Obama’s DEA raids a medical pot dispensary, as Obama rejects legalizing marijuana

“A medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco that gave out free marijuana to poor people is mostly empty after a raid by federal agents,” according to the San Jose Mercury News.

What?  I thought President Obama said this wasn’t going to happen anymore?  Did the San Francisco DEA team not get Obama’s memo?

“A source in San Francisco city government who was informed about the raid said the DEA’s action appeared to be prompted by alleged financial improprieties related to the payment of sales taxes,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

In related news, “More than 100,000 questions were submitted, in the first live Internet video chat by a U.S. president, with the idea Obama would answer those that were most popular. But after 3.6 million votes were cast, one of the top questions turned out to be a query on whether legalizing marijuana might stimulate the economy by allowing the government to regulate and tax the drug,” according to the New York Times.

Obama’s answer surely disappointed his fans, “The answer is no, I don’t think that is a good strategy to grow the economy.”

So Obama doesn’t think marijuana sales can help our economy, hut he unleashed the DEA on a medical marijuana dispensary because they weren’t collecting and paying the right amount of sales taxes?  Is it just me or does that not sound contradictory?

A writer at Mother Jones questioned this action by Obama’s administration thusly, “It’s difficult to gauge the Chronicle’s anonymous source, but if accurate, the explanation seems rather odd. Last I checked, there was no national sales tax in the United States, so why would the federal government be interested in that issue? Moreover, while I’m not sure whether it applies to medical marijuana, prescription drugs are exempt under the current California sales tax regime.

That same writer wrote that “Marijuana is the largest source of revenue for the Mexican cartels’ multibillion dollar business north of the border.”

So, if we “Commodify the major cash crop through legalization, the idea goes, and its cost will plummet, putting a serious dent in the bad guys’ bank accounts.”

So why not legalize marijuana?  Sure, it cannot be all that good for you.  Smoking anything is ill-advised.  However, you are going to have a heck of a time stopping folks from doing this, so why not allow it and tax it?  And why are Obama’s people still harassing medical marijuana dispensaries?

I think we all expected better from Obama, at least on this issue.

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