Saturday, October 22, 2011

Crackdown on medical marijuana a threat to Oregonian's liberties | Consumer | Eugene News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KVAL CBS 13

Crackdown on medical marijuana a threat to Oregonian's liberties | Consumer | Eugene News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KVAL CBS 13

The U.S. Department of Justice has been cracking down on medical marijuana in a way that threatens the liberties of people in states where medical pot has been legalized. That includes Oregon.

You would think Justice has more important things to do.

Clean house, for instance. This is the agency that concocted "Fast and Furious," a scheme to allow guns to get into the hands of suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels in the hopes of catching somebody. Two of the weapons showed up at the murder of a Border Patrol agent last December.

On medical marijuana, we have a clear conflict between states and the federal government. Congress continues to classify marijuana as illegal.

But states such as Oregon and California have said it's OK for medical uses.

Instead of confronting the states, the government picks on little people.

In California, federal prosecutors have threatened to confiscate the property of people who rent to marijuana outlets.

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