San Francisco Chronicle: Stop The Federal Pot Raids
San Francisco Chronicle’s appeal to end the months-long crackdown on legal marijuana by federal prosecutors that reached new heights with this week’s raids on Oakland dispensaries.
It’s time to call off the overboard tactics and deal sensibly with regulating a drug that increasing numbers of Americans feel poses little harm.
The latest incident only furthers the tone-deaf image of the U.S. Department of Justice, whose agents stormed well-known medical pot dispensaries in Oakland, the de facto center of efforts to expand marijuana cultivation and use. Since last fall, federal officials have sent warning letters to landlords of outlets and served notice that Washington won’t tolerate medical marijuana sales.