I've been a long-time fan and Internet friend of Mr. Dan Carlin, a Libertarian-leaning journalist, commentator and historian who painstakingly crafts some of the best podcasts in podcast history.
Hardcore History is a captivating look at historical events and should be a must-listen for any college student who is tired of history being flat and boring. (I've learned more from this program than all of my college years combined.)
Dan Carlin's other podcast is Common Sense. This is where Dan gets down and dirty with current political events and their bigger implications on our individual freedom.
What does this have to do with medical marijuana?
His latest podcast called "Fearsome Safety" is an in-depth look at the local and federal incentives behind drug busts as well as the increasing militarization in our police forces.
To have a greater understanding of what's going on behind-the-scenes in California as the federal authorities there continue to close established, law-abiding medical marijuana dispensaries by the dozens, listen to this first.
I'll give you a little hint:
[above - U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, spearheading the most massive medical marijuana dispensary crackdowns in history. And laughing all the way to the bank with her cronies.]
In short: the Feds reward police forces with money and equipment for drug raids - and have for a long time. Due to forfeiture laws, police keep money and property seized as "suspected" drug proceeds. No conviction is required. Drugs destroyed, money kept.
In the US Attorney's current "witch hunt" in California, the financial and political gains are multiplied exponentially. Millions of dollars are being seized and dispersed, with little to no accountability. Legal profiteering, plain and simple.
And even more insidious are the ultimate Big Brother goals, which are to rid the U.S. of these "mom and pop" dispensaries and replace them with Big Pharma companies hand-chosen by greedy politicians such as Haag.
And to put a cherry on top of this pile of...corruption is the oh-so-noble reason Haag gives for these relentless and needless crackdowns:
Come on, let's say it together. You know the words: THE CHILDREN.
"The main theme that I was hearing from members of this community, members of our community in the northern district of California was a concern about children." - Melinda HaagSo touching, her concern. I wonder if she can babysit for me tonight.
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