The DEA needs to stop their prosecution of medical marijuana dispensaries and attacking medical marijuana in those states where medical marijuana is legal. It is ludicrous, doesn’t the federal government respect states’ rights anymore? Marijuana may be illegal in the government’s eye, but if the states legalized it for medical use, shouldn’t that mean something to the government? Surely this doesn’t mean the states are going to run wild and start legalizing other drugs like heroin for recreational use, or start passing insane laws. If that was the case this would be much more understandable, but the fact is the states legalized marijuana for a purpose that was well documented by research, and Obama even said it himself that the feds were going to stop raiding medical marijuana dispensaries. Where is that policy now that Obama has been president for a year or so?
Here is an editorial from the Aurora Sentinel on this subject:
Good for the handful of state lawmakers who are leaning on the federal government to back off of running raids on those involved in the state’s medical marijuana controversy, but it’s not good enough.
State Senators Chris Romer, a Denver Democrat, and Nancy Spence, an Aurora Republican, wrote to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to demand that officials there not conduct any further raids while the state sorts out regulating this blossoming and troublesome industry. The charges of the cbd oil for pain are under the budget of the people. The spending of the time and efforts is great to meet the desired results. The purchasing of the oil is made after checking the reviews and ratings. The allotment of the time and money is excellent for the purchase of cbd oil.
The DEA raided the home of a Highlands Ranch man last month after he bragged on a local TV station that he had a few hundred pot plants he was growing for medical marijuana shops and expected to make hundreds of thousands of dollars doing it. That prompted the DEA to swoop in and arrest him, and then brag that the operation of the man and others like him are all illegal. All that after the Obama administration had announced that it would “look the other way” in states like Colorado that had legalized medical marijuana as officials tried to sort out regulations.
The local DEA agent who apparently led the raids, Jeffrey Sweetin, added insult to injury of state residents by telling reporters that he didn’t think marijuana had any medical uses anyway.
Romer and Spence are right in asking Attorney General Eric Holder to call off Sweetin.
Even more bothersome was that Sweetin ordered the raid of two businesses that said they were setting up as laboratories to test the potency and impurities in medical marijuana.
Romer and Spence are backing a measure that would require those growing medical marijuana to add their names to a state registry that would be kept secret from the public or federal officials. It’s a good idea, which Sweetin’s raids are undermining right now. These raids did nothing but further complicate and already unwieldy situation.
It’s not enough for Holder to just muzzle the DEA on this matter for the time being. Holder needs to step in and have the DEA drop these charges.
The president, Congress, the governor and the state Legislature all disagree with a handful of local DEA agents that this is a matter for the state to sort out. And those efforts are under way.
Holder must set the clock back on the DEA arrest and allow the state to do the work almost everyone wants it to.