Marijuana Crackdown Staged to Distract From “Fast and Furious” Scandal, Author Says

Turns out the federal Justice Department’s almost-yearlong crackdown on state-legal medical cannabis has nothing to do with hard-line drug warriors, forfeiture numbers, President Barack Obama’s reelection effort — or even marijuana itself.

Shutting dispensaries in California, Colorado, Montana, and Washington is all an attempt at political misdirection, with a state-legal industry as the unfortunate collateral damage, according to journalist Martin A. Lee.

Attorney General Eric Holder directed his prosecutors to dismantle legal weed so that he could distract Republican congressmen and Justice Department officials from his mishandling of the “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal, Lee, the author of an upcoming social history of marijuana, said in an article published this weekend on Truthout.

It’s not the wildest attempt at finding meaning behind the crackdown, an effort for which the Justice Department seems to have limited enthusiasm and even less political support. Though it does conveniently ignore a few key points — including the fact that prosecutors cracked down on marijuana months before anyone had heard of “gun-walking.”

Lee’s offering, which was widely circulated and read within the marijuana movement over the weekend, contains no “smoking gun”: no unearthed documents, no new testimony or other sources, not even an unnamed administration official (which was the basis upon which a July GQ article promising a rollback of the Drug War in Obama’s second term rested).

Lee relies instead on correlation: It was on Oct. 7, 2011, that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and a Holder scourge, received a letter from the attorney general in which Holder defended his handling of “Fast and Furious.” That was the same day Holder played the “ace up his sleeve,” according to Lee — the day which the four U.S. prosecutors in California announced the statewide crackdown on dispensaries at a Sacramento press conference.

– Read the entire article at San Francisco Weekly.

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  1. gutrod on

    They are diverting attention away from the pharmaceutical companies that are flooding our streets with hillbilly heroin & other addictive pain killers both in the USA and Canada. When you compare cannabis to these drugs prohibition should be a non issue. Too much resources have already been spent enforcing cannabis laws. Even though the majority of North Americans are against prohibition the laws remain while democracy takes a 2nd seat to evil government agenda.

  2. gutrod on

    They are diverting attention away from the pharmaceutical companies that are flooding our streets with hillbilly heroin & other addictive pain killers both in the USA and Canada. When you compare cannabis to these drugs prohibition should be a non issue. Too much resources have already been spent enforcing cannabis laws. Even though the majority of North Americans are against prohibition the laws remain while democracy takes a 2nd seat to evil government agenda.

  3. Mrs. RatsRectum on

    I have my doubts about the motivation that Holder wanted to distract attention from Fast and Furious. It’s common knowledge that the CIA and DEA work in tandem to direct, if not control, contraband entering and leaving the U.S. Such gaffes, or connections that have been made to government operatives, go back to the early 1980s to the IranContra Scandal and Freeway Ricky Ross’s cocaine empire in Los Angeles, and Barry Seal in Arkansas linked to former President Bill Clinton. The shit hit the fan with Oliver North taking the fall for former President Bush Sr.

    Holder was just assuring the profits for the cartels whom the CIA and DEA are directing. The cooperative cartel gets the weapons to maintain control over their share of the profits from the black market, and stateside the U.S. government assures that the demand for cannabis smuggled from Mexico remains profitable by snuffing out the U.S. cannabis clubs and cooperatives allowed by state and local government.

    The Republicans would not have made a big deal out of it, because Poppy Bush, a Republican I remind you, was neck deep in the same shit. Both parties are entrenched in it. They can talk all the shit they want about it before they get into office in D.C., but once they’re there they don’t upset the apple cart. The question that raises is whether they are afraid of the CIA or simply jump on the money train somehow and thus maintain cannabis prohibition.

    Anyone up for putting the stories of the Mexican drug war victims on milk cartons or cereal boxes?! I don’t get current, so many people don’t, so the exposes are not getting through unless History or History2 or Discovery picks them up. How about making the television documentary about the CIA’s involvement, or suspected involvement for legal purposes, from IranContra through to Fast and Furious? With new shows for ratings, the reruns can be aired for their first showing, estreño, on one of the History channels or Discovery.

    Go after Haag and the rest of the bitches in the DOJ so that they have zero chance of rotating into any kind of lucrative elected polictical office.

  4. Anonymous on

    Apart from making vast profits, wars are generally waged to distract people from the fact that their rights are being violated and their government is being run with extreme incompetence.

  5. Anonymous on

    This is a typical case that shows what happens when the brain right hemisphere is no longer able to communicate with the left hemisphere.