On Oct. 19, 2009, Deputy Attorney General David Ogden released a memo that instructed the Department of Justice not to focus federal resources "on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana."...
As long as the guy's business did not involve transport of drugs across the state line, the federal government has no business interfering. The feds have exagerated the interstate commerce clause of the constitution far beyond its actual meaning. It, along with the 10th amendment which specifies that powers not granted by the constitution to the feds mean that most of their drug laws are technically unconstitutional. There is no way I'd give this guy a guilty vote if I was on his jury unless they could prove to me that he transported drugs across a state line as part of his business. Plus: what about equal protection under the law. Why treat him any different than any other dispensary business?
Like a lot of Californians, Stockton businessman Matt Davies, 34, expected that when Barack Obama was elected in 2008, the new administration would not prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries operating under a law passed by California voters in 1996. After all, as a candidate, Obama contended that he saw federal enforcement against medical marijuana as a waste of resources.
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