TWO MMJ CLINICS RAIDED BY OBAMA'S 'JUSTUS' DEPT IN SAN BERDO TODAY
Temecula, CA - As Obama's boys keep shutting down clinics, you may ask yourself just what is going
Some say the hypocrisy of Obama's Administration comes from America having the weakest perceived leader, being pulled by his government...
Rather as seen leading the charge, like North Korea's young leader who also loves basketball. BTW, North Korea and Iran are two of the last three remaining countries NOT a part of the Central Bank System.
However, to Robert Duncan, he might see things a little different since he tried playing by the rules. Playing by the rules only works when everyone plays by them. With the release of GMO pot in Colorado, GMO ready legal weed laws being peddled by the DPA, and GMO apples at Starbuck's ["I'll have a yoga mat platter with GMO Arctic Apples please, to go"], there are NO rules anymore.
When Robert Duncan was laid off from his job in the television industry, he
got a call from some family friends offering him a job. He was hesitant of
their offer: they were starting a medical marijuana dispensary. He consulted a
lawyer at a fee of $800 to advise him on whether to even accept the job. At the
time, the wisdom was that prosecutors would not target state-compliant
dispensaries, and that they certainly wouldn’t target employees.
So he moved from Los Angeles to the Bay Area and started working an
estimated 80 hours a week in what he called a challenging and rewarding job
managing grow houses.
“I honestly had some stereotypes of what I expected to see when I got into
the business — people who probably really didn’t need marijuana for medicinal
purposes,” he said in a Huffington Post synopsis of his story. “But I was actually quite surprised
to see people who were battling cancer, in wheelchairs, suffering from
chronic pain from car accidents. It was quite justified. We had thousands
of members of our cooperatives.”
He said he was particularly gratified that some of the strains he grew were
able to help his own family members suffering from cancer. By all
accounts, the business was operating in compliance with state law. The
dispensary had interacted with state police when reporting robberies to the
facility without consequence. Owner Matthew Davies showed a New York Times reporter a “sheaf” of legal documents demonstrating he had
complied with California law.
But in October 2011, the grow house where Duncan worked in Stockton, Calif.,
was raided by the federal government
while Duncan was working at the facility. For reasons that have not been
disclosed to Duncan, federal prosecutors ultimately indicted Davies, his
co-owner, and Duncan — an hourly employee. There were an estimated 50
Duncan was lobbed with marijuana manufacture charges that carried up to ten
years in jail. He will serve two, plus several more on probation. On Monday,
HuffPost Live will broadcast Duncan’s entry to prison. Davies and co-owner Lynn Smith will also begin their five-year sentences Monday.
The raid of the Stockton grow house and the subsequent arrests came during a
period when the federal government had rolled back its pot prosecution policy,
and then ramped it up again again. When he joined the dispensary as an employee, the
Justice Department had advised prosecutors in what is known as the “Ogden Memo” not to target dispensaries complying with state law. Less than two
years later, the feds backtracked in a second 2011 “Cole memo” that instead advised prosecutors not to target “users” complying with
state law, and left growers and sellers more susceptible.
“None of us would have taken this risk if we thought we were at any serious
legal risk,” Duncan said Monday, hours before he was scheduled to report to prison. “Basically we
just wanted to be compliant and kinda set an example of kind of a model
business in this line of work and obviously it didn’t pan out that way.”
The Stockton grow house is one of several businesses that aimed to become
models for state compliance, and in doing so, became federal targets. A raid of
a Montana marijuana dispensary run by a state lobbyist who helped design the
laws also saw several prosecutions, and one defendant died in jail.
The start of these prison sentences comes in the months after Attorney
General Eric Holder once again directed prosecutors to roll back crackdowns on state-compliant pot
businesses. This time, he has issued several subsequent memos as part of a
“Smart on Crime” initiative that aims to focus resources on serious, violent
offenders. He added another piece of guidance that could have helped the Stockton grow house: the mere
size or commercial nature of a business is not sufficient grounds for
Duncan called it “frustrating” to watch President Obama dismiss marijuana as
nothing more than a “vice” and less dangerous than alcohol, as his Justice Department is sending him to jail
for helping sick patients. “You don’t really know what to believe,” he said.
This is in part because
U.S. attorneys retain their prosecution discretion, and nothing short of a
change in the law can fully insulate anyone from a legal action. In fact, even
after Holder’s directive, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, in the Northern District
of California, has made good on her pledge in a Blazing Saddles townspeople way to continue her targeting of large medical marijuana
So what opinion of Obama does the Calendar have?