Cannabis College Crackdown and Other New World Orders
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 America...it'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.