Thursday, April 26, 2012

OAKSTERDAM BLUNTED, BUT DC TO GO MJ GREEN


WHAT DO OBAMA, CAPONE, AND ROCKEFELLER HAVE IN COMMON?
Temecula, CA – It’s always the same with politicians but there are degrees of them. Some are stupid and rich, others are arrogant and libertine, but those who are smart and arrogant are the real threat. The third category is the ‘end run’ bunch and their plan is always to defraud the general populace of power. While all the politicians bear watching, it is this third group that you have to study or wake up one day to a freeway going through your yard. It is also this third group that the 0ne Percent call homies because the 0ne Percent are ‘end run’ types. While many in So Cali wonder why Bo is cracking down on pot in the state, a move coming soon to Colorado, this report will show that Obama is just taking a page from past masters of business manipulation.

For those who question how Barack could be a stoner in college, run on promises of leaving MMJ pot legal in states who legislate it, then throw those folks under the bus after the election, the answer is historically simple. Obama isn’t hard-hearted and unsympathetic. He is simply following a page from the playbook of Standard Oil and John D. Rockefeller, its founder. Or perhaps more closer to home, he is basically doing an Al Capone number on the mass population of stoners, laughing up his sleeve at them and figuring he still has their vote by saying he may consider some debate on the subject. At last count, most if not all of the MMJ talking heads that I know were still going to vote for Obama a second time, using the excuse that he needs a second term to do anything, blaming the tea party/Republican racism.

While there is no question that Ron Paul’s original ‘tea party’ organization has been outnumbered and hijacked by white racists, male and female, you can’t blame them for Bo’s flip on marijuana. You see Sports Fans, his flip is all part of his plan, just like his posturing on the Keystone pipeline, getting applause when he vetoed it but leaving the back door open for an ‘end run’ to complete the mission. Hopefully those interested in MMJ will read this and change their vote to Ron Paul, a doctor, not a lawyer type who is used to bloodsucking.

‘The raid on Oaksterdam is part of the federal government’s larger effort to shutter California’s budding medical marijuana industry, which experts estimate is worth $1.7 billion annually. As part of this multi-agency crackdown, the DEA is raiding medical marijuana providers who are compliant with state and local law. In addition, the IRS is taxing providers to death by auditing them at an unprecedented rate, as well as enforcing an arcane tax policy that prohibits providers from claiming standard business deductions available to all other businesses. Even the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has weighed in on the issue, prohibiting gun dealers from selling firearms to medical marijuana patients who registered their qualified patient status with the state.

The mere specter of federal enforcement has had a tremendous impact on stifling the industry. Landlords and banks have abandoned their relationships with medical marijuana providers. Local governments, including Mendocino County, have ended their long-standing permit programs. Even the City of Oakland, one of the municipalities which pioneered the idea of regulating medical marijuana, has slowed down its plan to issue permits for industrial sized marijuana grows due to threats of prosecution from United States Attorney Melinda Haag.

Yet, amidst this unprecedented crackdown, the federal government has remained surprisingly agnostic to the medical marijuana cultivation going on in its own backyard. Three weeks ago, the District of Columbia, issued the first six permits for large-scale marijuana cultivation projects in the nation’s capital. The Washington D.C. permit program, which was enacted two years ago, provides for up to 10 medical marijuana cultivation centers that will supply medical marijuana to five distribution centers where patients can buy their medicine. Though it is not receiving the same level of attention from the Department of Justice, the Washington D.C. program is very similar to the Oakland ordinance that Ms. Haag decried unlawfully “authorizes conduct contrary to federal law.”'

It is clear what is driving this disparate enforcement. The critical difference between Oakland and Washington could be the role of Congress played in passing the law. Under the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, Congress is required to review all legislation passed by the Council of the District of Columbia before it can become law. In passing and implementing the Washington D.C. permit program, the federal government has implicitly approved the authorization, regulation, and monies derived from medical marijuana to land in D.C.’s coffers demonstrating a notable shift in the Legislature’s attitude. While the Washington D.C. permits are certainly a reason for Obama’s local black voters to cheer, at the same time, they also make the current crackdown in California all the more confusing to some.

It is hard to rectify the federal government’s manic position on medical marijuana. On one hand, the federal government is in the middle of a multi-agency crackdown against the entire industry. On the other, Congress has outright approved the issuance of permits to cultivate medical marijuana in violation of federal law, and the District of Columbia has implemented the law without resistance from the Department of Justice. Washington D.C. has become the new Chicago Al Capone, ready to supply all the herb that the Lanny Swerdlows can smoke and toke. Rockefeller did the same thing with building Standard Oil. Now that’s change you can count on, if you’re dumb enough.

Going forward, raids on places like Oaksterdam will continue as you must eliminate all the competition in order to control the market, and federal control of all the 99% is what the game of politics is all about, if you are not rich/dumb or a slut. It is unclear for how much longer these policies of Obama will be tolerated by the voting public. The raid on Oaksterdam was met with a great deal of public resistance, and it is not just providers and patients who are upset; public support for marijuana legalization has never been higher, especially for medical marijuana. According to a recent Gallup poll, at least 50% of Americans now say that marijuana should be legal, and 70% support the use of marijuana for medical reasons.

With voter initiatives for legalizing marijuana on the ballot in Colorado and Washington State, it appears that an even greater clash between public opinion and federal policy is inevitable. It begs the question of for how much longer is the public going to tolerate these raids that are contrary to the will of the voters and the public’s opinion on cannabis. The message sent to the American public will be: “do as I say, buy all your weed from our speakeasy.” Stated another way, it will be business as usual for the federal government who appears hell-bent on turning the whole country into their fiefdom.

Write in Ron Paul; and sign the petition to reschedule marijuana here. Turn the tables on Chicago bankster politics.
(Story source notes - Aaron Lachant; all emphasis – Ed)

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