Just last week I put up a post concerning a democrat sponsored bill that would federally decriminalize possession of 100 grams or less of marijuana and the meager constitutional backing of the federal government’s ban on the substance. Today I was just informed, via Nicole’s blog, One Astronomer’s Noise, that a man by the name of Charlie Lynch has been found guilty of five federal counts of drug possession after being arrested for running a medical marijuana distribution center in Morro Bay, California. In California medical marijuana is currently legal under state law. This could net him anywhere between 5-85 years in prison.
By all accounts Mr. Lynch followed every law and guideline that California had established concerning the opening and running of a medical marijuana dispensary. He had the blessing of the local officials and claims that he was told by a DEA official that he would not be arrested as long as he obeyed local laws. Hell, the mayor and Chamber of Commerce of Morro Bay held a ribbon cutting ceremony when the dispensary was opened. By all accounts Mr. Lynch was fastidious about his bookkeeping. He would only sell to people who had prescriptions from licensed doctors and would call each doctor to confirm each prescription personally.
Thorough coverage of the trial can be found at Seth Goldin’s blog, The Paltry Press.
A man who was helping the sick, and abiding by the laws and regulations of the state he lives in now faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison because of the federal government’s asinine stance on its drug laws. It’s time for an overhaul of federal vice laws and it’s time for a review of the constitutionality of their ability to regulate such activity. I’m sorry but the Commerce Clause does not cut it anymore. It is just like what we keep hearing from Obama: It’s time for a change.