Another reason to dissolve all multi-jurisdictional drug task forces. They are not accountable to local or state authority.
You may recall me talking some time back about the case of Don Nord, in Denver. Arrested, yet turned out to have valid medical marijuana certification, and merely wanted his marijuana paraphernalia returned.
Here’s my recap from a year and a half ago:
- GRAMNET – the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team (which included a DEA agent) raided a Hayden, Colorado home in mid-October.
- They seize some marijuana and some pipes.
- It turns out Don Nord is a medical marijuana user and that was his medicine (legal in Colorado).
- No charges are filed against Nord, and the judge orders the pipes and 2 ounces of marijuana returned for his medical use.
- The officers had given the marijuana to the DEA, and the DEA refused to return it.
- The judge cited the officers for contempt and directed them to appear in court at 1:30 pm February 2 “to show why they should not be punished for defying the court order.”
- The U.S. Attorney’s office is using taxpayer money and sending lawyers to defend the DEA agent against the contempt citation… and now
- The U.S. Attorney’s office is trying to get the case moved to federal court and contempt charges dropped.
Well, guess what?
According to NORML:
Denver, CO: A US District Court judge ruled yesterday that federal law
enforcement officers cannot be held in contempt for failing to follow a
state judge’s order to return medical cannabis and grow equipment seized
from a state-licensed patient.
“I find that (the agents) were performing acts that were authorized or
that they reasonably believed were authorized by valid federal law,” US
District Court Judge Walker Miller decided.
Just say NO to the involvement of federal drug agents in your local affairs.