Skip to comments.U.S. targets landlords in fight against medical pot [Obama lied]
Posted on 06/15/2012 10:00:37 AM PDT by grundle
Federal prosecutors are targeting medical marijuana shops in California, seeking forfeiture of the properties in which they do business.
The authorities are pressuring landlords to shut down the shops or face possible loss of the real estate through the unconventional and low-key use of a civil statute designed primarily to seize the assets of drug-trafficking organizations.
While some states, including California, have legalized medical marijuana businesses, the federal government does not recognize their authority to do so and has targeted the shops for violations of the 40-year-old Controlled Substances Act.
The goal of the Justice Department's effort, part of a crackdown announced last October, is to fight the medical marijuana industry, estimated at $1.7 billion annually, without confronting it head-on with costly and potentially embarrassing criminal prosecutions, industry sources and legal experts said.
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The Federal “war on drugs” is yet another federal overreach.
One of these days a state is going to stand firm against the feds. If California had any guts (it doesn’t) it would tell the feds to shove their forfeiture papers up its arse.
This is not about marijuana nor even about drugs. This is about State’s Rights (or what is left of them).
It is getting out of hand. Here in North Hollywood there are 6 “dispensaries” within walking distance from my house.
Of course, there would be no issue if the federal government stopped trying to regulate purely in-state commerce and stuck to regulating interstate commerce, which is what the Constitution intended.
This would be a good opportunity for the Republicans to push through a “10th Amendment Restoration Act” that prohibits all federal regulation of intra-state commerce. This would apply to in-state marijuana growers and dealers as well as federal regulation of real estate development under the pretext of protecting non-migratory salamanders and lizards.
There feds use the same arguments for shutting down Amish farmers who sell raw milk.
The feds use the same arguments for shutting down Amish farmers who sell raw milk.
They signed on to the drug forfeiture "laws" and the "plea bargaining for all" garbage without blinking an eye.
State & local persecutors aren't far behind.
So you want fedgov to step in and do something?
Like Arizona and illegal immigration and the fed upholding laws? Where the fed sues a freaking state for "following the law"? Is that what you're talking about?
The "Law" means nothing to these people of the FED. They make it up as they go...
We are headed for another civil war and I welcome it.
I will say it again...this country has a one party system...it is a cancer on this once great Republic.