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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:43 PM

Calif. marijuana dispensary owner gets 10 years on federal charges

A federal court Monday sentenced a California man to ten years in prison for doing something that’s legal in his state. Aaron Sandusky was convicted in October on federal charges of distributing marijuana — he is one of four defendants in the United States who have faced federal prosecutors over medical marijuana dispensaries in states where medical marijuana is legal.

Sandusky, 42, ran three dispensaries in Southern California’s Inland Empire area. Medical marijuana dispensaries have been legal according to California state law since 1996.

According to reports, Sandusky told the courtroom Monday, “I want to apologize to those with me and their families who have been victimized by the federal government who has not recognized the voters of this state.”

Sandusky’s case, like a handful of others in California and one in Montana, highlights some of the harshest fallout to come of the ongoing conflict between federal and state marijuana law. As the AP reported, “California’s four federal prosecutors launched a coordinated crackdown on the state’s medical marijuana industry in 2011 by threatening landlords with property forfeiture actions. Since then, hundreds of pots shops have gone out of business.”


http://www.salon.com/2013/01/08/calif_marijuana_dispensary_owner_gets_10_years_on_federal_charges/

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Reply Calif. marijuana dispensary owner gets 10 years on federal charges (Original post)
Redfairen Jan 2013 OP
madville Jan 2013 #1
TeamPooka Jan 2013 #2
samsingh Jan 2013 #3
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2013 #4
Romulox Jan 2013 #5
forestpath Jan 2013 #6
Politicalboi Jan 2013 #7
valerief Jan 2013 #8
Comrade Grumpy Jan 2013 #9
raouldukelives Jan 2013 #10
OnyxCollie Jan 2013 #11
tblue Jan 2013 #14
OnyxCollie Jan 2013 #15
Garion_55 Jan 2013 #12
another_liberal Jan 2013 #18
progressoid Jan 2013 #13
frylock Jan 2013 #16
Festivito Jan 2013 #17
RILib Jan 2013 #19
Comrade Grumpy Jan 2013 #20
Mr.Bill Jan 2013 #27
RILib Jan 2013 #28
cyberswede Jan 2013 #30
Comrade Grumpy Jan 2013 #33
GodlessBiker Jan 2013 #21
Freddie Stubbs Jan 2013 #22
randome Jan 2013 #23
SomethingFishy Jan 2013 #31
Comrade Grumpy Jan 2013 #34
Jeevus Jan 2013 #24
Mr.Bill Jan 2013 #25
SomethingFishy Jan 2013 #32
Upton Jan 2013 #37
SHRED Jan 2013 #26
RainDog Jan 2013 #29
Upton Jan 2013 #35
Warren DeMontague Jan 2013 #36
Kurovski Jan 2013 #38
RedCappedBandit Jan 2013 #39
grahamhgreen Jan 2013 #40

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:56 PM

1. I think it should be legal and sold to any adult

But it's not very surprising when the federal government convicts people of violating federal law, state law is meaningless at that level.

It's not just WOD either, it's all state rights/federal power arguments. Gun laws, environmental regulations, fisheries, healthcare, taxes, etc. Either the federal government is the law of the land or it isn't but its kind of an all or nothing kind of power which is dangerous.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:58 PM

2. Prohibition is a failed public policy...

Legalizing cannabis turns a money pool controlled by cartels into a stream of jobs, taxes and revenue that benefit all citizens.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:04 PM

3. outrageous

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:08 PM

4. And the Banksters roam free. nt

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:11 PM

5. Obama's Department of "Justice" did this. nt

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:12 PM

6. It's great that Obama's DOJ doesn't have anything better to do.

 

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:13 PM

7. How is this fair

We still have shops open and doing business here in Ca. If these shops pay federal taxes, how can the feds bust them? Or how can the feds take the money of organizations they feel are shady. I hate hearing about this shit.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:22 PM

8. They've got the WRONG Sandusky. nt

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:25 PM

9. I tend not to vote for people who want to throw me in prison.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:30 PM

10. See, he should have just started an investment bank.

Then he could have profited from laundering money for Mexican drug cartels and doing business with Iran and it would only be a fine of one months profit.
He should have known that truly trying to ease the suffering of people in pain is verbotten in America. Unless of course it equals big bucks for Wall St.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:30 PM

11. Marijuana dispensaries need to buy a "Get Out of Jail Free" card

like AT&T, Goldman Sachs, and News Corp do with their bribes campaign contributions.

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Response to OnyxCollie (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:41 PM

14. The irony, huh?

It's all so upside down!

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Response to tblue (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:42 PM

15. Money talks.

Everyone else goes to jail.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:30 PM

12. time for obama to seriously step up on this issue.

So stupid.

he 'changed' on gay marriage, i figure he was always for it personally but when you can 'be' for something politically is another matter. politically obama can be for whatever the fuck he wants now. he should be for this.

stop putting people in jail for a drug war that never should have been started in the first place and only continues to the benefit of the prison industry and law enforcement budgets. its not doing the people any good which is why a war should be started, to help americans not hurt them. thats war by the government on its own people. WTF

stop already.

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Response to Garion_55 (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:59 PM

18. I'd rather . . .

If he changes his mind on anything else, I'd rather the President change his mind on using drones to murder innocent American citizens and equally innocent non-citizens. If he were to change his mind twice more, ending federal prosecution for pot would also be a good choice.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:35 PM

13. Thank god this scourge on our society has been removed.




Just in case.....




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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:51 PM

16. thanks, obama..

I know we're all a lot safer because of this.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:52 PM

17. Kinda smells like selective prosecution.

Certainly not equal considering how many dispensaries there are.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:02 PM

19. And yet constantly

 

Obama is quoted a la "Though federal law still bans both the sale and possession of marijuana, President Obama has said the federal government has “bigger fish to fry” and won’t aggressively prosecute tokers in states where its use is legal." http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/legalizing-of-marijuana-raises-health-concerns/ while the DOJ prosecutes or threatens people in states where it's legal.

I find this disconnect baffling. Why doesn't he just do what he says or say what he's actually doing. What am I missing.

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Response to RILib (Reply #19)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:08 PM

20. He's not going after the medical marijuana patients...

...just the people who provide their medicine.

Obama's words suggest a similar approach to any retail outlets that open under legalization in CO and WA.

The feds don't have the resources to persecute all patients or recreational smokers, but they can try to make some exemplary busts to scare people.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #20)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 03:31 PM

27. In California, the Feds sent letters

to all landlords renting to Marijuana dispenseries warning them that their property was going to be cofiscated if they didn't evict the dispenseries. That shut most of them down in my county.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #27)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 03:49 PM

28. same thing

 

Same thing in my state.

(Does anyone know how many replies I have to post before the DU software will let me start a thread? I'd ask in the help forum, but ah that's starting a new thread

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Response to RILib (Reply #28)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:06 PM

30. You need 10 replies

That is, 10 well thought out and erudite replies.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #27)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:32 PM

33. Yes, there is no doubt the feds are on an offensive against dispensaries.

Hundreds have been shut down in California, dozens in Colorados, and Montana has pretty much been wiped out.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:10 PM

21. A disgusting miscarriage of justice.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:13 PM

22. I'm sure that it will be different when they start selling it in WA and CO for recreational purposes

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:14 PM

23. Did he violate state law?

My PC at work is being upgraded so I'm relegated to using my phone.

A 10 year sentence is ridiculous but surely he knew the law.

May just as well post "Man forced to sell marijuana off the grid because of federal law."

Wouldn't that make as much sense?

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Response to randome (Reply #23)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:07 PM

31. He did NOT violate any state laws.

"Surely he knew the law". Yes he did, the laws of his home state, which he followed.

Many people in the past 10 years have "known the law" and unlike our California friend here, purposefully and egregiously violated the law, and were given, bonuses, golden parachutes, and cushy jobs for their "criminal activity".

Sorry "surely he knew the law" does not fly here.

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Response to randome (Reply #23)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:34 PM

34. I don't know why you keep making excuses for this crap.

Do you oppose medical marijuana? Just say so. That's understandable.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:42 PM

24. This is despicable.

OBAMA, YOU CANNOT ALLOW THIS!!!

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:53 PM

25. Those of you in WA and CO

who think you just legalized marijuana, take note.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #25)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:09 PM

32. Oh we are.

Taking many notes. Just as the Feds and all the rest of the "War on Drugs" assholes will be taking notes from us about how to tax, regulate and sell, once they all come to their fucking senses.

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Response to SomethingFishy (Reply #32)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:41 PM

37. I don't think it's going to get that far..

Obama's DOJ won't let the stores open, they'll go to court first..

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 03:26 PM

26. we need a kinder gentler form of "librul"at the top

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 03:57 PM

29. k&r

This bullshit needs to stop now.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:37 PM

35. ASA: Obama worse than Bush..

Far surpassing his predecessor George W. Bush, President Obama has conducted more than 200 SWAT-style raids on state-compliant medical marijuana businesses and has indicted more than 80 people since he took office


http://americansforsafeaccess.org/obama-administration-throwing-medical-marijuana-patients-into-federal-prison-at-unprecedented-rate

When is this going to end?

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:39 PM

36. Great. Another fine use of our tax dollars.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:15 AM

38. WTF (nt)



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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:25 AM

39. Yay, democracy!

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 01:28 AM

40. Obama must pardon this man.

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