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Message to Feds: Stop Medical Marijuana Crackdown

State Sen. Mark Leno calls for an end to federal attacks on pot collectives.

As federal prosecutors step up efforts to close marijuana facilities across the state, State Sen. Mark Leno is calling for an end to the attacks.

Leno, who represents Novato in the state Legislature, and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano will hold a press conference Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. at the California state building in San Francisco calling for federal agents to stop the crackdown on medical marijuana facilities throughout the state.

According to a story in the Marinscope Newspapers, two collectives in Novato are attempting to work with the city to stay open despite receiving cease-and-desist letters.

The in Fairfax, one of the first and only legally-permitted facilities in the state, . The dispensary has also been facing a legal battle against the IRS, which argued the business isn't allowed to take any tax write-offs - making them liable for $1 million in back taxes.

According to The Marin Independent Journal, Lynette Shaw, owner of the Marin Alliance, will also be joining an effort to put an initiative on the November 2012 ballot to require marijuana to be regulated similarly to wine.

Do you think marijuana should be legalized? Do you think the U.S. attorneys should crackdown on medical marijuana facilities?

Thomas October 19, 2011 at 05:37 PM
The medical benefits of MJ are not questionable. There is plenty of real medical science research that validates its use in certain circumstances. Having had a friend who suffered from cancer, it was the really only thing that kept the nausea from chemotherapy at bay and allowed him to take in food and keep his weight from plummeting terribly, which happened anyway but at least was managed. Nothing else worked for him. I supported Prop 215 for medical need. However saying that, the menace of abuse of Prop 215 by people making money off of it and those fraudulently getting medical passes to use it as a recreational drug is problematic, and sad in that it negatively casts light on a law that was put in place for people that truly need it. These are issues that should be delineated properly. If you are for recreational use of MJ, then that is one thing, with it's own set of activism and realities. If you are a proponent of 215 and clubs for it, then that is another issue which the Fed coming in and breaking up for Californians is certainly a problem. However how many "collectives" are really needed for real 215 users?
Cindy October 19, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Our government wastes far too much money, and time on prosecuting and combating marijuana, time to legalize, regulate, tax and release the people who are in prisons for first offense marijuana crimes, that will save our country millions! Take the profit away from the gigantic drug cartels, this will stop a lot of criminal issues with Mexico as well.
Malcolm Kyle October 19, 2011 at 08:01 PM
The illegal drug trade is now estimated to be somewhere in the region of $400 billion a year ( equal to the defense budget ). This "former land of the free" arrests 1.5 million of it's citizens a year for drug law violations, half for marijuana alone, The majority of the 2.2 million inmates in the USA are incarcerated because of this insane drug war (Prohibition 2) at a staggering cost to all taxpayers and trauma to their families. Prisons have been filled to capacity. Violent criminals, murderers, rapists and child molesters are released early to create space for these so called drug offenders. Half of court trial time and also a huge chunk of police officers time is pointlessly wasted. Enormous untaxed profits from illegal drugs fund multi-national criminal empires which bribe law enforcement authorities and spread corruption faster than a raging bush fire. These laws take violent criminals and turn them into multi-billionaires whilst corrupting even entire countries such as Columbia, Panama, Mexico and Afghanistan. The extreme violence on and south of the border is drug gangs fighting for turf in this lucrative business. The drug laws are also funding the Taliban whose illegal opium profits allow it to buy weapons and pay it's fighters more than $300 a month, compared with the $14 paid to an Afghan policemen. Protect our Children; Legalize, Regulate & Tax!
Don October 19, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Cannabis is a medical miracle waiting to be fully utilized. It has been proven to kill cancer cells in lab tests without harming the healthy cells present. http://www.gsalternative.com/2010/05/cannabinoids-kill-cancer/ Dave Triplett (and others) have used cannabis oil (topically) to cure melanoma as he shows in this short movie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tghUh4ubbg Rick Simpson from Canada, who discovered the cannabis oil treatment, said he has seen hundreds of people over a period of six or seven years, including a number of stage 4 cancer patients. 70% of the stage 4 folks recovered, many of whom had been told by their doctors that there was nothing else to be done, and they should go home and get their affairs in order. The “Run From The Cure” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0psJhQHk_GI “What If Cannabis Killed Cancer?” www.marijuanamovie.org Please sign one or more of the White House petitions regarding the cannabis prohibition, go to this link: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petitions Select the drop-down menu for ‘search’, (on the little gray banner), type in the word ‘cannabis’, and you can review and sign a number of petitions. President Obama could easily reschedule cannabis out of CSA schedule 1 by executive order. The prohibition on cannabis has been far more costly than just the tax dollars and lives ruined by incarceration. People are dying for lack of a cancer cure, and one seems to be clearly within reach.
Kevin October 19, 2011 at 08:29 PM
Thank you for posting Don!!
Kathy October 19, 2011 at 10:02 PM
It amazes me all the money we waste on policing marijuana.How many people could we feed with this money? How many hoses could be built for the needy? how many good things could be done? We spend thirty thousand a year to keep someone in jail for this. It really doesn't matter what you think.In now way can this be stopped. It's time to wake up. We need to tax it at the city, state and federal level. Marijuana will be bought and sold weather anyone agrees or dis agrees with it. If it isn't legalized it simply drives the price up on the black market and the drug cartels get to keep all the money. How many people are helped when the cartels get all the money? Imagine if it was taxed...just slow down and think about it. A drug prescribed by a licensed physician sold in a licensed safe environment. No crime....A patient in need is helped and the city, state and federal government all get a piece of the pie. Also....think about all the tax money saved with no more raids on people that are simply trying to make a living helping others. Look this up...Did you know that during prohibition that congress would receive regular deliveries of moon shine and alcohol. It's time to let the people decide. Telling people what they can and can't do sounds more like a dictatorship than a democracy.
Jack Haugen October 19, 2011 at 10:45 PM
I think that it is a shame that so many people feel the need to get high. I have seen how it effects people in the construction industry and it seems (for the most part, there are exceptions) to have a negative effect on peoples lives that use it. They just seem to not have any drive and they do dumb things. I just can't cosign this as acceptable for recreational use.
Sylvia Barry October 19, 2011 at 11:36 PM
I am not interested in anything that a person might build a dependency on involuntarily, including pain medicine a doctor prescribes. Throughout my adult life, my doctors have prescribed enough of those just in case, and which I mostly flushed away. So that's where I stand on this. But either way, here is an interesting article about taxing Medical Marijuana and you can see how profitable those places are. http://articles.sfgate.com/2011-10-04/news/30245997_1
Kevin Matthews October 19, 2011 at 11:50 PM
It's more about drug laws make no sense and are inherently dysfunctional. All drug laws ever really accomplish is a huge tax bill and the mass production of criminals.
Robert J. Cleek October 20, 2011 at 12:37 AM
If cannabis weren't controlled by the government, a multi-billion dollar retail industry would cease to exist, thousands of enforcement jobs would be lost and millions in federal subsidies to local governments would evaporate, the underground criminal economies of various neighboring nations would suffer tremendously, and parents would have to bear the responsibility of teaching and supervising their own children about the dangers of substance abuse. We certainly can't let that happen in a civilized society.
Bob October 20, 2011 at 01:35 AM
I agree Cindy, making marijuana legal to grow and possess would reduce the value of it. If the average person could grow it there would not be enough profit for the drug dealers and cartels to be fighting over it. I think existing laws would cover driving while impaired, and laws could control possession by minors and individuals selling it. Most teenagers will tell you that they can buy dope easier than they can buy alcohol so that wouldn't be any different. It seems overkill that the feds classify marijuana as a class I drug, the same as heroine.
Cindy October 20, 2011 at 01:42 AM
The FBI and drug enforcement people will also tell you that people under the influence of marijuana do not commit violent crimes, and for the most part are not offenders in anyway other than smoking it. Of course they wouldn't say this on the record because they could lose their jobs, but people who partake just want to relax and/or relieve pain. When you consider all the other crimes that law enforcement should be concentrating on, doesn't it just make "common sense" to legalize. But then who ever accused our government of "common sense"........
Bob October 20, 2011 at 01:52 AM
I saw a documentary on TV where a native American tribe was trying to get the Feds to let them plant industrial hemp to support the tribe. The tribe had buyers and planted the crop. The hemp had almost none of the active ingredient of marijuana, I think it is THC, Just before harvest, the Feds came in and cut down the crop and hauled it off and destroyed it. Someone in Congress needs to pull their head out of their butt and apply some common sense.
Susan Clark October 20, 2011 at 02:02 AM
It has been proven in habitual Marijuna smokers it kills off brains cells permanently.
Cindy October 20, 2011 at 02:10 AM
Susan, what do you think alcohol does in habitual users and perscription drugs in habitual use and even over the counter medication in habitual use , oh guess what there have even been studies of brain cell loss in habitual use and high doses of certain vitamin supplements, the point here is "habitual use".
Bob October 20, 2011 at 02:13 AM
Susan, there has been very little study of marijuana because the Feds won't allow it. As I recall, Dr. Dean Edell mentioned on his past radio show, for some unknown reason, marijuana does not have the ill effects of common tobacco. I have not heard that it kills brain cells. If you have a source for that information would you please share it.
Susan Clark October 20, 2011 at 04:38 AM
ha·bit·u·al  [huh-bich-oo-uhl] Show IPA adjective 1. of the nature of a habit; fixed by or resulting from habit: habitual courtesy. 2. being such by habit: a habitual gossip. 3. commonly used, followed, observed, etc., as by a particular person; customary: She took her habitual place at the table.
Susan Clark October 20, 2011 at 05:01 AM
Bob, it was televised in comercials while growing up in the 70's and that message stuck in my head. I think most under rate marijuana and the chemicals it can be laced with for a more intense high. Growing up, I recall quit a few classmates who regularly smoked pot not having much drive and never finishing high school. while i'm not oposed to it being perscribed as a drug for pain, I am oposed to legalizing it for recreational use. Just because the state can make lots of money legalizing it doesn't make it right.
Sylvia Barry October 20, 2011 at 05:13 AM
From Derek Wilson, a cancer survivor and Larkspur-Corte Madera Patch Reporter: http://novato.patch.com/articles/is-pot-really-a-wonderdrug
Conservative Christian October 20, 2011 at 01:46 PM
Hard to get, like alcohol. Are we in agreement?
Conservative Christian October 20, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Minors SHOULD have access to marijuana if their doctor recommends it. Let's not put politics and politicians between people and their health.
Conservative Christian October 20, 2011 at 01:48 PM
Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana. If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let's put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let's let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards. You can email your Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml to discuss HR 2306, the bill that would repeal Federal prohibition. And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of America! Here's one way that IT IS REALLY WORKING: Arresting the criminals and collecting a fee from registered growers (and bringing in thousands of dollars to support the county budget); what a great plan! This is the way to build a better America! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/2011/07/the-pot-republic-one-sheriffs-quietly-radical-experiment.html
Novato Chess Club October 20, 2011 at 02:54 PM
This is the stupid, anyone who interacts with young people know a license to smoke is the last thing we need---But if people are stupid enough to condemn their children to a valueless society---then so be it--
Jack Haugen October 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM
You all have changed my mind. What the he'll do I care. It should be treated just like alcohol. The people that want to drink can and the abusers will have to deal the consequences, it should be the same with pot users. Although this charade with medical shops should end. Sell it like alcohol, with the same regulations. My biggest concern was having un-motivated pot heads working in my industry. We will just have to deal with the same way we deal alcoholics. Just so you all know the biggest turning point for me was the law enforcement that is spent on this issue both in and out of the USA. You want to get high, go for it, but don't pretend that theses shops are for medical use only, mostly they are used for people wanting to high and not wanting to buy from drug dealers.
Joey October 22, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Suzan marijuana does not kill braincells whatsoever, if your going to comment please educate yourself. Not to be rude but you need to pipe down until you know what your talking about. There is nothing wrong with having an opinion, but there are enough morons spouting the old boogie man stories from decades ago, we don't need anymore uninformed propaganda involving this issue.
LP October 22, 2011 at 04:50 PM
I am not a supporter of marijuana, because I have seen the negative side effects of abuse. I would like to hear from supporters how we are going to regulate it. Like alcohol, how much is too much? How do we decide when a person is abusing it? If I sit next to a person drinking I don't get a contact high, where are people going to be allowed to smoke? Do we have regulations like cigarettes? And is there any evidence to suggest that it will lead to lung problems like cigarettes? Do employers need to add to their regulations that there is no drinking or pot smoking while on duty? When you start asking questions like these maybe that's why it hasn't been legalized. There's so much more to think about then just getting high.
DALSF October 23, 2011 at 08:56 PM
As I see it, any addiction starts with people who lack self-discipline, which would be most of us. Also, marketing professionals are paid billions to convince us to buy stuff we don't need -- that also includes professionals marketing "legal" drugs. Most destructive legal "drug" on the planet is probably cigarettes. Cost bilions with health issues and cleanups (78 trillion butts per year in our water). Next, maybe sugar: due to sugar (as in Coca Cola, candy, ice cream) a close friend has had heart bypasses and has degenerative bone issues which will necessitate serious surgery. Has she stopped eating sugar. Nope! Third is probably all the prescriptions your doctors give you that you don't really need. An associate needed to be weaned off of Ativan/Vicodin after a year 'cause she liked the high and thought it safe 'cause her doctor prescribed it. She literally had to detox in the hospital. NUTS! ANYTHING, including marijuana can be abused. Marijuana is sometimes cut with things like PCP unbeknownst to the inbiber. THAT is a rough trip. Also, if you want to know WHO is buying from the "legal" pharmacies, stand outside a couple of the facilities -- positively scary! Also quite dangerous to self and others: Drunk drivers. Then there's the athletes: I know a long-distance runner who has had operations because the cross-country running trashed his hip/knee joints. Trashing your health from anything at all is an addiction.
DALSF October 23, 2011 at 09:23 PM
A note for Susan: It is proven that living kills brain cells. So does alcohol, cocaine, stress, ongoing bad diet, too much alcohol, methamphetamines (severe to permanent brain damage), strokes, ptsd, lack of exercise, chemotherapy, SMOKING CIGARETTES (among the 600 chemical additives found in the average cigarette are arsenic, lead, formaldehyde, ammonia, and the pesticide benzene --WHY are these legal?), pesticides, air pollution (on the level of Mexico City), radiation treatment, etc. Again, the issue is the user, not necessarily the substance. Anything can be abused.
Susan Clark October 23, 2011 at 10:10 PM
@DALFS: True, but how many of what you mention leave you too impaired to drive, a danger to others? That's were the problem is - another drug legalized for recreational use that can have life changing effects on those who cross paths with them.
Susan Clark October 23, 2011 at 10:17 PM
@Joey: Why so upset? sounds like I pressed a wrong button. perhaps a pot smokers button? I think your comments are angry and rude. My opinions aren't propagnada...LOL

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