U.S. Attorney Says She Closes Collectives to Save Children

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Melinda Haag, the United States Attorney for Northern California, finally gave an answer as to why her department has been launching an assault on medical marijuana dispensaries in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, her response was about as asinine as it gets: that collectives near schools endanger the youth.

Haag and her department forcibly ceased operations at five licensed San Francisco based collectives and tried to do the same to four others on February 21st. While you’d hope a district attorney would be a reasonable, progressive decision maker, Haag has made it clear that negotiation and leniency are not a part of her repertoire.

“When a dispensary comes to my attention that is close to a school, a park, a playground or children, that’s a line I’ve decided to draw.”

When asked about protests from compliant dispensary owners and medical marijuana patients, this is what Haag had to say.

“I hear them,” Haag said, “but I have a hard time making that distinction [between good and bad dispensaries]. I’ve already drawn a line.”

“When a dispensary comes to my attention that is close to a school, a park, a playground or children, that’s a line I’ve decided to draw.”

“There is a belief, backed by facts, that marijuana operations are often times the victims of criminal activity,” she added. “Armed robberies at dispensaries, armed robberies at grow operations, and people who are nearby are at risk [to wit: school children] as a result of that.” [SF Weekly]

Haag must have aced kindergarten, because she’s apparently¬†really, really talented at¬†drawing lines. And staying within those lines at all times.

Her remarks about dispensaries causing crime are ironic, because, as I’ve mentioned before, it’s been proven that areas with medical marijuana dispensaries experience less crime. Someone on Haag’s team may want to debrief her about that study before she goes into an interview making false, uneqivocal remarks.

Yes, as this article mentions, crime and murder has, on rare occasion, occurred near dispensaries. But crime occurs all over the world in the unlikeliest of places, and that won’t ever change.

If someone gets murdered, raped, or assaulted at an amusement park, like say, Disney Land, do the federal authorities send Walt Disney’s cryogenically frozen corpse a letter to cease an and desist all activities of amusement?

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