I don't trust them. They're up to something. Consider;
1) By federal law marijuana related businesses can not use banks. No checks, no debit cards, no credit cards, not even money orders. Cash only.
2) Marijuana is going to be a very cash intensive enterprise at every level. Background checks, license application fees, security costs, testing, insurance, taxes, taxes, and more taxes.
3) The feds have just announced new rules forbidding armored car firms from serving the marijuana industry.
4) One of Holder's stated criteria is no increase in violence, especially gun related violence.
Isn't that handy? By requiring the marijuana industry, a multimillion dollar enterprise in even the smallest of states to go cash only they guarantee $100k's of dollars neatly stacked in multiple locations and by banning armored car services they make sure that cash is being moved in a passenger vehicle with no protection. Why don't they just paint a huge bulls eye the cars, shops, and employees while they're at it?
This behavior ensures violent armed robberies. And I'm sure they will scream bloody murder should the shop owner defend himself with a firearm even though that wouldn't raise so much as an eyebrow if it were a liqueur store.
Could it be the feds are trying to initiate a chain of tragic events just so they can say "I told you so"?
Then again it could just be more inter agency fighting as the pigs scramble to protect their pensions.
Bank of America has agreed to allow marijuana based businesses to open accounts with them while the feds are talking about loosening banking rules to make it easier for them to do so.
The feds are also looking to loosen the restraints on banking for cannabis related businesses. With the current government shutdown a new source of revenue must be looking pretty good to them.
As Colorado Loosened Its Marijuana Laws, Underage Consumption And Traffic Fatalities Fell
"Drug Warriors Try but Fail to Show That Marijuana Legalization Has Been a Disaster in Colorado"
"Marijuana habit not linked to lung cancer "
The Democratic Party of Oregon supports marijuana legalization...
The California Democratic Party has officially called for the legalization of marijuana...
The government’s giant marijuana deception
"A new NBER Working Paper from D. Mark Anderson, Benjamin Hansen, and Daniel I. Rees examined what happened to marijuana use rates among minors after states legalized medical marijuana. They found the data didn’t indicate medical marijuana legalization laws increased teen consumption and there might actually be a small negative correlation."
"Marijuana opponents claim that cops aren’t really focused on enforcing marijuana prohibition, so that marijuana legalization isn’t needed. That claim is blatantly false. Quite a bit of resources are dedicated towards busting people for marijuana in Oregon. These same resources could go towards fighting real crime, but they are instead directed towards enforcing a failed, harmful, racist policy."
by Johnny Green
"According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, marijuana use among Colorado teens has gone down slightly since the state legalized recreational cannabis use in 2012."
Marijuana Legalization Supported By A Growing Majority Of Americans
"Colorado roadway fatalities are down 25 percent this year from last year, and also down from the 13-year average, Washington Post reports, in another damning debunking of law enforcement officials ‘drugged driving’ epidemic."
"Review papers debunk side effects, danger of marijuana usage"
"Why research is biased against pot to focus on its harm and not its benefits"
3 Out Of 4 Doctors Approve Of Medical Cannabis
"Higher Ground: The marijuana train has left the station, and it's not turning around...there's a very interesting CivicScience report out now, based on data over the past two years, that shows 58 percent of Americans support legal marijuana that is regulated and taxed like alcohol. Data from the past three months shows 61 percent support...when you get to 60 percent or above, you're starting to talk about things with no ifs, ands, or buts — particularly in this case, with a sample size of 453,653. This wasn't 500 people they called one week; this was nearly half a million people over two years."
Myth: Oregon Police Resources Aren’t Spent On Marijuana Enforcement
Study Refutes Claims of Widespread Abuse in California Medical Marijuana Program
"A new report from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice adds to the growing body of evidence that legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana does not lead to any number of doomsday s c e n a r i o s envisioned by legalization opponents. Looking specifically at California, where full marijuana decriminalization went into effect on Jan. 1, 2011, the report finds that "marijuana decriminalization in California has not resulted in harmful consequences for teenagers, such as increased crime, drug overdose, driving under the influence, or school dropout. In fact, California teenagers showed improvements in all risk areas after reform.""
States with medical marijuana laws saw decreases in suicide rates, drops in drunken driving, fewer drunken driving fatalities, declines in heavy drinking, fewer painkiller overdoses, and lower teen usage rates.