Well, that was stupid of them.
Many of California’s most prominent and well-respected medical cannabis dispensaries and related facilities — including Oaksterdam University, Berkeley Patients Group, and Harborside Health Center (HHC) — flourished under the George W. Bush administration. But they’ll be lucky to survive President Barack Obama’s first term.
On Tuesday, federal prosecutors targeted Harborside Health Center in Oakland, as well as its sister facility in San Jose, for closure and civil asset forfeiture. In court papers filed by the US Attorney for the northern district of California, Melinda Haag, the federal government alleges that Harborside is “operating in violation of federal law” by providing cannabis to state-qualified patients.
Guess marijuana really does affect your long-term judgement. Which might explain President Choom, come to think of it… nah, that’s too harsh. Hey: just like the Obama administration!
Continue reading #rsrh …Wait, people actually trusted Barack Obama on medical pot?
This week the Republican-controlled New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a medical marijuana bill by a lopsided vote of 236 to 96, one day after Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, threatened to veto the legislation. Last month the state Senate approved the bill, which would let patients with “debilitating medical conditions” or their “designated caregivers” grow and possess up to six ounces at a time, by a vote of 13 to 11, with all five Democrats and eight Republicans in favor.
Vai Instapundit. Hey, you know who should be expressing an opinion on this? Barack Obama, that’s who. Preferably, on a New Hampshire college campus…
Moe Lane Continue reading #rsrh War On Some Drugs Update: Democratic governor ready to veto GOP medical pot bill.
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This is a marijuana leaf.
As you can see, it’s quite distinctive. Dried, it looks like this:
I mention this so the next time the cops show up to bust your boyfriend for pot possession, you’ll at least know why they’re there. Continue reading Good morning, Rep. Barney Frank.
As per this memo, medical marijuana users will no longer be targeted by the Department of Justice. At least, in the states where medical marijuana is legal. Well, it’s more like the DOJ is no longer requiring prosecutors to go after medical marijuana users. If the case is unambiguous, at least. The operating phrase is ‘limited resources:’ pot is still considered to be the Devil’s Drug by the federal government, and they reserve the right.
Just generally… reserve the right.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m happy that they’re going to stop going after chemotherapy patients. But this is at the limit of easy, which means that it’s as far as the administration is going to go. So I’d recommend against basing your future life choices on the likelihood of a more (ahem) liberal recreational drug policy…
Crossposted to RedState.
I have two thoughts on this story (sort of H/T Instapundit*)
Holder Hints at Ending DEA Raids on Medical Marijuana
Attorney General Holder was speaking at a press conference Wednesday about Operation XCellerator, a crackdown on Mexican drug cartels, when a reporter asked him about the DEA’s stance on the raids. The reporter mentioned some raids that occurred right after the inauguration but before Holder’s confirmation, then he asked Holder if he would continue the raids policy under his tenure.
Holder joked, “What the president said during the campaign, you will be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we will be doing here in law enforcement.” After a bit of laughter, he repeated, “What he said during the campaign is now American policy.”
Continue reading AG Holder: no more raids on medical marijuana clubs.