Selective Enforcement is a Dangerous Power to Have
Supporters of medical marijuana – especially in Colorado – know who CO Representative Jared Polis (D) is. He is a stalwart champion of medical marijuana rights and advocate of an end to marijuana prohibition.
In the video below he makes about as many good points as a person can in under 5 minutes. He eviscerates the “logic” behind prohibition and rightly highlights the way its enforcement distracts from real crime. The speech comes from the U.S. House floor last night in support of the Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment which would de-fund federal attacks on legal medical marijuana providers.
We simply need more politicians like Jared Polis. But it’s up to you to vote. Don’t just go push a button or pull a lever for whoevers name you recognize. Actually know what they stand for. Do they support individual freedom? Do they support sick people being able to choose a non-toxic alternative to dangerous and addictive prescription drugs?
Hopefully Mr. Polis and those like him have nothing but success in their political careers, because without them there will be no one in government fighting for our rights. You can call us the 99% or whatever other term is popular, but we are human beings and we deserve dignity and respect and we deserve to be free to determine our own lives.
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Federal Prosecutor in Michigan Says State Medical Marijuana Laws Are Not a Defense in Federal Court
A federal prosecutor in Grand Rapids doesn’t think state medical cannabis laws should be used as a defense in federal cases and has filed a motion to keep defense attorneys from saying marijuana has medicinal value or alluding to state medical marijuana laws.
The feds also want to avoid “jury nullification,” in which jurors who disagree with the law might acquit the defendants. The possibility of this goes up if jurors are allowed to see the accused in a compassionate light.
But this is exactly why “jury nullification” needs known far and wide. The federal prosecutors want to stack the deck against defendants, saying they only go after big operators and leave medical marijuana patients alone. That’s not really true, but even if it was, how many medical marijuana patients depend on dispensaries and collectives for their medication? If all the pharmacies in a city or town were shut down, many sick people would have to go without their medication, and that wouldn’t be allowed to stand.
It cannot be denied that federal law prohibits the growing and selling of marijuana (although the federal government grows marijuana at the University of Mississippi, you’re not allowed). So while it’s true that Michigan’s law has no effect on that, it is the duty of everyone to not enforce a law which they feel is unjust.
In the end, all we have to defend ourselves from tyranny is our conscience. Just because the federal government says things need to be a certain way doesn’t mean we must obey. If enough people take action against an unjust law, they can bring it down.
States have rights too, that is why they exist. If they couldn’t write their own laws based on the will of their citizens, why are there 50 states in the first place?
Advocates Fighting Montanas Medical Marijuana Restrictions Need More Funds
The folks at The Montana Cannabis Industry Association are currently in a battle to repeal the restrictive medical marijuana rules enacted in their state in 2011, rules that ban the commercial sale of cannabis and place tougher restrictions on patients and doctors, and that have practically wiped out medical marijuana in Montana. The number of medical marijuana providers is down a whopping 91% since last year.
The MCIA is suing for a repeal of the law and say they have enough money to get the case to the state Supreme Court hearing later this month, but after that the money is gone. They say they need a better rate of fundraising to see the case through to the end and are urging those who would benefit the most from a restoration of medical marijuana rights to give what they can.
The MCIA says it has already spent about $150,000 on the lawsuit, and will need another $100,000.
The fact that the medical cannabis industry in Montana has been wiped out cannot be helping the fundraising situation as all those revenues are now going to the black market or into thin air. It’s an uphill battle to say the least.
And if things go south in Montana for medical marijuana advocates, the federal government will be able to use the resources focused there to intimidate another state into submission. If the battle is lost in Montana, someone else is going to feel the hammer as well.
As the numbers stand now, medical marijuana advocates have the momentum In terms of states passing and considering medicinal cannabis bills, but if even one state is forced to backtrack can we still call it “momentum?”
In the end can anyone really consider themselves free as long as those in even one state have had their rights stripped from them?
Colorado Feels the Wrath of the Federal Government
After their great success in states like Montana and California, the federal government is now targeting another large medical marijuana state: Colorado. As in CA, the letters were sent out, the threats made, and this past weekend saw 25 dispensaries in Colorado close. As we also saw in CA, this is just the beginning.
Even though Colorado has extensive regulations concerning medical cannabis and cities have their own rules concerning the proximity of dispensaries to schools, the feds have decreed that any dispensary within 1,000 feet of a school has to go.
Many rightly wonder what business the federal government has undermining Colorado’s medical marijuana laws. "I can see no legitimate basis in this judicial district to focus the resources of the United States government on the medical marijuana dispensaries that are otherwise compliant with Colorado law or local regulation," Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett recently told U.S. Attorney John Walsh in a letter. "The people of Boulder County do not need Washington, D.C., or the federal government dictating how far dispensaries should be from schools, or other fine points of local land use law.”
U.S. Attorney Walsh was likely unmoved by Garnett’s logic as the crackdown continues. So far 47 dispensaries have closed in Colorado during the Obama Administration’s sweep through the state.
And while California may be a foregone conclusion when it comes to this fall’s Presidential election, Colorado is certainly not. A large swing state, CO could be a determining factor in who is President in this country for the next 4 years.
Who in the President’s campaign thinks it’s a good idea to alienate large swaths of people in a swing state in an election year? Does Obama think he can win without Colorado? Or does he think that those who care about medical marijuana are so small in number that he can still win in Colorado while crippling functioning businesses in the state?
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