When the medical marijuana initiatives passed in California and Arizona, the Federal government met with California, and Arizona law enforcement officials to develop a strategy to deal with the medical marijuana initiatives. The Federal Government thought the initiatives were nothing more than "stealth legalization", and wanted to act but was worried about possible "public backlash" for meddling with State medical marijuana initiatives. The Federal Government also thought that it would not be in their best interest to combat the initiatives thru the Federal Courts, because they would tie up the Federal Court system, and "Grind it to a halt", due to the fact that they did not have enough resources.
The Federal Government decided to use Federal Grants to get States with medical marijuana initiatives to enforce Federal marijuana laws over State medical marijuana laws. The Federal Government made the States comply with all federal statutes, as a condition for receiving the Federal Grants, and used the Federal Grants to create a partnership with the States to get State resources to enforce Federal marijuana laws over State medical marijuana laws.
Washington State law enforcement used the Federal Grants to develop a separate sovereignty than that of the State, County, or City, and created medical marijuana plant limits that were not legally posted in a State RCW, WAC, County or City Ordinance. Washington State law enforcement would enforce these plant limits, and refer the cases to The Federal Courts, and bypass the State laws right to an affirmative defense. The federal agents assigned to the various Washington State law enforcement contracting agencies, would then tag along and confiscate the marijuana. Washington State complied with the Federal grant conditions and helped pay for the job of rendering the Washington State medical marijuana useless. The Federal Government succeeded in getting States with medical marijuana initiatives to not only enforce Federal marijuana laws over State medical marijuana laws, they also succeeded in getting them to help pay for it by getting Washington State to agree to comply with Federal marijuana laws as a condition to receiving the Federal Grants.
Washington State helped the Federal Government, to provide them with the additional resources that were needed to enforce the Federal marijuana laws over State marijuana laws. Without the help of Washington State, and Washington State law enforcement, the Federal Government would not be able to disrupt and undermine the State medical marijuana initiatives. When Washington State medical marijuana patients are told by Washington State politicians that medical marijuana is still illegal federally, Patients expect that it will be the Federal Government that will arrest them and take their medicine. Patients do not understand that it will be the State of Washington that pays for the enforcement of Federal marijuana laws over State medical marijuana laws, and that it will be the State of Washington that strips away their right to an affirmative defense, and takes away their medicine.
Washington State medical marijuana patients are being subjected to entrapment by initiative by the State of Washington, which has agreed to sign federal contracts to enforce Federal marijuana laws, over its own medical marijuana law. The counties have sign a memorandum of understanding to enforce a federal drug control policy, which has been certified by the Attorney Generals office. The State of Washington has agreed to pay its judges, its prosecutors, and its law enforcement personnel, to entrap Washington State medical marijuana patients who dare to exercise their rights under the Washington State medical marijuana law, just so the State of Washington can get federal funding.
John Worthington - Washington State Director
John Worthington speaking at the King County Board of Health meeting (December 15, 2006)
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