Reader: Medical marijuana would be more accessible if pro-MMJ sheriffs stood up to feds

Our medical marijuana coverage attracts lively and intriguing comments, some of which pop up long after the original publication date. As evidence, consider this observation affixed to an October post about Highlands Ranch's Chris Bartkowicz, who was prosecuted for growing marijuana even though he thought he was following Colorado's MMJ laws.

Johan S. writes:

There is ONE way around the Feds / DEA, a county Sheriff has the power and authority to forbid the FBI and DEA from operating in his/her county, a Sheriff could even draw arms against Federal authorities and arrest them if they refused to leave his/her county, look it up. The problem is finding pro-constitutional Sheriffs or people to run for Sheriff that are pro-constitutional. Richard Mack , an ex-Sheriff of Graham county Arizona would've done this.

I don't see Federal laws ever changing in the U.S. in relation to Cannabis, but if the people started voting in their counties nationwide with pro-constitutional Sheriffs that were pro-MMJ and would use their power to the extreme, the Federal authorities would be stopped cold.

The reason why a lot of Sheriffs won't do this is because they would lose Federal funding, it amounts to GREED. People like ex-Sheriff Richard Mack would tell the Fed's to stick it, and he ran his county with the good of the people in mind. Also, anybody can run for Sheriff, they have more power than you think. They can also order state authorities out of their county. This is just a way around the Federal strangle-hold concerning tyrannical drug laws. Another way is secession and a withdraw from the Union using the 10th amendment but I don't see the sheeple ever doing that. The Feds won't change, they will keep putting people in prison over drugs until the end of time.

Many people still believe that the U.S. is land of the free, that's an illusion. The U.S. has 5% of the world's population but yet holds 25% of the world's incarcerated. Does that sound FREE?

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Jan. 28, 2011 (Fri.)

Chris Bartkowicz Sentencing

Chris Bartkowicz is a Colorado caregiver who received 5 years in federal prison for a medical marijuana grow that was legal under Colorado law.

WHERE: Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse (west entrance), 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado 80294.COURTOOM: 7th floor - The Honorable Judge Philip BrimmerTIME: 10am (arrive early for a seat)Protest outside: 8amBE RESPECTFUL and DRESS TO IMPRESS! Please be very respectful in the courtroom. No signs or noisemaking devices or even T-shirts with slogans on them inside. We don't want to harm Chris' case, but we do want to be there to show support.



Of course local sheriffs -- elected by the people to enforce the state law and to protect the people from attacks on their person or property or from attacks on state law -- should be sticking up for the will of their constituents and for their supreme state law and should be keeping the FEDS out of their jurisdictions, when the FEDS intend to sabotage state laws and intend to cage people who follow their physicians' recommendations or cage people who help these sick and dying.

The people of 15 states and of Washington D.C. have spoken, loud and clear, and have RE-LEGALIZED cannabis for medicinal purposes; but many state law enforcement have betrayed their supreme law and the will of the people by allowing, inviting and even participating in raids against state-legal medical cannabis patients, caregivers, dispensaries, labs, and even patient advocacy organizations (with no medicine on site).

Targeting the most vulnerable people in society and trampling state laws is not a wise move on the part of local sheriffs and will destroy relations with their constituents.


The transition of the United States from the "land of the free" to the world's top prison-nation is a fact.

P.S. Anarchy has not much to do with fascism.


One would think the DEA and ONDCP has doctors or scientists on staff.Sadly this is not so - we would like to see that changed and believe it is a step to change.

Please sign the letter petition to appoint a doctor or scientist to the DEA and ONDCP.


Thank you!

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