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Obama’s DOJ Cracks Down on Medical Marijuana: California vs. The Feds
January 11, 2012
This Reason Magazine video covers the criminal actions of the Obama Administration’s DEA. The DEA, under the Obama regime, has raided and pillaged legal California medical marijuana dispensaries across the state. This is in direct contradiction to Obama’s campaign pledges to leave legal dispensaries alone.
The story covers the plight of one such dispensary owner who has been bankrupted, and now faces the threat of criminal prosecution, for providing sick people with medical marijuana.
The same DEA that is raiding legal pot dispensaries, which are operated by law abiding peaceful businessmen, is helping the Mexican cartels launder millions in illicit profits.
The Village Voice reports:
Investigators with the Drug Enforcement Agency helped a Mexican narcotics kingpin transfer million of dollars in illegal cash profits, the New York Times reports today.
The DEA program recalls a similar, much smaller scale operation first reported in the Voice last month in our article about government informant Angel Perez. The Voice article disclosed that Perez convinced U.S. Immigration and customs agents to move $500,000 in cash from the Dominican Republic to Miami and Puerto Rico. But, somehow, the smuggling operation didn’t result in any arrests or even the identification of the source of the money.
The DEA and local law enforcement are all dirty. They have no intention of “protecting American’s from the evil dangers of pot.” Their sole intent is to ensure the dirty money from the violent Mexican cartels keeps flowing into their pockets. If pot were to be legalized, law enforcement profits from asset seizures, bribes, and money laundering operations would vaporize.
In other news, a 20 year medical study has just been released that proves marijuana does not cause lung damage.
The NYT reports:
Dr. Donald Tashkin, a pulmonologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has studied marijuana for over 30 years and was not involved in the study, said it confirmed findings from several other studies showing “that essentially there is no significant relationship between marijuana exposure and impairment in lung function.” He said one reason marijuana smoke may not be as harmful as tobacco smoke, despite containing similar noxious ingredients, may be the fact that its active ingredient, THC, has anti-inflammatory effects.
“We don’t know for sure,” he said, “but a very reasonable possibility is that THC may actually interfere with the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”
Dr. Tashkin said he and his colleagues had found in their own research — unexpectedly — that even smoking up to three joints a day did not appear to cause a decrease in lung function.
Of course, we must keep pot illegal “for the sake of the children!” Sweet karmic justice will eventually be dealt to the corrupt officers engaged in this illegal war. Most of them have kids, and those kids will all grow up one day to be teenagers themselves. Given that 30% of young adults in this country have been arrested at one point (mostly for drugs), it stands to reason that their own children have a pretty good chance of being arrested themselves for breaking the laws which supposedly “protect” them from pot. We will then see just how smug those officers are when it’s their own son or daughter sitting in a jail cell for smoking a joint.
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