Pot shop seizure letters decried by National Cannabis Industry Association

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Last week, U.S. Attorney John Walsh sent letters to 23 medical marijuana dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools, threatening seizure if they don't close by next month -- an act that caused centers to scramble for scarce new locations and made some owners consider shutting down for good. Against this backdrop, Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, accuses the Obama administration of violating its own dictates.

"It doesn't make sense to me," Smith says about Walsh's decision to target the operations. After all, most if not all of the MMCs in question are presumably following Colorado law, as well as city and/or county ordinances -- and memos written by then-Deputy Attorney General David Ogden and Deputy Attorney General James Cole advise federal law-enforcers not to expend scarce resources prosecuting MMJ operations that are legal by the standard of states where medical marijuana has been authorized.

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Aaron Smith, right, with marijuana activist Mason Tvert.
"In terms of the 1,000-foot rule" enacted by most Colorado communities that allow dispensaries, "we have a number of centers that are grandfathered in -- approved by local jurisdictions where they're operating," Smith continues. "And centers in compliance with city and state laws should be left alone. That was the directive in the Ogden memo, and that's what we heard Attorney General Eric Holder say in a congressional committee just a few weeks ago.

"Bottom line, the federal government is getting between a city's ability to zone medical marijuana centers -- and it's not a function of the federal government to enforce zoning rules. For example, if the City of Denver determines that these facilities are acceptable regardless of their proximity to a school, that's the city's prerogative -- and with any other industry, that's how the federal government operates. I can't think of any other instance where the federal government has decided to assert zoning rules in relation to an industry. Imagine if they came in and told a city where a pharmacy had to operate."

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Thus far, the U.S. Attorney's action has been limited in scope -- but the office's spokesman, Jeff Dorschner, calls the initial mailing the "first wave" of an enforcement action that is expected to produce many sequels. As such, Smith confirms that "just as any business person would be, folks are really concerned they may have to close down, lay off employees and put untold numbers of Coloradans into unemployment lines. In an economy like this, the last thing we need to do is close down an industry and lose jobs. And it would push patients into the black market to get their medicine."

How is the NCIA responding?

"We are certainly encouraging our constituents to put significant pressure on Eric Holder and the White House, and on President Obama, to live up to his campaign promises, promises made after the election and, frankly, the assurance Mr. Holder gave in Congress last month. They need to back off and allow the states to run their own affairs, and if they don't, I think they'll see significant public backlash, just as they did in California," where the Obama administration's war on weed has been even more sweeping. "I expect to see state officials and local community leaders speaking out against federal activity -- and I expect to see the federal government acknowledgement that they overreached here. It's certainly not in the interest of public safety, not to mention their political interest."

Is this a veiled threat to withhold support to Obama in the run-up to the 2012 election? It doesn't take much reading between the lines to answer that question.

Page down to continue reading our interview with Smith.


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Brad
Brad

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Tony
Tony

there are so many problems in this world you would think that our leaders would find other interest in this world rather then nit picking the world working class people who cant afford caviar and fufu.Makes sence put presure on the people becuse they fail at doing there government jobs properly.maybe we can fire these people and get a real economy with the money they are wasting busting us for killing time.

David
David

Just so you know, the threat is for Colorado dispensaries within a thousand feet of a school. Any dispensary closed in this manner will have many others in the surrounding areas that are not within 1000 feet of a school. They will not be forced into the black market and that will be a choice of the patient, but not the only choice. This author is biased because he doesn't want any to close even if they are part of an organized crime syndicate. Sadly the cops will do their jobs and the dispensaries out of the school zones and in compliance with state laws will soon become the only dispensaries which could garner consideration by activists regarding the original endorsement of HB 1284 by Gov. Bill Ritter. The whole bill contradicts the original law and would be easier to get ruled unconstitutional than to fight it in any other way. Good luck with your struggles and sorry you are being harassed by your own citizens in a generally ignorant way that hurts patients which in turn may harm lives. So remember, the actions they cause can and will effect human health, with some being harmed deliberately and seriously from the lack of continued supply of fresh medicine. Changing from natural medicine to harsh pills has a extreme impact on some patients but no one will have a law suit even if these closures kill somebody unless the HB 1284 bill gets repealed. It is a bad House Bill and has already hurt many people.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

The 10th Amendment - "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."Many of the original 13 colonies would not ratify the new Constitution without the Bill of Rights.It's in English, not hard to understand, BUT OUT GOVERNMENT HAS NO RESPECT FOR THE LAW.  The US Constitution - the highest law of the land ??? Guess not.We see this from the top - all the way down to selective enforcement on the streets by our newly militarized police.This (MMJ) along with many many other issues, should be handled by local government,Ron Paul and others have been saying this for years.  Andrew Jackson warned us (vetoed the Fed), Dwight Eisonhower warned of the miltary-industrial complex.  The federal govt is so far out of control that nothing less than a radical pruning will change anything, which won't happen because they can't serve their corporate masters and suck us taxpayers dry if they follow the law.

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Brian Mo

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Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Amendment 20 never authorized Retail Marijuana Dispensaries.

Amendment 20 never authorized Large Scale Commercial Grows.

Amendment 20 only authorized small scale personal use and small scale personal cultivation by bona-fide patients and private individual caregivers.

Period.

The Feds are going after the greedy, for-profit, big $$ dispensary traffickers and their accomplices and co-conspirators in these continuing criminal enterprises.

The Big $$ Dispensary Lobby can expect ZERO support from the individual patients and private care-givers whom they have sought to restrict, limit and marginalize via their legislative attacks upon the rights of patients and caregivers as authorized by Amendment 20.

Reap what ye sow, greedheads.

Mmjconsult
Mmjconsult

You are counting the State of Colorado as a Co- conspirator I hope!

Guesto
Guesto

I don't why you keep calling for divisiveness. You just want to set everything on fire and laugh, and I understand that. Unification against DEA thugs is more important than "gotcha" and "i told you so."

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

You ain't the sharpest tack in the box, are you boy?

The "DEA thugs" weren't interested in Colorado before the greedy big $$ dispensaries bum-rushed into Colorado circa 2008.

Before then, for 8+ years, THOUSANDS of legitimate MMJ patients and their private individual care-givers managed to function just fine, as authorized by Amendment 20.

The greedy, for-profit, big $$ dispensary lobby and their entourage of puerile pot clowns DESTROYED the quietly functioning patient-caregiver model, and via their paid lobbyists and Dept. of Revenue parasites have systematically set about to limit, restrict and even eliminate most of the PRIVATE patient-caregiver rights granted by Amendment 20 ... all for their own self-serving avarice and financial gain.

It was the idiotic "uniting" of the clueless pro-pot crowd with the big $$ dispensary shills and pro-dispensary propaganda that created this mess in the first place.

Just how daft and obtuse can you be, eh stoner?

Clue -- the best interests of private patients and individual private caregivers are IN DIRECT CONFLICT with the political, financial and legal interests of the Big $$, For Profit, Retail Dispensary industry.

What part don't you comprehend?

Jaded
Jaded

I could care less about dispensaries that didn't stand up for patient rights. I'm more concerned about the bill in the works again geared at taking away the right to drive by medical marijuana patients.

http://www.denverpost.com/news...

http://www.denverpost.com/news...

MrEFQ
MrEFQ

Wait, you want to allow stoned drivers on the road?

No wonder people laugh at us.

Jaded
Jaded

mr efq, the point is the laws proposed have nothing to do with science or impairment levels. It is well known that thc stays in the blood for some time and the ridiculous limits proposed would mean medical marijuana users would be unable to drive even if they are sober. No laws like this exist for any other medicine. Narcotics are prescribed psyochoactives that can cause impairment but no specific blood limit has been set. A .05 or no tolerance limit for marijuana is like putting the alcohol limit at something ridiculously low like .01. Sober people would be put in jail for driving just because they choose to use a specific medicine. Politicians should refrain from supporting these types of bills until scientific research is done to prove a correlation between thc levels in the blood and impairment. Could you imagine what a zero tolerance or .01 limit for alcohol, a proven impairing substance would do to our country? Our prisons and courts would be flooded with people driving responsibly. It makes no sense. The mere presence of alcohol in your system doesn't mean you are drunk, and the mere presense of doctor recommended marijuana or narcotics in your system doesn't mean you are stoned. Laws already exist to protect people from impaired drivers. It's already illegal to drive impaired on any substance and people go to jail for it everyday. Go ask william breathes what he and his doctor have to say about it.

MrEFQ
MrEFQ

Are you stupid? I never said I read it. I said I RESPONDED to it.

And you continue your life as a dumbass with poor reading comprehension.

Jaded
Jaded

lol. You read it and don't know how to respond. rofl. By all means, continue your life as a cranky bitch spewing nonsense instead of engaging in a meaningful discsussion.

MrEFQ
MrEFQ

Don't worry, I won't read it. As I said before I ignore walls of text. And I already responded to it dumbass, you are responding to my response.

Put down the pot and attempt to connect the dots.

Jaded
Jaded

Ef Q! my browser assed up. No worries, my post will still make a difference for those that have an attention span longer than one sentence. Please do not read or respond to what I wrote. I don't think you could handle a reasonable discussion on the issue.

MrEFQ
MrEFQ

Im sorry, I ignore walls of text.

Jaded
Jaded

The point is the laws proposed have nothing to do with science or impairment levels. It is well known that thc stays in the blood for some time and the ridiculous limits proposed would mean medical marijuana users would be unable to drive even if they are sober. No laws like this exist for any other medicine. Narcotics are prescribed psyochoactives that can cause impairment but no specific blood limit has been set. A .05 or no tolerance limit for marijuana is like putting the alcohol limit at something ridiculously low like .01. Sober people would be put in jail for driving just because they choose to use a specific medicine. Politicians should refrain from supporting these types of bills until scientific research is done to prove a correlation between thc levels in the blood and impairment. Could you imagine what a zero tolerance or .01 limit for alcohol, a proven impairing substance would do to our country? Our prisons and courts would be flooded with people driving responsibly. It makes no sense. The mere presence of alcohol in your system doesn't mean you are drunk, and the mere presense of doctor recommended marijuana or narcotics in your system doesn't mean you are stoned. Laws already exist to protect people from impaired drivers. It's already illegal to drive impaired on any substance and people go to jail for it everyday. Go ask william breathes what he and his doctor have to say about it.

Jaded
Jaded

The point is the laws proposed have nothing to do with science or impairment levels. It is well known that thc stays in the blood for some time and the ridiculous limits proposed would mean medical marijuana users would be unable to drive even if they are sober. No laws like this exist for any other medicine. Narcotics are prescribed psyochoactives that can cause impairment but no specific blood limit has been set. A .05 or no tolerance limit for marijuana is like putting the alcohol limit at something ridiculously low like .01. Sober people would be put in jail for driving just because they choose to use a specific medicine. Politicians should refrain from supporting these types of bills until scientific research is done to prove a correlation between thc levels in the blood and impairment. Could you imagine what a zero tolerance or .01 limit for alcohol, a proven impairing substance would do to our country? Our prisons and courts would be flooded with people driving responsibly. It makes no sense. The mere presence of alcohol in your system doesn't mean you are drunk, and the mere presense of doctor recommended marijuana or narcotics in your system doesn't mean you are stoned. Laws already exist to protect people from impaired drivers. It's already illegal to drive impaired on any substance and people go to jail for it everyday. Go ask william breathes what he and his doctor have to say about it.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Define 'stoned'?  I've been using cannabis every morning before I go driving for 20 years now.  If I'm on a long drive I pack phat bowls of hash and blaze away, 65 - 420 stay alive, never thought it impaired me in the slightest.  I think instead cannabis has been paramount to my safe driving record. Blazing while driving makes the music sound better and keeps me from getting pissed off at Pokemon taking his time driving like a turd in front of me. You ever see the dumb ass trying to put hot sauce on his Taco Bell while driving, now why don't we outlaw drive thru instead if you really care about making the roads safer?

MrEFQ
MrEFQ

There are already laws that prohibit such activities.

And im so glad that I don’t drive on the same roads as you. You sound likean old co-worker of mine. 65+ years old, gets drunk every single night anddrives home from the bar. He’s never been in an accident. So I guess by yourlogic it’s OK from him to drive.

Also I don't believe for a second that a 65 year old would use the term"phat"

But please continue to give the cause a bad name by defending poor decisions.    

Mark M.
Mark M.

I'd be more concerned about the fact the dispensaries are supporting this crap too. No dispensaries came to testify against the THC/DUI bill last year, nor did they really their patients to do anything either. Don't expect Safer (Mason Trvert), Sensible (Brian Vincente) or NORML to help with this. All supported the THC/DUI bill last year and have language in their Init. #30 that would require the General Assembly to define the new crime they create called "driving under the influence of marijuana", in effect constitutional-izing THC/DUI crimes. Sensible didn't lift a finger to fight the THC/DUI bill last year, Mason sent one letter to rally his troops about 2 hours before the final vote, NORML was officially "neutral."  We know the DEA's agenda, but what is the agenda of these people? Do they really think selling out people's rights is a way to get to "legalization"?

Guest
Guest

Actually MMIG was the biggest part of getting rid of the DUID bill. If you actually were paying attention you would know this.

Mark M.
Mark M.

MORE MMIG LIES! Prove it, losers.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

The defense lawyers are never going to be against more DUI laws.  Colorado is a DUI cash cow for attorneys, they make a killing off people driving after having one for the road.  Adding marijuana to the list is just like adding more items to the buffet for the lawyers to cash in on. The biggest supporter and head of the board of the THC / DUI law is Colorado's Pot Clown #1 Sean McMarijuana from go figure the town of Breckenridge, where DUI is on the check list for right of passage to becoming a local. The very lawyer defending the dispensaires is the one writing the laws to bust the patients who buy from the dispensaries and write his pay check.  Case closed!

Monkey
Monkey

Smith sounds like a child. "I expect to see the federal government acknowledgement that they overreached here". Your mom just told you to "stop it" but you're too stupid to understand why so you keep doing it until you find out why."Bottom line, the federal government is getting between a city's ability to zone medical marijuana centers -- and it's not a function of the federal government to enforce zoning rules". You are correct little boy, the feds function is to enforce federal law, what about the last 40 years makes you think marijuana is not part of federal law? We never received  threatening letters over our constitutional amendment, only when we went down the 1284/1043 road did we find the feds interested. MMCs might be convenient but they are obviously a target as well, no matter where they are located.

Lenman
Lenman

All this MMJ crap is just fools thinking anything was going to be different. If you have a MMJ card congratulation you are soon going to be listed in the federal database as an illegal drug user. Should have just kept buying it from your friends.

David
David

Federal Database?? Lenman, are you kidding me. Those lazy pigs are not making a database of people who use cannabis. They are only after the criminal resources available at most of the dispensaries. The owners hire people who party. The partiers have money and bulk cannabis access and start getting more into drug use along with their work and then dealing those other drugs and that's what they are after. The DEA is not focused on hurting every dispensary or sole patients. If they are, then those people are into other activities and you or others defending other crimes is a wasted play. In Cali they shut down 50 or so dispensaries out of 1000's. You are being paranoid and the THC may not help just because the medz tastes good. But soon enough you may realize that 98% of the growers in Colorado SUCK and grow for money not quality. If they grew for quality, then they would be growing for patients, but when they grow for money, they are only growing for themselves. The patients who can tell the difference and have no grow or dispensary but a serious life threatening condition are the people hurt most by these greedy business owners and until they have a better law regarding them, the whole CO industry will be in peril.

Monkey
Monkey

"In Cali they shut down 50 or so dispensaries". You are mis-informed!! 50 per city is a little closer to the truth. Do your research or talk to someone in Cali. Close to 200 closed in San Diego alone from these threats. The feds are most certainly trying to close them all. 2012 will be the year commercial cannabis store fronts go away entirely. I do agree they don't care about patients and are not keeping a list of them but they are focused on hurting every dispensary, they are illegal.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

For all the justified concerns about patients' confidentiality in the General Assembly's marijuana distribution scheme, there is no clear evidence that the constitutionally-mandated confidentiality of the CDPHE's registry of patients has been breached.

ColoradoMidnightRider
ColoradoMidnightRider

CO: "Lavish Affair" Ganja Gala Friday,  Jan. 27th  (ganjagala.com) speaks POORLY to  the Public, Business Owners, MMJ Patients, Activists, and Advocates, alike.

In a time when DEA Raids are coming to the Rockies and continue with greater frequency in San Diego, two Colorado groups MMAPA & NCIA attempt to "Party It Up" with $150. A person VIP benefit acess to a 'Speakeasy Lounge' Downtown.

Of course, it's not surprising, these are the same folks who lobbied our Legislature, behind the scenes, with "Backdoor" bags of cash for Politicians to lobby and pass HB-1284, The law which validated the New Cannabis Industry.  At least in some folks eyes.

While REAL Patients and activists are "Left Out in the Cold" selling apples, like a Bad 1920's movie, the celebration will continue with these, mostly 'Carpetbaggers', who came to the Rocky Mountain State on a new gold rush which isn't panning out so well.

C.D.P.H.E. new statistics will soon be released which reflect the reality of many thousands of legal patients actually dropping OUT of the statewide MMJ Program.  

More News & Commentary Here:http://m.facebook.com/?_rdr#!/...

Mark M.
Mark M.

Aaron Smith has no credibility and knows nothing about Coloradopolitics. NCIA, Sensible, MPP, MMIG, NORML, DPA, and ASA all supported theGeneraI Assembly's "marijuana distribution scheme" (HB1284) that harmedpatients AND created a dispensary-funded intelligence gathering branch of theDEA in the MMED. SAFER (Mason Trvert) and Brian Vincente now take this same schemedesigned to shut down 80% of dispensaries and want to enshrine it as anAmendment to the Constitution (Init. #30). Now these same well-funded lobbyinggroups are whining that the feds are threatening to shut them down?!?! The dispensariesare the ones that set up storefront pot shops with giant signs and neon potleaves and thumbed their noses at the feds. They signed federal confessionforms admitting to multiple, repeated and continuous violations of federal law.They brought the feds to town, willingly and blissfully, because the MMIG said DOR'sMatt Cook was their "savior."

 

Your precious Ogdenmemo offers NO PROTECTION to commercial dispensaries. The Ogden Memo says"prosecution of commercial enterprises that unlawfully market and sellmarijuana for profit continues to be an enforcement priority of theDepartment."

 

The Ogdenmemo also says: "This guidance regarding resource allocation does not 'legalize'marijuana or provide a legal defense to a violation of federal law." Chris"livin' the dream" Bartkowicz was forced to read this last line onthe stand in his federal prosecution for medical marijuana in compliance withstate law. He got 5 years and felt that was a "deal." Perhaps youguys should actually read this precious memo for yourselves, instead oflistening to out-of-state lobbyists interpret it for you.

 

The real question is why all thesegroups would band together to fight FOR this over-bearing regulatory model,complete with RFID chips and surveillance cameras on direct live feed to theDEA??? Why do they promote their own self-demise?

 

TheMMIG-lies were that it offered "protection" from the feds. US AttorneyWalsh has promised FIVE WAVES of federal indictments if dispensaries don't shutdown. Neither HB1284 nor the Ogdenmemo offers any protection, so now what?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

And don't forget that former DEA agent, former DOR-MMED director and now big $$ private consultant Matt "the savior" Cook also pontificated how his absurd "seed to sale" nonsense was so magical that it would protect Colorado from Federal prosecutions.

So will he now refund those consulting fees to the targeted dispensaries who were foolish enough to believe his specious self-promoting spew?

Or will he do their Federal prison time for them after they are convicted for following his delusional self-promotion ?

PS: this means you too, Rob Corry

anonymouse
anonymouse

Matt Cook was a DEA agent?  Proof?

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

I'm not gonna dig for proof but he announced it years ago when MMED began, I'm like 95% sure

ColoradoMidnightRider
ColoradoMidnightRider

CO: "Lavish Affair" Ganja Gala Friday,  Jan. 27th  (ganjagala.com) speaks POORLY to  the Public, Business Owners, MMJ Patients, Activists, and Advocates, alike.

In a time when DEA Raids are coming to the Rockies and continue with greater frequency in San Diego, two Colorado groups MMAPA & NCIA attempt to "Party It Up" with $150. A person VIP benefit acess to a 'Speakeasy Lounge' Downtown.

Of course, it's not surprising, these are the same folks who lobbied our Legislature, behind the scenes, with "Backdoor" bags of cash for Politicians to lobby and pass HB-1284, The law which validated the New Cannabis Industry.  At least in some folks eyes.

While REAL Patients and activists are "Left Out in the Cold" selling apples, like a Bad 1920's movie, the celebration will continue with these, mostly 'Carpetbaggers', who came to the Rocky Mountain State on a new gold rush which isn't panning out so well.

C.D.P.H.E. new statistics will soon be released which reflect the reality of many thousands of legal patients actually dropping OUT of the statewide MMJ Program.  

It appears the "Seed to Sale" Dispensary Model in this state is floundering.  With a large contingency of business influence and 2012 lobbying effort going to the Colorado Legislators seeking help with Banking,  there isn't EVEN one institution in the state willing to do business with these folks, yet a party is in order?

Maybe this is the Backdoor Speakeasy where 'paid off' politicians can be invited to be impressed, But this writer feels OCCUPY GALA would be a more fitting Protest for these 1% millionaires.

From the purely patient standpoint, both groups have shown carpetbagger tendancies which don't speak kindly to their efforts to date.  

The first group has run into a 'Glich' for thousands of potential patients by providing a PA Physicians Assistants' recommendation, sidestepping the normal M.D. Recommendation state sanctioned process.  Just one example of how this group plays by its own rules.  These folks have been left with crossed-fingers and a "Closing Window" on a 30-day Appeal process to untangle their Medical-Indused Mess.  Indigent patients seeking medicine donation help have been historically given discount coupons to over-priced dispensary offerings instead of real help, according to credible sources.

The second group, formed by a woman who didn't know who 'Cheech & Chong' was just a couple of years ago, is a nation-wide effort to rally business owners to donate money, so they can do Washington, D.C. Lobbying, and appears to be directly aligned with the efforts of Billionaire legalization forces George Soros and Progressive Insurance Ohioan Peter Lewis.  

These two 1%-ers, through six-digit donations to numerous states initiatives, including Washington & Colorado give this Party some extra Spark.  The apparent catch, adding language which insures a new DUI-D marijuanaIndustry for Insurance Companies, Law Enforcement, and DefensenAttorneys.  But, I guess that's how it is done in the world of big money politics.  These folks live in a different world from you and me!

And, in the background at this party, professionals like "Keep it in Your Pants" MPP's Rob Kampia ( see also http://www.celebstoner.com/201... ) and Safer's Steve Fox will be dancing to the unsung drummer with the hopes of a I-30 win this November, further empowering everyone involved with a "Legalization" model that is merely a mirror of Colorado's Failed Medical Marijuana "Seed to Sale" Dispensary model with a new DUI-D twist.  

This week, the Legalize 2012 effort was released for Public Comment (see http://www.Legalize2012.com ).   

With the Feds basically at Colorado's doorstep (see also http://www.denverpost.com/brea... ), and letters are said to have been sent out this week from the U.S. Attorneys office to 23 Colorado medical-marijuana  dispensaries (out of 700) within 1,000 feet of school  that they must close.  Is this, then, a time for Lavish Parties?

But, the party will still go on as planned.  Attended, I'm sure, by politicians like Senator Pat Steadman, who it appears will be pushing Hard this 120-day legislative session for a Pot-Bank as an answer to the new Cannabis Industry (Colorado Medical Marijuana Industry's "home team" in the Capitol. ow.ly/8rvse ).

It is good to know, as of press time, ALL of these 1%-er organizations have finally come together to admit their unholy alliance against any activists or groups who do not follow their hidden pro-business agendas, and also release a statement to the US Attorney John Walsh expressing their need for dispensaries.

I'm really surprised ASA Americans for Safe Access and Norml national didn't sign on as well since they maintain the same elitist posture? (See also, MMJ Community responds to Federal Crackdownhttp://www.kjct8.com/news/3021... ).

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Joint Statements have Little or No effects on the likes of Walsh and the US Attorneys' office.  This is just another deluded publicity release brought to you from the folks who are the reason the Feds are here in the first place!

It was the 1%-ers from MMIG and CBIA and the rest who HAD to pay off the politicians to make new laws allowing for dispensaries, and NOW, they are crying foul because they are about to be Financially (& otherwise) SPANKED by the DEA.  

They all thought their invested money in Smoozing with former DEA Agent Matt Cook would provide PAID protection against these types of pending RAIDS.

Just as in California, this will only be the First  Wave.  23 dispensaries out of compliance out of 700 dispensaries statewide, amd these Millionaires Dare to complain and provide 'statement'.

Organization 'Bashing' seems to be En Vogue, as indicated by "Toke of the Town" journailst Steve Elliot's recent call out of Norml's president Allen St. Pierre for insensitive remarks of medical marijuana being a 'Fraud' and 'Sham'.( See Also-NORML should apologize to the Medical Marijuana Community http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2... 

Other  Colorado State Legislative activities to be watched that have been instigated this session include:• Hemp Study pushed by Lawmakers could Aide Toxic Clean Uphttp://m.coloradonewsagency.co...•State Senator Plans to reintroduce Bill to Stop Driving while Stonedhttp://www.denverpost.com/brea...

Jay
Jay

For those who don't know, ColoradoMidnightRider is Timmy Tipton, alleged thief and confirmed douchebag. Please visit http://www.thcfarmer.com/forum... to see how many patients this asshole has screwed over.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

That is a genuinely contemptible post, Jay.  You do not allege yourself, but you think that it is important to repeat another's/others' allegations -- why?  I know Timothy, and he seems above board to me.  I know patients he helps -- go tell them that Timothy is an asshole, asshole!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"known criminals" ... LOL!

HipTip: ALL Dispensary dealers are in violation of numerous Federal Felony Laws, every single day.

HTH.

Jay
Jay

Robert, perhaps you might visit those forums, where people who have been ripped and robbed by Timmy Tipton are happy to share their stories.

Pretty telling how Timmy has never tried to defend himself there, he sticks to these forums where he can yell from the hilltops that he's an advocate for patients. Yet anytime anyone surfaces with a new story of how the criminal Tim Tipton has screwed over more patients, no one is there to defend him.

To answer your question, it is very important that patients in Colorado know and understand that there are vultures around, just waiting to take advantage of anyone they can, under the guise of 'helping patients'. Just remember the people he's stolen from were trusting patients at one time as well.

You damage your own credibility by associating with known criminals and the very worst people around. I don't know his patients personally, if you do then you should encourage them to post there to defend the allegedly great timmy tipton.

ColoradoMidnightRider
ColoradoMidnightRider

CO: "Lavish Affair" Ganja Gala Friday,  Jan. 27th  (ganjagala.com) speaks POORLY to  the Public, Business Owners, MMJ Patients, Activists, and Advocates, alike.

In a time when DEA Raids are coming to the Rockies and continue with greater frequency in San Diego, two Colorado groups MMAPA & NCIA attempt to "Party It Up" with $150. A person VIP benefit acess to a 'Speakeasy Lounge' Downtown.

Of course, it's not surprising, these are the same folks who lobbied our Legislature, behind the scenes, with "Backdoor" bags of cash for Politicians to lobby and pass HB-1284, The law which validated the New Cannabis Industry.  At least in some folks eyes.

While REAL Patients and activists are "Left Out in the Cold" selling apples, like a Bad 1920's movie, the celebration will continue with these, mostly 'Carpetbaggers', who came to the Rocky Mountain State on a new gold rush which isn't panning out so well.

C.D.P.H.E. new statistics will soon be released which reflect the reality of many thousands of legal patients actually dropping OUT of the statewide MMJ Program.  

It appears the "Seed to Sale" Dispensary Model in this state is floundering.  With a large contingency of business influence and 2012 lobbying effort going to the Colorado Legislators seeking help with Banking,  there isn't EVEN one institution in the state willing to do business with these folks, yet a party is in order?

Maybe this is the Backdoor Speakeasy where 'paid off' politicians can be invited to be impressed, But this writer feels OCCUPY GALA would be a more fitting Protest for these 1% millionaires.

From the purely patient standpoint, both groups have shown carpetbagger tendancies which don't speak kindly to their efforts to date.  

The first group has run into a 'Glich' for thousands of potential patients by providing a PA Physicians Assistants' recommendation, sidestepping the normal M.D. Recommendation state sanctioned process.  Just one example of how this group plays by its own rules.  These folks have been left with crossed-fingers and a "Closing Window" on a 30-day Appeal process to untangle their Medical-Indused Mess.  Indigent patients seeking medicine donation help have been historically given discount coupons to over-priced dispensary offerings instead of real help, according to credible sources.

The second group, formed by a woman who didn't know who 'Cheech & Chong' was just a couple of years ago, is a nation-wide effort to rally business owners to donate money, so they can do Washington, D.C. Lobbying, and appears to be directly aligned with the efforts of Billionaire legalization forces George Soros and Progressive Insurance Ohioan Peter Lewis.  

These two 1%-ers, through six-digit donations to numerous states initiatives, including Washington & Colorado give this Party some extra Spark.  The apparent catch, adding language which insures a new DUI-D marijuanaIndustry for Insurance Companies, Law Enforcement, and DefensenAttorneys.  But, I guess that's how it is done in the world of big money politics.  These folks live in a different world from you and me!

And, in the background at this party, professionals like "Keep it in Your Pants" MPP's Rob Kampia ( see also http://www.celebstoner.com/201... ) and Safer's Steve Fox will be dancing to the unsung drummer with the hopes of a I-30 win this November, further empowering everyone involved with a "Legalization" model that is merely a mirror of Colorado's Failed Medical Marijuana "Seed to Sale" Dispensary model with a new DUI-D twist.  

This week, the Legalize 2012 effort was released for Public Comment (see http://www.Legalize2012.com ).   

With the Feds basically at Colorado's doorstep (see also http://www.denverpost.com/brea... ), and letters are said to have been sent out this week from the U.S. Attorneys office to 23 Colorado medical-marijuana  dispensaries (out of 700) within 1,000 feet of school  that they must close.  Is this, then, a time for Lavish Parties?

But, the party will still go on as planned.  Attended, I'm sure, by politicians like Senator Pat Steadman, who it appears will be pushing Hard this 120-day legislative session for a Pot-Bank as an answer to the new Cannabis Industry (Colorado Medical Marijuana Industry's "home team" in the Capitol. ow.ly/8rvse ).

It is good to know, as of press time, ALL of these 1%-er organizations have finally come together to admit their unholy alliance against any activists or groups who do not follow their hidden pro-business agendas, and also release a statement to the US Attorney John Walsh expressing their need for dispensaries.

I'm really surprised ASA Americans for Safe Access and Norml national didn't sign on as well since they maintain the same elitist posture? (See also, MMJ Community responds to Federal Crackdownhttp://www.kjct8.com/news/3021... ).

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Joint Statements have Little or No effects on the likes of Walsh and the US Attorneys' office.  This is just another deluded publicity release brought to you from the folks who are the reason the Feds are here in the first place!

It was the 1%-ers from MMIG and CBIA and the rest who HAD to pay off the politicians to make new laws allowing for dispensaries, and NOW, they are crying foul because they are about to be Financially (& otherwise) SPANKED by the DEA.  

They all thought their invested money in Smoozing with former DEA Agent Matt Cook would provide PAID protection against these types of pending RAIDS.

Just as in California, this will only be the First  Wave.  23 dispensaries out of compliance out of 700 dispensaries statewide, amd these Millionaires Dare to complain and provide 'statement'.

Organization 'Bashing' seems to be En Vogue, as indicated by "Toke of the Town" journailst Steve Elliot's recent call out of Norml's president Allen St. Pierre for insensitive remarks of medical marijuana being a 'Fraud' and 'Sham'.( See Also-NORML should apologize to the Medical Marijuana Community http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2... 

Other  Colorado State Legislative activities to be watched that have been instigated this session include:• Hemp Study pushed by Lawmakers could Aide Toxic Clean Uphttp://m.coloradonewsagency.co...•State Senator Plans to reintroduce Bill to Stop Driving while Stonedhttp://www.denverpost.com/brea...

KaDargo
KaDargo

Meanwhile, bars and breweries continue to spew impaired drivers onto our roadways daily...

MrEFQ
MrEFQ

Just like the local cannibis clubs in my area. But im sure you are just going to ignore them.

GetReal
GetReal

Patients are NOT allowed to medicate in dispensaries, but bars and breweries...well, that's the point.

MrEFQ
MrEFQ

You tell that to the dispensaries in Venice Beach, CA.

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