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Monday, April 2, 2012

Obama Raids the Wrong House

Posted by on Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Slog tipper idaho points us to this story in Mother Jones: "This morning, agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, US Marshals Service, and Internal Revenue Service served a warrant on Oakland, California's Oaksterdam University, a trade school for medical marijuana growers."

I'll wait till I see the search returns before passing final judgment—maybe there was an arsenal inside or a huge money laundering operation underway?—but this looks plain idiotic. It's one thing to bust up major drug rings operating outside the scope of a state's medical marijuana law; it's another to target a school that tries to improve the medical-marijuana industry. That is, Oaksterdam is the good guys—these are the stand-up folks attempting to bring better practices and responsibility to an industry that is sometimes abused. Instead of raiding these poeple, federal agents should be hitting cartels and drug runners who undermine the law and endanger public.


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balderdash 1
Yeah, barring some kind of unexpected findings this sounds a lot like a deliberate message: "We will not tolerate any undermining of the Drug War no matter what the states say."
Posted by balderdash on April 2, 2012 at 1:17 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 2
Another Glorious Victory in the War on Drugs!!! Huzzah!!!
Posted by Urgutha Forka on April 2, 2012 at 1:27 PM · Report this
The fact that IRS was involved suggests to me that there is something more going on here.
Posted by giffy on April 2, 2012 at 1:40 PM · Report this
Dear medical marijuana industry:

Pay your damned taxes, already. You can easily afford to.
Posted by robotslave on April 2, 2012 at 1:43 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 5
Damn...can't wait to vote Obama/Romney/Bush/Clinton (really what is the difference between these clowns) in December!!!
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on April 2, 2012 at 1:43 PM · Report this
Timrrr 6
From SFGate:
"Agents with the U.S. Marshals Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service's criminal investigation division are searching the school at the corner of 16th Street and Broadway, in the heart of the city's widely recognized downtown cannabis-oriented district, authorities said."

You don't bring the IRS along on a pot bust, Dom -- and you know that! Clearly something else is going on here.

Might think about finding out what that is before launching into tea-party-inspired headlines in the future, too.
Posted by Timrrr on April 2, 2012 at 1:47 PM · Report this
What are you Fox News? Was it Obama that killed those kids in Afghanistan, too?
Posted by tkc on April 2, 2012 at 1:52 PM · Report this
Dominic Holden 8
@3 and 6) This post already mentions the IRS's participation and possibility that there's money laundering.
Posted by Dominic Holden on April 2, 2012 at 1:58 PM · Report this
@7- agreed! This headline is garbage. Unless of course President Obama was in DEA uniform leading the raid. If so, I happily stand corrected.
Posted by augurgirl on April 2, 2012 at 2:07 PM · Report this
Hitting cartels and drug runners who undermine the law and endanger the public is WORK. Finding them is HARD. And people get KILLED.

So better to just ignore the real bad guys and go after the convenient, law-abiding scapegoats that will make everyone look butch and give triumphant victory headlines.
Posted by TechBear on April 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 11
that obama: omnipotent & omnipresent, just like Jesus Christ. how can the GOP not love him?
Posted by Max Solomon on April 2, 2012 at 2:27 PM · Report this
Where does he find the time?

Obama audited me this year! And he mailed me a new passport. Also Obama called me about reserving a camp spot in a national forest. He had a nice voice, much more Test-Pilot drawl-ish than you hear on the Tee-Vee.
Posted by tkc on April 2, 2012 at 3:01 PM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 13
@11- If Obama didn't want to take the blame for this, maybe he shouldn't have said he would stop the DEA from going after medical marijuana operations.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on April 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM · Report this
@7, no, but he did help to kill these kids:…

And these:…
Posted by LJM on April 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM · Report this

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