Dear President Obama,
You have better things to do.
The famed “Holder memo“, expertly crafted to raise hopes and then destroy lives, has now been clarified, to ensure everyone understands that the United States federal government will attack anyone who tries to run a responsible and ethical business that involves farming and selling cannabis. They say it’s a bad use of “resources” to go after patients dying of cancer and AIDS (who could disagree?), but anyone who grows and sells risks the full and violent force of the DEA, IRS, FBI, etc.
Meanwhile, 58% of voters in the West believe marijuana should be legal for grown-ups, Montanans consume 30,000 pounds a year, and are generally eager to be taxed for the privilege of “getting legal” and diverting their financial support of the criminal black market to legitimate local businesses.
- Prevent extremists of any flavor from blowing up innocent people on American soil.
- Chase down domestic murderers and rapists.
- Nail some fraudsters, cheats, thieves, and scammers.
- Monitor registered sex offenders.
- Hold companies responsible for poisoning our environment accountable for their actions.
- Prosecute hate crimes.
- Imprison the leaders of corporate juggernauts who pillage the public good, for their personal profit.
- Go after rich people who break the law to avoid paying taxes.
That’s a short list I came up with in 15 minutes. There are proper, useful, just roles for federal law enforcement. I want my tax dollars to fight these crimes.
Arresting and incarcerating cannabis farmers providing an agricultural commodity to responsible adults doesn’t make the list. So, stop, please.
Agree? The audience for our objections includes several elected officials. Please give them a (polite) piece of your mind, and ask them to stand up for Montanans who have participated responsibly in the Montana medical marijuana marketplace. Ask Denny Rehberg (our federal Representative, call (202) 225-3211 right now) to support HR 2306, which would end federal marijuana prohibition.
Ask Baucus and Tester (call both right now), our Montana Senators, to pressure the Department of Justice and the Obama administration to leave Montana alone when it comes to marijuana. We’re Montanans, we’ll figure it out, please give us the freedom to do so without your federal guns blazing.
The federal/state conflict question is an important one, and now that our neighbors continue to be rounded up and threatened with being carted off to federal prison, now’s the time for you to speak up. Please take action, now.