Attorney General Eric Holder “lied” to members of Congress when he insisted that the only targets of the federal Justice Department's medical marijuana crackdown were breaking state law, cannabis advocates said today.
On Thursday, Holder told the House Judiciary Committee the same mantra he and the four California U.S. attorneys have been repeating since Oct. 7, when a statewide crackdown on the state's legal medical marijuana industry began: Only profit-making, state law-breaking marijuana dispensaries have been shut down. Unlike Bush, the Obama Justice Department has gone after only “those individuals (and) organizations that are acting out of conformity … with state laws,” Holder told Rep. Jerrold Nadler, (D-N.Y.)
Yet since the crackdown began, neither Holder nor his subordinates have shown any proof to back up his claims — and indeed, dispensaries in Marin, San Francisco, Berkeley and now Los Angeles have been targeted for closure despite records of compliance and howls of protest from local government.
Holder — the country's top law enforcement official — is lying, California NORML director Dale Gieringer said.