California marijuana dispensers fear federal clampdown

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on November 11, 2011

Scores of medical marijuana dispensaries across California have received orders to close as of tomorrow Saturday - a result of a crackdown from the federal government.

Both Distributors and their landlords had demands made of them to shut down or face prosecution. As they were told in late September, they have had 45 days to prepare.

Some marijuana distributors filed for temporary restraining orders earlier this month. Ever since 1996, medical marijuana has been legal in California but use of it remains illegal under federal laws.

US attorneys have gone on record saying that they are targeting the large dispensary operators and their growers, and not individuals, as for-profit sales are a violation of state law. According to sources, some outlets have been targeted as they are near to either schools or parks.

Federal prosecutors say that their main focus is in the towns and cities across the state that have already outlawed marijuana shops. Mr Matthew Kumin, a lawyer representing NORML, a pro-marijuana group, told gathering reporters earlier in the week that the policies of the federal government aren’t consistent.

He added that the government’s irrational policies have reached a breaking point and that although the authorities have said that they won’t prosecute patients, they wish to completely cut off their supply.

{ 1 comment }

malcolm kyle November 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Historically the prohibition of any mind altering substance has never succeeded in providing what is needed, which is a safer environment for all the users, addicts, their families and society at large. We can therefore safely state: Prohibition will always spawn far worse conditions than those it’s ignorant supporters claim to be able to alleviate.

While it is true that taking any drug (especially alcohol and tobacco) can sometimes indirectly affect others, this exact same argument was used to implement and painfully prolong alcohol prohibition during the 1920s. Alcohol related homicide, violence, wife battering and child neglect were definitely not curtailed, nor were they even slightly ameliorated during this earlier period of such-like, national insanity. Not only did Prohibition exacerbate all of the above problems it also increased usage while bootleggers like many of our present day drug lords became rich and powerful folk heroes as a result.

Similar to Alcohol Prohibition in the 1920s, Drug Prohibition has given us rampant corruption, off the scale criminality, a bust economy and mass unemployment. On top of all this, it has gifted us the planet’s highest incarceration rate, a civil war in Mexico, an un-winnable war in Afghanistan and an even higher rate of drug-use (legal & illegal) than in all other countries, including those that have far more libertarian policies.

When we regulate (as apposed to prohibit) a substance we do NOT automatically condone it’s use; the regulations concerning alcohol and tobacco are there to protect us from the vast increase in criminality that would otherwise exist if these substances were prohibited instead of properly regulated.

A regulated and licensed distribution network for all mind altering substances would put responsible adult supervision in between children and their otherwise premature access to drug distribution outlets. Regulated and licensed distribution would reflect and respect society’s values thus preventing children obtaining easy access to these dangerous substances. What we need is legalized regulation. What we have at the moment is a non-regulated black market to which everybody has easy access, including our children, and where all the vast profit goes to organized criminals and ruthless, foreign terrorists.

Prohibition Prevents Regulation - Legalize, Regulate & Tax!

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