The Justice Department has been stepping up pressure on Medical Marijuana States with raids of marijuana dispensaries and patient grow operations whether they are compliant with State law or not. Letters have been sent out threatening landlords and even legislators over this issue and Oaksterdam University the famous trade school of the Medical Marijuana industry was raided on April 2nd,2012. Reports are the heavily clad paramilitary officers sent were carrying axes and circular saws. My guess is they will only find the will of the people to stand in the face of such tyranny, and will do as much damage to the building and it's contents as they can get away with.
Why such heavy handed actions by the Government? Russ Belville Out Reach Coordinator for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, NORML, said on the NORML blog, "There is now no doubt in my mind that this is a full-court press by the Obama Administration to squelch the voices of legalization, retard the propagation of truth about marijuana, and stall our growing political momentum long enough for the campaign donors in Big Pharma to get cannabinoid pharmaceuticals through the FDA approval process. Colorado and Washington " 2012 is THE year. Failure to pass legalization this year gives the government four more years before they have to worry about serious attempts at legalization. By then, a few more states will have passed medical marijuana laws without home grow. By 2016, Sativex and other cannabinoid pharmaceuticals are brought to market. Those states without home grow will then begin switching their state-run dispensary patients to Sativex. States with home grow will be under great pressure to do the same."
The Federal Government has responded to the push for legalization by pushing back. The Government's actions look like a 'surge'. A 'surge' is when you insert a large amount of troops into a situation to tamper down the violence and allow for negotiating an end to the conflict. We did this in Iraq and we are now negotiating with the Taliban and the Afghan Government for an end to the Afghan war. In the Drug War the Government is stepping up operations and enforcement almost as a swan song to the policy of prohibition. Remember last year when the Drug Czar tried to rename the War On Drugs saying it's not really a war? You don't hear him saying that anymore! How long will the "surge' go on? How many citizens will have their lives turned upside down in this misguided effort that only proves the fallacy of the Government's position on drugs? There is no telling. They are showing the signs of their desperation, they are raiding learning institutions to suppress even the knowledge of what they oppose! I must point out that the actions of the Internal Revenue Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Marshalls Service in the recent raids and crackdown in Oakland California mirrors exactly the Governments definition of terrorism! "[An] act of terrorism, means any activity that (A) involves a violent act or an act dangerous to human life that is a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or any State, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or of any State; and (B) appears to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by assassination or kidnapping."
(United States Code Congressional and Administrative News, 98th Congress, Second Session, 1984, Oct. 19, volume 2; par. 3077, 98 STAT. 2707 [West Publishing Co., 1984]) " any activity that-- (B) appears to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population"
If you've ever had your door busted in, animals shot , children taken away for a minor amount of marijuana or only residue in a pipe you might feel terrorized. If it looks violent, destroys property and threatens you with physical violence then it just might be terror. As to the letters, a letter can be just a threatening as a gun especially when the threat of Government violence backs it up. Sad to say the government's method of enforcing compliance with the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 is one of terror, nothing less.
I hope and wish to believe the President isn't so hypocritical as to be working the drug war for nefarious political and corporate reasons. President Cool Barry smoked long enough to know very well the truth about marijuana. If he is betraying himself and 22 million marijuana users as a 21st century Benedict Arnold it certainly will be sad to witness a man losing his soul. Then again, I'm an incurable optimist, so I cure my optimism by always being prepared for the worst.