MMJ: No Imminent Threat To State Employees
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MMJ: No Imminent Threat To State Employees
Posted by CN Staff on August 05, 2011 at 17:46:54 PT
By Bruce Ramsey
Source: Seattle Times
Washington State -- The Justice Department is now downplaying its threat to prosecute state employees who regulate or license purveyors of medical marijuana.Recall the April 14 letter from U.S. Attorneys Jenny Durkan in Seattle and Michael Ormsby in Spokane to Gov. Chris Gregoire regarding the medical marijuana bill then in the Legislature.
They said the people in the medical cannabis trade might be prosecuted under federal law. And then, noting that the bill would involve state employees as regulators, the U.S. attorneys said:"State employees... would not be immune from liability..."It was a vague threat. These sorts of letters are carefully worded, and the vagueness was on purpose. The government was reserving the right to prosecute, which of course it already had. But it was not declaring an intent to do so. Still, Gregoire cited this statement as the reason to veto the parts of the bill licensing growers, processors and distributors.Now comes Arizona, where voters last year passed a medical cannabis law. The state filed a federal court action asking for a clarification of federal law. The Justice Department's response, here, presents several reasons why the court should dismiss the case without answering the question. And one of those reasons is that the Justice Department never made any genuine threat to prosecute state employees.In the government's court papers it calls the threat to Arizona employees "mere speculation." It also notes that U.S. attorneys sent out letters in other states, but says none of these "genuinely threatens imminent prosecution."Back in April, a number of people here said as much. It would have been helpful to them had the government said then what it says now.Source: Seattle Times (WA)Author: Bruce RamseyPublished: August 5, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Seattle Times CompanyContact: opinion seatimes.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #24 posted by afterburner on August 18, 2011 at 13:57:52 PT
josephlacerenza #5 & FoM
Thanks for the documentary. I've had time to watch only about 33% so far. Even then, I learned a few new facts.Here is an article you may find interesting:HealthZone | News & Features.
Marijuana DNA sequenced in $200,000 project.
2011/08/18 10:45:40.
2011/08/18 10:45:41.
Kevin McKernan was leading Life Technologies Corp.ís Ion Torrent DNA-sequencing research when a new business opportunity caught his eye: marijuana.
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Comment #23 posted by Hope on August 10, 2011 at 10:14:51 PT
Comment 21 runruff
I can agree with that!
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on August 10, 2011 at 08:54:23 PT
Thank you so much. We are so happy. I just got insurance and it was so cheap I can't believe it. This model has a 5 star crash rating so that is why it is so low. Now when Stick needs to go to Cleveland for his heart we won't have to lean on our friends to take us. God Bless our friends for being there for us though.
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Comment #21 posted by runruff on August 10, 2011 at 07:23:34 PT
Pretty snazzy-jazzy there!
I am sooo happy for you two earth angels. Enjoy and may you always have abundance and prosperity!
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on August 10, 2011 at 05:25:38 PT
Thank you. It still will be very hard to get away because of our pets but hopefully you and Mrs. Green could come and visit us. The Jeep is really nice. Today I am trying to get reasonable insurance and that will not be easy even though a Jeep Liberty is less expensive to insure then most newer cars. We made it all these years with 2 wheel drive but the last few winters were bad and a 4 wheel drive would have been a big benefit.
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Comment #19 posted by BGreen on August 09, 2011 at 22:09:38 PT
Congratulations, FoM and Stick
It's great to see you two happy. I can't wait to see your Jeep whenever we're able to afford to travel. I'll make sure to wear my shades to cut the glare from the shine you're going to keep on it. :)Bud
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on August 09, 2011 at 18:48:41 PT
I'll send you a picture later tonight or tomorrow. I like to wax a shiny car. We just haven't had one in a million years. I loved waxing the Freightliner when we had it and buffing the tanks. This isn't a big Jeep so the roof won't be so hard to reach. Just a small ladder will do. I like to shine chrome too. 
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on August 09, 2011 at 16:53:14 PT
You do love it! I hope it proves to be a very good car.
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on August 09, 2011 at 14:31:52 PT
We're like two kids in a candy store. Our friends say it looks brand new. The Car Fax showed all good things. It has very low mileage and we got a new car coverage policy with it. It's small enough for me and big enough for Stick! LOL! I bought wax and stuff so I can enjoy fussing with it.
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on August 09, 2011 at 12:42:06 PT
Comment 14
Wow! That's wonderful. And a Jeep is so fun!
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on August 09, 2011 at 08:47:23 PT
If things become too easy we don't appreciate them I believe. We finally got a car. I have been searching for sometime. We bought a 2007 Jeep Liberty SUV with low mileage. I drove for the first time since 94 and absolutely love it. We have a full warranty with it too. After only having an 86 Mercury we really appreciate it.
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on August 09, 2011 at 08:20:33 PT
FoM Comment 12
I do agree with that.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on August 09, 2011 at 05:51:13 PT
They will survive. The way life has been here in the states for years is gone but to me that's a good thing. My nephew's wife who is from the Philippines still doesn't understand why people complain about how poor they are. She doesn't understand why some people hate like they do. She said people have cars, TVs, air conditioning etc. We went thru very hard times at the end of the Vietnam War but those days gave our generation character and grit. Good times don't develop character so they will learn like we did.
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on August 08, 2011 at 22:00:20 PT
They will.
I have confidence in them. They will do alright. Some more alright than others... but that's the way it's always been. They're not stupid and they aren't as hard bound by poor political choices as we might be afraid of, I'm sure. They will do well, do their part, with strength and determination, just like every generation before them has done.
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on August 08, 2011 at 21:54:53 PT
"It's going to be very hard."
It's always been hard, FoM.The young people of today will live, and laugh, and love, and struggle, and cry, and live their lives just as well, maybe differently, but just as well or better than we have lived our youthful years.They will.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on August 08, 2011 at 18:57:05 PT
Thank you for another great article. We have been away most of the day and night and when I turned on the news I saw the Market went down over 600 points. I have never believed in the Stock Market. It is just a pyramid scheme to me. I know the world watched as the Tea Party and Republicans complained so much look what happened. I feel very sorry for the young adults and those not near retirement. It's going to be very hard. I guess some people from the right don't understand what a good America should be. I don't know if this time it can be fixed no matter how hard President Obama tries. We have been so discusted by the TP and Republicans we haven't barely watched the news.
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Comment #8 posted by afterburner on August 08, 2011 at 12:58:54 PT
FoM - One More OT
Judge H. Lee Sarokin..
I Want My America Back -- not the Tea Party's America.
Judge H. Lee Sarokin, 8/7/11.
Retired in 1996 after 17 years on the federal bench.
Yes, the deficit must be reduced, waste eliminated, spending curtailed, and entitlements reviewed and probably reduced, but we need a government that operates by compromise not coercion.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on August 06, 2011 at 18:19:44 PT
I personally don't blame Obama for anything but being nice and trying to be the President of the whole USA. Right or Left he tries. The Right wants him to fail. It's like a bad marriage. They will never believe he is good for our Country. I pay no attention to those people. If I were Obama I probably wouldn't care to run for a second term. He will because he is real leader and history will record it that way I think. Under his leadership we accomplished the impossible by getting bin laden and not losing one of our Navy Seals. It's easy to go to war but it's hard to end it. He brought justice to those who lost someone on 911.
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on August 06, 2011 at 12:51:38 PT
FoM #2
Peter Clothier.
Peter Clothier, 8/5/11.
Author and Blogger, The Buddha Diaries.
This would be a good time for us all to take a thoughtful look at ourselves. If we think of Obama as the mirror, what is it that we see about ourselves when we look at him? The projection of blame is too easy an answer for our troubles.
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Comment #5 posted by josephlacerenza on August 06, 2011 at 08:50:13 PT
Cannabis Documentary
I found this GREAT cannabis documentary! Please check it out and share!
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on August 06, 2011 at 07:11:31 PT
My Wife said," what"?
Strap on means to strap on your gun belt and show up for the showdown and zip up means to zip your lip. Sorry if I tend to get a bit too esoteric or colloquial. I just type what comes out.Have a great day ya'll!
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on August 06, 2011 at 05:01:42 PT
The folly of their ways!
The Fed can posture and threatened but what if they have to follow through?They really could not. It is all empty sword rattling at this point. Called out by several states they will need to either strap on or zip up! They must be worried now that their fortress of "NO" has been breached. Now they must prove their lies in court in order to protect the CSA.How does it make the fed LEOs look when they cannot enforce their own laws and we all know this prohibition "thang" is unenforceable. A small detail they have known for a long time but until lately that did not matter so much as having an excuse for the things they do.Maybe they want to appear more benevolent and sympathetic toward the "Great Unwashed" [as the fed likes to refer to the populace] because they are about to experience a very angry 300 million people after they discover they have duped into this thang for the last 40+++ years with lies and violent coercion.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on August 05, 2011 at 20:26:02 PT
John Tyler
President Obama has people working under him that have their own views and prejudices. He probably doesn't give marijuana much thought considering how complicated everything is right now. Maybe they just took it too far and Obama heard about it and is trying to back down from it.
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Comment #1 posted by John Tyler on August 05, 2011 at 19:13:13 PT
our way
I wonder what is going on here. First they loosened up, then they appeared to tighten backup, now they say it was a misinterpretation and wasnít meant to be as harsh as everyone took it to be. I am glad they are backing off a bit, but what is really going on? These are carefully worded documents that were written with a great deal of deliberation. Did one group get in control and then get ousted in some type of interoffice political showdown?  It is strange, but it seems to be turning our way again. 
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