Despite having promised not to raid medical marijuana facilities operating legally under state law, his administration yesterday raided a pot dispensary in San Francisco. On what basis? Alleged state law violations. Specifically, evasion of state sales taxes. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws notes, “The normal process in such cases is for the Board of Equalization to audit the business in question, NOT for federal agents to enter like storm troopers and steal all of the business’s inventory.”
The Obama policy appears to be whenever a state law is violated, regardless of what the state has to say about it, the feds will continue the raids and continue prosecuting people for violation of federal law. Another hollow promise of change, with the one condition that nothing substantive will actually change, only the words we use to discuss the issues.
Thanks to Eric Garris for updates on the story.5:07 pm on March 26, 2009 Email Anthony Gregory