By Chris Johnson |Staff Writer|
The federal government is seeking an end to the untamable, profitable, and not to mention marketable, medicinal marijuana dispensaries in California.
The feds want to cut down the circulation of illicit drugs by demanding medical marijuana dispensaries throughout California to shut down within the next month or face the possibility of serving up to 40 years in prison, according to tokeofthetown.com.
Ironically, if a person is convicted of voluntary manslaughter under California law they face a maximum of 11 years in prison, according to shouselaw.com.
Some reasons behind what is fueling such swift federal action are to remove dispensaries near schools, parks and other areas where youth population dominates; which I fully support.
However, the federal government is accusing certain dispensaries of making millions without paying taxes to I Run Shit, better known as the IRS.
I do not agree with the government shutting down all dispensaries based on an accusation that some are making a little more than they should be, as our justice system is supposed to run by the idea of “innocent until proven guilty.”
As we continue to move into the 21st century, the popularity of marijuana continues to increase. Today 50 percent of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana as opposed to 12 percent in 1969, according to gallup.com.
Of course the percentage in favor is proportional to age, as the younger generations are less opposed to the legalization of marijuana than those 65 and older.
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws states that marijuana only falls behind tobacco and alcohol as the most popular recreational drugs in America.
I do understand that marijuana got the nickname “dope” for a reason, but if the federal government truly has their citizens’ best health interests at heart, then they should prove so by shutting down the tobacco company and prohibit the distribution of alcohol as well.
We all know that cigarettes are cancer magnets and that alcohol not only impairs driving, causing millions of tragic deaths, but also increases violence, domestic abuse and stupidity.
Being the realist that I am, I know that tobacco and alcohol is not going to be banned anytime soon.
On the other hand, a recent research study conducted by Rand Corp. found that crime actually increased in nearby areas where dispensaries had been forced to close down.
My question to the federal government is why choose now of all times to crack down on a state law that has been in effect since 1996?
Is it because there aren’t many marijuana shareholders or lobbyist circling the nation’s capital?
Is it possible there are high placed government officials making billions in revenue from stock shares of these legal and easier to manage drug companies?
These are valid questions to ask. The biggest question of them all is whether the government will answer the above mentioned truthfully?
I believe there are cards on the table that we just can’t see.