What a way to get up in the morning...

The kind of candy I am hoping to get in my bag tonight....

Only in CA is this an issue. We brought you the original Prop 215 to allow medicinal marijuana.  When I was in college, maybe you had pot brownies, where you would taste the actual pot, because it was not strained out, but now with technology, the ability to make candy is crazy.

Calif. Trick-Or-Treaters Warned Of Pot-Laced Candy
Updated: Saturday, 30 Oct 2010, 12:41 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 30 Oct 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

Trick-or-treaters in California have been warned to watch out for pot-laced candy this Halloween, the Los Angles Times reported Friday.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued the warning to parents in light of candy and snacks containing marijuana being confiscated from pot dispensaries.

The warning comes days before Californians vote on Proposition 19, a marijuana legalization measure.

California has state laws allowing the medical use of marijuana, but the sheriff’s department said the confiscated items were untested and unlicensed.

Officials said in their warning that parents should check Halloween candy and other snacks for indications the items were tampered with.

Makes a dude want to dress up and go out knocking on doors that smell like Indonesia, if you know what I mean…

Damn, I'm getting lifted off the sauce!

no one gets banned in Vegas…do they? Well, I guess Paris is the first one.

LAS VEGAS (CBS/AP) — Paris Hilton may be forced to spend her time gambling in Atlantic City.
Hilton was banned Wednesday from two Wynn resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, and her boyfriend was dismissed as a nightclub partner following their arrests in a vehicle that police said reeked of marijuana.
Wynn Resorts Ltd. spokeswoman Jennifer Dunne told The Associated Press that Hilton is barred from Wynn Las Vegas and Encore.
Meanwhile, boyfriend Cy Waits was “separated” from his job after less than a week as top managing partner of the Tryst Nightclub at Wynn and XS The Nightclub at Encore, Dunne said in a statement.

Now, your man is fired.  Ask yourself, was it really worth it?  Why was he driving anyway?  You should have a driver or be in a limo if you are going out to get your swerve on.

Waits, his lawyer and a lawyer and publicist for the 29-year-old Hilton did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Smart.  Maybe the only smart thing you have done recently…But, what really, what could you say?  I was smoking weed and I got my boyfriend caught up?

The moves come after Hilton was arrested Friday for investigation of felony cocaine possession. Waits was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Charges have not yet been filed.
Hilton was arrested inside the Wynn resort, where a police lieutenant reported a small plastic bag containing 0.8 grams of cocaine fell into his hand when Hilton reached for a tube of lip balm in a purse.

See Paris, remember wen we saw your weed (that doesn't even look like good weed, which is shameful with your budget) coming out of your purse

See Paris, remember wen we saw your weed (that doesn't even look like good weed, which is shameful with your budget) coming out of your purse

You knew that you have coke in your purse.  Yes, it was only a gram, but why are you fishing in your purse?  You KNEW it was in there and you only ran the risk of exposing the coke.  You only led them to look harder at you, especially when they found the butt of joint you tossed out the window.

Memo to Paris…unless you are in CA or other weed tolerant states and you have proper paperwork, don’t smoke weed…and definitely do not do it in the car…

The New York City-born celebrity socialite is scheduled for arraignment Oct. 27 and would face probation if convicted.
A police report made public Wednesday said the suspected butt of a marijuana cigarette was found in the Cadillac Escalade in which the couple was stopped in front of the Wynn Las Vegas hotel-casino.
Waits, 34, was driving. He had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol and wobbled as he failed two field sobriety tests, the arresting officer said.
Waits allowed blood to be drawn when he was booked into the Clark County jail in downtown Las Vegas, Officer Bill Cassell said. Results won’t be released until the case reaches court.
Waits spent a night in jail on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence before being freed on $2,000 bail with a Nov. 29 court date.
Dunne said Waits’ twin brother, Jesse Waits, is continuing as general partner of the Wynn resorts’ Tryst and XS clubs.

Well at least his bro will still be able to get freaky in the clubs.

They must be from California...

WASHINGTON (AP) – The D.C. Council has passed a measure to legalize medical marijuana, sending the bill to Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Under the measure passed Tuesday, the nation’s capital would join 14 states that allow medical marijuana.

Patients with chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS or cancer could obtain marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. It would be given out at five to eight distribution centers.

Patients would be limited to two ounces of marijuana per month. The mayor could raise the cap to four ounces if he determines more is needed.

If Fenty signs the bill as expected, Congress would have 30 days to review before it becomes law.

In 1998, residents voted to legalize medical marijuana, but Congress blocked the initiative from taking effect for years.
(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Two ounces? Is that really going to be enough?  What if your chronic illness is chronic?  Wonder if that will be good enough to get a recommendation?  The District is going to have to deal with a lot more than amounts.  Will doctors participate in recommending patients?

For the children, he is not really a Dr. You don’t have to listen to him and smoke weed.  That is only for adults.

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Thanks for being a true solider in the fight...

(SALEM, Ore.) – The sad news has been confirmed. Jack Herer, author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes and renowned around the world for hemp activism, has died at 11:17 a.m. today, in Eugene, Oregon.

Pre internet, The Emperor Wears No Clothes was the ish.  If you wanted to run a legalization argument and didn’t have this book, you were doing yourself a disservice.  The number of rounds won because of this book had to be close to triple digits.  We ran it as an affirmative and we argued it as a counterplan on the negative.

Great book with solid arguments and a diversity of sources.

Jack Herer suffered a heart attack last September just after speaking on stage at the Portland HempStalk festival. The last seven months have proven to be a huge challenge to the man, with several health issues making his recovery complicated.

Jack Herer’s health has been poor lately, this last week there have been reports of the severity, and an outpouring of prayers on his behalf.

“It’s shocking news, even after these last seven, trying months,” said Paul Stanford, THCF Executive Director.

“Jack Herer has been a good friend and associate of mine for over 30 years. I was there when he had the heart attack at our Hempstalk festival and I know he wouldn’t appreciate the quality of life he’s endured these last months. Still he will be greatly missed. I honor his memory.”

“No other single person has done more to educate people all across the world about industrial hemp and marijuana as Jack Herer. His book is translated into a dozen different languages, it’s a bestseller in Germany,” added Stanford.

“The Hempstalk stage will forever be the Jack Herer Memorial stage. And, a Memorial is planned to be built where he fell that day,” Stanford said.

“His legacy will continue to inspire and encourage for generations to come.”

His wiki page does a very good job in examining who the man was

Jack Herer (June 18, 1939 – April 15, 2010) was an American cannabis activist and the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, a book which has been used in efforts to decriminalize cannabis.

A former Goldwater Republican, Herer was a pro-cannabis (aka, marijuana) and hemp activist. He wrote two books, the aforementioned The Emperor Wears No Clothes and Grass. There has also been a documentary made about his life called, The Emperor of Hemp. He believed that the cannabis sativa plant should be decriminalized because it has been shown to be a renewable source of fuel, food, and medicine, and can be grown in virtually any part of the world, and that the U.S. government deliberately hides the proof of this. He devoted his life to the support of cannabis, hemp and marijuana.

A specific strain of cannabis[1] has been named after Jack Herer in honor of his work. This strain has won several awards, including the 7th High Times Cannabis Cup. Jack Herer was also introduced to the Counterculture Hall of Fame at the 16th Cannabis Cup in recognition of his first book.[2]

Herer ran for United States President twice, in 1988 (1,949 votes) and 1992 (3,875 votes) as the Grassroots Party candidate.

In July 2000, Herer suffered a minor heart attack and a major stroke, resulting in difficulties speaking and moving the right side of his body.[3] Herer mostly recovered, and claimed in May 2004 that treatment with the amanita muscaria, a psychoactive mushroom was the “secret”.[4]

On September 12, 2009 Herer suffered another heart attack while backstage at the Hempstalk Festival in Portland, Oregon.[5] He spent nearly a month in critical condition in a Portland hospital, including several days in a medically induced coma. He was discharged to another facility on October 13, 2009. He is “waking up and gazing appropriately when someone is talking… but he is not really communicating in any way.”[6] He died aged 70 on April 15, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon, from complications related to the September 2009 heart attack.[7][8

Thanks for the tireless fighting...

So, if you lean that way, go out and roll one up and thank Jack, because in a lot of states, you have the freedom to…

It’s pot mania!  The sticky green is cropping up everywhere!

This is the industry standard.....

Many states are moving to legalize the weed, and now there are some expos that are opening up to spread the word.

A version of Amsterdam’s “Cannabis Cup” is coming to Aspen, in which medical marijuana growers, providers, patients and others in the industry will convene over one weekend in April.

The First Annual Western Slope Cannabis Crown, organized by Glenwood Springs resident Bobby Scurlock and the owners of High Country Caregivers, will be held April 17-18 at The Gant.

For all the marbles....

The conference is open to the public and will include speakers, live music, information booths, and most notably, a competition among providers that showcases their best strains. Growers and providers will vie for the “cannabis crown.”

They are going to get all technical about the weed

Scurlock said he hopes to draw about 50 dispensaries from around Colorado and their strains will be tested by Denver-based Full Spectrum Laboratories. The marijuana strains will be diagnostically tested for their THC levels and how it matches up with patients’ ailments.

There also will be a “people’s choice” award for those who are on the state registry for medical marijuana and have received a “golden ticket” from one of the organizers. The people’s choice will narrow down the field for the crown but the ultimate winner will be based on the diagnostic test, Scurlock said.

The marijuana card that gives you access to the "Golden Ticket"

“We want to get the best of the best in there,” he said. “We want as many vendors as possible.”

Only Colorado registered medical marijuana users will be able to buy products from vendors, which will have to occur outside of the conference — most likely in a private condo or room where the providers are staying.

“This is not about pot heads running around the streets,” Scurlock said. “This conference is to enlighten people and talk about the benefits, and its economic impact.”

no, it is like crack...but won't cause you to rob someone or suck D!ick to get another hit...

Scurlock said the event is nearly sold out; about 1,500 tickets have been sold. The $25 ticket buys admission to the two-day event.

Proceeds from raffles will benefit disaster relief for Haiti. Items to be raffled include grow room kits, vaporizers and other merchandise.

Nathan Traul, co-owner of High Country Caregivers, said as many as 400 strains could be showcased at the conference, as well as an edibles category.

So far, about 40 strains have been entered.

“The reception has definitely been great,” Traul said. “We’re excited about the event.”

Scurlock hopes that this year’s event is successful enough that it can grow into a week-long conference next year.

Scurlock said the crown’s website is currently being built and has limited information. Participants can log onto westernslopecannabis.com, which will allow them to book a room at the Gant. Those who are interested in learning more about the conference can e-mail to cannabiscrown@yahoo.com or call High Country Caregivers at (970) 945-2492.


That is what we call an entrepreneur.  This is the modern day Woodstock of weedsmoking…

Forget about Raymond, everyone loves marijuana, or MJ, weed, cheeba, etc…

Even teh cops are trying to get it. At least in CA, with the right paperwork, its legal and good for what ails you

Especially actors, or people on TV with very little talent…

But, at least the dude is looking out for others…radaronline.com points out his generosity.

Andy Milonakis looked like he had had the munchies, as he entered Katsuya, a Los Angeles, California restaurant on Tuesday night.

As the 33-year-old MTV star entered, he brandished a bag containing a mysterious green substance, handing some of it to a beggar nearby.

Better yet, let’s just let Milonakis say it himself: “I just gave weed to a homeless man in front of paparazzi,” Andy Tweeted. “What was I thinking?”

ESPN.com tells the story of Tim Lincecum’s love of the weed…

SEATTLE — San Francisco Giants star pitcher Tim Lincecum is facing misdemeanor marijuana charges following a traffic stop in his home state.

Washington State Patrol spokesman Steve Schatzel said Thursday that the 2008 Cy Young Award winner and former star at the University of Washington was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 5 in the town of Hazel Dell, about four miles north of the Oregon border, on Oct. 30.

At least he reps other Bay Area sports teams...plus with the hat, he looks like Shaggy from Scooby Doo

An officer approached Lincecum’s 2006 Mercedes and smelled marijuana as the pitcher rolled down his window. Schatzel said Lincecum immediately complied with a request to hand over the drug and a marijuana pipe from the car’s center console.

The amount measured was 3.3 grams. Schatzel said police consider that a small amount for personal use, well below the maximum of 40 grams before possession is classified differently and carries a more severe penalty.

The incident was first reported by The Columbian in Vancouver, Wash.

“It’s not really out of the ordinary. It happens every day,” Schatzel said of the volume of marijuana Lincecum handed over. “It was about the size of a thumb, the whole thumb.”

Lincecum could face potential fines totaling $622 for the misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia counts plus the citation for driving 74 mph in a 60 mph zone, Schatzel said.

The 25-year-old All-Star starter entered a plea of not guilty through his attorney on Monday, according to records in Clark County District Court. A hearing that had been scheduled for Friday morning was canceled, pending a pretrial conference between Lincecum’s attorney and a county prosecutor on Nov. 23.

Lincecum is currently scheduled to appear before a judge on Dec. 22.

The Giants said they were aware of the situation but did not immediately have a comment.

The native of the Seattle suburb of Bellevue went 15-7 with a 2.48 ERA in 32 starts and 225 1/3 innings in 2009, his third season in the major leagues. He is 40-17 with a 2.90 ERA in his career and could be getting a huge, multimillion-dollar raise from salary arbitration this offseason.

Teammates consider the smallish right-hander a quirky perfectionist. They also consider him the “Franchise,” the nickname they gave him when he broke into the big leagues only a year out of college. Others see his boyish face, shaggy dark hair, diminutive frame — and his dominance — and call him “The Freak.”

San Francisco chose him 10th overall in the 2006 draft out of Washington, and he instantly became the organization’s top pitching prospect since Hall of Famer Juan Marichal signed with the New York Giants as an amateur free agent in 1957.

Just like I felt with Michael Phelps, this is not a story.  The story is really more ammunition that we just need to legalize it and quit trying to demonize people who are smoking it.

Now, she can smoke legally and not have to hide behind the haze of the smoke to conceal her identity

Now, she can smoke legally and not have to hide behind the haze of the smoke to conceal her identity

This is going to be great news for people who actually smoke marijuana legally.  The guidelines will also stop the arrests of suppliers to medical marijuana clubs.

Feds to issue new medical marijuana policy

By DEVLIN BARRETT (AP) – 7 hours ago

WASHINGTON — Federal drug agents won’t pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued Monday by the Obama administration.

Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.

The guidelines to be issued by the department do, however, make it clear that agents will go after people whose marijuana distribution goes beyond what is permitted under state law or use medical marijuana as a cover for other crimes, the officials said.

The new policy is a significant departure from the Bush administration, which insisted it would continue to enforce federal anti-pot laws regardless of state codes.

Fourteen states allow some use of marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

California is unique among those for the widespread presence of dispensaries — businesses that sell marijuana and even advertise their services. Colorado also has several dispensaries, and Rhode Island and New Mexico are in the process of licensing providers, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, a group that promotes the decriminalization of marijuana use.

This is great news for people who want to provide relief for others.  Think of the possibilities.  Now opening up a club doesn’t seem so far fetched.

Drive thru ordering would be nice....

Drive thru ordering would be nice....

Attorney General Eric Holder said in March that he wanted federal law enforcement officials to pursue those who violate both federal and state law, but it has not been clear how that goal would be put into practice.

A three-page memo spelling out the policy is expected to be sent Monday to federal prosecutors in the 14 states, and also to top officials at the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration.

The memo, the officials said, emphasizes that prosecutors have wide discretion in choosing which cases to pursue, and says it is not a good use of federal manpower to prosecute those who are without a doubt in compliance with state law.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the legal guidance before it is issued.

“This is a major step forward,” said Bruce Mirken, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “This change in policy moves the federal government dramatically toward respecting scientific and practical reality.”

At the same time, the officials said, the government will still prosecute those who use medical marijuana as a cover for other illegal activity. The memo particularly warns that some suspects may hide old-fashioned drug dealing or other crimes behind a medical marijuana business.

In particular, the memo urges prosecutors to pursue marijuana cases which involve violence, the illegal use of firearms, selling pot to minors, money laundering or involvement in other crimes.

And while the policy memo describes a change in priorities away from prosecuting medical marijuana cases, it does not rule out the possibility that the federal government could still prosecute someone whose activities are allowed under state law.

The memo, officials said, is designed to give a sense of prosecutorial priorities to U.S. attorneys in the states that allow medical marijuana. It notes that pot sales in the United States are the largest source of money for violent Mexican drug cartels, but adds that federal law enforcement agencies have limited resources.

Medical marijuana advocates have been anxious to see exactly how the administration would implement candidate Barack Obama’s repeated promises to change the policy in situations in which state laws allow the use of medical marijuana.

Soon after Obama took office, DEA agents raided four dispensaries in Los Angeles, prompting confusion about the government’s plans.

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You know where we stand here at Too Old, we are NOT down with the IPhone. Ronin wrote about the Pre here, which I think that I am going to switch to, since my phone is giving me grief.  Ronin also talked about the lengths that these IPhone hipsters are willing to go through to get their phone, which is basically the same phone, with 3G! (shit we already had on other phones…way to catch up Apple!)

Well, IPhone hipsters have taken it to a new level now with their latest app.

CNET.com shows the lengths Apple and other developers are going to get your money…

How much would you like?

How much would you like?

States that are low on funds are steadily inhaling the idea of taxing the sale of a substance that gets you high.

Meanwhile, as if anticipating an uptick in demand, the folks at Apple have approved a new iPhone and iPod Touch app that will allow a little more mobile access to the soothing properties of marijuana.

Called “Cannabis” it is, according to Salem-News.com, an app that allows you to hold between your fingertips everything you need to facilitate your marijuana experience.

Your legal marijuana experience, that is.

Google Map of San Francisco Clubs...maybe the hipsters are on to something...

Google Map of San Francisco Clubs...maybe the hipsters are on to something...

Some states–California being in the surprising vanguard–have made the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes legal.

The Cannabis app’s first step, therefore, is help you find a doctor who can approve your deep medicinal need.

If your medical condition is deemed to be sufficiently pressing, the app then directs you to the nearest medical marijuana facilities. Yes, it offers precise directions, just in case you aren’t feeling at your most alert.

It even offers you the finest and most responsible locations of marijuana coffee shops in, say, Amsterdam, should you happen to have wandered to those parts.

However, it doesn’t stop there.

Should you find yourself in some untoward legal kerfuffle in relation to your marijuana use, a quick sideways glance at the Cannabis app will find you the location of the nearest and finest lawyer who specializes in marijuana-related cases.

The app is the creation of AJNAG.com, which describes itself as a “cannabis lifestyle network”.

According to Cannabisapps.com, AJNAG.com “will donate 50 cents for every ‘Cannabis’ purchase to a cannabis non-profit reform fund, which will be setup once the application reaches 1,000 subscriptions.”

I bet that they “forget” to make the donation due to all the smoking…but what happens when you find the place, get your “medicinal marijuana” and then lose your iphone in the haze of weed smoke?

Not only are you getting your recommended daily vitamins from the Apple, but you are getting high as well.  APPLE, what will you thnk of next?

Not only are you getting your recommended daily vitamins from the Apple, but you are getting high as well. APPLE, what will you thnk of next?

There is something to be enjoyed in the language the organization uses: “Our goal is to put the power of cannabis change in your pocket while you enjoy the most sticky and potent iPhone application available!”

Sticky and potent. Yes, exactly the words to describe the finest iPhone apps.

Where is my backyard meth lab app?  Someone should get right on that one.  Why are we denying meth-heads their ability to get their fix?

I guess that Micheal Phelps is back in training for the Olympics.  He is working on increasing his lung capacity in his quest for nine gold medals.

I like this type of training!

I like this type of training!

Several things stand out to me with this story

1) This is not news.  Kids everywhere have smoked pot.  So what?

2) Someone had to sell this picture to the papers.  I Hope it was worth it (and it probably was…) You are a low life for doing it.  A celebrity graces your party and you take pictures of him enjoying what everyone else is doing at the party?  Then you decide that you are going to sell the picture to the highest bidder?

3) The cop who said that they were going to look into charges on Phelps… STFU!  Are you kidding?  At best, you get him on possession of paraphernalia, nothing else.  Congratulations.  That is a ticket, and one in which he will never appear in your courtroom.  Your moment of fame has already expired.  What statement did you really think that you were making?  Quit being a publicity whore and do you damn job and catch real criminals.

4) Michael Phelps.  While I am a firm believer in deny, deny, deny, your apology went over really well.  I think that because you addressed it immediately and showed contrition,  the sponsors and advertisers are going to forgive you.  The IOC cant do anything, since the alleged event happened outside of competition and you have not failed a drug test.  You just need to keep it more undercover and low key.  You have got to know who has your interest at heart.  Not all the people you hang around are looking out for you.  I bet you don’t even have a bag man…you know, the person who is responsible for handling your bag needs and making sure to procure it in all the locations that you are going to be at.  Because, with all the heat on, you can now never be caught with it, or in your possession.

5) That was a nice ROOR bong that Michael Phelps is using… they make good bongs…so I’ve heard…

The Washington Post comments on the non-story…

According to a study cited in U.S. News & World Report last summer, 42 percent of Americans have at one time or another gotten sweetly baked on hay. No one is condoning illegal activity — or admitting any. But frankly, it’s better than drinking and driving, which is what Phelps did last time. And it’s organic!

“I’m 23 years old, and despite the successes I have had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner that people have come to expect from me,” Phelps said in a statement. “For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public — it will not happen again.”

Or, as David St. Hubbins says in “This Is Spinal Tap,” “I’m sure I would be more upset if I wasn’t so heavily sedated.”

We already knew that when Phelps breaks training, he means business. After he won six gold medals at the 2004 Athens Games, he was caught driving under the influence after a party in Maryland. When he’s in his competitive season, he swims for five hours a day, every day, 50 miles of laps in a week. When he’s on vacation — well. What did we think he was going to binge on this time, after winning an all-time-record eight gold medals in Beijing? Triscuits?

Now this is a story, because this dude is stupid

but Phelps is not a story…

UPDATE: Obama finally makes a change….

what do Micheal Phelps, President Obama and the DEA have in common? They recently have talked about this plant…

If you guessed marijuana, then give yourself a blunt a joint a bowl a cookie… One of the promises that President Obama made was that the DEA would get out of the raiding pot shops. The States have spoken, and the government has better things to do with its time, than stand around and bust businesses WHO ARE FREAKING PAYING TAXES AND PROVIDING JOBS!  This is a legal business operation, who provides jobs in the communities and pay taxes.  This isnt Nino Brown and the CMB crew.

There is no Pookie who is hooked on phonics the rock…

I am crying because this is all the rock I have left!!! Can you spare some baking soda and some cinnamon, so I can make some more rocks?

I am crying because this is all the rock I have left!!! Can you spare some baking soda and some cinnamon, so I can make some more rocks?

This is an issue that really should not be an issue.  Marijuana is not harmful, the government knows it, yet they continue to press forward on this failed War on Drugs that is utilizing funds that can be put to use on pressing issues, like job creation and infrastructure repair.

Instead, we are spending our tax dollars on this

Try, try again, if you keep missing seems to be the message.  Which is positive, until you look at the cost.

Try, try again, if you keep missing seems to be the message. Which is positive, until you look at the cost.

Now I think that raiding a licensed dispensary would not need all of this, unless you are going for the intimidation argument, which this would win.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

DEA continues pot raids Obama opposes

Stephen Dinan and Ben Conery, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Drug Enforcement Administration agents this week raided four medical marijuana shops in California, contrary to President Obama’s campaign promises to stop the raids.

The White House said it expects those kinds of raids to end once Mr. Obama nominates someone to take charge of DEA, which is still run by Bush administration holdovers.

“The president believes that federal resources should not be used to circumvent state laws, and as he continues to appoint senior leadership to fill out the ranks of the federal government, he expects them to review their policies with that in mind,” White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said.

Medical use of marijuana is legal under the law in California and a dozen other states, but the federal government under President Bush, bolstered by a 2005 Supreme Court ruling, argued that federal interests trumped state law.

Dogged by marijuana advocates throughout the campaign, Mr. Obama repeatedly said he was opposed to using the federal government to raid medical marijuana shops, particularly because it was an infringement on states’ decisions.

“I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue,” Mr. Obama told the Mail Tribune newspaper in Oregon in March, during the Democratic primary campaign.

He told the newspaper the “basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs prescribed by doctors, I think that’s entirely appropriate.”

Mr. Obama is still filling key law enforcement posts. For now, DEA is run by acting Administrator Michele Leonhart, a Bush appointee.

Special Agent Sarah Pullen of the DEA’s Los Angeles office said agents raided four marijuana dispensaries about noon Tuesday. Two were in Venice and one each was in Marina Del Rey and Playa Del Ray — all in the Los Angeles area.

A man who answered the phone at Marina Caregivers in Marina Del Rey said his shop was the target of a raid but declined to elaborate, saying the shop was just trying to get back to operating.

Agent Pullen said the four raids seized $10,000 in cash and 224 kilograms of marijuana and marijuana-laced food, such as cookies. No one was arrested, she said, but the raid is part of an ongoing investigation seeking to trace the marijuana back to its suppliers or source.

She said agents have conducted 30 or 40 similar raids in the past several years, many of which resulted in prosecutions.

“It’s clear that the DEA is showing no respect for President Obama’s campaign promises,” said Dan Bernath, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, which advocates for medical marijuana and for decriminalizing the drug.

California allows patients whose doctors prescribe marijuana to use the drug. The state has set up a registry to allow patients to obtain cards allowing them to possess, grow, transport and use marijuana.

Kris Hermes of Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana advocacy group in California, called the raids an attempt to undermine state law and said they were apparently conducted without the knowledge of Los Angeles city or police officials.

He said the DEA has raided five medical marijuana dispensaries in the state since Mr. Obama was inaugurated and that the first took place on Jan. 22 in South Lake Tahoe.

“President Obama needs to keep a promise he made, not just in one campaign stop, but in multiple speeches that he would not be spending Justice Department funds on these kinds of raids,” Mr. Hermes said. “We do want to give him a little bit of leeway, but at the same time we’re expecting him to stop this egregious enforcement policy that is continuing into his presidency.”

He said he is aware that Mr. Obama has not installed his own DEA chief but that new Attorney General “Eric Holder can still suspend these types of operations.”

The Justice Department referred questions to the White House.

President Obama, you are in charge now.  you can get this done.  With your help, this can be a positive move to help the CA economy and help schools like Richmond-Kennedy not close down.  This is a waste of money for something that isn’t that serious.  If this were crack, cocaine, opium or heroin, then yes, we need to be vigilant against that.  Addiction, or gateway drug arguments are not proven.  You know how your crew gets down… Look at the scene of the crime, victory