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Big Marijuana – a billion dollar business

The shame of equitable sharing

Nationwide, the Wall Street Journal reported the federal government scored $1 billion in forfeiture from marijuana cases over the past decade.

Legalization now threatens that forfeiture revenue for the police departments that have relied on it. Legal cannabis and the subsequent drop in forfeiture have already caused one drug task force in Washington to cut its budget by 15 percent. That’s great news for due process and property rights.


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10 comments to Big Marijuana – a billion dollar business

  • claygooding

    And in setting up this lottery system for law enforcement only they have bought support for the continued persecution of marijuana users.

    http://tinyurl.com/k7oa9xm

    Law Enforcement Lobby Quietly Tries To Kill Sentencing Reform

    WASHINGTON — Several organizations representing state and local law enforcement are quietly trying to kill a bipartisan bill that would roll back tough mandatory sentences for people convicted of federal drug offenses under legislation passed during the height of America’s drug war three decades ago.

    These groups include the National Sheriffs’ Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition, the National Association of Police Organizations and the Major County Sheriffs’ Association, The Huffington Post has learned. snip”

    But there is hope,,we have the law enforcement agencies fighting each other just like the govt keeps marijuana advocates fighting amongst themselves.

    A number of law enforcement agencies have already joined advocacy groups like the ACLU in endorsing the bill. They include the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the International Union of Police Associations, the American Correctional Association, the International Community Corrections Association and the American Probation and Parole Association. Attorney General Eric Holder backs the measure as well.

    • kaptinemo

      (Chuckling) It was said right here, a few years back, that when the economy worsens, the forfeiture-fattened LE vultures would begin fighting among themselves for the remaining spoils. And that was before the victories in WA and CO. And now?

      The relegalization movement will be the final nail in their economic coffin, and they know it. No more taxpayer-supplied champagne and caviar when they wave the ‘bloody shirt’ of ‘save the children’, not when those children grew up, got wise to the game and are now voting to end it. It’s back to kibble, and no more fancy toys to use on their paymasters. No more tail-wagging-the-dog. And that’s what they really fear.

  • In order to prohibit marijuana we have created a billion dollar for profit industry that grows every year. This IS the big marijuana industry that is to be feared. Forfeiture laws have taken away the profit from a victimless crime and given it to law enforcement. This type of monetary redistribution incentive’s the continued collection of the money. This reverse Robin Hood technique gives a reward to the recipients only if they fight the legalization of marijuana and the truth of its miraculous medicinal herbal properties. And so we pay law enforcement to misconstrue the truth and lie about the dangerousness of marijuana all in the name of money and power to continue prohibition into perpetuity.

    I think its time for the Federal government to stop paying law enforcement to lie about marijuana, and stop the disincentive for law enforcement to fight for truth and justice in their own communities.

    Forfeiture laws are an open door for corruption.

  • thelbert

    for your amusement: one of hunter thompson’s first pieces, http://tinyurl.com/77gx9gf

  • DdC

    Pete, this comment button says permalink, I took a guess that it was actually the comment button.

    It doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works.
    ~ Sanjay Gupta

    The Shame of “Equitable Sharing” via @slate
    How local cops are still colluding with the feds to seize pot-related assets—even in states with legal marijuana.

    I apologize because I didn’t look hard enough, until now. I didn’t look far enough. I didn’t review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research,
    ~ Sanjay Gupta

    Political POW’s

    The vast majority of prohibitionists
    profit on the drug war,..
    … and that is their only motive.

    * Policing for Profit

    * Forfeiture $quads

    Money Grubbing Dung Worriers

    “Few things have been more corrosive to the basic concepts of due process and other constitutional protections for citizens/restrictions on police than the War on Drugs.” – ATLDave

  • thelbert

    this is not so amusing: http://tinyurl.com/pms2vhv

  • Howard

    I suppose continuing the big forfeiture business is at least one reason why…

    DEA Chief: Marijuana Legalization Just ‘Makes Us Fight Harder’

    http://tinyurl.com/l9uqlf2

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