The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Obama Administration’s Justice Department is finally cracking down on illegal marijuana stores in Los Angeles.
Federal authorities took action today against all of the known marijuana stores in the Eagle Rock and downtown neighborhoods of the City of Los Angeles, as well as against the single pot store known to be operating in the City of Huntington Park.
U.S. Atty. André Birotte Jr. stated, “Over the past several years, we have seen an explosion of commercial marijuana stores -– an explosion that is being driven by the massive profits associated with marijuana distribution. As today’s operations make clear, the sale and distribution of marijuana violates federal law, and we intend to enforce the law. Even those stores not targeted today should understand that they cannot continue to profit in violation of the law.”
All that we can say is, Hey Feds, come to Melrose next!
It’s very sad that the good idea of “medical marijuana” has become a joke – but it has. All of the contributors to this blog voted in favor of Proposition 215 in 1996 because we did not want to see people with AIDS and cancer getting arrested for smoking pot if that helped them ease their nausea and pain.
But “medical” marijuana has been completely corrupted, co-opted, and made ridiculous. It is now a Marijuana-Industrial-Complex made up of drug-dealing store operators, corrupt doctors, screeching lawyers, and power-hungry lobbyists, as well as greedy politicians who are happy to take their campaign contributions. The Marijuana-Industrial-Complex doesn’t want any regulation of their activities – not even the type of basic regulations that pharmacies or liquor stores fall under. That’s why they have fought against every common-sense regulation that would protect residential neighborhoods, and in the process have alienated many of their former supporters.
It’s an absurd situation – and it must end. Until there are sensible regulations fully in place at the state and local level, all of the marijuana stores should be shut down.
So come on over here, Mr. Birotte. Melrose is waiting for your help!