All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Washington State's recently enacted marijuana law, initiative 502, conflicts with federal law.  The Feds don't seem likely to abide by state law, if a recent incident against two California landlords is any indication.  

Two California landlords have found themselves in a legal tug-of-war over the state’s pot regulations.
After California sanctioned the sale of medical marijuana, and it appeared the federal government would condone the practice,  a national medical marijuana dispensary took up shop at two separate sites near Oakland.
Now, both of those landlords are being threatened by federal officials with forfeiture of their property under a federal statute that holds a landlord liable for renting to a tenant who is distributing drugs. One shop  has been operating since 2006.
In response to the forfeiture action, the landlords filed a suit against the dispensaries attempting to forbid the sale of marijuana under the federal statute. This week, a federal judge says they don’t have the right to do that.
At the same time, the landlords are having trouble pushing the evictions through at the state level. One judge has determined that the landlord cannot evict the tenants over the federal law.
Now, according to a recent newsreport, the City of Oakland has joined the fray, arguing that closing a dispensary would create a public health hazard because it would force patients to buy marijuana on the black market.
According to the report, the federal forfeiture action is proceeding against the landlords.
Last year, a Montana landlord faced a similar forfeiture action, a  jail sentence, and fine after his tenant’s marijuana grow operation was raided by federal authorities. While the landlord knew that marijuana would be grown in the property, he said he believed that the lease was legal because the tenant had a licensed issued by the state, and it appeared at that time that the federal government would honor the state’s law.
from the American Apartment Owners Association

The Feds are trying to smother the pot industry by attacking those who do business with them.  Let us hope Washington state government will step up to the plate and protect not only lawful dope operations but those who support them.

~~~~~~~~

It was clear from the beginning that I-502 was only an endorsement of Olympia's lazy ways.  Don't expect them to protect anything while the rest of the state sinks into the mire.

More fun reading from KQED

No comments:

Post a Comment

What other people read on this blog

Effing the ineffable - Washington State elections sometimes have been rigged.

“It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”
-- Joseph Stalin