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Oregon takes a huge step backward

mcwow

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Medical pot sellers will be prosecuted in Ore.
Sale of marijuana in Oregon for any purpose, including medical use, is illegal and will be prosecuted, warned a tough-worded crackdown notice sent out Friday by U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton and 34 district attorneys from across the state.

"Oregon and federal law make it illegal to sell marijuana – period, end of story," said Holton.

"The breathtaking surge in manufacture and distribution of marijuana in Oregon is putting marijuana in the hands of more and more healthy kids – and dispensaries are fueling this crisis," he argued.


A "Notice to Owners, Operators and Landlords of Oregon Marijuana Dispensaries" spelled out in harsh Nixon-era language what appears to be a no-tolerance policy.

The Beaver State adopted, in 1998, the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, which is designed to protect medical marijuana users from state criminal prosecution for pot possession.

But the voter-passed law "does not restrict seizure of marijuana plants, nor does it protect individuals or organizations from federal criminal prosecution" said the "Notice to Owners."

"The sale of marijuana for any purpose – including as medicine – violates both Federal and Oregon law and will not be tolerated," it added. "People and businesses that conduct sales of marijuana face the risk of prosecution, civil enforcement action and seizure of assets . . ."

"Prosecuting individuals and organizations involved in the cultivation and distribution of controlled substances, including marijuana, are core priorities of the United States Department of Justice."

One name is notably absent from the notice – Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk, whose jurisdiction includes Portland, the state's largest population center.

In a letter to Holton, the Portland DA argued that "under present circumstances my understanding of the investigative priorities of local police agencies is that combating this cannot be termed a critical priority when balanced against others."

District attorneys from Lane County, which includes the University of Oregon, as well as Washington and Clackamas Counties west and south of Portland signed the Notice.

A U.S. Department of Justice release, quoting local law enforcement, talked of an "outlaw atmosphere" and attacked medical marijuana dispensaries as fronts.

"Drug traffickers are hiding behind the medical marijuana law to protect their sham operations: We have to rein in this outlaw atmosphere before any kid can walk into a storefront on Main Street in any town in Oregon and buy marijuana illegally," said Walt Begalu, District Attorney for Marion County (Salem) and president of the Oregon DA's Association.

Attorney General Eric Holder, early in the Obama administration, indicated that the federal government would not make marijuana prosecution a top priority in states which have removed penalties for medical use of cannabis.

Holder, in Rhode Island Thursday, promised that the policy will be made more specific. "We're going to bring clarity so that people understand what this policy means and how this policy will be implemented," said the Attorney General.

The Oregon statement on Friday argued that its threats and warmings are "in keeping" with the guidance offered by Holder.

"That guidance articulates the Department's balanced approach, which effectively focuses the limited federal resources on drug traffickers and organizations as opposed to individuals with serious illnesses who use marijuana as part of a recommended treatment . . .," it said.

But, added the statement, "The guidance also makes clear that federal officials will not tolerate those who hide behind claims of compliance with state laws to mask activity that is clearly illegal."
 

willoby

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“Drug traffickers are hiding behind the medical marijuana law to protect their sham operations: We have to rein in this outlaw atmosphere before any kid can walk into a storefront on Main Street in any town in Oregon and buy marijuana illegally,” said Walt Begalu, District Attorney for Marion County (Salem) and president of the Oregon DA’s Association.
Gimme a fuckin break...It is OK for a kid to walk in to a store and buy alcohol(21 of course, but you can get it at any age) which is far more harmful, but we need to combat dispensaries ...FUCK YOU "U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton and 34 district attorneys from across the state", worry about some real shit instead of some kids smoking pot and eating too much and falling asleep...Alcohol makes people turn into demons and do acts that are far more dangerous and harmful in my opinion..When your drunk you do shit that you don't even care about the consequence at the time and never remember in the morning, smoking makes you unwilling to participate in silly activities that take effort and you can actually realize at the time that it isn't a good idea...Yeah, I use for medicinal reasons but I'm really not even against it socially or habitually for any reason...Everything that alters ones state of mind will be abused and misused, but marijuana is far more innocent than other activities going on in teenage and young adult lives.....GET A GRIP and combat homeless youth and alcoholism in teens...Your fighting a losing battle and wasting money, if you want to waste money, do it by having youth programs and helping homeless teens to keep them from being street hustlers and homeless drunks on the street trying to rob people to get drunk...I know it all sucks and this is just my opinion, but it just irritates me, pharmaceutical companies are promoted heavily by government and they have harmful effects and are widely abused by teens also.....BLAH BLAH BLAH...I'm done
 

Weed420

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The US Attorneys office is wrong as usual. Its not illegal to sell in Oregon as long as it doesn't cross state lines. As long as it stays within the borders the feds have no jurisdiction. Its going to require the governor or the state attorney general to point out the 10th Amendment to them. Its real, its already been used. 2 states have already passed laws that make fully automatic weapons and silencers legal and the feds have not lifted a finger to stop it. Washington state is in the process of passing a lwa that makes silencers legal.
Its time for our governors to quit being such pussies when the feds start throwing there weight around.
 

aggrowman

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:33: Been in Oregon bout my entire life. Regardless of the 'laws', i never once had a problem obtaining cannabis, especially when i was younger and had a much wider friend/contact base. The arguments of the various D.A. offices hold no water under close scrutiny and never will:goodjob:
 
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