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“Under United States law, a dispensary’s operations involving sales and distribution of marijuana are illegal and subject to criminal prosecution and civil enforcement actions. Real and personal property involved in such operations are subject to seizure by and forfeiture to the United States … regardless of the purported purpose of the dispensary.”
–U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy, San Diego
”If we don’t get a change in the IRS ruling, every legal, regulated distributor of cannabis in the United States is going to have to go out of business, and patients will be forced back into the hands of criminals”
–Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director, Harborside Health Center
THIS IS WAR
A War on Patient Rights – Prop 215, SB 420 and All We Had Won
Welcome BACK to the 60s and the corner of Haight & Ashbury!
The United States government has just declared war on medical cannabis, throwing nearly everyone in the cannabis movement into a panic and with good reason. Even those with years of unblemished operations, including some of our finest and most respected MCDs [ed: Medical Marijuana Collectives – often mis-labeled “dispensaries”], are being targeted.
According to the latest proclamation from the Bluecoats [law enforcement], “Nobody is immune.”
Our campaign team saw this coming when Bush holdover, Michele Leonhart, boasted she would ignore the administration’s formal medical marijuana guidelines, but was still appointed to head the DEA.
As a result, our campaign team carefully crafted a revolutionary new voter initiative that will legally allow California to Opt Out of the Controlled Substances Act. Of course, the Feds can challenge our voter initiative once it passes, but we believe we have the necessary legal tools within this initiative to defeat them.
When the Obama Administration announced their drug war budget for 2011 was going to be bigger than last year, despite the severe cuts being forced upon all other government agencies, it became clear that funding for a major offensive was on its way. Likewise, on October 3rd, when the Justice Department announced $72 million in grants awarded for 182 narcotics officers to be hired in California, we knew the offensive was imminent.
Now that war has come, we are not surprised and our campaign team is ready, willing and able to execute our plan to qualify Regulate Marijuana Like Wine for the 2012 ballot. Meanwhile, most of our fellow activists did NOT see this coming and are in shock that they have been so completely betrayed by this President. Everyone agrees on one thing, this is serious, unprecedented and a battle we cannot afford to lose.
NORML has posted an inspired call for full legalization, but given that legalization is currently polling at 46% in California, this is hardly a viable plan. In contrast, a poll by the Economist magazine shows 62% support for regulation instead.
Activists have called for demonstrations, letters, federal legislation and acts of civil disobedience, but that has not worked in the past and there is no reason to believe it will work in the future.
Our major reform organizations are attempting to embarrass Obama into reversing his position, but this lame duck President has long since lost the ability to command anyone to do anything. So focusing on Obama is probably an exercise in futility.
September 30th was the last day to file an initiative for the 2012 California ballot.
Two other initiatives have been filed, but both appear to be flawed.
Fortunately, the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act includes this statute in our list of laws repealed. The other initiative, The Marijuana Penalties Act, decriminalizes two ounces for cultivation, which is worthless, since one plant can easily exceed this amount. This Act also appears to raise the current $100 fine for possession of one ounce to $250.
Right now, a lot of medical cannabis collectives and growers are worried about the 45 day ultimatum they are facing. A few medical cannabis collectives and growers have already contacted us and we are providing specific confidential information to help protect them. For example, we tell them to delay any state prosecution against them until Nov. 7, 2012, when the RMLW Act will require the state to dismiss these cases, with prejudice, meaning the state has to drop it for good.
Together we can and will defeat these Federal bullies and their cowardly new war against everything this great country was founded upon. Truly, the most patriotic thing any of us can do is to join together and use the voter initiative process to authorize California to Opt Out of the CSA.
The road ahead may be difficult and even dangerous, but we have the right plan, the right initiative, and the right moment in history to succeed.