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Attorney Tells More Colorado MMJ Centers To Close
Posted by CN Staff on March 23, 2012 at 17:32:53 PT
By Alex Dobuzinskis
Source: Reuters
Reuters -- Colorado's top federal prosecutor has ordered 25 medical marijuana shops located near schools to close in an escalating pot clampdown, as the state gears up for a battle at the ballot box over broader recreational use of the drug. Attorney John Walsh warned owners of the centers in letters that they have 45 days to shut down or "action will be taken to seize and forfeit their property," his office said on Friday.
Walsh's actions, part of an ongoing fight between states that have legalized medical marijuana and the federal government, come ahead of a ballot initiative in November that could see the state's voters become the first in the nation to legalize weed for recreational use.Colorado is among 16 states and the District of Columbia that allows medical marijuana, according to the Drug Policy Alliance, but cannabis remains an illegal narcotic under federal law.Federal authorities in other states also have taken aim at medical pot shops. Attorneys sent letters to several landlords of California dispensaries last fall warning they risked prosecution. In Washington state, federal agents and police raided more than a dozen dispensaries in November.In Colorado, Walsh's targeting of the centers has raised the ire of some public officials in a state where medical cannabis is seen as highly regulated.Walsh's office said the letters were sent to 25 dispensaries that violate a law requiring medical marijuana centers be at least 1,000 feet from a school. That came after he sent a similar ultimatum to 23 cannabis dispensaries that violated the buffer law in January.All of those targeted storefronts stopped selling pot from those locations, so no enforcement action was taken, Walsh said.Earlier this month, Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett wrote Walsh a letter calling for the federal government to back off from targeting medical pot shops allowed under a medical-marijuana law passed by state voters in 2000."I can see no legitimate basis in this judicial district to focus the resources of the United States government on the medical marijuana dispensaries that are otherwise compliant with Colorado law or local regulation," Garnett wrote.Boulder, the college town Garnett represents, is 25 miles northwest of Denver and is one of the most liberal areas in the state.Walsh returned fire this week, noting in an open letter to Garnett that the Justice Department has authorized individual federal prosecutors to use their discretion in handling marijuana trafficking."Federal law unambiguously prohibits all sale and distribution of marijuana," he said. "This office will continue this program until all marijuana dispensaries operating within 1,000 feet of a school have been warned and cease operations."Walsh said there had been an "alarming and substantial spike in marijuana abuse" by young people with the proliferation of dispensaries.Colorado has over 650 medical marijuana centers, said Julie Postlethwait, a spokeswoman for the state's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division. Some municipalities have allowed smaller buffer zones of less than 1,000 feet in some instances, she said.Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Cynthia JohnstonSource: Reuters (Wire)Author: Alex DobuzinskisPublished: March 23, 2012Copyright: 2012 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml 
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Comment #7 posted by ekim on March 29, 2012 at 17:41:52 PT
just read at Petes site
http://www.drugwarrant.com/2012/03/more-cracks/comment-page-1/#comment-113666
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on March 29, 2012 at 08:59:16 PT
ekim #4
Here's a more detailed article about the Canadian doctors: Canada Drug Laws: Public Health Leaders Attack Ottawa's Ideology-Based Drug Policies.
First Posted: 03/28/2012 4:00 am Updated: 03/28/2012 3:58 pm.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/03/28/canada-drug-laws-marijuana-omnibus-crime-bill-c10_n_1384406.html?ref=canada
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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on March 28, 2012 at 20:43:53 PT
Good Call, ekim #4
Thanks, ekim, that was the next article I was going to post. This passage of Bill C10 by the Conservative hegemony has sparked a new round of debate in Canada!If a corporation is a person, (s)he has responsibilities as well as rights. Inc., Ltd., GbmH, they are all persons only because they have been authorized by some level of government: state, province or nation. An incorporation is a mutual contract for the benefit of the corporation person and the government: rights and responsiblities. We are people with inalienable rights and social cultural responsibilities. If corporations want to play the person game, they must pay their dues to society.
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Comment #4 posted by ekim on March 28, 2012 at 17:27:00 PT
Canada Med Drs
http://www.drugwarrant.com/2012/03/red-cross/comment-page-1/#comment-113541
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on March 28, 2012 at 12:37:18 PT
Governments Want to Cut Crime -- Or Do They? 
War On Drugs: Canada's Military May Work With U.S. And Mexico In Narcotics Fight.
CP | By The Canadian Press Posted: 03/27/2012 4:00 am Updated: 03/27/2012 5:39 pm
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/03/27/war-on-drugs-canada-mexico-us_n_1381689.html?ref=canadaCanada Drug Laws: Public Health Leaders Attack Ottawa's Ideology-Based Drug Policies.
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Omnibus Crime Bill Marijuana.
First Posted: 03/28/2012 4:00 am Updated: 03/28/2012 12:44 pm.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/03/28/canada-drug-laws-marijuana-omnibus-crime-bill-c10_n_1384406.html?ref=topbarGlobal Edmonton >  West Block >  Pot policies divide NDP leadership hopefuls.
Pot policies divide NDP leadership hopefuls.
Amy Minsky, Global News/The West Block : Thursday, March 22, 2012 5:51 PM
Read it on Global News: Global Edmonton | Pot policies divide NDP leadership hopefuls
http://www.globaltvedmonton.com/pot+policies+divide+ndp+leadership+hopefuls/6442606293/story.htmlLaws Create Criminals
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http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/governmentmustcr.htmlThe Occupied Wall Street Journal.
Features.
Purchasing Prisoners, Creating Criminals & How Occupy Could be Next.
by Arvind Dilawar on Feb 25, 2012  12:54 pm 17 Comments
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Comment #2 posted by museman on March 28, 2012 at 10:25:57 PT
Lawmakers use special language
"Federal law unambiguously prohibits all sale and distribution of marijuana,"Is that so?So, in the actual definition and meaning of the word, there is nothing 'ambiguous' about a 'law' governing 'interstate commerce' that justifies its non-constitutional basis for prosecuting cannabis users on the premise that it 'has no medicinal use.'If there is no 'ambiguity' there, well might as well throw away the word. No point in continuing to believe that it means what it was intended to mean. It has been hi-jacked, like the rest of our reality, into the special control and language of the lawyers, called 'legaleze' by us less savvy, un-special, or 'normal, common folk.'The entire federal government is just one big nasty ambiguity -in real terms and honest observation.Where do these fools go to school?LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on March 28, 2012 at 09:08:56 PT
Double Standard -- Inappropriate for a Kind Herb
"Walsh's office said the letters were sent to 25 dispensaries that violate a law requiring medical marijuana centers be at least 1,000 feet from a school."When are they going to send letters to alcohol outlets and pharmacies that are operating within 1,000 feet of a school?
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