8/22/12 Jim Reed Outraged
Jim Reed an attorney and ranch owner in Fall River Mills, a candidate for California’s 1st Congressional District issued a strong statement rebuking Todd Akin’s theories on rape. See here. Jim Reed
Congresswoman Introduces Bill to Protect Landlords of Compliant Medical Marijuana Businesses
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and seven initial co-sponsors introduce HR 6335 to stop unfair land grabs by DOJ
Washington, D.C. — Late yesterday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and seven initial co-sponsors introduced HR 6335, the States’ Medical Marijuana Property Rights Protection Act, in an attempt to stop the seizure of property from landlords of state law-compliant medical marijuana businesses. The introduction of HR 6335 comes less than a month after U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag served an asset forfeiture lawsuit against the landlord of Harborside, a medical marijuana dispensary in Rep. Lee’s district of Oakland. The Justice Department action was opposed by Rep. Lee, but it also sparked an outcry from local and state officials, including City Council members, the Oakland City Attorney, and the Board of Equalization.
“Yesterday, I introduced legislation to urge the Administration and the Congress to begin to align federal law to states’ laws that allow for safe access to medical marijuana for patients,” said Congresswoman Lee. “As a long-time supporter of the rights of patients to have safe and legal access to medicine that has been recommended to them by their doctors, this bill will provide clarification to California businesses and security for California patients. The people of California have made it legal for patients to have safe access to medicinal marijuana and, as a result, thousands of small business owners have invested millions of dollars in building their companies, creating jobs, and paying their taxes. We should be protecting and implementing the will of voters, not undermining our democracy by prosecuting small business owners who pay taxes and comply with the laws of their states in providing medicine to patients in need.”
For more than a year, the Justice Department has been threatening the landlords of state law-compliant medical marijuana dispensaries with asset forfeiture proceedings if they don’t promptly evict their tenants. More than 300 such letters have been sent to property owners across California as well as in Colorado and other medical marijuana states. Though the number of actual prosecutions is far fewer, the intimidation caused by the threats has resulted in the closure of more than 400 dispensaries in California.
“Property owners have become the most recent victims in the Justice Department’s escalating attack on medical marijuana,” said Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access, the country’s largest medical marijuana advocacy group. “However, let us not forget that with the closure of these dispensaries, thousands of patients are prevented from safely obtaining a medication that has already been deemed legal to use with a physician’s approval.”
HR 6335 will prohibit the federal government from using the civil asset forfeiture statue — 21 U.S.C. 881(7) — to go after real property owners if their tenants are in compliance with state medical marijuana law. At the same time, the new law would not prevent the Justice Department from using the civil asset forfeiture statue against real property owners in connection with conduct not sanctioned by state law. While property owners have an opportunity to retrieve seized property in civil court, they are not afforded many of the constitutional rights granted to criminal defendants, such as the right to an attorney and a jury trial. In addition, the burden of proof is on the property owner to show their innocence rather than the government having to prove their guilt.
In addition to seeking the Harborside property, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag has threatened similar action against a number of Bay Area property owners. Just in San Francisco alone, nine city-permitted dispensaries have been shut down in the past few months. This week, city and state officials joined a theatrical but somber funeral procession to Haag’s office in order to draw attention to the latest two facilities — HopeNet and Vapor Room — forced to close due to threatening letters sent by Haag to their landlords.
About 100 million people — or one in three Americans — live in states with medical marijuana laws. Currently, seventeen states and the District of Columbia have passed laws authorizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Copy of HR 6335: http://AmericansForSafeAccess.org/downloads/HR6335.pdf orhttp://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr6335
ASA Fact Sheet on Asset Forfeiture and HR 6335:http://AmericansForSafeAccess.org/downloads/HR6335_Fact_Sheet.pdf
7/25/12 The national Libertarian Party is proud to announce the newly formed branch of the Libertarian party in Plumas County, California. The Plumas Libertarian Party is being organized under the guidance of Mimi Garner, the recently appointed Pro Tem, and it will cover the territories of both Plumas and Sierra Counties.
The main purpose of Plumas Libertarian Party is to elect the two-term Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson, as President of the United States in the 2012 election along with his Vice Presidential running mate, California Superior Court Judge Jim Gray.
Johnson is currently listed on the November ballot in all 50 states. Although he is currently not yet well known his following is exponentially growing throughout the country. The Plumas LP group also hopes to grow its membership and influence county and state elections.
The Plumas Libertarian Party meets bi-monthly on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month. The next meeting will be held on July 25th at the Quincy Library meeting room at 6pm. The August 8th meeting will be held at the booth at the Plumas County Fair at 6 pm.
The Plumas Libertarian Party will man a booth at the upcoming Plumas Sierra County Fair to be held in at the Plumas Fairgrounds in Quincy, CA on August 8 – 12. Citizens are invited to stop by the booth and get acquainted with the newly formed Plumas chapter and get information on our recently nominated, presidential candidate, Gov. Gary Johnson. See you at the Fair!
For More Information go to: www.PlumasLP.org PlumasLP@gmail.com
Jim Reed for Congress
In a stunning turn of events, every former candidate from the June 5 primary in California’s Congressional District 1 (CD1) have either endorsed Jim Reed, have said they will remain neutral, or may not choose to endorse at all. Gregory Cheadle, a Republican and Gary Oxley, an Independent, have endorsed Jim Reed.
In a formal Statement, Cheadle said, “In Jim Reed I see a highly educated man with integrity, who can be a leader in D.C., not just another ‘go along to get along’ special interest entrenched Congressman. I will not endorse a candidate who makes hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in subsidies and selling water allotments at the expense of hard working Americans. Unlike Jim, he (LaMalfa) would undoubtedly cater to special interest that funded his campaign, and that is something I cannot stomach.”
Likewise Gary Oxley said, “I am endorsing Jim Reed for Congress because I believe he has the best interests of the American people at heart and will be the people’s best advocate in local, national and international affairs.”
Jim Reed is an attorney and ranch owner in Fall River Mills, CA who was nominated in June for California CD1. Reed is committed to ending the gridlock in Washington, creating jobs and solving our daunting debt dilemma. He will fight to make our tax system fair for everybody, not just the wealthy, while preserving Social Security and Medicare for our seniors. www.jimreed2012.com