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Here’s Why Trump Can’t Beat Pot

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Donald Trump said three times while campaigning that pot legalization should be left “up to the states.” But after five weeks in the White House, his former press secretary, Sean Spicer, announced that recreational marijuana — which was legalized by eight states without resulting in a crackdown by the Obama administration — has zero leeway under federal law. “I do believe you’ll see greater enforcement of it,” Spicer told the press corps.

Since then, lots of conventional wisdom says the White House can — and probably will — try to shut down America’s pot experiment.

That wisdom looked particularly valid given that Trump’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has sharpened the attacks. He said in February that distributing pot remains illegal “whether a state legalizes it or not,” and turned the screws in March by warning federal prohibition “applies in states where they may have repealed their own anti-marijuana laws.”

“If the Trump administration wanted to shut down our industry, he could say the word and have every dispensary door kicked in simultaneously,” Travis Nelson, president of the Colorado Cannabis Growers Association, told BuzzFeed News. The press has heeded the threats, too: The Washington Post said the stern warnings Sessions sent to several governors this month show he “might begin prosecutions,” while Slate predicted he “will probably crack down.”

How, exactly, the Trump administration will approach this is TBD. The Justice Department is currently considering its options.

At any time, though, Sessions and Trump could begin raids in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington state — where thousands of state-licensed pot businesses are already operating in the open. The administration could then argue in court that even issuing pot licenses is superseded by federal law.

Raiding farms and stores may seem simple, at first, but unlike federal pot busts in past years, targeting regulated state systems would present new legal disputes over states’ rights.

BuzzFeed News’ interviews with law enforcement, former federal prosecutors, state officials, and conservative leaders show a crackdown would give rise to a hydra that pulls Trump into logistical, political, and legal traps — replicating his most humiliating setbacks like the travel ban (legal) and Obamacare (political).

Not only is legalization unprecedentedly popular, a crackdown has grown even more unpopular — and Trump would be destroying jobs in rural districts that voted for him. Possibly most damaging for Trump, though, is that he can’t fully win, because state decriminalization of marijuana cannot be completely stopped.

“They have very limited tools, and I think none of them would be successful,” Jenny Durkan, who served as US attorney in Washington state in 2012 when legalization took hold there, told BuzzFeed News. “I just don’t think they can stick the genie back in the bottle.”

There are several paths Trump could take if he wanted to try anyway. Here’s why each one would be difficult, or even impossible.

1. Trump can’t bust all the legal pot businesses because there are way too many already.

Trump can’t possibly conduct raids on every pot business simultaneously.

In Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington combined, state officials have approved 4,769 licenses for recreational pot businesses, according to a BuzzFeed News analysis of reports from state agencies.

“Who would be kicking in all these doors?” asked John Walsh, who was the US attorney in Colorado from 2010 to 2016, in an interview with BuzzFeed News.

The Drug Enforcement Administration maintains about 5,600 employees for domestic enforcement across the country, budget figures show. That’s roughly equal to the number of pot businesses in operation, and thus hardly enough staff to raid them all at once. Adding to the math, the number of doors is growing. Farms and stores are applying for licenses now in Nevada, where voters passed a law last November. Officials in California, Maine, and Massachusetts will launch their systems in 2018 — and California’s market alone will dwarf the rest.

“It’s not as if there are unlimited cadres of federal agents with nothing to do but take down state-compliant businesses,” added Walsh, who was the top federal prosecutor in Colorado when stores opened there.

“It would shut down the criminal docket.”
But it might be possible, theoretically, for Trump to reassign federal agents from other regions to make sweeps, said Durkan. Yet in that far-fetched scenario, raids would only lead to an unworkable court logjam.

Even with more prosecutors on deck, also shipped in from around the nation, each case would require building up evidence, issuing indictments, scheduling trials or negotiating plea deals, and then going to hearings. Federal courts would then need to find judges and staff for those thousands of cases — and courts lack that capacity.

“It would shut down the criminal docket,” Durkan said, arguing that prosecutors and the general public would fume at seeing nonviolent pot cases prioritized over human traffickers and violent cartels. “If they wanted to do a law enforcement crackdown, they will lack both the resources and the will to get it done.”

2. If Trump were to even threaten pot businesses, he would still end up in brutal court battles.

The least strenuous way for Trump to try to bring weed to heel is by sending letters that threaten every business owner with a lawsuit if they don’t close.

Durkan sent similar letters to medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state a few years ago — but that won’t work now.

“There were no legal dispensaries at that time, so they had no defense,” she explained. “If you send a letter now against any of the existing legal dispensaries, you basically are attacking the state system itself.” That gives defendants a stronger hand in court, she added, “and it tees up the question of whether the state has a legal right to do that.”

The Justice Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety is considering the best way to proceed, including whether to rewrite Obama’s 2013 policy for pot. A subcommittee reported back to Sessions last month, saying it wanted to study the issue more, according to an Associated Press report. Ian Prior, a spokesperson for the Justice Department, declined to comment to BuzzFeed News on its approach, saying, “We’ll make announcements on policy changes as appropriate.”

The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment.

But the problem with simply scaring businesses into shuttering is that many won’t close even under pressure.

“I’m not going to give up easy,” Shilo Morgan, owner of the Lucky Leaf Co. in Spokane County, Washington, told BuzzFeed News. She’s built a coalition with dozens of nearby pot businesses called the Eastern Washington Cannabis Association, in part to brace against Trump and Sessions. “We’d have to call in the troops and put together our crew and fight as a whole.”

“We have all worked our tails off to get to where we are,” she said. “We have a lawyer on standby.”

Hardly an anomaly, the pot industry is built on former activists used to risking jail, explained Taylor West, the spokesperson for the National Cannabis Industry Association. “They’ve fought before and they can do it again if they have to — and now with a lot more allies on their side.”

Georgia Police officer says WE ONLY KILL BLACK PEOPLE to a lady he pulled over.

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Lieutenant Greg Abbott, of the Cobb County Police Department in Georgia, is under investigation after a video emerged of him telling a driver who was stopped for DUI, racist comments The lady who was in the car was scared to grab her purse and told the officer this is why she didn’t grab her ID. That’s when he replied with his sarcastic answer “But, you’re not black,remember, we only kill black people.” Abbott has been placed on administrative duties until the investigation is complete.

Video shows over 1.5 Million dollars worth of Supercars Salvaged Due To Hurricane Harvey.

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A Rich couple in Texas has posted a video of their Valuable collection of cars ruined by the vicious storm.

Video does not say if they have insurance or not but hopefully they do. The total cost off all their vehicles is close to $2,000,000.

1 Year old baby is stabbed to death & tortured by a Detroit mom, what she does next shocks police.

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Shaquittea Denice Reese-Bethea, a Detroit mother is facing first-degree murder, torture and child abuse, after she stabbed her one year old son multiple times.Shaquittea called the police and threatened to kill herself and there was dead bodies around her. Upon arrival authorities found the mother with stab wounds where she was taken to the hospital and will be taken to jail to await trial after recovery.

Man arrested after peeing on a 10 year old girl and her family at a Metallica concert

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A man in Glendale Arizona, Daniel Daddio, took things overboard when he started to urinate on the crowd at a Metallica Concert. His urine hit a family of three , including a 10 year old girl, which forced them to leave the concert. The judge blamed Daddio for being overly intoxicated and said within her 15 years this is the most disgusting scenario she has ever read.

WATCH TOMI LAHREN HELL BREAK LOOSE AGAINST SOROS! THE VIDEO IS GOING VIRAL

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Tomi Lahren is the new star on internet! She is very soon going to be on CNN or Fox News, she is so good!

She has passion and energy and the intellect needed for a great TV host star!

Tomi Lahren is going after liberal billionaire, George Soros who was the biggest supporter of Hillary Clinton, and now he is the biggest financier of Trump opposition!

He deserves the biggest media attack on him, how dare he to go after Trump, he is not even in the White House yet?!
According to Angry Patriot Movement:

Ah, George Soros. That far-left billionaire who is doing his best to influence our country. His most recent try has failed, but that doesn’t mean he is going to stop. The Blaze’s Tomi Lahren took this mega-billionaire instigator to task:

“Nothing scares rats like Soros more than American patriotism!” Tomi Lahren threw down the gauntlet. There is a clear demarcation between someone like Soros on the hard-left and Donald Trump, who simply wants to make our country better. (Watch video below)

George Soros continues to donate, and he continues to attempt to change the dialogue. His main goal is what every other evil revolutionary has wanted throughout history: divide and conquer.

Simply defined as the “strategy of maintaining control over one’s subordinates by encouraging dissent among them,” the divide and conquer mantra fits George Soros to a tee. You see, just like a modern-day cult leader, if you tell people they are victims long enough, they are going to believe it.

However, in the 21st century, there is so much advancement that the true victims of racism and sexism are usually immediately called out. There is, however, no question these rioters are victims.

They are victims of financiers like George Soros. All you have to do is follow the money, and you soon figure out these are not spontaneous protesters. They have been financed by George Soros, and they have been drawn into his web of deceit.

So, here is something to ponder: considering that it leads back to Soros, every time an angry protester gets arrested, he or she is not a victim of Donald Trump. That person is a victim of Soros, and one of these days he or she will have to take a hard look in the mirror and realize they got played.

WATCH: LOUD MOUTHED MUSLIM THUG ATTACKS US MARINE ON SUBWAY – INSTANTLY REGRETS IT … BOOM!

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In this video, a tough-talking Muslim thug picks a fight with a U.S. Marine on a Subway. It doesn’t take long for him to learn that this was a HUGE mistake…

Watch as the Marine quickly takes the thug down, and teaches him a lesson about respecting our military that he’ll NEVER forget!

Remember This Viral Photo Of Parents Who Had 6 Babies? This Is How They Look Like Now

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Do you remember the McGhee family’s adorable photo that went viral some years ago, in 2010 when they literally set the internet on fire? The couple, Mia and Rozonno McGhee had been trying hard for having children for 10 years. Finally, they were blessed with sextuplets in 2010. Last year, in 2016, they posed again to click a similar viral photograph. Aww! That is so cute.
It’s been seven years since they made headlines and things have now changed a lot, certainly. This family also had a reality show named ‘Growing Up McGhee’, which was earlier named ‘6 Little McGhees’. This Ohio-based family has seen time fly. They are surely a lucky bunch because sextuplets are incredibly rare. The chances of more than five kids being born together are as low as 0.00092% of births and this is what makes this family set apart!
Here, we want you to know how they look today, in 2017. They are fit, fine, healthy and enjoying their life! You will be filled with happiness and excitement on looking at the engagingly delightful snaps.

(baby woes PRICE DODGE 7/30/10)

Mia and Rozonno McGhee hold a montage of their sextuplets born June 9th, 2010 in the nursery of their home on July 30, 2010. The city’s first sextuplets are at OSU hospital and expected to come home soon. (Columbus Dispatch photo by Tom Dodge)


Mia and Rozonno McGhee, the parents of the sextuplets.

The family gained popularity when the photograph hit social media.

Soon, in 2012, they had a reality show. The show focused on all the minute details of their love life. It highlighted their struggles to balance their hectic home life with the demands of running their carpet-cleaning business.

The siblings, Elijah, Issac, Josiah, Madison, Olivia and Rozonno Jr. pose together after growing up.

Clip of woman having S3x at racecourse goes viral VIDEO

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Quite a day at the races! Video clip of hairdresser, 22, having sex with boyfriend behind racecourse beer tent becomes online hit.

Footage of a hairdresser having sex with her boyfriend behind a racecourse beer tent has gone viral, after the clip was shared online.

The video shows Marissa Sonkur, 22, from Hawick, Roxburghshire, getting frisky with a fellow race-goer while at the Kelso Racecourse in Scotland.

Ms Sonkur, who also works with Scottish Borders Council, was said to have been left ‘mortified’ after the footage was posted on social media.

A source told the Sun that Ms Sonkur had admitted it was ‘not the classiest thing I’ve ever done.’

A friend said: ‘It wasn’t just a one-

time thing – she has been seeing the guy for a while. Everyone had a few drinks and then they left the tent together to get some privacy.’

They added: ‘Everyone has seen it and her whole family know about the video, even her gran.’

The identity of the man in the video has not yet been revealed.

It is believed that one of his friends filmed the footage on his phone and shared it on a group chat, before it was posted onto Facebook.

After the clip was shared online, Ms Sonkur is said to have reported the incident to police.

However, it is understood that no official complaint was filed.

A friend said the waitress had admitted it was ‘not the classiest thing I’ve ever done’

Teenage prankster convicted of domestic terrorism, sentenced 25 years to life in a federal prison

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This teen pulled the wrong prank. Now he’s going to jail for terrorism… 1. 15-Year-Old Convicted For Domestic Terrorism: He’s just 15 years old. But now Paul Horner is going to jail for 25 years for domestic terrorism. 2. Calling In Fake Murders This online game called in multiple false bomb threats and murders to his online gaming rivals. The authorities are taking a much firmer stance on this now, and they have no sympathy for the teen. 3. Why They Do This “Swatting” is the term online trolls use to describe a nasty kind of attack where they obtain their enemies IP address.

Source: shift-reports

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