The federal government continues its war on business, often in the name of the War on Drugs.
Lynnette Shaw owned Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Fairfax, California. For 15 years she sold pot to customers who had clearance from a doctor.
Medical Marijuana is legal in California, as it is in 16 other states. That didn't matter to the feds, who shut her down in December.
In 2009, the Department of Justice sent a memo to all U.S. Attorneys that emphasized that they, "... should not focus federal resources... on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medial use of marijuana."
Before that, President Obama said, "I'm not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue."
But this fall, U.S. Attorneys held a press conference in Sacramento to make it clear that they will enforce federal law over state law.
Shaw's business was not just legal under state law, but the community actively supported her. Fairfax's mayor wrote Melinda Haag, the U.S. Attorney for Northern California, that "The Marin Alliance has been a model."
The town council unanimously passed a resolution in favor of Marin Alliance.
Haag stated that marijuana dispensaries like Marin Alliance are dangerous to children because they are near places where children gather. Shaw's dispensary was near a baseball field, but the Planning Commission for the town of Fairfax, "... found no material instances in which Marin Alliance's business had interfered with Little League Operations or posed a risk to youth."
Shaw never had trouble with crime. "We had never any violent incidents. In fact, because I could call the police, all the thugs and ruffians, they went away...Call the police; take away the bad guys, like any other business."
The state legalized it, the town liked it, but federal officials, many of whom once smoked marijuana themselves, shut it down.
Entrepreneurs, sick people, and harmless recreational drug users are punished because zealots will not give up on a failed policy.