[UPDATED W/CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REACTION] Obama Administration Memo Spells End of Medical Marijuana Industry?

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UPDATE, Oct. 21, 11:00 A.M. Ever since four U.S. attorneys in California announced their planned crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, cannabis rights activists have been asking one question above all others: where is California's top law enforcement official, Kamala Harris? Why isn't she protesting the federal government's threatened encroachment on Proposition 215, the so-called Compassionate Use Act, which allows residents to smoke marijuana for medical needs?

Yesterday, Harris finally responded in a brief statement released to the news media but which for some reason isn't posted in its entirety on her own website. Unfortunately, Harris' response, while calling for restraint on behalf of the feds, isn't exactly the vigorous condemnation activists were hoping for. Instead, Harris simply stated that while "an overly broad federal enforcement campaign will make it more difficult for legitimate patients to access physician-recommended medicine in California," at the same time, "ambiguities" in the law must be "resolved either by the state Legislature or the courts."

According to a Washington Post article on Harris' statement yesterday, her message to the feds is clear: as long as you are targeting major marijuana traffickers, go for it. Otherwise, take a hike. But as the Post also notes, ever since the announced crackdown, the feds have been targeting dispensaries--not underground cultivation networks like the ones run by the Mexican cartels--as well as landlords, who are being threatened with property seizure. Given that Harris didn't even touch on these issues, the underlying truth seems to be that nothing has, or will, change, and the medical marijuana industry as we've come to know it is doomed.

ORIGINAL POST: According to a Bay Area television report yesterday, landlords in Northern California are receiving letters warning them that they could lose their property if they rent to folks involved in the weed industry.

It's just the latest evidence that despite early signs from the Obama administration that it wasn't going to interfere with the right of states to allow the medical use of marijuana, nothing could be further from the truth. And assuming the feds make good on this latest threat, it could mean the end of medical marijuana as we know it.

"With the blink of an eye and the flick of the wrist, they can shut down medical marijuana in California," said Christopher Glew, who represents several cannabis collectives in Orange County and elsewhere in California. "The funny thing is they have the absolute right to do it and there's nothing anyone can do to stop it. By going after landowners, they can grab a bunch of land, make a bunch of money, and save face politically by saying, 'Hey, we're not going after sick patients or arresting little old ladies--we're going after rich landlords.'"

The actual decision to go after landlords appears to have been made back in February, in the form of a letter doj.haag to Oakland's city attorney from the U.S. Attorney's office warning that the feds would have no problem seizing land used for pot production whether or not Oakland was issuing permits for such activity. But nobody really noticed the memo until now, when the feds actually started warning specific landowners.

"They are starting up north and working their way down south," Glew said. "I think the feds are seeing how much land, especially in northern California, is being used for marijuana growing, and realize they can start seizing these properties and turn it into federal land. And the thing with federal forfeiture is that it can take two or three years before it goes to court, but meanwhile you lose all your property."

Because the warning letters have just now been sent, and no actual properties have been seized, it's unclear exactly what effect the Obama administration's latest assault on medical marijuana will have throughout the state. But Glew says no matter what happens, the halcyon days of the golden state's medical marijuana industry are over. "It will become very clear in the near future what direction the medical marijuana industry will be headed," he predicted. "It's either going to the grave or it will have to be re-invented. The federal giant has finally woken up. It went to sleep for a few years on us, but now it's waking up."

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Asdn
Asdn

Funny they Classify it as Schedule 1 drug, When the US has a PATENT on Medical MarijuanaUS Patent 6630507

Please SHARE., REPost to your facebook and Twitter, The Media Seems to not want to share this HUGE PIECE OF INFO

sun7
sun7

 Forget about all kind of lost and win stuff and just think for cannabis and marijuana highs and buy drugs for that from given below site name please go on legal-highs !!!!   

HappyGoLuckyBrightNSunny
HappyGoLuckyBrightNSunny

What's stupid is that big tobacco is already established and ready to charge into this new century with facilities capable of processing marijuana. Instead of fighting it, they should embrace it and become part of the new revolution. They stand to make the most significant profit from the legalization. Of course, they're afraid that cannabis use will force a major decline in cigarette use, therefore dropping profits. Is our goal really to keep cigarettes available to our community and continue to poison our lives, or shall we attempt to move forward?

Mommytoalittleman
Mommytoalittleman

RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT 2012!! You want it legalized, want your freedom from out of control government...you better wake up and vote for him.

Godotnut
Godotnut

Dear libertarians, how about if we Democrats agree to less draconian drug laws if you guys agree not to eliminate the E.P.A., social security, medicare, food stamps, unemployment compensation, or medicare.

Also, we promise never to come after your guns if you agree to publicly funded elections and a strict limit to corporate money being spent in democratic elections. 

Finally, we will agree to strong cuts to military spending if you guys agree that half the money goes toward education.

What do you say?

Flowergrrlla
Flowergrrlla

Big Pharma is now ready to make GMO pot and sell the THC under Pfizer or something. Profits for the corporatists - suffering and penal charges for the poor! Same as it ever was..Let's fight this crap big time - Support your local NORML!

The Real Deal
The Real Deal

Obama you are a liar and a donkey. You will not manipulate the people with "change" anymore. You are the worst president right under Nixon and I hope that Obama chokes on his tube steak tonight.

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

Obama certainly hasn't turned out to be the liberal we thought he was! Doesn't the federal government have far more pressing problems than this. The answer is fucking yes!

Liesl
Liesl

I have had 2 (yes 2) brain hemorrhages. I'm very fortunate to be here (I think).  50% of people do not live through one...much less two..  As a result of the 2nd hemorrhage, my head has tremors from time to time.  Eating will usually stop it, however, sometimes eating isn't good enough.  That's when I use marijuana.  It stops my head from shaking 100% of the time.  So, what? I'm supposed to walk around with a shaky head now because of this $%&%^?!  

freddyf
freddyf

Obama said pursuing medical marijuana was not a good use of Federal resources. Oh, that was 2008 Yes We Can Obama. Yes we could, turns out he won't.

pierider
pierider

How about our governor Moonbeam call up the National Guard and jail these feds in their own homes or offices?  Do your job, and protect the citizens of this state from the dictator in DC.

Joe
Joe

Marijuana is an addictive drug that should never be legal. Time to snap back to reality you free-loader hippies. 

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Cannabis is less addictive than CAFFEINE.

Cannabis is less toxic than ANY PRESCRIPTION DRUG.

Cannabis is less toxic than TOBACCO.

Cannabis is less toxic than SUGAR.

Cannabis has no LD 50—a lethal dose is simply impossible.

It is the safest, least addictive of all medically effective substances.

You are a tool and an idiot who knows nothing about Cannabis

STFU, clown.

Q_1984and666A_1776
Q_1984and666A_1776

Drink your legal booze, and take your legal pills, and bow down to your masters, SLAVE, lick the soles of their boots as they stomp on your face for the rest of eternity. Have a nice day :-)

VincentVonDudler
VincentVonDudler

This two part plan is the only action the citizens of the US need to take to end federal marijuana prohibition:1) EVERYONE that sees these links sign up at both sites and weigh in on the debate- http://pvox.co/CdiFqY- http://wh.gov/gDQ2) Propagate those two links and ensure that everyone that sees them go to both those sites.

Too many people are blaming the President for enforcing the federal marijuana prohibition. Contact Congress (the LEGISLATIVE branch [that's the important one when it comes to law]) via the first link. Contact Obama (the EXECUTIVE branch [until Obama vetos a passed H.R. 2306 it's on Congress - but tell Obama anyway]) via the second link. It really is THAT easy. Participate in democracy!

Jack
Jack

Here's a protest to unite for, Occupy O C.

Sw_reader
Sw_reader

Follow the money. Obama is trying to corner the market for GW Pharmaceuticals who recently had patents approved for a prescription cannabis based spray for cancer patients.http://www.growswitch.com/blog...The article explains Obama's flip-flop on medical marijuana well, it's all about money and greed.

VincentVonDudler
VincentVonDudler

This two part plan is the only action the citizens of the US need to take to end federal marijuana prohibition:1) EVERYONE that sees these links sign up at both sites and weigh in on the debate- http://pvox.co/CdiFqY- http://wh.gov/gDQ2) Propagate those two links and ensure that everyone that sees them go to both those sites.

Too many people are blaming the President for enforcing the federal marijuana prohibition. Contact Congress (the LEGISLATIVE branch [that's the important one when it comes to law]) via the first link. Contact Obama (the EXECUTIVE branch [until Obama vetos a passed H.R. 2306 it's on Congress - but tell Obama anyway]) via the second link. It really is THAT easy. Participate in democracy!

cBc
cBc

I'm trying to think of just one instance where the Obama administration said they would do something & actually stick by it, and I'm drawing a complete blank . His BigPharma masters must have yet again pulled up on those puppet strings...They actually sent out letters to gun shop owners , warning them not to sell guns to anyone who is registered to use medical cannabis. Apparently, good 'ol alcohol & guns ain't no problem.

Rapichy
Rapichy

I bet the Mexican cartels are licking their chops for our federal Governent to do this because they will be the ones who profit the most out of this. Who's side are the Feds on anyways? What ever happened to "For the People"? This country seems to be far from being a free nation.

BestPrezYet
BestPrezYet

If they can't control it, they shut it down; it all comes down to the almighty dollar.What a crock of intimidation with that memo; and just to be clear, Obama SUPPORTS the use of cannabis - this memo was from the Department of (In)Justice.

TPM
TPM

Perhaps this is how our government is planning to take our LAND away for the UNs, Agenda 21.  Interesting.What is Agenda 21? Agenda 21 is a document that outlines the implementation of Sustainable Development, which is a comprehensive plan for the restructure of society and the remake of man. After nearly 20 years of implementation, I can report that Sustainable Development policy is now pursued in every county in the country. 

Ron
Ron

Obama knows pot smokers don't vote! " Hey dude....did you vote today?", "Dude....was that today?!?"

My_tampered_mind
My_tampered_mind

so its OK to chloroform you kid and duct tape ( the our government does nothing)m but if you grow a plant that the doctor says will help you then the government will take your land

DAN C.
DAN C.

OBAMA needs a primary challenger!

AJ Honeylake
AJ Honeylake

Prosecuting marijuana is a violation of federal law itself. Haven't these guys at the US Justice Dept. read the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?:

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

NOWHERE in the U.S. Constitution does it grant the federal government the power to regulate marijuana. Nor does the Constitution mention marjuana. Now, some could argue that a broad interpretation of the Commerce Clause would broaden their reach, but that applies to INTERSTATE transactions only. Medical dispensaries that operate exclusively in California and for people in California are outside of the scope of the federal government's authority and jurisdiction. It would be like the FBI or Secret Service coming to your front door to collect back payment on a parking ticket.

Someone seriously needs to challenge this in court. A good constitutional lawyer could chew this to shreds and seriously embarass the US Justice Dept.

Tori
Tori

I still don't have an opinion

Jake Armstrong
Jake Armstrong

Really? The headline questions whether a memo will end a billion-dollar industry? Are we going to see a story on whether the sun will come back again after it sets later today?

A Legal Patient
A Legal Patient

any american who feels that weed is going to corrupt society like heroin or crack or opiates the pharmasutial companies are some of the biggest lobbiest in the WORLD everyone is on something....beer anti depresents we are in someones pocket if the man can make a dime or two on taxation or production the federal government would be all in

Jcin503
Jcin503

How will drugs negitively affect society? Ice Cream is bad for you. Hemp, or marijuana is safer than water people.

One can die off water. One cannot die off Marijuana

LSD does not put holes in your brain and is not as bad as we thought.

DMT is the most powerful Hallusinagan known to man and it is found everywhere. In plants, animals, and even HUMANS specifically in our brain.

Why is the GOV. protecting me from injesting cannabiss, but not water, or at the very least, ice cream. I could literally OD on water but not on something illegal. HMMMM...

A Legal Patient
A Legal Patient

the federal government also can run accurate statistics to fill the state prison system with cannibis users reason: residents who use medical cannibis have jobs familys and income or revenue to pay for the fines probation court costs licenses suspensions etc.

Tweakers and crack heads have no income and steral and cheat for their drug of choice there is no money in incarciration or fines.... "You cant get blood from a stone"

furthermore if the states themselves would examine the man power and resources it spends in the conviction of medical cannibis patients the ROI return on investment would clearly prove on paper how lucrative the taxes (What it is really about) would generate for the local and State economies

A Legal Patient
A Legal Patient

according to thje first ammendment of the constitution the right to life LIBERTY and the pursuit of happiness the patients who have been deemed as medical patients with the right to have medical treatment provided by a board certified Medical professional. being a patient and with that the patients rights are protected under HIPPA health information privacy protection act no one has the right to invade a patients privacy.

the federal government concern is probably when the dispenseries are trying to run commercialized grow houses these could only lead to the federal government exercising theiur rights for  the controlled substance act although if the patients would grow in their own homes(protected by the first ammendment) patients providing patients in a non profit atmosphere would challenge their own laws by claiming it is completely in a PATIENTS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS to provide for himself a means to be free from pain a medical pain act is also available due to the fact that no pharmacy may provide or have the access to medical cannibis

Dominguez2766
Dominguez2766

We just want to smoke. Wtf is wrong with that. Government needs too worry about bigger issues then just a plant.

Lou
Lou

Obama is an Uncle Tom.  We need to vote for Ron Paul or Ralph Nader.

Dale Wood
Dale Wood

Once AGAIN OBAMA goes back on his words that help him get elected in 2008 -  That HE smoked pot & "HE LIKED IT !!! " & he would make it one of his prioritys to pass " MEDICAL MARIJUANA Laws !!" Pass them MY ASSE, He has done EVERYTHING BUT- I don't care WHO runs against him - THEY WILL GET MY VOTE !! RON Paul FOR President

Charliesheener
Charliesheener

How STUPID is this guy?  Does he think he can get rid of Pot?  This crack whore thinks by the flick of his pen, he can erase something that is used around the world, has medical value that's been proven and is better than alcohol, health-wise!  This IDIOT just raised the street value of POT!  Thanks Obama!  You're Fired!

Briansays
Briansays

meanwhile wall street banksters massive frauds are swept under the rugcorrupt administrationfishing for campaign dollars from big pharma

Tom
Tom

The wrong country was attacked after 9/11. The wrong issue is being attacked now. But since Wall Street billionaires will not be impacted by this and so our Royals will be happy, I guess that's OK..

Timothy D Little
Timothy D Little

Time to peacefully sit the F down lock arms and say fuck no.

Geoff van der Lee
Geoff van der Lee

Why dont they just leave it alone .They have worse problems.

Leftright
Leftright

Fellow progressives, and I know you're out there:That's it.  No more chances for Obama.  He specifically promised to not continue to arrest and hassle medical marijuana patients.  And now this?  Its time for a progressive-libertarian alliance and get every corrupt corporatist centrist (and yes that includes Obama) out of office.  I don't agree with everything he says or stands for, but Ron Paul would never allow something like this to happen.  Register Republican, vote Ron Paul.  I will be.

Daviddiniz
Daviddiniz

I could care less about this because ill still smoke all the same. california should have never legalized mmj back. in 96. we should have wated and went for all out legalization from the start.

token420
token420

You can rip up that memo--it has no legal meaning in the USA. We are protected by our constitution and just because Obama is trying to destroy the country doesn't give anyone the right to threaten a completely legal industry.

Szamudio714
Szamudio714

Dont get me wrong i love the clinics but people straight mess it all up.for other people.. giving out cards to people who have nothing wrong with them thats why this happens

Szamudio714
Szamudio714

Dave beall .. u dont know what ur sayin nobodys stoping anybody from using marijuana. U just cant sell or cultivate it man..smokre freely who cares... If it was all legitimate it would be cool. But u get these wack jobs comin and openin shop and arent even runnin shit right. What do u think is going to happen???

Joflitters
Joflitters

Why dont they just let the people who smoke it  grow two plants for them self. OOO because that gets rid of the money man .. wake up and understand the gov dont give a dam that people smoke pot. they care that u give someone money and they dont get there share... Let the people grow there own two plants and say goodbye to all the dealers and mexico . peace to all

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