Eric Holder Tells Congress That the Obama Administration Is *Not* Cracking Down on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Attorney General Eric Holder testified before Congress yesterday morning that the Department of Justice is not out to close down all state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries. "We limit our enforcement efforts to those individuals, organizations that are acting out of conformity with state law," Holder reportedly told a House committee.

This, says Steph Sherer of Americans for Safe Access, is a bold-face lie: 

For the past 8 months, all four U.S. Attorneys in California have taken a keen interest in undermining the state's medical marijuana laws by forcing the closure of more than 300 dispensaries. It's simply not believable that all of these tax-paying businesses were operating in violation of state law. If they were, why didn't the state take part in the raids? Why didn't the state or local authorities issue arrest warrants? Why would state and local politicians stand up for businesses breaking state and local laws? In Colorado, the U.S. Attorney launched his assault by shutting down businesses within 1,000 feet of a public school -- explicitly citing only federal law. He did so publicly, and with great media fanfare. It's hard to believe Holder was unaware of this fact when he told Congress the precise opposite.

In San Francisco, five city-permitted dispensaries were forced to close over the last few months, despite full support from the Board of Supervisors and state lawmakers. Other San Francisco dispensaries have also been threatened by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and feel terrorized for conduct they have been engaged in for years without incident. The public and local officials alike are puzzled by this stance especially because it contradicts the Obama Administration's purported policy -- the same policy that Holder repeated to Congress.

Previously, a group of House members tried to defund Obama's medical marijuana raids, and failed

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  • R C Dean||

    We've had some pretty bad attorney generals, but I think its time to start asking:

    Is Eric Holder the worst attorney general ever? In the last 20, 30, 40 years?

    Just where does he rank?

  • ||

    Name one that's worse, and your answer you have found.

  • ¿Ex Nihilo?||

    Name one that's worse,..

    How does he rank against Meese?

  • R C Dean||

    I don't recall: Did Meese tell obvious, contemptuous lies to Congress about a law enforcement op that sent thousands of weapons to criminal cartels?

  • ¿Ex Nihilo?||

    Nope, but a few choice bits about the man in his own words:

    "One of our most effective weapons against drug traffickers," Meese wrote in his autobiography, "was to confiscate the assets of their criminal activity, such as expensive autos, yachts, businesses, and homes... To make this technique even more effective, we shared the proceeds with cooperating local law enforcement agencies to enhance their drug-fighting activities"


    U.S News World Report: You criticize the Miranda ruling, which gives suspects the right to have a lawyer present before police questioning. Shouldn't people, who may be innocent, have such protection?

    Meese: Suspects who are innocent of a crime should. But the thing is, you don't have many suspects who are innocent of a crime. That's contradictory. If a person is innocent of a crime, then he is not a suspect.

    The Meese Report advised that pornography was in varying degrees harmful.
  • fried wylie||

    Suspects who are innocent of a crime should. But the thing is, you don't have many suspects who are innocent of a crime. That's contradictory. If a person is innocent of a crime, then he is not a suspect.

    Just. Wow.

  • ant1sthenes||

    They're almost always vicious authoritarian assholes, but I can't think of one who seems to be as lawless as this one comes across.

  • ||

    No alt-text Riggs? Editor FAIL!

    "Bend over for me and get a DRE!"

    Or, "I'm da reelz Dr. DRE!"

  • ||

    I'm shocked that Holder would lie to us.

  • Sam Grove||

    That should be "shocked...shocked"

  • Aresen||

    If you tell a big enough lie, no one will dare contradict you.

    Where have I heard that before?

  • Pi Guy||

    ...without the consent of the governed...

  • Mike Parent||

    60 minutes ran a piece about Mendicino Co. and how a grower who was in total compliance with state and local regs. got raided, his crop was destroyed right before harvest, and he was roughed up a bit as an added slap in the face. It's there for anyone to see.

  • ||

    "We limit our enforcement efforts to those individuals, organizations that are acting out of conformity with state law,"

    Huh? I dont really know what that means, but it is quite different from; "... in violation of state law."

  • TheZeitgeist||

    If only they had a Fast and Furious program for dope - give the dealer eighteen bales and then lose track of it all, thousands of Mexicans and a couple of Americans getting high on the taxpayer's dime.

    But no, its the government so its got to be guns and casualties instead. Thanks Eric.

  • WarrenS||

    If anyone has not figured out yet that the only reason dispenceries are being intimidated is to squelch the growth of the industry till Big Pharma can jump in and take over, then they have lost sight of the role Corporate Special Interests now play in government decision-making. Big Pharma wants in on this multi-billion dollar industry but cannot till federal statutes are changed. Till then they no doubt quietly lobby on a "Public Safety"ruse to stem the growth of the sector till they can jump in and dominate it. And lets not forget about the multi-billion dollar interdiction industry that has grown up around the "War on Drugs" that would loose one of their fattest cash cows should pot become legal.

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