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Post by DdC on Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:03 pm

Steve Kubby: ‘First Obama DEA raid in California: Change?’
Posted to IPR by Paulie January 23rd, 2009 · 12 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
— The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raided a medical marijuana dispensary today in South Lake Tahoe, California, in the first days of the new Obama Administration. Even though President Barack Obama had made repeated promises during his election campaign to end federal raids in medical marijuana states, a California medical cannabis dispensary, complying with state law, was robbed at gunpoint by DEA officers.

“Just as Gitmo prisoners have been held without charge and then ‘tried’ in courts where they’re not allowed full rights of the accused, in medical marijuana cases, well-intentioned people are charged with activities that aren’t crimes in California, and denied the chance to present a defense. President Obama did the right thing with closing Guantanamo Bay, let’s hope he will provide similar protection to medical marijuana patients and their providers,” said Kubby. full story

ASA : First Medical Marijuana Raid by DEA under Obama Administration

About that DEA raid yesterday
DWR: Pete Guither Friday, January 23, 2009

In case you missed it, the DEA conducted a raid yesterday on a medical marijuana dispensary in South Lake Tahoe, California. That's right - in the second full day of the new administration that had promised to end the raids.

Keep in mind that Michele Leonhart is still head of the DEA. My gut instinct is that the DEA is acting on its own, ignoring Obama's campaign promises and pretending ignorance and business as usual, without anything concrete in place yet to deter them. It really shows the rank stupidity of the DEA leadership.

To conduct a raid right now does nothing but motivate the medical marijuana community in huge ways at a time when the Obama administration wants to focus on other things. It calls attention to everything that's wrong with the DEA, and puts it up in big glowing neon letters.

I could be wrong, but my guess is that Michele has already gotten a stern call from Rahm.

But just to be sure, it would be great if everyone lit up the switchboard at the White House.

I got an email from Cheryl...

I just called Obama at 202-456-1111. They have no computers and are taking hand-written notes. The VOLUNTEER who answered the phone for me said, I wasn't the only one to call him about this and there are over a dozen volunteers and the phones are ringing off the hook. I told him about the DEA raid yesterday & asked for Obama to keep his promise about ending DEA raids on medical cannabis patients and hoped he would end them for medical cannabis providers as well. He speculated that the DEA may have been trying to get one last raid in before the transition is complete. All the notes will be gathered into "subject" and given to the call-center boss and may be reported to Obama. Please call. Let your voice be heard. If you get a busy signal, try again. Leave a voicemail or speak to a real person. full story

Jan 23, 2009
First Medical Marijuana Raid by DEA Under Obama Administration ...

Jan 22, 2009 BREAKING:
First DEA Medical Marijuana Raid under the Obama

Raid by DEA today in Tahoe counters Obama
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Re: First Obama DEAth raid in California

Post by jbmac on Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:13 pm

It may not be Obama's fault. This was a Bush thing, and with the giant mess Bush left, it was not on the top 1000 list of undoing the Bush thing.

Hey, and a new forum is coming very soon!

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No ConPromise!

Post by DdC on Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:48 pm

"There is a duty in refusing to cooperate in any undertaking that violates the Constitutional rights of the individual. This holds in particular for all inquisitions that are concerned with the private life and the political affiliations of the citizens."
-- Albert Einstein

I've been seeing on forums a few "can't blame Obama" for the DEAth raids? Or "how bad would this look?"

It's totally ole Obama clin Blieden, Hildi, Romdom,
Contra Gates, Goopy and his sos Klintoonian "advisors"

Oh ya we can blame ole Obama
Obama is in charge, not DEAth cheer leaders...
Closing Gitmo or stem cells aren't even close
to the priority of keeping sick Americans out of cages.
Let alone gay marriage or abortion.
I'll give em as long as it takes, so far he stands in Bush's shoes...
If and when things change in reality... we'll see.
For now he is totally responsible and in charge... or not.

"Mistrust those in whom the urge to punish is strong."
-- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)




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"A politician normally prospers under democracy in proportion ...
as he excels in the invention of imaginary perils and imaginary defenses against them."

-- H. L. Mencken, 1918

Politicians and their Apologists... tsk tsk

The truly and deliberately evil men are a very small minority;
it is the appeaser who unleashes them on mankind.

-- Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile
--hoping it will eat him last"

--Winston Churchill

appeaser
someone who tries to bring peace by acceding to demands;
To pacify or attempt to pacify (an enemy) by granting concessions, often at the expense of principle.

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The art of ConPromise...

I hear Fleetwood Mac, its 1992, the future is bright,
after 12 years of Bush1, it seemed to be finally over...
then... more incarcerations than Nixon, Reagan and Bush1 combined.
Inhaling or not.
The Patriot Ax and Education Ax are written.
NAFTA is born, don't ask don't tell...
Police Action on Kosovarians,
dropping bombs from 30,000 feet,
Spraying Paul Wellstone with Monsanto poisons
in Plan Rand Beers Colombia,
saving Al Gore's Occidental Oil from Indian burial grounds.
Blistering kids from the new agent orange.

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"The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents. Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy ... and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with 'scientific support' ... fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others."
-- William F. Buckley, Jr. Requiescat In Pace
Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495


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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Continuing the recent trend, marijuana arrests set another all-time record in 2007, totaling 872,720. Arrests for marijuana possession totaled 775,138, greatly exceeding arrests for all violent crimes combined, which totaled 597,447. The number greatly exceeds the 829,627 marijuana arrests in 2006, which itself was an all-time record. Arrests for illicit drugs other than marijuana declined in 2007 by over 84,000 compared to 2006. full story

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"I want a Goddamn strong statement on marijuana, I mean one that just tears the ass out of them. You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish."

"You have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this all while not appearing to." (about the War on Drugs to Chief of Staff, H. R. Haldeman, according to Halderman's diaries)

"[S]oft-headed psychiatrists who work in places like NIMH (National Institute for Mental Health) favor marijuana because they're probably all on the stuff themselves."

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"Not only are we here to protect the public from vicious criminals
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-- Robert Ingersoll - Former DEA Director (1972)

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Re: First Obama DEAth raid in California

Post by hempity on Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:15 am

DEN!
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I really miss your posts, so glad you found us.
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Do you really think that obama will continue the war on innocents?
I thought he would at least leave the sick alone, maybe even help them, I heard that New Mexico was calling for medicinal cannabis providers.

Mitaoyate,
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Show him your badge!

Post by DdC on Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:02 pm

Hey Hempity,

No time now... more detailed later...
I'm hoping for the best, but...

His cabinet is made up of Bush/Klintoonian Drug Worriers...

Iran Contra Gates, Panetta, Hillary, Blieden, Goopy, Rom Dom... more later...

latest...

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* Part 1: Introduction

* Part 2: South America

* Part 3: Mexico

Part 4 will be posted tomorrow at DWR.

Mitaoyate,
DdC

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A RCMP officer stops at a ranch in Alberta, and talks with an old rancher. He tells the rancher, 'I need to inspect your ranch for illegal grown drugs.'

The old rancher says, 'Okay, but don't go in that field over there.' The RCMP officer verbally explodes saying, 'Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me.' Reaching into his rear pants pocket and removing his badge, the officer proudly displays it to the farmer. 'See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish..on any land. No questions asked or answered given. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand?'

The old rancher nods politely and goes about his chores.

Later, the old rancher hears loud screams and spies the RCMP officer running for his life and close behind is the rancher's bull.

With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer.

The officer is clearly terrified.

The old rancher immediately throws down his tools, runs to the fence and yells at the top of his lungs.....

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One glimmer of hope...

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Colbert: Have you met Willie Nelson?

Holbrooke: No, no. But he sings better than you.... I just visited his trailer, and I breathed in, and you know I feel very good... [Big grin from Willie]

Here, our new Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, while not a good singer, even joins in a song with Stephen Colbert and Willie Nelson!

A guy like that?
That's someone I like representing the U.S. out there in the world.


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After the ice cream dispute is finally settled, Willie Nelson, Richard Holbrooke and Stephen sing "On the Road Again" with Bobby on rhythm guitar. (1:17)

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Positions for Hillary, Romdom, Panchetta & Gates? Blieden and Goopy DEAth worriers to top it off. Come on Uncle Sam Banksters in a helluva jam way down yonder in Afghanistan, throw down your books and pick up a gun, whoopie we gonna have some fun... and its one, two, three what are we fighting for, don't ask me I don't give a damn, next stop is Ganjastan...


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Re: First Obama DEAth raid in California

Post by DdC on Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:11 pm

Acting Drug Czar Update
DWR: Pete Guither Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pat Rogers (who has a new blog) writes me to say that the temporary appointment of Ed Jurith as Acting Director of the ONDCP should be more concerning than Scott Morgan and I have indicated. He notes that Jurith has a history of being a drug warrior, and...

...many in the drug policy reform community like to think that the raid on a medical marijuana facility in California just after the inauguration was a last vestige of the Bush administration, but Jurith had already been appointed acting director of the ONDCP on the 20th of January so there is every reason to believe that the raid was actually sanctioned by the Obama administration.

Pat may be right -- I certainly have no inside ear to know who's been talking about what or making which decisions. I'm just speculating.

But my take doesn't change. Is Ed Jurith a drug warrior? Of course -- he's been with the ONDCP forever. Is he a Drug Czar? No way.

A drug czar (in the sense that Walters has been a drug czar and McCaffrey was before him) is not so much a developer of policy (as a member of the White House Office, the Director of the ONDCP serves at the pleasure of the President). The Drug Czar is, instead, a public figurehead -- a propaganda promoter, a policy apologist, a cunning liar whose job it is to convince the public that the government interest is theirs.

Take a look at the last time Jurith was Acting Drug Czar -- the extended period of time between McCaffrey and Walters. He was invisible. Hardly any public appearances except a couple of small-time required appearances before Congress. He was put there as an administrator to keep the office functioning while decisions were made about the office. In fact, prior to Walters' appointment, while Jurith was Acting Drug Czar, Bush was getting significant grief from Republican Congressmen (if I recall, Souder was one of them) about the fact that Bush had not yet appointed a drug czar!

I really expect Jurith to do the same job again. Be as invisible as possible.

Regarding the South Tahoe raid: it seems much less likely to me that Jurith somehow managed to get the ear of the President the day after inauguration, get an OK for the raid, bypass the not-yet-confirmed Attorney General to go to the DEA and have them do a raid the next day....

It seems infinitely more likely that Bush's DEA head Michele Leonhart had a raid already planned for South Tahoe, saw that there was a temporary void in the AG's office (due to the last minute hold put on Holder's nomination) and no directions were coming from above to prevent her from continuing as she always had in going after medical marijuana dispensaries.

On January 9, 1998, when U.S. Attorney Michael Yamaguchi announced in a press conference that the government would take action against California medical marijuana clubs (arguably the start of the DEA's current war against the sick), Leonhart was standing at his side.

It's true that Obama has had nothing to say on the subject. As Pat notes:

Obama has not repudiated Mr. Jurith. Nor has the president used the raid as an opportunity to get up on a soap box in opposition to future raids.

In his first week, while attempting to pass a stimulus package, the President is going to publicly admonish his staff in order to support potheads (how it would be reported). Right. If he did anything right now, it would be a hand slap in a back room.

There was already a public explosion over Congress' inclusion of condoms in the stimulus package. Public action directly taken by the President about medical marijuana would be a public relations nightmare.

Anyway that's my take. Who knows?

Sure would be nice to be a fly on the wall, though.



MEDICAL MARIJUANA RAID RAISES QUESTION: WHAT'S OBAMA POLICY?
"I think the basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs prescribed by doctors ( is ) entirely appropriate," Obama told Oregon's Mail Tribune newspaper in March. "I'm not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue."

Leonhart, a week before Bush left office, likewise took a hard line in issuing a 118-page decision rejecting a DEA administrative law judge's recommendation to allow a University of Massachusetts researcher to grow higher-quality medicinal marijuana. The American Civil Liberties Union and medical marijuana proponents hope this last-minute rejection, coming two years after the judge issued a positive recommendation, is put on hold until Obama's team is fully in place.




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