Just this week marijuana dispensary backers were whining to the Los Angeles City Council about its tough pot-shop law (even though it's not even being enforced). They're lucky they're not in Las Vegas, L.A.'s own Jersey Shore in the desert, where the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration this week raided five cannabis outlets, including Happiness Consultant, Salvation Haven, Nature's Way, Organic Releaf, and Holistic Solutions, according to Americans for Safe Access.
Of course, ASA is pissed. The group has been on a tear against the DEA for continuing to crackdown on pot shops in states where medical marijuana is legal despite a directive from the Obama administration to put a stop to the raids. In recent months the ASA has decried similar raids in San Diego and elsewhere.
According to a statement, the group reserves most of its ire for …
Bush-appointee Michele Leonhart, who served as deputy under DEA Administrator Karen Tandy; both were responsible for more than 200 federal raids in California and other medical marijuana states during the Bush Administration. Against objections from medical marijuana advocates, President Obama nominated Leonhart to head the DEA under his Justice Department, but her Senate confirmation has yet to be scheduled.
So next time you're at Rehab, Wet Republic or a Party at the Palms, and you can't get your green meds, blame Bush … and Obama.
“The federal government should never be called on to enforce local or state medical marijuana laws,” states Caren Woodson, ASA's director for government affairs. “The federal DEA must abide by the Justice Department policy and stay out of the enforcement of local and state medical marijuana laws.”