DEA is On the Warpath

This week has seen a sudden explosion in DEA raids of medical marijuana businesses, leaving patients, caregivers, and activists reeling.

On Monday, 26 medical marijuana businesses throughout Montana were raided by task forces comprised of federal and local law enforcement. As usual, some arrests were made and anything of value seized as evidence under sealed warrants. Interestingly, these raids began within minutes of a vote that stalled the bill to repeal Montana’s voter-approved medical marijuana law. Patients and employees of medical marijuana businesses have been mobilizing with the help of Americans for Safe Access to respond to these strong-arm tactics.

This travesty was repeated Tuesday when the DEA and local law enforcement raided two West Hollywood dispensaries. This occurred shortly after a measure to tax medical marijuana businesses in Los Angeles passed, adding even more legitimacy to the industry there. (A video about the raids is at the bottom of this post, courtesy of ReasonTV.)

It should be noted that the Justice Department “Ogden Memo” instructs federal law enforcement not to spend resources going after medical marijuana businesses as long as they are following state law. Of course, the Justice Department thinks all these businesses were violating state law, but is that for them to decide, or the states?

From all accounts, the California dispensaries that were raided were model businesses. Unfortunately, Montana’s medical marijuana law is vague when it comes to dispensaries, but there are several bills currently being considered by the state legislature that would establish their legality and a system of tight controls. For the DEA to go in now like angry thugs, when the exact extent of the law is in a state of flux, is unacceptable.

The manner in which these raids are taking place is equally unacceptable. These businesses are trying to follow every law and pay their taxes like any other legitimate business. Yet, when their compliance is in question, the federal government attacks them with threats and violence, taking money and destroying property. Where else does this happen? If an automobile manufacturer accidentally miscalculates its taxes or unintentionally steps outside of an unclear law, charges are filed and the issue is dealt with in court peacefully. Federal agents don’t kick down the factory doors, destroy all the cars on the lot, or sell off the factory equipment. They don’t handcuff the autoworkers and force them to lie on the ground with guns in their faces.

This aggression toward medical marijuana businesses must stop.

Please click here to ask President Obama to stand by his promises and end the raids.

29 thoughts on “DEA is On the Warpath”

  1. For those who doesn’t like or doesn’t smoke marijuana would see the insanity of it all. A clear message of the dangers of voters apathy. The spirit of 2012 would end this. VOTE!

  2. Im going to make another small donation in a few minutes but first wanted to say thank you. Heres a little piece that we have been posting under related articles in the comments section on various websites such as yahoo, time, reuters, etc. You are welcome to use it as you wish. It has rcvd many positive comments such as “keep posting”, “too much common sense here”, etc. The ratio of positive vs negative replies is normally 10 or 20 to 1. Having some fresh thoughts to work with might be helpful to the cause. Their might be some typos. I do this at 3 in the morning between, sleep and 12 hrs of work and family. Constructive criticism is welcomed.

    Everyone has tried be “nice and respectful” but maybe its time for the cold hard truth without all of the niceties.

    Our government spends $135,000,000 per day on this rediculous war on drugs. but it only focus’s on one herb that is not only harmless but medically and therapeutically invaluable.

    Annual cost to enforce the prohibition:
    35,000,000,000 (billion per yr)

    Annual cost to feed 1,000,000 non violent cannabis users, now converted into wards of the state:
    58,275,000,000 (billion per yr)

    Rough estimate of number of non violent citizens removed from taxpayer status and coverted into non tax paying prisoners:
    1,000,000 non violent citziens and millions of their family members forced into poverty (the cost of which is not included in any of the stats stated here).

    Value of cannabis sales in the USA alone, with currently every dime of this going to the criminal cartels that manage of nations number one cash crop
    36,000,000,000 (billion per yr)

    Either legalize it or criminalize everything else including the legal drugs that are responsible for all of the damage to society. The current situation is offensive to anyone with a higher intelligence than a chimpanzee. Its damaging our society and bankrupting our country.

    Im NOT seriously advocating the criminalization of another part of human culture and the trampling of more of our rights. But I only offer the following information for the purpose of rationalizing the prohibition of cannabis.

    Alcohol and legal pharmaceuticals are responsible for 40-60% of all violent crime REPORTED in the world, according to the UN, WHO, CDC and every police force in the country.

    Our government allows Big Pharma to produce 100 times more synthetic heroin (oxycontin) than is legally prescribed! It has no nutritional or therapeutic value and is intended strictly for extreme pain relief. Big Pharmas main consumers are drug addicts.

    The abuse of alcohol and legal pharmaceuticals leads to violence, poverty, soaring divorce rates, massive deaths of innocent lives, broken families, reliance upon social services, etc. Its a plague on society yet perfectly legal.

    Alcohol causes close to 1,000 deaths EVERY DAY due to intoxicated drivers stoned out of their minds. The cost to the public is in the billions.

    Pharmaceutical drugs even when used as recommended cause an equivalent number of deaths. The cost to the publich health system is in the billions.

    Big Pharma takes the profits and spends it on their families. They do not reimburse the tax payers for all of the damage that their products cause.

    Alcohol is one of the leading causes of illness and medical problems. The cost to the public health system and taxpayers is in the billions.

    No one benefits from the war on cannabis except for the 1/2 dozen guys that own pill factories and the politicians that they bought and paid for.

    Cannabis can be used to make bibles, fine paper, linen quality clothing, beverages, ointments, nutritional supplements, saddle blankets, diapers, backpacks, rope, sails for boats, and 20,000 other products.

    Ending the prohibition of cannabis has the power to turn the United States back into a Manufacturing Superpower which is exactly what was needed to pull us out of the first great depression and exactly what we need to pull us out of this one.

    Call your representatives and demand that they end this blatant abuse of powers entrusted to them by the citizens of the United States of America. The time for change is now. We’ve been beaten, abused and imprisoned into poverty. The politicians need to understand that they work for us and not for the benefit of Big Pharma and other corporate elites.

    SECOND POST

    White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske argues “legalizing Cannabis would not be the cure-all proponents make it out to be because the black market would adapt to offer tax-free marijuana”.

    But the White House seems to be missing the point. Ending the marijuana prohibition is more about the return of personal freedom & justice that was forceably removed from our citizens by means of fraud, intimidation and extreme violence.

    Ending the prohibition is about creating an environment of peace and security for our citizens. Sending squads of armed swat teams complete with military grade weapons into the homes of peaceful citizens in search of a bag of marijuana is not only cruel but it is a threat to society as a whole.

    The corporate owned media vary rarely report on SWAT raids gone wrong. But it happens every day. There are numerous examples on Youtube and other privately owned media websites that host thousands of videos of SWAT teams breaking into the wrong house and killing theoccupants, killing sleeping children, firing on puppies running for their lives, killing family members, etc. If this was happening in any other country our government would making plans to occupy it and “save” the people from their evil oppressors.

    Ending the prohibition would result in a boom of innovation and opportunies that would inject billions of dollars amongst the general population at ground level. The resulting “trickle up” effect is a proven yet frequently overlooked method that will stimulate our economy in ways not seen since the end of the first Great Depression and the beginning of WWII. Literally tens of thousands of products can be made with Cannabis including bibles, fine paper, linen quality cloth, beverages, ointments, fuel, nutritional supplements, and many more items too numerous to mention.

    We live in a Federally controlled police state that has been infiltrated by a ruling class of wealthy international figures who swear no allegiance to any particular flag. They are motivated and guided strictly by greed and for the desire to monopolize and dominate.

    True patriots would not violently attack, intimidate and imprison their own countrymen for the sake of the almighty dollar.

    The majority of Americans are strongly opposed to these policies and want them ended now. The majority of Americans citizens do not condone the imprisonment and killing of non violent citizens. These are not our laws. They were not created by, nor designed for the safety and security of Americas citizenry.

    Collecting a sales tax is only one of the benefits. We can iron out the wrinkles as we move along just as we do with everything else.

  3. See, this is the kind of shit that fuckin’ pisses me off. Cut the DEA’s fuckin’ budget so they don’t have enough money to go after cannabis! Let them use whatever is left to go after hard drugs and move personnel down to the U.S.-Mexican border for when Obama pulls back the federally funded military units this June. Do they know something we don’t about their future funding or are they just wasting their budget now? Either way, those fuckers are gonna need it to focus on the southwest border war spillover. What a fuckin’ waste of taxpayer (my) money! Going after cannabis! I wanna see what they do when they have to fill in the gaps after the pullout. Assholes.

  4. The DEA is unconstitutional. Under Article I, Section 8, nothing to the effect of drug prohibition is mentioned as one of the powers congress holds. The DEA needs to be eliminated. The DEA needs to be eliminated. The DEA needs to be eliminated.

  5. Disgusting.

    Obama continues to marginalize his base and move toward the right. Oddly, there is a significant segment of the right that also opposes such raids. And we know significant majorities of the public across all political views opposes such raids.

    Moreover, this country simply can’t afford to waste more money on DEA dog-and-pony shows that attack the very things that the Ogden Memo said should be off-limits.

    My prediction of the results of the president’s penchant for illogically “playing it safe,” while satisfying no one?
    Obama = 2012 Loser

    And no one should vote for any politician that supports continuation of the massively failed drug war, no matter what their politics on other matters.

  6. This country is in a sad state. This drug war and all other action taken by this government is only leading the US down a road of communism/fascism and ruin.

    It will collapse soon. Hold on to your guns and truth for that will be all we have soon.

    Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government…
    Thomas Jefferson (The Declaration of Independence)

    Democracy is 51% of the people taking away the rights of the other 49%.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)

    Its time to return to a Republic where you are free to decide how you want to live your life…not have it dictated to you by elitists addicted to power ,money and controll of your life.

    The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826), Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781-82

    Nor does consuming cannabis keep others from living their lives.

    We live in times when we will be made criminals for things that are not crimes.

    When all Americans are uncomfortable in their lives, then and only then will they stand and demand government step back and do as we say.

    The bills are coming due.

  7. the only thing this bastard thinks about is getting reelected so he can spend more money we have to borrow from china or the mid east terrorist. if this p.o.s. isn’t stopped he will spend our country into bankruptcy and when the dollar is replaced with who knows what we will have to haul in bags of money to buy food and clothing–just like his own country of kenya. vote in 2012 to get this lying bastard out of the white house before he sells it. the power is with the people vote-vote-vote. he will do the same as carter did-say oh yes we have to legalise mj just to get the votes. don`t believe it-it`s just another democrat ploy to garner votes. this hitler like gestapo crap has to stop.

  8. This is Obama talking about Libya. To bad he doesn’t sing the same tune about his war on freedom(drugs) here in America. “No one can say for certain how this change will end, but I do know that change is not something that we should fear. When young people insist that the currents of history are on the move, the burdens of the past can be washed away.

  9. Today I took a poll for the Tea Party. In doing so, I added that prohibition should be repeeled. The raids also took place in Mt. Our gov’t has been terrorrizing it’s own people for so long now, they know nothing else. Imagine if we could compete with the rest of the world in the hemp market? Vote for cannabis reform.

  10. I’m going to Write In “Legal Hemp,” for President and Congress in 2012. Ending the War On Drugs and eliminate funding for the feds to prosecute the War On Drugs, first and foremost on the agenda.

    There isn’t a candidate to be found who is strong enough to go toe to toe with Big Pharma; or stand up against the political winds of fascism blowing throughout the U.S., economy.

  11. There is a bill in the Senate about Bullying. This orchestrated attack is Federal Bullying and should be dealt seriously. Is there a lawyer in the house?

  12. hello
    I live in California. I have a prescription/recommendation whatever you
    wanna call it from an MD (an internist).

    If in fact the “stores” I buy my marijuana medication from (and yes i
    really do need it for medicinal reasons) get raided and or shut down, what
    happens to their client records?

    Does the DEA keep our names on record as users?

    And if your on federal probation will the names be forwarded to the
    probation office? or any other office?

    thanks

  13. Is it just me or does this seem like a last ditch effort from the losing side of a war? I ask you this, what right does a god damn Gestapo group like the DEA (douche enhancement agency) have to tell the people of a state who legally voted for a law to be put in place that they are wrong, especially when they were told by their leaders to drop it?

  14. the Obama administration isn’t going to do anything to halt raids, there is deception with the memo that discourages the federal “raiders” from seizing and prosecuting state dispensaries in compliance with state law. The federal law is obviously skewed, when the law enforcement in those state’s are not abiding by state law, when there is violation of separation of powers between state and federal, at command of federal power and control, ‘well, we’re the feds, we command the states the way to be’. Citizens are obviously terrorized from prohibition and it shows itself more-so today, than it did in the past. Look at yourself Montana, you bring action to repeal what even if it did get repealed it would get re-amended later on, and more money would be used to re-establish what is already in place, yet there is corruption to get those raids, for that to happen, which caused a whole bunch of insecurity within the state of Montana, where the repeal is introduced based on junk science. And the action to repeal is in violation what is a constitutional right of voting. I’m sure that citizens of all shapes and sizes do not want to be made into being taken in as slaves, where the repeal is in breach of voting, and the DEA justifies violating what is lawfully in place, and also, there is jargon as if these are businesses. Well, if that is the case, then the DEA is making BIG BUSINESS BUCKS with the manner in which the Administration is getting job security out of violating the constitution itself. So, DEA gets what they jargon as a business, invade privacy in the banks, improperly seize assets, make money out of it, and they say that the people who abide by the law for these dispensaries are practically ‘drug traffickers’ while on the other hand, they get the money and benefit abusing their power to institute malicious proceedings against people who were otherwise abiding by the law, where they breach it, and take opportunity with it, take away from those people who took time to do that, while, all it takes is a couple of seconds for the DEA to rampage the door down, and destroy a whole bunch of things, and this is acceptable how? So, they seize people like that, well, how many votes that should have happened that did not? They destroy in a matter of seconds what took quite some time to build, who is really the criminals? And they get to launder the money they get out of threats and violence that they have been doing for a while, where the happenings of the past contributed to it, and use what the maliciously instituted anyways as an asset to themselves, and this is called fairness? Why is the DEA being so ‘rush, rush, rush’ over a ‘repeal’ that is not even effective yet. The 1970 Controlled Substances act is ineffective in the first place.
    Get over it DEA, nobody wants you people around destroying lives; whether those people are aware of it or not. Federal law couldn’t possibly make two communities within the same state uniform, yet the federal budget (which is seemingly full of a whole bunch of 1938 acts that are unconstitutional) is used for squandering type purposes, where there are a whole bunch of wrongs done in that past. The people who worked in society practically only became a court case reference because of you DEA agents, so it is just rightful behavior to just think that somebody doing their job, paying taxes, and then getting forfeited those hostages in the system is acceptable, how you get your money should be taken away from you (you = entire DEA),
    NO, it is wrongful behavior to force somebody like that, where they pay into the federal taxes just to get put into handcuffs…
    It is called holding for ransom, to impede governmental function. It is not the type of involuntary servitude that should continue, shouldn’t have happened in the first place,
    legalized crooks make criminalized victims
    prohibition causes the concepts of ‘legalization’ and ‘decriminalization’. How would a federal budget make all 50 states uniform, and it doesn’t rest there, U.S. has made the law in a manner to be uniform worldwide of its own ‘unmaking’ or ‘making’, which way to look at it. Yet, how is possible to make two different state’s within the U.S. itself uniform? It isn’t. Nobody should pay into the federal budget if that is the case.
    Maybe people should just entirely quick working altogether, since the DEA wants to invade privacy the way that they do, justify a story-line within the banks, then get references to somebody. Well, DEA take your own bank accounts away, they are entirely fraudulent. So, telling banks the way to be, isn’t 4th amendment injuries, why don’t you explain to citizens who suffer from your abuse of power?
    ***DEA is a nuclear war-head of corruption.***

  15. The DEA website lists Medical Marijuana as a pretext for the anti prohibitionists to legalize Pot, in other words their view is Medical Marijuana is a scam as it has no Medical benifits.
    Yeah, I know they don’t care about medical Pot, they don’t smoke it so they joke it.
    Read the DEA website.
    Work on Congress and the DEA if you really want it decriminalized

  16. Should of voted for prop. 19, California. It’s dispensary karma. What did you think was going to happen.
    —Still pissed in Illinois

  17. It is sad… for all that humanity has become, it is nothing compared to what it might have developed to… simply by understanding what being a human prescribes…

    Humans are born alone and die alone, without attachment, and is the way to end of life. Throughout the life, a human will find attachment by genetics and relative minds associating through life. Emotionally based feelings are transmitted by ones that need attachment, and attach to another and so an ect… To accept another human in one’s life the connection must be balanced, and non-judgmental. This means each human still makes all decisions for their own life and betterment.

    Humans are not divided into groups religions or race or color or creed, and though the difference sexes of any animal group are apparent , one is no less or more privileged than another … the gift given each and all are as follows….. individual, free, private, conscious and uncensored.

    The rights of freedom are: by choice, to choose, to speak, to make all decisions concerning self through out life.

    The right of humans are undeniable and cannot be encroach on by another human, without cause for reaction to action imposed.

    No human will accept harm, nor will a human desire any harm be brought to another.

    The federal prohibition law currently instituted governs humans to which poison(s) are acceptable and available to consume, which brings the next point to bare. Unconstitutional actions are taken to determine legality of poisons consumed by humans.

    Humans will without justification to another human, award themselves the trophies well deserved, from the world God has provided for each human to enjoy. No other human has the right to impose, as any imposition is unacceptable.

    God Bless the individual human that understands the right bestowed to them as a human, and a individual, and take part in the enjoyment of the fruits from Gods world…

    Oh yea…Forgot to tell ya’ll
    The world was never yours to destroy…
    It was a loaner, and we are taking it back.

    Best regards,
    Jesus

    (VOTE FOR ME IN 2012)

  18. I showed the video of the Cops killing that guy with a knife and the one when they kill the dog to some co-workers. They did not want to see it. Most people don’t get what is going on. I then push the money issue and they all listen. $60billion that we just cut from our federal budget, could have been cut by legalizing a plant. that gets my co-workers attetion.

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