• Eric Holder Defends Crackdown on Medical Pot

    Since Barack Obama took office, federal agents and prosecutors have conducted about 200 raids on medical marijuana dispensaries and growers, despite an Obama campaign promise to tolerate dispensaries in states that have legalized them. But whatever the dangers of marijuana, one thing is clear: Smoking pot is a lot less dangerous for one's brain cells than listening to Obama administration officials offer congressional testimony

    Appearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Holder acknowledged the Justice Department had broken with the Bush administration and pledged not to go after anyone acting within state law.

    Nevertheless, those involved in large-scale marijuana growing and distribution have "come up with ways in which they are taking advantage of these state laws and going beyond that which the states have authorized," Holder said in response to questions from Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. "Those are the only cases that we have been going after."

    Those wily cancer patients, always looking to take advantage of state laws for their own nefarious anti-pain agendas.

    It's fun to consider other groups, besides manipulative cancer sufferers, who have "taken advantage" of statutes and gone beyond what the spirit of the law may have authorized. There are Bush administration officials who authorized torture, in contravention to the Geneva Conventions and U.S. law. There are financial sector tycoons who committed fraud on a daily basis in order to issue, sell and securitize mortgages from under-qualified individuals. It's amazing the DOJ has the manpower to prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries, when so many bodies are needed to sit on those other cases.

    At the same time, this pattern of conduct fits in with Obama's life history. As a member of the Choom Gang, Obama "often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted 'Intercepted!,' and took an extra hit." An auspicious start to a career making sure that all the drugs belonged to him.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Department of Justice, Drugs, Eric Holder, Marijuana


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