Do you use Cannabis, where do you get your marijuana? Do you purchase from a dispensary? How long have been smoking marijuana? These are some of the questions you could be asked by the D.E.A. if they come to your house, yes it could happen. Legalize.co has some solid advice for you! It would be to your best interest to remain silent and request to speak to an attorney before asking any questions. You are NEVER obligated to answer any questions. Police Officers come in many forms, from the very nice to the most eloquent speakers anywhere and generally through their suave way of interviewing people they seem to get them to talk. Remember, the only reason the police want to speak with you is to gather information, admissions, confessions, consent etc… They are there to build a case against you in order to prosecute you criminally. A lot of people make this mistake as the police will normally start off by reading them their Miranda Rights, which consent of something similiar as this:
1. You have the right to remain silent
2. Anything you say could be used against you in a court of law
3. You have the right to have an attorney present, free of charge
4. Do you understand each of the rights I have explained to you
5. If so, are you willing to speak to me?
Now then, there are variations of the Miranda Rights but basically they all mean the same thing. Here is where people fail and the police win. Most people want to be cooperative with the police but do end up telling on themselves or someone else. I would venture to say it is because they are caught up in the moment and are scared when they are advised of their Miranda Rights and think they will be able to save themselves from arrest if they cooperate. The police will use lines such as these to get you to speak:
1. It would be to your best interest to speak with me about this.
2. Okay, well the judge will not be happy about this.
3. Help yourself and be honest.
4. Look let me help you.
5. I can’t help you if you don’t talk to me.
6. I can put in a good word for you.
7. How can I help you if you won’t talk to me.
These are some of the basic statements police will make when attempting to get you to talk. DO NOT GIVE IN! The police may also use grimacing faces in order to persuade you which they will deny later and you will not be able to prove. Please do not get us wrong here, we love the police everywhere, we just do not agree with the veteran police officers way of obtaining consent….they use legal trickery sometimes. Yes, the police can lie to you they will not get into trouble they can do it legally.
Complicating things further has been the Obama administration’s mixed signals on recreational pot. In theory, it shouldn’t matter whether states want to legalize marijuana for medical purposes or recreational ones. But DOJ officials considered proposed recreational marijuana laws as fundamentally different from those regulating medical marijuana.
States that passed medical marijuana laws were making a narrow judgement on medical use. DOJ officials believed, however, that states that legalized marijuana were declaring full-on war with federal law.
Holder highlighted the contrast in 2010 as California voters prepared to vote on a ballot measure, Proposition 19, legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Just weeks before the election, Holder wrote a letter stating that the feds would look at federal law “against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law.”
Prosecuting medical marijuana wasn’t supposed to be a federal priority. Prosecuting recreational marijuana cases was. Check out these graphs provided by Huffpost:
The public had supported Prop 19 for much of the race, but the measure ended up failing, 53 percent to 47 percent. Holder’s intervention may very well have tipped the balance against it.
It was a different story in 2012, when Holder kept quiet about legalization initiatives in Washington, Oregon and Colorado, a move one former Justice official said showed how quickly the politics were moving on marijuana legalization. An adviser at the White House at the time said that drug policy officials worried about tipping the electoral balance against Obama in Colorado, a swing state in 2012, and so declined to intervene in either Washington or the Mountain State’s pot legalization initiatives, both of which passed by stronger margins than Obama won.
“He was not as active as in 2010,” the official said of Holder. “People were genuinely worried about Colorado. And you couldn’t talk about Washington without talking about Colorado.”
Walsh, the U.S. attorney in Colorado, was less concerned about the electoral stakes. His crackdown on medical marijuana shops that were fully compliant with state laws came in the heat of election season. Obama campaign officials feared a backlash would send likely Obama supporters into the camp of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
The Obama administration never publicly backed Walsh’s effort, nor did it intervene in the election. Obama won Colorado handily — though 50,000 more people voted to legalize pot than voted to reelect the president. The implications of that margin were lost on nobody.
The feds elsewhere didn’t keep completely quiet. They just waited until after the election. Jenny Durkan, the U.S. attorney for the District of Washington, warned residents the day before her state’s law went into effect in early December that marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
“Regardless of any changes in state law, including the change that will go into effect on December 6 in Washington State, growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law,” she warned.
California stands as an example of what may happen in other states if they continue with plans to legalize pot. In the spring of 2012, Richard Lee, Prop 19’s primary funder, came under attack. The feds raided Oaksterdam University, a school he founded in Oakland, Calif., to teach industry skills, as well as his home.
“This is one battle of a big war, and there’s thousands of battles going on all over,” Lee told HuffPost after the raid. “Before he was elected, [Obama] promised to support medical marijuana and not waste federal resources on this. … About a year and a half ago, the policy seemed to change. They’ve been attacking many states, threatening governors of states to prevent them from signing legislation to allow medical marijuana. They’ve been attacking on many fronts.”
In July 2012, the hammer came down on Harborside. The Justice Department served Harborside’s landlords with commercial property forfeiture proceedings on the grounds that it violates federal law. The city of Oakland backed Harborside, and the dispensary fought back in the court of public opinion, sympathetic patients who would be harmed by the federal government’s actions.
One of them was Jayden David, now 6, who lives with a rare form of epilepsy. In his short life, he’s taken two dozen different medicines and has been rushed to the hospital in an ambulance 45 times. The boy’s condition, however, slowly began to improve when he started using medical cannabis to ease his chronic pain and seizures.
“He sings and smiles like a normal child now,” DeAngelo told HuffPost, claiming the child has seen an 80 percent reduction in his symptoms and can now spend twice as much time at school. Harborside helped develop a specialized cannabis tincture for Jayden that doesn’t have the same “high” side effects marijuana is commonly known for, he said.
Because DeAngelo is an activist first and a shop owner second, his willingness to go to prison has enabled a firmer stand against the feds. And he’s winning. In December, a state Superior Court judge delivered a sharp rebuke to the federal government: It could not enlist landlords in its drug war.
In January, in a second victory, a judge ruled that Harborside’s landlords could not order it to stop selling pot. The city of Oakland, on the happy end of more than $1 million in tax revenue from Harborside last year, filed suit against the federal government, demanding that it cease its prosecution of Harborside.
The Justice Department may respond to the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado in several ways. One option would be to go after low-level marijuana users as scapegoats and seek a court ruling that would declare federal law trumps state law. One of the more extreme options, which officials acknowledge is currently being weighed by the department’s Civil Division, would be to preempt the laws by suing the states in the same way the feds sued Arizona over its harsh immigration law. Federal authorities could sue Washington and Colorado on the basis that any effort to regulate marijuana would violate the federal Controlled Substances Act.
“The question is whether you want to pick that fight,” a former Justice official said.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson met with Holder on Tuesday, but the U.S. attorney general declined to say whether the Justice Department would fight Washington’s new marijuana law. Inslee said the state will move forward implementing the law.
States have traditionally taken the lead when it comes to prosecuting low-level drug cases. Just 1,414 defendants across the country faced a lead charge of misdemeanor drug possession on the federal level in 2009, compared with 28,798 individuals who faced federal drug trafficking charges. Absent a massive influx of resources, the DEA, prosecutors and federal courts don’t have the capacity to handle small-time possession cases. The feds have to rely on their state-level counterparts.
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