Why are the feds cracking down on pot again?

The DEA took this picure of buds, to show us all how evil the weed is

President Obama keeps saying that marijuana isn't a big priority for his administration, and his rogue nutcase of a US Attorney in Northern California keeps making it a priority. Now the Drug Enforcement Administration, which also reports to the White House, is joining the action, going after licensed dispensaries in San Francisco and San Jose.

Maybe the feds are just trying to make sure everyone's following the rules -- except that the DEA has no jurisdiction over California law, and California laws says the dispensaries are just fine. So it's hard to imagine that this is anything other than a heavy-handed attempt to drive more pot clubs out of business.

For what? For why? And why are our US Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, not making a stink about this?


Those two questions probably share a same answer.

Posted by Matlock on May. 03, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

federal law overides state law so pot is illegal

Posted by Guest on May. 05, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

Something the local progressives advocate when it works out for them.

Posted by Matlock on May. 06, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

it's a not a big priority either way.

Rather like cracking down on pot, sit-lie or naked guys in SF, while it might not be SFPD's highest priority, those are still crimes, and the law should be enforced or it's worthless.

Progressives seem to think that if a crime is a low priority, it shuold never be prosecuted. Not so.

Posted by Guest on May. 03, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

It's not that most progressives (or in my case, dirty commies!) think that a crackdown on marijuana should be a low priority - it's that we don't think it should be a crime at all. And that notion isn't even so radical - ie, see the votes in Washington and Colorado. And since conservatives generally believe that states should have the ability to exercise their own police power over issues of crime and punishment, *not* the federal government, I'm really not seeing the issue here. I think the issue comes down to one of whether or not people actually think marijuana should be legalized - if people don't think so, that's when they support the federal raids.

Posted by HeartTenderloin on May. 04, 2013 @ 11:20 am

1) It doesn't matter that you think pot should be legal. It isn't and that law must be enforced. We cannot choose which laws we obey and which we don't have to because we disapprove of them.

2) Federal law always trumps local laws and so, as long as the Feds say pot is illegal, then the Fed's are entitled to enforce that law - it over-rides local priorities and lws.

So, vote for different Congressmen and Presidents if you want the law changed, but don't whine that just because you like to get high, that it should be legal.

Posted by Guest on May. 05, 2013 @ 2:10 am

I'll whine all I want thanks. Especially about government prosecutors because while what you said is true, it's lazy not to recognize the issue of prioritization and effective use of law enforcement resources. Particularly, since the president we elected says it shouldn't be a priority for "his" government. The Feds, perpetually whining about lack of funding, resources, etc., but, consider THIS to be a problem warranting use of those scarce resources. Really? But you support it...that's why voting doesn't really work as well as intended. I guess the original thoughts on voting assumed an informed populace with the ability of critical thinking.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 12, 2013 @ 10:56 am

I don't really give a crap either way, since it doesn't affect me.

If it brings in a lot of money in fines and stuff, I can see why governments do it though.

Otherwise it's a non issue. Nobody needs to smoke pot.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 12, 2013 @ 11:05 am

The majority voted compassionately for medical marijuana as a pharmaceutical, not for pot clubs like neighborhood bars.

Thankfully, U.S. senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are doing their jobs.

Posted by Tom Ferriole on May. 04, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

been OK. But walk down, say, Venice beach and you are constantly assaulted by guys beckoning you into pot clinics like they were a North beach strip joint.

That really gives the government little choice but to crack down.

Posted by Guest on May. 05, 2013 @ 2:15 am

To you all ;

You can't keep your children safe, nor your women. This is a lesson you will shortly learn again.

Goodbye, and good luck.

Posted by John don't give a two shits anymore about humans on May. 06, 2013 @ 9:18 am

Some of us don't call degeneracy "progress"

Posted by Guest on May. 06, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

is the fact that SFBG BFF Avalos is likewise being a complete dick when it comes to dispensaries.

Posted by GuestD on May. 07, 2013 @ 8:18 am