In Shadow Of Obama Directive To Stand Down On Pot Shops, Feds Don't Publicize Medical Marijuana Raids Like They Used To
Federal raids of medical marijuana dispensaries in Southern California, Nevada and elsewhere haven't ceased just because the administration of President Obama ordered federal authorities to stand down. No, they've continued, only they've done so without the kind of press releases and press conferences that were a hall mark of the Bush years.
President Obama just said no to federal pot-shop raids, but they still happen, somewhat silently.
That's according to the Daily Caller, which takes a look at how recent pot-shop raids in states where medical marijuana is legal -- against an Obama directive issued last October -- have been lacking in U.S. Justice Department publicity. The most recent federal raids happened in Las Vegas last week.
Federal officials told the Caller there has been no change in policy in terms of publicizing the raids. But just one look at the U.S. DOJ's or Drug Enforcement Administration's press release archives will tell the story.
Garrison Courtney, the head of communications for the DEA from 2005-2009, tells the Caller, "If you look at the DEA website, there are a lot of [Bush-era] news releases from San Francisco and Los Angeles. We were pretty aggressive in talking about the different dispensaries and the fact that they were operating in violation of federal law."
Now? Not so much.