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I know it’s the Holiday Season but with all the bad news floating around, i.e. Fast and Furious, drones crashing, Congress still arguing about payroll tax relief and unemployment insurance, I thought a funny story about a stupid criminal would be a nice relief.

In Beaver, Pennsylvania, a nineteen-year-old man, Devonte Davon Jeter, was one of four men in a car stopped by the police back in May of this year. Police discovered marijuana in the car and arrested all the men. They really didn’t know which one was in possession of the marijuana but Mr. Jeter helped them out.

He asked the arresting officer if he could have his weed back. Of course his defense attorney claims that the bag of weed could have belong to one of the other three men. But with Mr. Jeter asking for return of his bag of weed, the judge decided that he should be held over for marijuana possession trial.

Your smile for the day – thanks to another stupid criminal.

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Medical Marijuana dealers are being told to shut down in 45 days or face criminal charges. Federal prosecutors are cracking down on some of the pot dispensaries in California, even though they are operating legally under the state’s 15-year-old medical marijuana law.

As we have said in the past, medical marijuana state laws are having problems with the Federal law that prohibits marijuana sales. At least 16 pot shops or their landlords received letters stating that they are violating federal drug laws. At least twelve San Diego dispensaries have received these letters. As we know federal law “takes precedence over state law and applies regardless of the particular uses for which a dispensary is selling and distributing marijuana.”

Now this is another conundrum that states are facing. The Obama administration decided to toughen its stand on medical marijuana. For two years before that, federal officials had indicated they would not move aggressively against dispensaries in compliance with laws in the 16 states where pot is legal for people with doctors’ recommendations.

“This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. The administration is simply making good on multiple threats issued since  President Obama took office,” said Kevin Sabet, a former adviser to the president’s drug czar and a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Substance Abuse Solutions. “The challenge is to balance the scarcity of law enforcement resources and the sanctity of this country’s medication approval process. It seems like the administration is simply making good on multiple statements made previously to appropriately strike that balance.”

Greg Anton, a lawyer who represents dispensary Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, said its landlord received an “extremely threatening” letter Wednesday invoking a federal law that imposes additional penalties for selling drugs within 1,000 feet of schools, parks and playgrounds.

The landlord was ordered to evict the 14-year-old pot club or risk imprisonment, plus forfeiture of the property and all the rent he has collected while the dispensary has been in business, Anton said.

Marin Alliance’s founder “has been paying state and federal taxes for 14 years, and they have cashed all the checks,” he said. “All I hear from Obama is whining about his budget, but he has money to do this which will actually reduce revenues.”

Is now the time to crack down on these dispensaries when the country needs revenue? What is this administration thinking?

With no pun intended, only the truth, it seems that the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is warning gun
dealers
that it is illegal for medical marijuana patients to buy firearms.

A letter was sent September 21st to all gun dealers saying that marijuana use is still barred by federal law even if it was approved by states. Therefore, people who want to buy firearms who declare their use on their applications for buy firearms will be denied.

Of course, advocates say that this is another attack on state medical marijuana programs. In fact, the Justice Department warned
dispensaries that they could face federal prosecution for selling medical marijuana.

Once again we have the federal government in direct conflict with state government. The federal government won’t help secure the borders but will sue states who do secure borders. Is this federal government dysfunctional or what? Where are the lawmakers on this subject? Either approve medical marijuana under the federal government or get rid of the state laws all together.

As you may know, there are 16 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized medical marijuana. Colorado is one of them. As I mentioned before in one of my previous articles, that state medical regulators may face federal sanctions, now there is another dilemma facing medical marijuana dispensaries.

Banks in states where marijuana is legal for medical purposes won’t do business with dispensary owners for fear that regulators will target them in federal investigations. Federal regulators maintain banks which do business with dispensaries are supporting activities that, even if legal in the state, are illegal at the federal level.

In a memo the Department of Justice issued to U.S. Attorneys last June, the federal government made its stance on federal marijuana law clear: “The Department is committed to the enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act in all States,” the memo stated.  “Congress has determined that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that the illegal distribution and sale of marijuana is a serious crime that provides a significant source of revenue to large scale criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels.”

This wording was intended to clarify an earlier memo from October of 2009, which had given the appearance of leniency in enforcement of federal laws prohibiting marijuana. That memo instructed U.S. attorneys that regulators “…should not focus federal resources in your States on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana.”

This recent intensification from the Justice Department in its intent to prosecute violations of the Controlled Substances Act is scaring banks away from opening and maintaining accounts for medical marijuana dispensaries.

As a result, medical marijuana dispensary can open a business but they can’t do any type of banking in their community. But dont’ worry Congressman Jared Polis (D-Co.) has introduced legislation into the U.S. House of Representatives that would shift regulatory responsibility for medical marijuana businesses away from the federal government to the state governments, and would eliminate the need for financial institutions to report medical marijuana businesses’ activities to the federal government. Maybe he should also introduce legislation about states having the right to stopping illegal immigration. Wouldn’t that be a novel idea?

Polis cites medical marijuana dispensaries as a “fast-growing” industry With the $7.34 million the state of Colorado has already received in licensing fees from medical marijuana dispensary applications, Polis argues that roadblocks to the success of the industry need be removed so these businesses can get back to “providing jobs and tax revenues right when our economy needs it.”

So now it’s all about jobs and tax revenues. The heck with the drug being illegal, all politicians want is more money for them to spend.
Will the federal government one day end the prohibition of this illegal drug?

Only time will tell.

According to CBS News, a new government survey says more Americans – 3 million more – are smoking marijuana. This means that nearly 7% of Americans aged 12 or older (do you believe that 12 year-olds are smoking dope?) were illicit pot smokers in 2010.  However other illegal drugs have fallen.

Meth use has plunged by about half and cocaine use that includes crack is down in the last few years. The annual survey by the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also found declines from 2009 in tobacco use and binge drinking among teens.

According to the survey it said that 23 million Americans needed treatment for a substance abuse problem in 2010 but only fewer than 3 million received it.

With the increase in marijuana use it isn’t surprising that this week, the Border Patrol working the Arizona desert got a firsthand glimpse into how much marijuana comes into the country. Agents seized a total of 3,200 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1.6 million. Government agents tracking suspected illegal immigrants Sunday found six bundles weighing less than 279 pounds and valued at $139,000.

In another incident recently, agents responded to a detection sensor and found five bundles of abandoned marijuana weighing more
than 218 pounds. The bundles were estimated to be worth approximately $109,000. Agents also recovered bundles of marijuana during routine searches last week. One search produced 75 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,840 pounds and valued at $920,000. Another search recovered 53 packages pot worth $156,000. Federal agents also recovered 282 pounds of pot with a value of $140,500.

Colorado ranks number 3 of the states that use the most marijuana. More than 15 percent of Colorado residents are truly “Rocky Mountain High.”  To see where your state ranks click here.

From the Associated Press and Fox News, Federal agents arrested several suspected bosses of Mexican drug syndicate in Utah. The Utah based cell of the Sinaloa cartel yielded seven arrests. This drug bust was part of an 18-month investigation that arrested 30 in Utah, California and Nevada.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said that they arrested the boss of the cell. This was the guy who was coordinating the  shipments coming to Utah from Mexico and California. The cell was deeply entrenched in the Salt Lake City area and handling large amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.

The drugs were being sold locally and repackaged for distribution elsewhere in the U.S. Most of the drugs were being moved into Utah in small packages by couriers. In addition, over the course of the investigation, authorities also seized more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine, 200 pounds of marijuana, a kilogram of heroin and a kilogram of cocaine, as well as more than $322,000 and guns.

A pound of methamphetamine is worth about $14,000 on the street.

To all of you that say smoking pot is no big deal – look what happened to a 12 year old pot smoking boy. It seems that he and a friend in Santa Fe, N.M decided to steal a car and take the police on a car chase before he rolled the car.

The police said that the boy was high on marijuana and this was not the first run in with the law. The boy was wearing a monitoring
bracelet for previous offense but I guess the marijuana gave him the courage to steal a car with his buddy and go on a joy ride.

The boy rolled the car and tried to flee but was arrested. No one was seriously injured. Now I’m not saying smoking pot made him a
juvenile delinquent, I am saying that marijuana just adds to the boy’s delinquency.

So why are some people trying to legalize marijuana? Whether you are 12 or 21, the effects of pot smoking fries your brain. And yes, even kids can get marijuana just as easily as they can get alcohol. But why make it more easily accessible?