Cartels Say Thank You To OC's Medical Marijuana Crackdown!

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This week has been full of crappy news for advocates of medical marijuana here in Orange County. First, there was the failed effort by U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) to amend the Justice Department's spending bill by preventing funding for the federal crackdown of medical marijuana dispensaries in California and other states that allow medical pot. Rohrabacher won no less than 163 of his colleagues to vote in favor of the measure, but 262 voted to continue the crackdown, including 19 mostly Republican legislators from California.

It's not just the feds that are pushing ahead with their misguided attempts to circumvent state law, though. Here in Orange County, the number of cities cracking down all by their lonesomes--Lake Forest, Dana Point, Costa Mesa, what's up!--is growing every week. The latest: Santa Ana. The city has had a medical pot ban for five years and has so far shut down dozens of dispensaries, but since not all cannabis clubs have fled yet, the city is ramping up the crackdown with frequent code enforcement fines.

Just about the dumbest update in this week's crackdown crap-fest comes from Long Beach, where Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine, whose Dec. 2011 conviction for selling pot--something that dozens of city-approved dispensaries are still doing--was just overturned, are back in court for trial number two, which will begin sometime this summer. It's great that the two Joes are finally getting a fair trial, but the fact they're being tried at all is still pretty stupid.

Just ask the U.S. Border Patrol, which during this past week alone has made three major marijuana busts, including two at the San Clemente immigration checkpoint, totaling more than 600 pounds of Mexican weed. Guess what? Shutting down American-operated pot dispensaries and trying to jail activists who are operating openly and attempting to follow state law is a waste of money and a miscarriage of justice. 

And for that, the Mexican cartels say, Gracias, pinches payasos!


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Ziggyrules
Ziggyrules

Great headline, Nick Schou!  I've been saying this for years:  Every gram of medical marijuana sold LEGALLY, is one less gram sold ILLEGALLY by the cartels.

This is simple, basic, elemental economics and nature.  Since before recorded time, whenever a vacuum is created by one service provider, another service provider will appear to replace it, regardless of the commodity.  Remember, nature abhors a vacuum.

So, this is all SO fundamental that it begs, shrieks, shouts the question:  Whom is our federal government protecting and why?

For the best, most succinct answer that I've ever found in 40 years of pondering that question, I suggest reading a "fiction" book called "Power Of The Dog" by Don Winslow.  The answer will blow you away!

For you cynics, I get nothing, if, anyone reads the book.

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Of course, the elephant in the room is that if people stopped smoking dope there wouldn't be a cartel/marijuana problem in this country. You create the problem every time you buy dope.

HmGrwnSnc1984
HmGrwnSnc1984

If you're denied access to medical marijuana through a dispensary or other legal means, chances are you will still get your herb from someone on the streets and that money will end up funding gangs, cartels or even terrorists. Then, when they crack down on marijuana and you can't access it or it becomes too expensive, you're forced to purchase cheaper drugs that are easier to get like meth. And when you do meth, you might end up on the streets stealing car stereos and robbing people at the bus stop. And when you rob people at the bus stop, you end up in jail. Don't end up in jail....LEGALIZE MARIJUANA!

cook
cook

where does the pot that these places "SELL" come from?

Paul_Lester_Pothier
Paul_Lester_Pothier

@ageofknowledge  James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:


Paul
Paul

 hey Age how do you feel about the explosiion of drug addicts hitting the courts due to their addiction to oxycontin and other opiates?

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

What leads you to believe that humans are ever going to stop using marijuana? It has been used for 4,000+ years and has been illegal for only 75 years.  In medical marijuana states, you can grow your own and the cartels don't get a dime from you.  In non-MMJ states, most people buy from the cartels because possession of small amounts is a misdemeanor and growing is a felony.  Does it seem to you like the system is rigged to benefit the cartels? If growing and possession was a misdemeanor and buying/selling was a felony, the cartels would not be selling much weed at all.

ZenMonkey
ZenMonkey

At my dispensary, a network of growers legally allowed to provide medicine for them. Can't speak to the shady-ass places.

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Don't do them. Just say no to drugs. Problem solved.

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

^ blah blah blah in denial of addiction problem blah blah blah

Jetdoc
Jetdoc

 Big PHARMA and the Drug Cartels are ONE IN THE SAME!  It's just that big Pharma's got enough money to KEEP Cannabis illegal.  It's all about THEIR profits.  Damn the fact that these medications they're PUSHING, are KILLING us!

fbxl5
fbxl5

And, admittedly not as big as, "Big Pharma" are the paper companies. Don't forget hemp is good fiber. Any better product is to be kept illegal by special interrests.

Bhunter271
Bhunter271

Caffiene is considered a drug therefore 90+% of the entire world population uses drugs on an almost daily basis.

Nschou
Nschou

Don't do drugs? That's a simple slogan only a simple mind could love. Meanwhile, have a headache? Take this pill. Feel sad? Try this pill. Can't get it up? We have a pill for that, too. Also, enjoy this fine alcoholic beverage, and remember, cigarettes will kill you, but they're legal, baby. Just don't do drugs!

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

;) sure it does Porker. That's why so many people with cancer die while smoking it. They got cured alright... that is if death therapy is a cure.

Drug addicts have only themselves to blame. Like I said, stop doing drugs and the drug problem goes away. 

Porky420
Porky420

Hey age. Don"t you know that cannabis kills cancer? God forbid you should end up needing it. The most cement headed amongst prohibitionists prefer the crime and violence generated by the corrupt war on drugs than to admit this policy and so called war are a scam. Trust in law enforcement is being trashed with each day this horrendous farce is allowed to go on. This will move to another phase sometime soon. The question remains, will we end it, or escalate it? Our government appears to be hell bent on self destuction since it is resisting following the will of the voters.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

OK, so you are stating the obvious.  If people don't use alcohol then there are no drinking problems.  We all know how prohibition created Al Capone. Please elaborate how you would change public policy to stop people from using marijuana.  In Holland, the use rates are 1/2 of what they are in the U.S., and they have a more permissive marijuana policy.  Obviously, our hardcore police enforcement strategy hasn't worked after 75 years and over a trillion dollars.  We incarcerate over 2 million people and the trafficking related violence just gets worse.

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

What it means kevin, it's that if people don't use marijuana then there is no marijuana problem. This isn't rocket science.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

Sorry, age, I don't understand who "is in denial of addiction".  Please explain. What is the purpose of writing "blah blah blah"?   The "blah blah" simply tells me that you don't have facts to back up your opinions.  Let's hear all about how well Nancy Reagan's "just say no" campaign is working.  Use facts, statistics, and citations, please.  Thank you.

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