Just as US Attorney General Eric Holder announces that he will shortly “clarify Department policy” on marijuana dispensaries in states where laws allow them (Rhode Island in particular) United States Attorney Dwight Holton rounded up all but two of the District Attorneys in Oregon to sign a letter about the Feds’ zero tolerance policy:
“The sale of marijuana for any purpose—including as medicine—violates both federal and Oregon law and will not be tolerated,” says the warning from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “People and businesses that conduct sales of marijuana face the risk of prosecution, civil enforcement action and seizure of assets.”
The letter is also signed by the head of the Oregon Sheriffs Association and the Oregon Chief of State Police. Missing is the signature of the Multnomah (Portland) County District Attorney:
One notable absence from the list of co-signers is Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk. He tells WW his office has different priorities.
“I don’t like to threaten things that we realistically are not geared up to do,” Schrunk says. “We’ve been at the forefront of trying to do rehabilitation for drug offenders. We have one of the oldest drug courts in the country. I think we’ve tried to have a progressive, realistic view.”
US Attorney Holton’s letter (at Willamette Week here) follows the familiar, sweeping format of other heavy federal warnings to “owners, operators and landlords of Oregon marijuana dispensaries.” It’s the first of its kind in Oregon. Since the invented terror beat may be unraveling for Holton, the US Attorney may think it’s time to crack down on the other evildoers amongst us: sick people who need the medicine their own doctors have prescribed that fixes what ails them.
Because that’s how our federal government needs to occupy its time. Right?