Times Of No Dope- Open Thread

I seem to remember that shortly after the President took office in 2009 he directed the federal government not to interfere with state sanctioned medical marijuana laws and for a while they didn't. 
 

Then in 2011 that changed. A memo was drafted and policy was changed, dispensaries became fair game and the raids began. The president reasoned that he hadn't really broken his promise as they weren't going after or prosecuting patients, but where are the patients going to get their medicine Mr. president? And why? 

 

Why do this?

 

 

Marriage equality is a states rights issue, but this isn't? 

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Good morning.

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So many people are being hurt by the holier than thou in the Obama Administration/DOJ.  It truly is heartbreaking.

Why are they doing this?  Drug companies aren't making enough money so they're demanding the DOJ take these actions? 

And wtf is up with this?  It's just not fair.

At his trial, Williams was prevented from invoking his compliance with state law as a defense against the federal charges. As a result, the jury heard a partial, and profoundly distorted version of Chris' story -- and on this basis convicted him on eight counts, which carry a mandatory minimum of more than 80 years in prison.

Not able to invoke compliance with state law?  Again, wtf? If it weren't for the state law, he wouldn't have been growing medical marijuana like that in the first place.

His treatment was outrageous.  And all the people now suffering because they can't get access to the very thing they need to make them feel better.

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And so--by extension they ARE going after

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the patients. Have you ever noticed that when the President is questioned on this he'll start out by saying something like--well, look...--that's to cue you that what follows is going to be him kind of leveling with you and hey, let's be reasonable here. Then he says something like- we're not going after the patients, which isn't very reasonable at all because it leaves unsaid--we're just depriving them of access to their medicine and punishing their supplier to put the fera of God into anybody else thinking of supplying them, no worries.

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These aren't criminals

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These are people who are following the laws their state enacted and their lives are being destoyed. They're now fodder for the prison industrial complex. I guess Unicor needed another 23 cent an hour worker. Fuck this noise.

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Kickstarter Project

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We need your help to update CODE OF THE WEST and bring these stories to a national audience.

Kickstarter:  CODE OF THE WEST documentary about medical marijuana

 

We’re raising more than $30,000 on Kickstarter to help us build on this omentum and use the film to fight for sensible drug policy reform so that medical marijuana growers like Chris Williams never have to face an 80+ year prison sentence again.

 

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2. Work with our current partner organizations, as well as engage additional organizations and influencers, in order to build the grassroots campaign to reform these failed drug policies and bring the film to cities and towns across America in 2013.

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Going way off topic here, I find this to be Highlarious

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The 7 strangest details of the David Petraeus affair

I'm guessing Jill is now sorry she contacted her friend who's an FBI agent who sent her shirtless pictures of himself.
 

4. The Kelleys bankrupted their sketchy cancer charity Jill Kelley and her cancer-surgeon husband, Scott, spent their way into Tampa society by throwing lavish parties for military leaders and visiting with dignitaries at their mansion on swanky Bayshore Boulevard. That house was also the listed headquarters for the Doctor Kelley Cancer Foundation, an apparently short-lived charity they founded in 2007 "exclusively to conduct cancer research and to grant wishes to terminally ill adult cancer patients." To put it mildly, "it appears that the charity fell far short of ts mission," say Jason Cherkis and Christina Wilkie at The Huffington Post. "By the end of 2007, the charity had gone bankrupt, having conveniently spent exactly the same amount of money, $157,284, as it started with — not a dollar more" — on such things as "meals and entertainment" ($43,317), "travel" ($38,610), legal fees ($25,013), office expenses and supplies ($12,807), "automotive expenses" ($8,822), and utilities and telephones ($7,854). The couple also faces millions in lawsuits from banks for not paying mortgages on property they own and credit card debt.

 

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