Remember when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder strolled out and said that he would order an end to the Bush-era marijuana-law-enforcement practices of frequent raids against dispensaries? Try hard, it really happened.
The U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington has warned landlords that they could face forfeiture of their properties if they rent to medical marijuana shops.
U.S. Attorney Michael C. Ormsby also said in a statement Wednesday that his office is preparing for quick and direct action against the operators of the stores, noting that federal law prohibits marijuana use and marijuana stores are subject to enforcement action.
"We intend to use the full extent of our legal remedies to enforce the law."
The full extent.
Ormsby was mainly talking about Spokane County, where some 40 dispensaries supposedly operate.
But according to his and his top prosecutor's stance on medical marijuana, whether they operate or not isn't supposed to be any of his damn business.
If anyone is going to bust medical-marijuana operations that are stepping outside the law, it's supposed to be our local agencies, and if anyone is going to charge them in court, it's supposed to be state, county, or city attorneys.
That's the deal.
Or at least that was the deal when Obama said it was the deal. But what the president says and what actually gets done have become two increasingly separate entities.