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Will Bush’s DEA Launch a Final Assault on Medical Marijuana Before January?

President-elect Obama has pledged to end the federal government’s war on medical marijuana, but he doesn’t take office for several weeks. Meanwhile, the DEA has spent the last 8 years periodically raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in California based on undisclosed criteria, stealing money, scaring patients, and even convicting good people on harsh charges for activities that are legal under state law.

So what happens now? With their livelihood threatened, will the bloodsucking narc-warriors dive in for one last bite? They’ve got everything mapped out and they’ve spent years investigating this (which is embarrassingly easy since these are legal, storefront co-ops). No one really knows what the marching orders will be after January, so you can bet there are scores of pissed-off drug cops just dying to throw one last flurry before the bell rings.

You’d think the election of a more supportive president would enthrall the medical marijuana community, but I’m hearing that people on the ground in California are buzzing nervously about the coming weeks with no clear indication of what direction things will go. The potential withdrawal of prosecutorial resources could have a chilling effect, but prosecutions are only one dimension of the problem. Asset forfeiture is another major concern following DEA’s recent threats against landlords, and you can bet there’s no limit to the greed and spite that has defined the federal war on medical marijuana since its inception.

So while I’ll decline to speculate what’s to come, I keep reminding myself that the federal drug warriors’ actions always carry political consequences. These raids have long sought to create the perception of impracticality surrounding state medical marijuana laws, and that strategy has failed. Medical marijuana continues to gain momentum as a political issue, as evidenced by the strong showing in Michigan and universal support from candidates in the democratic primaries.

The faceless drug war army perched over California must consider the ramifications of any ugliness they unleash in the weeks to come, because any action they take will provoke tremendous rallying cries that will surely reverberate all the way to Washington, DC. A final exhibit in the repugnance of the federal war on medical marijuana might be exactly what it takes to bring about the burial of this bullshit once and for all. If DEA wants to play hardball, it would seem wise to wait until the new referee takes the field.
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Free at last?

This may be off subject but can someone explain why medical MJ outlets cannot operate for profit? The legal drug companies charge 1000% profit allowing them to make billions in profits and which provides them power. But the medical MJ provider is not allowed to show a profit this is a big part of the problem. If allowed to operate for profit Phiser would be in the mix for sure. But since it is a poor mans drug of choice you cannot show a profit. This goes against the very thread of our capatalistic system. Another bull shit problem they put on our plate to make it harder to win and make a living!!

Cherokee Fred Hussein

Because, Jerry "moonbeam" Brown..

..said so. Somehow, Jerry thinks profit means "dealer".It'll blow away inevitably. On topic...no worries. A december suprise won't/can't happen. What they try to arrest or shut down today, won't make waves with prosecution tomorrow (2009-2010).Therefore, it's an expensive and pointless enDEAvor. Of course..I could be wrong.Stupidity is always possible when the desperately stupid are angered.

desperaety stupid

that realy does describe lawenforcements atitude .infact it describes those dispicable profiteers in human misery to a t...wtf

Final Assault?

Over the past eight years medical marijuana market became a firmly established industry in California, local govts are handing out patient ID cards, and the State Attorney General recently declared that licensed growers and distributors of medical mj are legal under California law. Now the DEA decides its had enough. That makes a lot of sense.

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