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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 11:03 PM

 

In California, It's U.S. vs. State Over Marijuana

By ADAM NAGOURNEY
The New York Times
January 14, 2013

STOCKTON, Calif. - Matthew R. Davies graduated from college with a master's degree in business and a taste for enterprise, working in real estate, restaurants and mobile home parks before seizing on what he saw as uncharted territory with a vast potential for profits - medical marijuana.

He brought graduate-level business skills to a world decidedly operating in the shadows. He hired accountants, compliance lawyers, managers, a staff of 75 and a payroll firm. He paid California sales tax and filed for state and local business permits.

But in a case that highlights the growing clash between the federal government and those states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use, the United States Justice Department indicted Mr. Davies six months ago on charges of cultivating marijuana, after raiding two dispensaries and a warehouse filled with nearly 2,000 marijuana plants.

The United States attorney for the Eastern District of California, Benjamin B. Wagner, a 2009 Obama appointee, wants Mr. Davies to agree to a plea that includes a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, calling the case a straightforward prosecution of "one of the most significant commercial marijuana traffickers to be prosecuted in this district."

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/us/14pot.html

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UnrepentantLiberal Jan 2013 OP
pipoman Jan 2013 #1
socialindependocrat Jan 2013 #2
Uncle Joe Jan 2013 #3
socialindependocrat Jan 2013 #5
bemildred Jan 2013 #4

Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 11:27 PM

1. interesting times they are

what are they going to do when coffee shops and reefer markets begin opening in WA and CO...hell I heard there are people selling pot openly to anyone on craigs list now in Colorado..

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 11:49 PM

2. Why don't they just ask for a supreme court ruling on state vs federal

This is such a stupid thing to do.

They mess with a small business person when they should argue the rights in court.

We now have three states and more to come.
Tax the stuff
Release those people incarserated - make room in the prisons

Let's get this crap resolved and get on with life!

Assholes!

We elect these people to do the best for the American people and all they do is mess up everyone's lives...

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Response to socialindependocrat (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:12 AM

3. It is a stupid waste of the federal government's time, energy and resources

especially when so many other critical needs are being unmet.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:28 AM

5. You're right, Joe. I think what happens is this...

Each agency wants to appear productive and assigns tasks that are under their control.

We have a federal law that says - no pot sales - and they go for it

It is a disconnect between the feds, who say, abide by the fed law
and the states, who say, we made our own law
and they're too stupid to decide which law should stand - turf wars.

Actually nobody should open a dispensary until this is decided - short term resolution.

Congress needs to decide whether states can make laws or not.

From We The People's perspective - They're crazier than bat shit!

As you said - It's one place to cut back on misspent tax dollars

The thing I don't get is - How can congress appear to be so stupid and still expect to get elected next time around? Maybe because we don't have an organized way to point out the raging stupidity in a way that really pisses people off.

We enflame people here on DU but where does it go from here?

Personally, I write letters. I try to write them with cartoon logic - I try to phrase things in a way that you just can't help seeing the stupidity of the situation. I've seen some things changed after I write but maybe a lot go in the trash. I have seen some things change...

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 08:26 AM

4. Hey Ben, pound sand. nt

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