Cannabis is heating the fuck up right now. And, from what homies back East, and down South have been telling me, there is not a lot of news coverage exposing what Obama’s “non-interfering” federal government has been up to (please fill me in in the comments if you have any links or leads on existing stories). Over the course of roughly 2 weeks a group of meddling individuals in a number of government branches have managed to launch a coordinated effort to disrupt California’s medical cannabis industry, and the supply chain of safe and affordable medicine for those with a very real medical need.
The motives are still unclear, but two things are certain: this is a reminder/wake up call of how real this business is, and Obama has lost the support of California’s cannabis industry and has instead garnered its disdain. For those of us abiding by the state’s laws, creating jobs, paying taxes, strengthening communities, and opting out of a corrupt system of labor this rash of recent federal actions is a slap in the face. Remember Obama’s claim that his administration wouldn’t interfere? Well, here’s a summary of a few of the recent events that have taken place under his administration, and which have not garnered even a peep from Barack Obama the nation’s first black president, and an admitted cannabis smoker:
IRS says cannabis businesses can’t deduct business expenses because they are illegal businesses. Thus people owe back-taxes, and they’re claiming that Harborside owes $2 million.
ATF says cannabis patients can’t buy new firearms and have to hand over existing firearms because cannabis patients are addicts.
DEA has started raiding a number of the most legitimate, law abiding, tax-paying, regulation-conforming dispensaries (including my main employer). Word in the industry is that it’s likely smash and grab cash-thieving.
California DAs are grasping for straws and threatening bystanders. Northern California DA Melinda Haag is going after land owners who rent to dispensaries, and sent letters threatening to seize properties if landlords don’t evict cannabis tenants.
Federal officials claim that they are “cleaning up” but this is a total farse. In their 30 year war on drugs the black market has grown. In the 15 years of California’s medical cannabis program we have succeeded in creating the only solution to the black market; a legal market that is safe; a legal market that provides jobs; a legal market that doesn’t foster the growth of illicit drug cartels; a legal market that supports the values of those who founded this nation in opposition to a tyrannical and exploitative ruling class.
My main employer of late was one of those shut down in recent DEA raids. The federal government took my job away. But they’re still calling for me to pay my credit card bills, and pay my student loans. I’m on the streets if it wasn’t for the grace of friends. What am I supposed to do? I know what I feel like doing, but I’d never be foolish enough to document it anywhere. I don’t know how you’re feeling but I hope it involves outrage. The folks out here in California fighting for their rights are fighting for the rights of everyone in this nation.
Don’t get mad, don’t get even, don’t get fed up. Start strategizing, and start organizing, and wait for the call. I refuse to abide this, and I intend to do something. In fact, I’ve already begun. Head over to HR2306 and read up, because that bill is going to be a major part of organizing people across the country. Legit though, this is some real life Star Wars type of shit. There is an evil oppressor at work, and there is a group of rebels who have been maintaining a resistance for decades. This is real as fuck, this is about freedom, this is life or death, this really is the future of our people. I know you can’t see it from the outside, but the cannabis/hemp industry is going to play a large role in the re-casting of our nation. It’s putting power and money back into the hands of the working class, and it’s putting sustenance back into communities. If you ever bought or sold weed then you are part of the resistance. Get ready to rise the fuck up.- Zachg