December 12, 2014
In reference to the last post regarding the enforcement of marijuana laws on tribal lands:
Justice Department on Thursday will tell U.S. attorneys to not prevent tribes from growing or selling marijuana on the sovereign lands
Today, via this link, the Department of Justice, as reported by the LA Times has/will produce a “Memorandum” concerning the enforcement of marijuana laws on Tribal Lands which seems to say that they will not bother prosecuting Federal laws on marijuana anymore.
The Justice Department will generally not try to enforce federal marijuana laws on Native American reservations.
“The new guidance, released in a memorandum, will be implemented on a case-by-case basis and tribes must still follow federal guidelines, said Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota and the chairman of the Attorney General’s Subcommittee on Native American Issues.”
The policy comes on the heels of the 2013 Justice Department decision to stop most federal marijuana prosecutions in states that have legalized the possession or sale of pot.
I would caution everyone to be very slow to rush in and shout a victory has been won.
The Federal Government has a way of making you think you have won freedoms which in effect you have not as the regulations surrounding that freedom end up making you into a criminal over and over again. Kind of like the CBD bill in Kentucky which it turns out you can buy CBD (with no THC) online all day long and it is legal without a prescription! So why did we fight for the CBD bill? So that the Physicians, Pharmas, and other corporate and government entities can make money on the bandwagon to “legalize” on the backs of all of us.
This MEMORANDUM which personally I have not seen published yet, should be studied closely as to what it actually MEANS, not just what it seems to say.
First of all a memorandum from the Department of Justice does not mean they have REPEALED the statutes in existence at the federal level regarding marijuana. They can and likely will continue to interfere with marijuana production and sales.
This has been proven over and over again in all “legalized” or “medical” states that the Feds can and do still come in to support the “regulating” of the marijuana statutes.
As well, the U.N. has NOT at this point “repealed” any treaty regarding the use of marijuana in any form. They have “talked about” changing the way that the “drug problem” is handled. That being said, marijuana is still illegal. See these links:
U.S. states’ pot legalization not in line with international law: U.N. agency
More Police or More Doctors? How to Best Tackle Illicit Drugs: November 6, 2014
So while the Reservations get ready for their “grand openings” at the cannabis casino that they have most likely already planned for, I hope that they realize that once again they may be giving away their sovereign rights via pending “legalization”…
It’s all in the semantics…
Read between the lines first…