Go into any strip mall “pain clinic” and grab a bottle of Oxycontin. Wander into a corner liquor store and grab a few bottles of Everclear and a pack of cigarettes. Load up on McDonald’s and Burger King until your heart explodes. All of that is fine. Meanwhile, controversy continues over the sale of a readily available, easily grown plant of proven medical benefit. A that law stands against the wishes of a majority of the populace is an unjust law.
In the latest act in the ongoing drama pitting federal drug laws against state legislation permitting the sale of marijuana, a U.S. Attorney is threatening the landlords housing medical marijuana dispensaries with 40 years in federal prison. After ballot measures legalizing the sale and possession of recreational use pot passed in Colorado and Washington state, we wondered whether Obama’s second term would see the beginning of the end of the federal war on drugs.
But as the San Jose crackdown among others suggests, the Justice Department will not be backing down.