As We See It: The Real Criminals
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As We See It: The Real Criminals
Posted by CN Staff on October 25, 2009 at 05:49:49 PT
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Santa Cruz -- On balance, the Obama administration did the right thing in living up to a pledge to end the crackdown on the medical use of marijuana.We say "on balance," because the potential for going beyond this -- de facto legalization of pot -- remains a concern and very much unresolved. Of course, in many areas of California including Santa Cruz, personal use of marijuana is already tolerated.
We have strong doubts that the "war on drugs" can be won. One major problem is the selective enforcement of laws, since a rapidly declining minority of Americans believe someone smoking marijuana should face criminal charges.Our problem is more with the illegal distribution and sale of drugs by criminal enterprises such as the Mexican drug cartels, which Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledged Monday in his memo calling off the raids on medical pot dispensaries and prosecutions of sick people caught with marijuana. On Thursday, Holder announced that more than 300 people were arrested, including two dozen across California, as part of a national crackdown by federal drug agents of the violent Mexican drug cartel La Familia.That's where the attention should be focused -- not on medical marijuana providers and users.Santa Cruz has been one of the key spots in the 14 states that allow for some sort of medical marijuana use.The leaders of the local medical pot movement, Valerie and Michael Corral of the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana WAMM, were targets of Bush administration raids, in a campaign to enforce federal laws that restrict the use of marijuana.In 1996, California was the first state to go its own way on medical marijuana, after voters passed a measure allowing ill people to have access to regulated marijuana. WAMM later sued the federal government, with the lawsuit backed by the city of Santa Cruz and the county, over what the organization said is selective enforcement of drug laws.Santa Cruz has two other medical pot dispensaries, both in the Harvey West area. The city has not reported any complaints over their operations. Nevertheless, the city earlier this year put into effect a moratorium on new pot dispensaries, not wanting to move too quickly into smoke-shrouded waters.The feds should be commended for putting their attention and resources where they should be -- not with sick people toking up, but with real drug criminals.Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel (CA)Published: October 25, 2009Copyright: 2009 Santa Cruz SentinelContact: editorial santa-cruz.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on October 25, 2009 at 07:08:40 PT
A statement issued from G.W. Bush;
I find that smoking the ol' "giggle weed" can be very dangerous, fer instance, when I was once watching a ball game and smoking a sticky fatty, I got the munchies so bad I polished off a whole family sized bag of pretzels. I got cotton mouth so bad I sucked down a "Old English Forty"! Shouldn't have done that! I took a pull off of that fatty, and a hit of beer, when I tried to stand up I did a face plant on the rug. That is how I got this here rug burn on my face. I got rug burns on my butt too but I won't tell you how I got that!
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