Why is law enforcement SOOOOOO upset at the idea of dispensaries?
OK, I am not supporting the guy who was on TV bragging without “knowing” for sure if he was legal or not…
But the fear mongering by DEA and AG Suthers is becoming a cross of Jim Crow and McCarthyism.
Asking neighbors to call the police if they THINK someone is growing pot in their hood. What??? How many of you can tell if someone is growing pot? I guarantee none of you would know where the good ones are. My evidence of that? They have been growing in your neighborhood for about 40 years and none of you know.
Is this going to be another way to intimidate Latino or Black families that move into your neighborhood, when most growers in Colorado are white guys?
Go ahead and say I am off base. And then let’s talk about why our grow house was raided.
According to the Adam’s County Sheriffs, we were investigated and raided because someone reported two Black guys (my husband and my brother) and a dog (my brother’s best friend) and the smell of pot at our warehouse. The Adam’s County sheriffs assumed it was gang related and sent 10 – 15 SWAT Officers to break down our window are search for all things pot, guns, explosives and money.
Two middle aged Black guys, a dog and grow in a very nice, very public warehouse row at a time when dispensaries are booming is cause for possible gang activity? WOW!
Fear Mongering. Turning Neighbors on Neighbors. Creating false fear. AG Suthers, since you know so much about what the voters wanted, is this the America we all voted for? All for a plant that no one has ever died or overdosed from?
How do we intimidate the hell out of people to ensure they shut up and do not fight for their constitutional rights?
1. We will stretch the bounds of law enforce to include dramatic public arrest, maybe on TV, if we can make that happen.
2. We will call doctors and scare them into believing they are breaking the law and question them about their patients and their professional recommendations.
3. We will use our superior intellect to create fear among people who have never had a business, a lawyer or an accountant.
4. We will decide the fate of the people no matter what those commie, pot smoking, cancer ridden, hippies voted for. Amendment 20 and the White House be damned.
I don’t always agree with Rob Cory, but I believe his letter is right on.
Robert J. Corry, Jr.
Attorney at Law
VIA FACSIMILE 202-616-9881 AND
ELECTRONIC MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
February 13, 2010
Office of the Inspector General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20530
Re: Rogue DEA Agents Violation of Justice Department Formal
Guidelines on Medical Marijuana
Dear Office of Inspector General:
Please treat this as a formal complaint of waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct against U.S. Department of Justice/Drug Enforcement Administration employees, agents, contractors, grantees, and others who executed an armed raid on or about February 12, 2010 in the Denver, Colorado area targeted against Medical Marijuana patients and caregivers.
These actions are in direct violation of the formal guidelines issued by the Department on October 19, 2009. http://blogs.usdoj.gov/blog/ar… The caregiver involved in the raid, Chris Bartkowicz, remains incarcerated after being arrested by armed DEA agents. The February 12 medical marijuana raid is reported in today’s Denver Post. http://www.denverpost.com/ci_1…
Rogue DEA agent Jeffrey Sweetin is quoted in the newspaper as opining “It’s not medicine.” Sweetin probably is not trained or educated as a physician, and his opinion is directly contrary to the will of Colorado’s citizens, a majority of whom decided in 2000 that marijuana is, in fact, medicine. Sweetin further comments in the article:
“We’re still going to continue to investigate and arrest people. Technically, every dispensary in the state is in blatant violation of federal law,” he said. “The time is coming when we go into a dispensary, we find out what their profit is, we seize the building and
we arrest everybody. They’re violating federal law; they’re at risk of arrest and imprisonment.”
Sweetin’s comments confirm that the individual involved was in compliance with the law, and confirm Sweetin’s attitude that compliance with the law and the Main Justice October 19, 2009 guidelines is impossible.
Sweetin’s purpose in making these provocative and irresponsible comments that “we arrest everybody,” is to strike fear and panic in Colorado’s vulnerable and suffering medical marijuana patients.
The United States Government should stand for what is right and good; and must not be in the business of using assault rifles and jailhouse bars to intimidate powerless Coloradans suffering from debilitating medical conditions.
The rogue DEA agents involved with the raid seized medical marijuana grown for and intended for patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, and other debilitating medical conditions as provided in the Colorado Constitution, Article XVIII § 14.
The October 19, 2009 Department of Justice formal guidelines instruct federal agents to refrain from using any federal resources for the investigation and prosecution of individuals who are in compliance with state laws governing the medical use of marijuana. “As a general matter, pursuit of these priorities should not focus federal resources in your States on individuals who are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana.”
The guidelines evidence an appropriate respect for the voters’ will in states that have legalized medical marijuana.
The rogue agents, led by Sweetin, have ignored and disrupted the guidelines and the chain of command, and operate outside of their lawful authority. This action cannot stand, and must not be ignored by the Inspector General or Main Justice. The formal guidelines must be given meaning and effect.
If these rogue actions are ignored, this reprehensible ultra vires campaign of fear and intimidation will only intensify, and people will needlessly suffer.
The agents involved must be fired, suspended, or appropriately disciplined so the message is sent that formal guidelines must be respected. The federal government must focus its resources on real crime.
Please contact me if you have additional questions. Thank you for your prompt attention to this important matter.
Attorney at Law
cc: The Honorable John Conyers, Jr.
Chairman, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Members, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy
Chairman, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
Members, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
Colorado Congressional Delegation