Target: Special Agent Matthew G. Barnes, Drug Enforcement Administration
Goal: Urge Drug Enforcement Administration to respect state laws and stop raiding marijuana dispensaries in legal states
Even though Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana, federal agents raided several dispensaries in Washington State. This is because the dispensing of marijuana is still considered a criminal activity by federal law.
The Bayside Collective is a marijuana dispensary that was raided and, as said by one of the workers, humiliated. About $2,500 worth of marijuana was confiscated; marijuana that was meant for cancer patients. The federal government has stated that only four raids were made on marijuana dispensaries in Washington State, that the raids had nothing to do with the government’s views on the use of marijuana, and that the raids were done as part of a two-year sting.
“Marijuana is illegal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week under federal law,” said Criminal Defense Attorney Douglas Hiatt. “There is no defense, there is no justification.” The problem with federal agents cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries is that it shows a blatant disrespect for state laws. Since the American Civil War broke out because states felt that the federal government was imposing itself on them without acknowledging their rights and their laws, it makes sense that today’s federal government should respect the fact that Washington State has made medical marijuana legal.
Sign the petition below to urge the Drug Enforcement Administration to respect state laws, and stop raiding marijuana dispensaries in legal states.
Dear Special Agent Matthew G. Barnes,
As you are in charge of the Seattle Field Division, it seems most probable that the decision to raid the four medical marijuana dispensaries was yours. The raid may have been warranted before marijuana became legalized in Washington, but certainly not after, and it is very likely that the courts will agree with that statement. The federal government and its branches must respect state government laws.
What if, for instance, a state decided to ignore a federal law? Technically, Constitution states that a federal law takes precedence, but that is only if the situation is something dire, because subverting the authority of the state government is no small matter. Instead of using this rare chance to accomplish something vital to the safety or prosperity of Americans, you allowed an operation to occur that deprived cancer patients of their pain killers.
To override state law in order to perform a raid is a power that must be used wisely; therefore, please use it with more discretion in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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