How The Feds Broke Their Pot Promise


Monday afternoon, Robert Duncan will report to Mendota Federal Prison in Fresno, Calif., to begin a two-year prison sentence. His crime? Working for a medical marijuana business that was legal under California state law. Not owning it; not profiting from illegal sales. Merely for being employed by the business.

The collective of dispensaries Duncan worked for, known as MediZen, was raided by federal authorities in 2011 during a crackdown on medical marijuana providers by the Obama administration. 

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  1. Having this monster locked in a cage makes us all much safer. Thank god for the federal government, without them, we would be… free.

    1. They should just put a 25 cal round in the back of that POS’s head. For the children.

  2. If you like your promises from your federal overlords, you can keep them.

    But they may not…

  3. Aiding and abetting.

  4. “The conventional word that it employed to describe tyranny is ‘systematic’. The true essence of a dictatorship is in fact not its regularity but the unpredictability and caprice; those who live under it must never be able to relax, must never be quite sure they have followed the rules correctly or not. Thus, the ruled can always be found to be in the wrong.”
    ~Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

    1. Ayn Rand said it better:

      When men are caught in the trap of non-objective law, when their work, future and livelihood are at the mercy of a bureaucrat’s whim, when they have no way of knowing what unknown “influence” will crack down on them for which unspecified offense, fear becomes their basic motive…

      Non-objective law is the most effective weapon of human enslavement: its victims become its enforcers and enslave themselves.


      It is a grave error to suppose that a dictatorship rules a nation by means of strict, rigid laws which are obeyed and enforced with rigorous, military precision. Such a rule would be evil, but almost bearable; men could endure the harshest edicts, provided these edicts were known, specific and stable; it is not the known that breaks men’s spirits, but the unpredictable. A dictatorship has to be capricious; it has to rule by means of the unexpected, the incomprehensible, the wantonly irrational; it has to deal not in death, but in sudden death; a state of chronic uncertainty is what men are psychologically unable to bear.

      1. Shit, what book is that from just blew my mind, it seems to be exactly what we see in the way this administration runs the show.

  5. Max Planck once observed orthodoxy in his particular field was a function of mortality:

    “Science happens one funeral at a time.”

    Such is the way for society as well. The drug war as we know it will be dead and buried when the Feinsteins and Holders and Hatches of the world are likewise.

  6. “I’m Jerry Brown, and I approve this message.”

  7. Yet another reason for my Obot acquaintances to prattle on about the Oscars. The few who acknowledge drug prohibition as an issue exhibit their usual level of intellectual honesty by providing convoluted reasons why it’s libertarians’ fault.

    1. The ones I know usually say its the Republicans’ fault. See, Obama wants to do the right thing, but those mean Republicans would say bad things about him if he did it, so he’s just forced to do what they want.

      1. That makes sense. Also, the Obamessiah’s hands are tied because the Controlled Substances Act doesn’t say what it explicitly says about the rescheduling of drugs.

      2. There’s always another election around the corner that prevents people from doing the right thing. We’re supposed to be OK with that excuse for some reason.

    2. providing convoluted reasons why it’s libertarians’ fault.

      Made me think of this:

      The Typical Libertarian is hated by conservatives because he wants the freedom to snort coke off a teenaged hookers ass while smoking pot and watching a movie full of boobies and cuss words in preparation for sodomizing his illegal immigrant housekeeper, Carlos. The Typical Libertarian also wants criminals, terrorists and Mexicans to roam freely about causing all manner of social chaos, and has no interest in forcing people to love Jesus Christ. The Typical Libertarian is a traitor to the GOP and America because he failed to support the war in Iraq, the PATRIOT Act, the Stimulus, and both Bush and McCain, despite the fact that both men once said something at a cocktail party about maybe possibly lowering taxes on some people some day.

      1. cont.

        The Typical Libertarian is hated by liberals because he is a crypto-archconservative who wants poor people to go without education, medical care, police protection, food, shelter, and oxygen. The Typical Libertarian spends his weekends running down endangered species in his monstrous, gas-guzzling SUV before stopping off to smoke a pack of cigarettes in a daycare. The Typical Libertarian wants the world to be run by unaccountable multinational conglomerates instead of unaccountable governments. The Typical Libertarian is a racist, sexist, profit-driven nihilist who failed to mark the ascendance of the Chosen One, and has never protested for Union rights nor worn a T-shirt with the word Darfur on it.

        Despite clinging to a hopelessly unworkable, idealistic and marginal political philosophy, the Typical Libertarian has recently been discovered as the cause for the downfall of Western Civilization.

        1. In case you missed it:

          Radley Balko paints a portrait of obsession.

        2. ahh, you got me on the pack of cigarettes inside the day care. My secret shame.

          1. Wasn’t my writing, btw, but I can’t remember who posted it to give a proper attribution.

        3. I like to push orphans into heavy machinery as they sweep factory floors dont forget that

  8. So, you see, Libertarians are Rethugs who want to smoke dope. But you’ll notice the only gov’t lies Huffpo can find relate to dope. The rest of them don’t matter.
    So I’m gonna posit that statists are just commies who want to smoke dope. Sound about right?

    1. As long as the dope is government approves as “not too bad”. Even though it is true, I hate that the main argument for MJ legalization among lefties (and most statists types in general really) is that it’s not so bad compared to other drugs. What about my body, my choice, asshole? But no one wants to do that because it means they would also have to favor legalizing heroin.

      1. …”I hate that the main argument for MJ legalization among lefties (and most statists types in general really)”…

        This is asking ‘permission’. Screw that, I don’t need no stinking permission to inhale, eat, drink, snort what I please.

        1. as if denial of permission is an effective means of curbing the behavior

  9. It’s too bad Obama can’t pardon this guy because Republicans.

  10. How does the Huffington Post have a Hit& Run byline?

    1. Affirmative Action

      1. That’s funny.

  11. All together now: Because Fuck You, That’s Why.

  12. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the perspective of a drug abuse counsellor on this issue now?

    1. No.

    2. Is that Rollo’s job?

      1. He’s trying to turn into a joke. Surely he realizes by now that he’s the joke. He has always been a joke. An unfunny joke.

    3. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the persective of a flat-earther whenever we get news of planets orbiting other stars?

  13. His crime? Working for a medical marijuana business that was legal under California state law. Not owning it; not profiting from illegal sales. Merely for being employed by the business.

    Not that it should be a crime anyway, but I’d argue that since he’s getting a paycheck from his employment at this business, he is “profiting from illegal sales”.

    1. legal under California law

      Can’t say they’re illegal sales myself.

      1. The town I’m currently in has no law or statue about murder. Does that mean it’s legal?

        1. General police power was entrusted to the states.

          There’s no federal law against murder per se, just the state laws. The feds have no valid interest in possession crimes.

          1. No, they don’t have a valid interest. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t outlawed it.

  14. All those employers, insurance companies, etc. should keep this in mind when deciding whether to not pay the taxes, offer noncompliant policies, etc. Obama (or any future president) can reverse course at any moment and the court won’t even let you admit evidence of the administration’s policy statements. They likely won’t even admit there was ever a reversal or inconsistency.

  15. Good thing they spent those tax dollars to prosecute that evil taxpayer bet he’ll think twice before getting a job next time and just consign himself to the government dole.

  16. Correction: Mendota Federal Prison is in Mendota, not Fresno.

  17. What about the promise that marijuana’s placement in sched 1 of the CSA was temporary, pending research results? And then when the commission report came out 2 yrs. later recommending decontrol or at most sched 5, Congress made it permanent.

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