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U.S. Attorney Says Targeting Pot Ads Not A Priority

Aired 10/17/11 on KPBS News.

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy caused a stir when said federal authorities would start cracking down on newspapers that run ads for medical marijuana.

— U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy caused a stir when said federal authorities would start cracking down on newspapers that run ads for medical marijuana. She says that it is not a priority.

Duffy said her comments about cracking down on medical marijuana advertisements along with dispensaries have taken on a life of their own. She said the main priority for the U.S. Attorney’s office is shutting down dispensaries it believes have become commercial enterprises.

Still, Duffy said the federal government is keeping an eye on the ads.

“While advertisers, those folks placing ads and running ads, are not the primary focus of our current enforcement activities,” she said, “we are concerned about the nature and the extent of the advertisements we are seeing.”

She said if the government’s current actions aren’t effective, it might pay more attention to advertisements.

The timing of the federal government's actions has raised questions.

Recently San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith sent letters to 12 dispensaries telling them to shut down because they were too close to schools, a violation of state law. Duffy said the federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries in California has been coming for a while, but she said it was appropriate for her office to send similar letters to the same San Diego dispensaries.

“While I’m not working hand in hand with the City Attorney’s Office and Jan Goldsmith specifically on those 12 dispensaries,” she said, “I’m quite aware that those 12 were identified as problematic.”

Duffy says other dispensaries believed to be operating as commercial enterprises will also be targeted for shutdown.

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Avatar for user 'RSteeb'

RSteeb | October 14, 2011 at 7:43 p.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

It is certainly refreshing to learn that unacceptable tyranny is "not a priority".

Get over yourself, Duffy. We shall NEVER accept tyranny.

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malcolmkyle | October 16, 2011 at 8:18 a.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

These 'fast & furious' gun-running Feds are not only guilty of perjury and murder but also of bankrolling ruthless criminals, international terrorists, right/left-wing paramilitaries and various death squads with their counter-productive, sado-moralist policy of Prohibition.

Colombia, Peru, Mexico or Afghanistan with their coca leaves, marijuana buds or poppy sap are not igniting temptation in the minds of our weak, innocent citizens. These countries are duly responding to the enormous demand that comes from within our own borders. Invading or destroying these countries, thus creating more hate, violence, instability, injustice and corruption, will not fix our problem. We need to collectively admit that we are sick. -- Prohibition is neither a sane nor a safe approach; left unabated, its puritanical flames will surely engulf every last one of us!

When we legally regulate something, (as opposed to when we foolishly attempt to prohibit something) we do NOT automatically condone it's use; the legal regulations concerning the sale and manufacture of alcohol and tobacco are there to protect us from the vast increase in criminality and mayhem that would otherwise surely exist if we were foolish enough to prohibit them.

When governments prohibit drugs they effectively and knowingly hand a monopoly on their sale to dangerous criminals and terrorists. Without a legal framework in which to operate, these black-market entities can always be expected to settle their disputes violently, while terrorizing many peaceful and innocent citizens in the process. Were the users of alcohol to blame for the St Valentines massacre in the US in 1929? Of course not! It is just as naive to assume that one can compel all the users of Marijuana or Cocaine to simply quit, as it is to assume that all the users of Alcohol should have stopped drinking after the introduction of alcohol prohibition in 1919.

Protect our Children; Legalize, Regulate & Tax!

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stevengreenwald | October 17, 2011 at 12:44 a.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

The largest organization of medical doctors,,35,000 strong on Friday the CALIFORNIA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION called for the LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA..The doctors group questions the medical value of pot andacknowleges some health risks from its use but urges it be regulated like alcohol..A law enforcement officer harshly criticized the CMA new stance calls for legalization pf marijuana,, decriminalize it,,regulate it,, and tax it like alcohol steve greenwald official candidate for MAYOR OF SAN DIEGO

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Missionaccomplished | October 17, 2011 at 11:42 a.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

@ mR. Greenwald, In the book, DRUG, SET AND SETTING, (Yale Univeristy Press, 1984), the author, Dr. Zinser, points out that legislators never consult with medical experts when legislating against drugs. And here, we are, many years later, not only does Congress not consult with medical experts when legislating against the evil weed, but Congress also doesn't consult with legal experts when legislating more anti-terrrorism/"security" measures.

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