(Ah ha, see? Obama has destroyed the medicinal pot industry. The biggest fucking hypocrite ever elected president has broken yet another campaign promise. We knew this was going to happen and saw it coming. They used the Capone law--an ancient prohibition tax law that hasn't been used in ages. They get you on tax evasion because you can't make a single tax deduction when you deal with controlled substances, so you owe years of back taxes totaling huge sums of money. But the pharmaceutical companies sell amphetamines--a schedule 1 controlled substance--they get to take tax deductions. So, how does that work?--jef)
Friday, October 7, 2011
The Obama administration is finally cracking down on the medical marijuana industry, in a big way.
In letters received by 16 licensed California dispensaries and their landlords this week, U.S. Attorneys threatened to swoop in and seize the properties if they don’t close up shop within 45 days.
The Associated Press said that a coordinated crackdown on the medical marijuana industry would be announced at a press conference on Friday.
The move comes in the same week that the Internal Revenue Service took steps that may force Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the nation’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, to shut down.
The same enforcement tactic that’s being used against Harborside — a very old law that prohibits groups that traffic in controlled substances from taking tax deductions — could also be used against pot shops in all of the 16 states that have legalized the drug’s use for medical purposes.
The U.S. medical marijuana market has grown into a $1.7 billion industry, and experts say it could potentially double that figure within just five years.
Here is what the hypocrite Obama said on the campaign trail:
“My attitude is if the science and the doctors suggest that the best palliative care and the way to relieve pain and suffering is medical marijuana then that’s something I’m open to because there’s no difference between that and morphine when it comes to just giving people relief from pain. But I want to do it under strict guidelines. I want it prescribed in the same way that other painkillers or palliative drugs are prescribed.” — November 24, 2007 town hall meeting in Iowa
“I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users. It’s not a good use of our resources.” — August 21, 2007, event in Nashua, New Hampshire
“I don’t think that should be a top priority of us, raiding people who are using ... medical marijuana. With all the things we’ve got to worry about, and our Justice Department should be doing, that probably shouldn’t be a high priority.” — June 2, 2007, town hall meeting in Laconia, New Hampshire
“You know, it’s really not a good use of Justice Department resources.” — responding to whether the federal government should stop medical marijuana raids, August 13, 2007, town hall meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire
“The Justice Department going after sick individuals using [marijuana] as a palliative instead of going after serious criminals makes no sense.” — July 21, 2007, town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire