Cops used fake patient IDs to buy medical pot; Was it entrapment?
Oakland County Sheriff's deputies used phony Michigan medical-marijuana cards -- created on a county computer -- to trick state-approved medical marijuana providers into selling the drug to the cops, according to documents obtained by the Free Press from defense attorneys.
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#1 Oct 22, 2010
I would like to comment about how great our country and government is! We hear how bad the DEA and FBI are but we don't hear enough that they keep us safe and free. Sure there are many more problems to address but at the same token we have responsibilities to not break the law.
Clearly, marijuana gets attention because its big business. At the same time many of the caregivers and patients don't have the mental capability to "fly straight" and the DEA will do their job to send a message that if you don't "adhere to the law" the consequences are there!
Can u imagine if our government gave a multibillion dollar crop to the people and not monitor or have control. We would have a revolution in this country. Robberies and murders would be the norm.
So yes medical marijuana helps people and doesnt harm. In context, people must not take matters in their own hands!! Can you imagine that they legalize hitting red lights? Well if our government doesnt lead us to the promised land in the safest and logical way then all the criminals wont!
#2 Oct 22, 2010
Thomas Jefferson said,'If people let government decide which food and medicine to take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as the souls of those who live under tyranny.' "
"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), U.S. President.
Speech, 18 Dec. 1840, to Illinois House of Representatives
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#3 Oct 22, 2010
The problem with your first and second paragraphs was that the dispensaries did not "break the law". The officers were turned away, originally, because they lacked proper paperwork. When they had cards, they were let in. How much money and manpower was used to entrap these dispensaries? The problem here is not that the dispensaries were flaunting the law, but rather, they did not have the ability to confirm that these cards were fakes. The work should go into improving the technology so this would not happen again (ie scanners, etc that check validity of drivers licenses). They should not have been closed down because of this. This just reeks of government agenda run amok. This is not "doing their job", this is making criminals out of those who are not.
#4 Oct 22, 2010
Now for the rest of your post.
You are off the wall if you think easy access to cannabis for adults will lead to robberies and murders. These happen now directly because of prohibition. The revolution will come because of intrusive gov't policies such as prohibition (or any number of states rights issues today).
The logical way is to treat it just like alcohol. But our fearless leaders don't see that because they, and the folks that contribute to them, are making way too much money and headlines as a result of the status quo. The DEA loves prohibition because they have job security and the spoils of the seizure laws for someone with even a little cannabis in their house.
As far as your red light comment, there is no comparison. Removing red lights and other controls such as that would lead to the injuring and deaths of drivers all over the country. The lifting of cannabis prohibition would kill noone and allow our law enforcement people to work on the crimes that actually do affect other people.
Before you continue butt-kissing our federals, I suggest you look into why cannabis is illegal in the first place. I can assure you that it had nothing to do with "keeping us safe" and everything to do with profit, both monetarily and politically. The same reasons that it still exists today.
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#5 Oct 22, 2010
The law enforcement officers whom used trickery and entrapment to coerce these law abiding dispensary owners to sell them a lawful drug should be punished for their crimes. 40 years federal prison.
#6 Oct 25, 2010
The feds will go after a pot dispensery because it is against the federal law, right? But then why won't they get the illegal aliens out of our country, they're being here is against the federal law right?
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