Raids Emphasize Need for Coherent MJ Regulation

Nov 20, 2011

Recent fed­eral raids of medical-marijuana dis­pen­saries in the Puget Sound region high­light in bold relief our dis­jointed and out-of-touch fed­eral and state rules on mar­i­juana. Few will argue that the U.S. gov­ern­ment, which bans mar­i­juana entirely, is off base for inter­ven­ing in drug sales to a gang in Chicago, as one affi­davit con­tends. Obvi­ously, law-enforcement offi­cers have a duty to try to inter­vene in mar­i­juana inter­state impor­ta­tion and dis­tri­b­u­tion. Medical-marijuana dis­pen­saries have a pur­pose and, done right, should be legal. Fed­eral law-enforcement author­i­ties raided dis­pen­saries they believe are act­ing as fronts for a vari­ety pack of other ille­gal activ­i­ties. The raids under­score the mess of reg­u­la­tions and rules. It is time to legal­ize mar­i­juana, tax it, clar­ify the rules and pro­vide a rea­son­able reg­u­la­tory scheme. If sen­si­ble reg­u­la­tions were in place, medical-marijuana dis­pen­saries would not be import­ing and export­ing mar­i­juana across state lines or allow­ing felons to sell mar­i­juana or ille­gal nar­cotics. There are many lines to draw and numer­ous safety issues to con­sider. Mar­i­juana should not be legal for those under age 21. It should be legal for peo­ple who are not well and need mar­i­juana to con­trol their pain and suf­fer­ing and for adults. U.S. Attor­ney Jenny Durkan, who must enforce dra­con­ian fed­eral law on mar­i­juana, said: “The truly sick peo­ple, doc­tors, care­givers, we’re not going to pros­e­cute. They don’t have to worry about our enforce­ment action. But peo­ple exploit­ing (med­ical mar­i­juana) laws just to make a lot of money sell­ing drugs, they do have a rea­son to worry.” Fine, go after alleged crim­i­nals abus­ing the priv­i­lege of a con­vo­luted state law that allows cer­tain kinds of medical-marijuana dis­pen­saries. Wash­ing­ton vot­ers favor medical-marijuana use. They will likely have a chance to decide if they want to go fur­ther and legal­ize mar­i­juana for adults, either if a new ini­tia­tive gath­ers suf­fi­cient sig­na­tures and is passed by the Leg­is­la­ture, or by vot­ers if the mea­sure comes to them. What is indis­putable is the cur­rent sys­tem does not work. Mil­lions of dol­lars and untold hours of law-enforcement time are wasted pros­e­cut­ing bit play­ers. Wash­ing­ton needs a more coher­ent and mod­ern sys­tem. Source: Seat­tle Times (WA) Pub­lished: Novem­ber 17, 2011 Copy­right: 2011 The Seat­tle Times Com­pany Con­tact: opinion@​seatimes.​com Web­site: http://​www​.seat​tle​times​.com/

 Raids Emphasize Need for Coherent MJ Regulation

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Raids Empha­size Need for Coher­ent MJ Regulation

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