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Beth Mann
Long Beach Island, New Jersey, USA
November 11
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I'm a writer and creative consultant. I have years of experimental comedy and strange theater under my belt. I surf. I cook. I love wine, men and song. And puppies. I effin' love puppies.

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APRIL 3, 2012 8:03PM

Cannabis College Crackdown and Other New World Orders

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 Originally written for Freedom is Green.

On Tuesday, I woke up to find that the Supreme Court of the United States ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that officials may strip-search people arrested for any offense, however minor, before admitting them to jails even if the officials have no reason to suspect the presence of contraband.

Now, I'm no Constitutional know-it-all by any stretch of the imagination, but I seem to recall something called, oh what is it...yes, that's right: The Fourth Amendment, which goes a little something like this:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses,  papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall  not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,  supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place  to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Interesting. The HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND just rolled back the Fourth Amendment...because it can.

But then again, that pesky Constitution as well as laws that the public has resoundingly voted in favor of don't seem to stop public officials from doing whatever the hell they want anymore.

Take a look at Oaksterdam College, which the DEA and IRS raided on Monday, shutting down the cannabis industry trade school while carrying out a federal search warrant.

And guess what? They don't have to explain what they're doing to anyone because all of the paperwork is "under seal" other than to confirm that it's part of a (insert sarcastic laughter) "ongoing joint investigation."

Now, Oakland doesn't have a lot of money. But it does have a lot of crime. Which coincidentally occurred during this needless raid. In a different part of the city, seven people at Oikos Christian University were lined up and gunned down by a former student.

We will probably never know whether the limited police force raiding a successful trade school could have actually fought real crime only miles away. (You know, do that "life saving" thing that we pay them to do.)

Richard Lee, who runs the well-established "cannabis college", was detained then released. His home was raided by agents with guns drawn (because this wheelchair bound activist is such a threat. Where's your raid on Wall Street?), according to Dale Sky Jones,  chancellor of Oaksterdam. Four marijuana nursery workers were detained at Oaksterdam. No arrests were made.

Don Duncan of Americans for Safe Access writes:

This is a grave injustice against local patients and a slap in the face for a city that has led the state in sensible regulations for medical cannabis. Americans for Safe Access (ASA) helped to mobilize protesters this morning and is working to frame this story in the media right now. We wish we did not need an Emergency Response Campaign but today's events show that we still do.
So whose to blame for all of this needless militaristic force that descended upon a legitimate trade college going about their business?

From left, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner (Eastern District), U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy (Southern District), U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag (Northern District) and U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte (Central District)

These four attorneys stated in October that they would aggressively  prosecute many marijuana dispensaries as profit-making criminal  enterprises. Staying true to their word, three dispensaries in San Francisco, one in  Marin County and 50 in Sacramento have closed under  pressure, in addition to about 150 others throughout the state of California.

This team of legal vigilantes have made it their mission to defy their constituents' wishes under the guise of "protecting the children", whose schools may be too close to dispensaries. (Note: The "protecting the children" defense is almost always a cloak for politically motivated agendas.)

"Its a total waste of federal resources," Stephanie Tucker,  spokesperson for the San Francisco medical cannabis task force, told The Huffington Post. "They're attacking a peaceful, regulated community, and  it's wasting money. Shame on them."

Indeed shame on them. And shame on all of the legislators who have taken it upon themselves to rewrite The Constitution and hoist their own self-created political agenda upon a public that voted them into office.

God bless's going to need all the help it can get.

Thank you to Jahan Marcu and Chris Goldstein (whom I met at Open Salon!) from Freedom is Green.


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Beth ~ regarding: "So whose to blame for all of this needless militaristic force that descended upon a legitimate trade college going about their business?"--naturally, it goes even higher up the ladder since they would not have acted without the blessing of the Obama administration DOJ. And, SCOTUS is up to its usual tricks on the strip-search decision yesterday...
I saw an article recently about police forces. They are heavily militarized now thanks to the Patriot Act and the Department of Homeland Security. They have enough equipment to be a small para-military organization, and they are hiring ex-military to man the forces. I don't know what our government has planned but at a guess, cracking down on the 4th amendment is merely one small head on the hydra.
It's not an original hoo-hah but what if the petty crime was indecent exposure...good old fashioned junk flashing in a trench coat?
Strip search seems like according special privlege right there. "O.K Bozo, The Supreme Court says we're going to need you to...hey wait a minute , what's with the galoshes ?!?! and button the coat back yeesh!"
Joint investigation going on here at tr ig's as we speak Beth Mann.

Heard this on NPR today about Oaksterdam. One step forward. Two steps back. Does not bode well at all.
Looks to me like we got to man up and speak out Beth.
For shining light to come into the darkness and stop the madness.
Man, or should I say Mann, governments at all levels are strapped for cash, police forces and especially the whole justice system are under-funded and this is how they squander their scarce resources?

As for the Supremes, the cops say they need these strip search powers and Judge Kennedy replies "OK, who are we to judge?"
The strip search ruling is appalling and the logic, well, it defies logic. The Fourth Amendment has all kinds of exceptions already, so this is not new. There are lots of places where you don't have any right to refuse a search. I get to do the naked scan at airports, every time I fly, because my titanium hip rings the bell each time I go through the metal detector. So, this shit already sucked for me personally. But the idea that you could get arrested for unpaid ticket or not answering a jury summons and be stripped searched for the amusement of the guards is just insane. Kennedy actually pointed out that really bad people get arrested on misdemeanor charges. Timothy McVeigh was arrested for some petty shit week before the Oklahoma bombing, as if somehow that would have been prevented by checking his anal cavity during his petty bust. It's insane.

As for the feds and their marijuana agenda, there is some serious background here that we don't know. Why the hell do they even care? It had to mean money or power to someone. But there is much political capital to be gained. Americans just don't care about pot anymore like they did in the 60s, when it was all about the reefer madness. I doubt this is done to impress the public or gain some politician votes. That just doesn't make sense. So it's about something else, maybe about suppressing the legal competition to the illegal drug trade, or suppressing the homegrown pharmacological trade in favor of big pharma. Because it just doesn't add up.
4th amendment? whatever .. check out the latest cover story of wired on the NSA *DOMESTIC* spying machine emporium.
It seems the only amendment NOT under assault -- nay, even enhanced -- is the second, at a terrible annual cost in human life. I'd say move north, but guess what? The same shit is happening here. I love my country more than you could know ... but I fear my government and its legionnaries.

~shaking head~
This comes as no surprise. Neo-anti-contra-conservative thought would include pot, along with unions, women's rights, gay marriage, racist crap, and health care. I don't understand their vision. In utopia, is everyone sitting around on the couch after church and a fifty hour work week without benefits, with their two point five children, polishing their guns?
You have to also realize, that California is not the norm! Here in Florida not only is there no such thing as "medical marijuana". Anyone caught with as much as a roach, is considered guilty of a felony.
Now the question of whether I agree with you or not. Most definitely! rated
Here in the hometown of the University of Idaho, if you are stopped for *anything* and are on the U of I campus with a prior, you are arrested "for frequenting an area where drugs are used". Could have been stopped for not using your turn signal.
A continuation of the "war on drugs" that is killing us all.
This is yet another example of the continual erosion of our Constitutionally-guaranteed rights; with so many severely compromised already, is there really any hope that the few that remain will be left alone?

This is why Occupy is right, and good, and necessary. Despite being smeared as unwashed, public-pooper hippies, mass mobilization of the citizenry frightens politicians; with enough public support, Occupy can be the framework for a force for true change. Become/stay informed. Identify serious problems. Stand up. Speak out. Inform others. Pass it on.

This is yet another example that illustrates why I cannot support POTUS Obama in 2012. The reality of the current anti-medical marijuana policy is quite different than the lip service POTUS Obama paid to the topic in the 2008 POTUS election season.

This is yet another example that supports Congress' abysmal approval ratings. Congress has the power to rein in the gross overreaches of the Executive and Judicial branches, yet they refuse to use it even when it's clearly necessary.

Our Constitution is the foundation upon which our entire nation and national ideals is based. If our POTUS continues to assume powers to which the Executive branch was NEVER entitled; if our Congress continues to pass legislation permitting the suspension or elimination of the Constitutional rights that protect those concepts we hold most dear; if our SCOTUS "Justices" continue to rule based on political, party and personal gain.....the scraps of our shredded Constitution will become no more than a historical document lacking any modern significance, and our Foundation will crumble.

We must take action. We must hold our elected "representatives" accountable at the ballot box; insist Congress impeach those attacking our nation from within, or face the reality of the political firing squad. We must use the 2012 POTUS election as an opportunity to immediately stem the alarmingly steady tide of lost freedoms and Constitutional protections. Above all, we must spread the word, so that every American citizen and every hopeful American citizen are made aware, and are given the opportunity to take a stand against those who would destroy everything this nation was ever supposed to be.
Didn't the founding fathers smoke cannabis?
Thank you for posting this, even though I am now super angry at the world. I hate the news.
Barack Obama wipes his ass with the constitution after he takes a shit.

Due process? Fuck it - assassinate anyone causing you too much trouble.

Cruel and unusual punishment? Just as long as we can keep the screams muffled enough to not be heard in the middle of the country...

And, the Amendment you should be concentrating on is the 9th. In it is your right to smoke you wacky weed, or whatever the hell else you wanna...

I'm just curious what's gonna happen when the kids in my state finally vote in a recreational use law. Even after it passes, it's not legal. Federal Drug Scheduling Laws prevent that...
Way to go! Rated.
OMG here goes the good old days.Excellent post and thanks for the info here.
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Great post Beth!

Are commenters seriously trying to hang this on Obama?

Oh right, I know --yeah, I know the drill: Obama isn't as "liberal" as we'd like him to be.

Gee. What a shame John McCain's not in office. (sarcasm)
This is opus Beth! With yesterday being 420 and all, it was a smart and well reasoned scorching of what is at the bottom of this all - half wit politics. I am particularly disturbed by the raid on the trade school when real horror was happening across town...