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City misrepresents federal policy on pot enforcement

Letter to the Editor

 


I see that the Grand Coulee City Council has once again blocked legal cannabis (marijuana) businesses in our city, and has once again cited federal law as their basis for said decision (or lack thereof).

The official position of the federal government in such cases can be read here: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-update-marijuana-enforcement-policy

In most cases, it is easy to see that federal agencies must be “called in” by local and/or tribal government leaders before investigative action would be taken by said federal agencies, except in cases where criminal activities which violate one or more of the Eight Federal Mandates are present, therefore possibly qualifying the activities as a federal crime issue.

The Grand Coulee City Council needs to wake up to the fact that they are indeed refusing to protect the citizens of their jurisdictions by denying legal cannabis (marijuana) businesses. Hiding behind non-existent federal opposition to such businesses is a violation of the city council members’ Oath of Office, and a misrepresentation of federal position on these matters, i.e. TREASON.

Tom Hawkins

Grand Coulee

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