Revelation, Chapter 2:10 — Fear not the things which thou art about to suffer: behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life.
Late last October, existed somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,400 medical marijuana collectives open for business and operating in the light of day, in the state of California. That was the “high water mark” for the industry… Before October 7, -Black Friday as it’s known within the medical marijuana community.
On October 7, during a much feared press conference – held on that sticky day in 2011, California’s four US attorneys made a joint announcement. That they would be cracking down on all the collectives throughout the state of California.
From that moment forward, California’s medical marijuana collectives have been under a full attack by the federal government’s, Department of Justice, and their state sanctioned hit men. As a direct result of the crackdown, of the 1,400 MM J collectives that existed in California before that press conference, only approximately 800 to 900 of them are left; this in a state that has approximately 30,000,000 people.
While it’s easy to put the federal government’s face on these intolerant actions, as well as many other heavy-handed tactics used to disrupt the medical marijuana trade. The ‘elephant in the room’ is the fact that the federal authorities were called in by the locals. Both the state’s attorney generals, as well as the local prosecutors had petitioned the Department of Justice to deploy their considerable resources on the crackdown of the growing marijuana industry.
It’s no secret that the federal government is more than happy to impose their sense of church-based moralities on your “individual liberties,” If for no other reason… than as a means of getting you to conform to their monetary-based system: In which you purchase your medication from the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical complex. So – the crackdown was on.
The interesting thing about the narrative that US attorney general Eric holder, and the DOJ cling to is that they believe, as Mr. Holder stated before the House Judiciary Committee: “we limit our enforcement efforts to those individuals or organizations that are acting out of conformity with state law.” Ummm… bullshit.
So why is it, not soon after those words left holder’s lips, did the DEA swooped down on Sacramento’s El Camino wellness center, a model of state conformity amongst California’s marijuana collectives. One of only four Sacramento collectives which had successfully submitted and passed the cities stringent rules and procedures, in order to obtain the cities final endorsement to sell medical marijuana.