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Jury nullification remains possible, but you write as though the regulated system could withstand even the threat to prosecute; if experience is any guide, shutting the whole regulated system down might not be much harder than the closing of seventy medicinal dispensaries in Denver in 2012, which was accomplished without much more effort than sending as many threatening letters. The DEA did kick in the doors of five to make sure they'd shut; they had.
Federal felonies are no joke; seventy dispensaries were closed here in 2012 because the Feds didn't want to be aware of crimes carrying mandatory sentences of twenty and forty years in prison. There will always be cannabis, but very soon in order to buy any, someone else will have to commit a felony under State law to sell it (see C.R.S. 18-18-406 for the ungrammatical, unjust, unconstitutional nonsense which are Colorado's laws against cannabis, most enacted by ex-Sen. Pat Steadman's SB13-250 not six months after the People of Colorado thought they'd legalized it).
Try reading more carefully. If anyone In Steamboat would do anything differently knowing that (recreational) dispensaries will be closed soon, they are advised to do so. I think that it will be a matter of weeks at the outside, but the order could go out within days of Sessions' confirmation.
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Not at all -- I am a realist and the best-informed activist against Prohibition in Colorado.
Nonsense -- there is no such case making its way through the courts. Gorsuch's understanding of the Commerce Clause could hardly be less relevant to the issue at hand; in order for the issue even to be reconsidered by the SCOTUS, a legal challenge to the closure of dispensaries would have to be filed and pursued to the SCOTUS. The Ogden and Cole memoranda did not in any sense authorize states to contravene the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) or prevent prosecutions of its violation anytime, anywhere. Rather, it was an unstated, unwritten policy of Obama not to enforce the CSA's provisions regarding cannabis in states purporting to regulate its sale that permitted the existence of retail dispensaries. Regulated sales of cannabis hung by a thread of presidential dispensation from their inception and the anti-President has stated that he "feels strongly" that Colorado's sale of recreational cannabis is "bad". Sessions does not have to arrest anyone or even issue a statement of policy (though I expect one), all he has to do is order U.S. Attorneys to threaten owners with prosecution, which would roll up the entire regulated system in short order.
You all are just as self-delusional as Denver. There is every reason to believe that the Injustice Department will close (recreational) dispensaries soon -- the stated beliefs of both the anti-President and Sessions about the recreational use of cannabis, all of the rhetoric out of them and the Fascist (Republican) Party about enforcing federal law as written, the prohibitionist base of the Fascist Party -- there is a mountain of evidence! Sessions has indicated in the clearest terms that he thinks that what Colorado did in partially legalizing cannabis is a calamity. Rump may move -- eventually, slightly -- on medicinal cannabis; he may move it to Schedule II. Besides his having voiced support for medicinal cannabis, the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment to the Farm Bill protects medicinal cannabis until 4/18/2017.
"Magill predicted local sales would continue to grow through 2018 ..."
-- is the Pilot as cut off from reality as the rest of Colorado's media? Jeff Sessions will act to close (recreational) dispensaries soon after taking office; contrary to a lot of muddled and uninformed opinions, all it will require is threatening owners with prosecution (just as former U.S. Attorney John Walsh closed 70 medicinal dispensaries in Denver in 2012). If losing ~$500,000 in revenue for 2017 means anything to Steamboat Springs and the Town wants to prepare, now is the time to do so -- or are you determined to pretend that the closure of dispensaries came like a bolt out of the blue?
Ms. Ristow, it is customary to identify people featured in newspaper articles. Everyone in Steamboat Springs may know the identity of the fear-monger "Elkins" repeatedly mentioned in your story, but general readers will not.
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