I'd like to illustrate how others have made much the same mistake as the author of this article just did, so I am quoting the comment I made at the article to which I linked below; Megan Verlee works for Colorado Public Radio:
Megan Verlee: "U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions emphasized to a gathering of states' attorneys general that its still illegal to distribute marijuana across state lines, no matter what laws an individual state passes."
Jeff Sessions: "I would just say, it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not."
-- a particularly egregious substitution of what any number of people want to believe for reality!
P.P.S. Essay to contend with the facts I cite and my argument, should you disagree.
Nat, your claim above that "The Cole memo, issued in 2013 by then-Deputy AG James Cole, spells out guidance saying the DOJ won't enforce federal law against businesses that comply with their own state marijuana laws" is simply false; to the contrary, the Ogden and Cole memoranda indicate that the Department of Injustice may prosecute violations of the provisions of the Controlled Substances Act pertaining to cannabis anytime, anywhere, irrespective of the law enforcement priorities enumerated in the memoranda. See http://www.cpr.org/news/story/colorado-ag-… and my comment there -- there never was any kind of explicit endorsement or federal sanctioning of states regulating the sale of cannabis, no matter how many times boosters of the cannabis-industry, Collaborationist (Democratic) pols, or disengaged journalists suggest otherwise. Obama's personal, unstated policy permitted the existence of dispensaries and the regulated market in cannabis; the memoranda offer no protection from Sessions' prohibitionist agenda at all.
Clueless Gov. Hack re-felonized cannabis under State law and enthusiastically signed one piece of unconstitutional legislation after another to deal with the bugbear of cannabis -- now the idiot proposes "to defend the State's constitution"! He is not the man for the job, but as it happens, it is considered settled law that the federal Controlled Substances Act takes precedence over our Constitution and there is no defense short of insurrection or individual acts of resistance sure to result in arrest or death.
The future of cannabis in Colorado is that Jeff Sesssions is likely to act to close dispensaries soon, knocking a huge hole in the budget (since the State won't collect hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue it expected from cannabis this year) and simultaneously throwing thousands of low-wage workers out of employment -- the General Assembly of Idiots and Gov. Hack have no plan to deal with the consequences.
P.S. F*ck the Marijuana Industry Group!!! These bastards have openly opposed constitutional protections for the medicinal use of cannabis and their members never had a single political word to say to their customers, their only message to them in effect being "buy here". Since 2013, MIG stood by while the General Assembly and the rest of State government engaged in an orgy of reaction against passage of Amendment 64, enacting many statutes and regulations infringing or even contradicting constitutional protections for the use of cannabis; MIG cared only that its members be allowed to sell cannabis in dispensaries, not that the rights of all cannabis users were being trampled. I would not wish federal prosecution for cannabis on anyone, but the greedheads who raked in huge profits while failing to spend a single cent on politicizing Coloradans who use cannabis or fighting Prohibition in Colorado should be at the head of the line if anyone is prosecuted.
SB17-063 is a worthless sop to the industry from two of the legislators who voted to re-felonize cannabis in 2013 (and it will not pass). Not a single member of the General Assembly represents the interests of people who use cannabis, including those who use it! Fantasizing about tasting rooms and clubs at a time when dispensaries are about to be closed is crazy. Denver's silly social use pilot program is going nowhere fast (while both its proponents and the City do their utmost to invest its implementation with great importance); its whole impetus, the completely mistaken notion that cannabis is already legal in Colorado and all we need is a place to go smoke it. The General Assembly should rescind all the unconstitutional laws it has passed against cannabis from 2013 on (especially felony penalties which make all sales across most of the State felonies, the cultivation of seven planst for personal use a felony, and cannabis up to a level 1 drug felony) and prepare for the loss of perhaps $300 million in revenue and the simultaneous unemployment of many thousands. These are your putative representatives, Colorado; are you really as out of touch with reality as they are?
Lawsuit?!? Seize these felons and put them in CSP for at least twenty years! Be sure to include their superiors and everyone else involved in the filing of false criminal charges against the man they viciously attacked. Colorado Springs may not be viable.
Phyllis Windy Hope and Michael Reilly, you fascist dogs: dispose of your property in Colorado and get out now!
Yes, we know the author of the Gazette's propaganda, Christine Tatum, as a prohibitionist shill for the drug treatment industry -- her husband is anti-cannabis crusader Christian Thurstone.
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