medical marijuana, seven San Francisco supervisors urged the feds to reverse course.
"I believe it's important for us ... to be very clear that we support the right of patients to have access to medicine," said Supervisor David Campos, chief sponsor of the nonbinding resolution.
His co-sponsors are Supervisors Eric Mar, John Avalos, David Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi, Jane Kim and Scott Wiener.
It's not the first time the supervisors have weighed in. In 2001, the Board of Supervisors declared San Francisco "a sanctuary" for medical marijuana. Four years later, the city adopted regulations for dispensaries.
The latest legislative effort comes after the U.S. Department of Justice said this month that it would target what the U.S. attorneys in the state described as a for-profit marijuana industry that cares more about making money than about compassion for the sick.
"People are using the cover of medical marijuana to make extraordinary amounts of money," said San Francisco's U.S. attorney, Melinda Haag, at a recent news conference.
Federal prosecutors have sent letters to dozens of marijuana retailers informing them that they were violating federal law and subject to property forfeiture and possible prosecution. Medical marijuana backers cried foul, saying that the tactic is an about-face for the Obama administration.
The use of marijuana for medical purposes in California was approved by state voters 15 years ago.
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Category: Celebrities | Posted on Tue, October, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
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