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Federal Prohibition Against Legalized Medical Cannabis Enables Robbery, Kidnapping
by Another Angry Patient
Tuesday Jan 21st, 2014 7:37 AM
The kidnapping, torture and castration of a local medical cannabis dispensary owner plays into the hands of the federal prohibition against medical cannabis and prevents the voters of states like CA and CO from being able to put their votes for legalization into practice. By creating a hostile business climate and forcing dispensary owners to deal in cash the federal government directly enables these sorts of kidnappings and robberies. Yet big banks continue to launder drug cartel money? Hypocrisy anyone?
When the federal government prevents legal cannabis dispensary owners from using banks they are forced to deal in large amounts of cash. This then results in the medical cannabis dispensary owners being targets for robbery and in worse cases for kidnapping, torture and death. The four individuals being charged with the kidnapping, torture and castration of an Orange County medical cannabis dispensary owner are complicit with federal government prohibition tactics by creating a climate of fear following their brutal cruelty to a legal dispensary owner in the desert.

The following case of kidnapping and torture is coming to trial. For the four individuals accussed, they would certainly get much better treatment in prison than if they were released and apprehended by some angry vigilante patients and taken to the desert themselves for a little Q & A session.



"NEWPORT BEACH – Three people suspected of kidnapping and torturing the owner of a marijuana dispensary and dumping him in the desert were arrested, including one person who had fled to Iran, authorities said.

Newport Beach detectives Friday arrested Ryan Kevorkian, 34, and Naomi Kevorkian, 33, in Fresno, a day after FBI agents arrested Hossein Nayeri, 34, in the Czech Republic. They, along with Kyle Handley, 34, who was arrested in October 2012, are facing felony charges of kidnapping, aggravated mayhem and torture.

Handley’s lawyer could not be reached Friday afternoon. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, court records show. It was not clear whether the other three defendants yet have lawyers.

Authorities allege the Kevorkians, Nayeri and Handley targeted the owner of a marijuana dispensary they believed had buried large amounts of cash in the desert. Authorities did not release the owner’s name, but court records previously indicated that he was a principal in a Santa Ana-based dispensary.

Prosecutors say sometime before October 2012, the owner of the dispensary took Handley and other marijuana growers to an “extravagant and expensive” weekend in Las Vegas. After returning from the trip, authorities say, Handley told Nayeri and Ryan Kevorkian that the dispensary owner was “extremely wealthy,” leading them to devise a plan to kidnap and rob him.

They began conducting video surveillance on the dispensary owner, prosecutors allege, following him as he made frequent trips from his home to the desert on the way to Palm Springs. Authorities say the owner was driving to the desert to “discuss a possible investment deal,” but that Handley, Nayeri and Kevorkian wrongly believed he was actually burying money.

A week prior to the suspected kidnapping, Nayeri led police on a high-speed chase after committing a routine traffic violation, prosecutors said. Police believe he crashed the car and ran away, escaping but leaving behind surveillance equipment and videos which were recovered by officers.

Authorities allege that on Oct. 2, 2012, Handley, Nayeri and Ryan Kevorkian broke into the dispensary owner’s Newport Beach home, zip-tied the man, “severely beat” him and put him in a van. Prosecutors say the three also tied up and kidnapped the owner’s girlfriend and stole “a large amount of cash” from his home.

While driving to the desert, prosecutors say, the three men burned the dispensary owner with a blowtorch and cut off his penis, pouring bleach on the man before dumping him and his girlfriend on the side of the road in an attempt to destroy DNA evidence. The girlfriend, apparently still bound, ran a mile to a main road where she flagged down a police car.

Authorities allege the three men took the dispensary owner’s penis with them “so that it could never be re-attached.” They say the owner spent an “extensive time in the hospital recovering from his injuries.”

When Newport Beach police investigators began to canvass the neighborhood where the kidnapping occurred, they found a witness who had taken down the license number of a “suspicious” car that had been parked in the area. The detectives learned that Handley had been the registered owner of the vehicle.

Evidence found at Handley’s home linked him to the kidnapping and torture, prosecutors said, and DNA found on the evidence led police to Nayeri. They also found the DNA of two other individuals who they were initially unable to identify, authorities said.

Prosecutors did not outline what evidence was found. However, a previously released search warrant affidavit indicated that towels with possible bleach stains, a zip tie and “panda paper” similar to what the owner described as being in the vehicle he was taken to the desert in were found at Handley’s home. Panda paper is a reflective material used to direct more light onto marijuana plants.

After identifying Nayeri, detectives went back to the video surveillance equipment and footage they had found in his vehicle after the pursuit prior to the kidnapping.

Prosecutors say Nayeri fled to Iran, but was arrested by the FBI on Thursday at an airport in Prague while transferring flights to Spain, where he was reportedly planning to visit family.

After an “extensive investigation,” prosecutors said, Newport Beach detectives used the initially unidentified DNA “profiles” found at Handley’s home to tie Ryan and Naomi Kevorkian to the kidnapping and torture.

Authorities allege Naomi Kevorkian “participated in the plan to kidnap and torture” the dispensary owner, though she was not present for the attack.

Ryan and Naomi Kevorkian are scheduled Tuesday to appear in court for an arraignment. Prosecutors say Nayeri will face extradition hearings in the Czech Republic, which have not yet been scheduled.

Handley will return to court Nov. 15 for a preliminary hearing.

All four are being held without bail. If convicted, they face a maximum sentence of life in state prison without parole."

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/owner-536164-handley-dispensary.html





While the federal government creates conditions that enable robbery, kidnapping and torture of legal cannabis dispensary owners and employees that offer the public a much needed service left unfullfilled by big pharma, they also enable illegal drug cartels who launder their money in the big corporate banks. The restriction of legal cannabis dispensary owners from banks creates the dangers and risks that discourage many from opening a business. In addition the continued prohibition of cannabis from the federal governments keeps the illegal drug cartels in business who will certainly use these same banks to launder their blood money.


As usual with the federal government and corporate banks we get the "do as we say, not as we do!" line that amounts to;



"Stunning Hypocrisy

The big banks have laundered hundreds of billions of dollars for drug cartels. See this, this, this, this, this and this (indeed, drug dealers kept the banking system afloat during the depths of the 2008 financial crisis).

The HSBC employee who blew the whistle on the banks’ money laundering for terrorists and drug cartels says said: “America is losing the drug war because our banks are [still] financing the cartels“, and “Banks financing drug cartels … affects every single American“.


And yet the banks refuse to provide banking services for LEGAL marijuana in states like Colorado which have blessed the sale of pot.

- See more at: http://theantimedia.org/big-banks-who-laundered-drug-cartel-money-refuse-to-work-with-legal-marijuana-dispensaries/#sthash.g18kCWE4.dpuf


The Feds are a big part of the problem. After all, they support some ruthless, criminal drug cartels.

On the other hand, the sale of marijuana is still illegal under Federal law pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. § 801 et seq.

This is true even in California and other states which have allow medical or recreational marijuana. U.S. v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Co-op (2001) 532 U.S. 483 (medical necessity is not an exception to 21 U.S.C., §841(a)(1) governing the federal prohibition against manufacture and distribution of marijuana).

As the New York Times reported in May of 2011:


Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, but that has not stopped a fuzzy industry of marijuana farms and dispensaries from rising to serve the 15 states that allow the drug to be used for medical purposes. Under President Obama, the federal government had seemed to make a point of paying little attention — until now.

***

As some states seek to increase regulation but also further protect and institutionalize medical marijuana, federal prosecutors are suddenly asserting themselves, authorizing raids and sending strongly worded letters that have cast new uncertainty on an issue that has long brimmed with tension between federal and state law.

- See more at: http://theantimedia.org/big-banks-who-laundered-drug-cartel-money-refuse-to-work-with-legal-marijuana-dispensaries/#sthash.g18kCWE4.dpuf

http://theantimedia.org/big-banks-who-laundered-drug-cartel-money-refuse-to-work-with-legal-marijuana-dispensaries/


The four individuals charged with the kidnapping, torture and castration of a legal cannabis dispensary owner can rest assurred that they are the finest examples of prostitution of their moral character for the benefit of the federal government and the murderous drug cartels. What would i give to get some alone time with these government goons in the desert on a one to one basis? The ants would be the happiest once they got a taste of their wicked blood! It would bring me untold joy to feed the ants the blood of these wicked government enablers!
by then disarmed by government
Tuesday Jan 21st, 2014 7:54 AM
The success of the Michoacan militias against the illegal drug cartels was met with punative measures from their beloved government. Does this indicate the behind the scenes support of the Mexican and U.S. governments for the illegal drug cartels? After all, where would Wall Street be without the influx of laundered drug cartel money?



Mexican Citizens Topple Cartels And Are Rewarded With Government Retaliation


January 21, 2014 by Brandon Smith


Vigilantes control much of the area surrounding Apatzingan, a key stronghold of the vicious Knights Templar drug cartel.

There is one rule to citizen defiance that, in my opinion, surpasses all others in strategic importance; and it is a rule that I have tried to drive home for many years. I would call it the “non-participation principle” and would summarize it as follows:


When facing a corrupt system, provide for yourself and your community those necessities that the system cannot or will not. Become independent from establishment-controlled paradigms. If you and your community do this, the system will have one of two choices:

1.Admit that you do not need them anymore and fade into the fog of history.

2.Or reveal its tyrannical nature in full and attempt to force you back into dependence.

In either case, the citizenry gains the upper hand. Even in the event of government retaliation or a full-blown shooting war, dissenting movements maintain the moral high ground, which is absolutely vital to legitimate victory. No revolutionary movement for freedom can succeed without honoring this rule. All independent solutions to social destabilization and despotism rely on it. Any solutions that ignore it are destined for failure.

I am hard-pressed to think of a better recent example of the non-participation principle in action than the rise of Mexican citizen militias in the Western state of Michoacan.

Michoacan, like most of Mexico, has long been overrun with violent drug cartels that terrorized private citizens while Mexican authorities did little to nothing in response. I could easily cite the abject corruption of the Mexican government as the primary culprit in the continued dominance of cartel culture. I could also point out the longtime involvement of the CIA in drug trafficking in Mexico and its negative effects on the overall social development of the nation. This is not conspiracy theory, but openly recognized fact.

The Mexican people have nowhere to turn; and this, in my view, has always been by design. Disarmed and suppressed while government-aided cartels bleed the public dry, it is no wonder that many Mexicans have turned to illegal immigration as a means of escape. The Mexican government, in turn, has always fought for a more porous border with the U.S. exactly because it wants dissenting and dissatisfied citizens to run to the United States instead of staying and fighting back. My personal distaste for illegal immigration has always been predicated on the fact that it allows the criminal oligarchy within Mexico to continue unabated without opposition. Unhappy Mexicans can simply run away from their problems to America and feed off our wide-open welfare system. They are never forced to confront the tyranny within their own country. Under this paradigm, Mexico would never change for the better.

Some in the Mexican public, however, have been courageous enough to stay and fight back against rampant theft, kidnapping and murder.

The people of Michoacan, fed up with the fear and subjugation of the cartels and the inaction of the government, have taken a page from the American Revolution, organizing citizen militias that have now driven cartels from the region almost entirely. These militias have decided to no longer rely upon government intervention and have taken independent action outside of the forced authoritarian structure.

The fantastic measure of this accomplishment is not appreciated by many people in America. Though many cartels are populated by well-trained former Mexican military special ops and even covert operations agents, the citizens of Michoacan have proven that the cartels are a paper tiger. They can be defeated through guerrilla tactics and force of will, which many nihilists often deny is even possible.

NPR reported:


Joel Gutierrez, a militia member of the Michoacan region, says residents were “sick of the cartel kidnapping, murdering and stealing.”

“That’s why we took up arms,” says Gutierrez, 19. “The local and state police did nothing to protect us.”

The militia men have been patrolling their towns and inspecting cars at checkpoints like this one for nearly a year. All that time, federal police did little to stop them, and at times seemed to encourage the movement.

But that tacit approval appeared to end last weekend, when the number of the militias mushroomed and surrounded Apatzingan, a town of 100,000 people and the Knights Templar’s stronghold. A major battle between the militias and the cartel seemed imminent.

The federal government sent in thousands of police and troops to disarm the civilian patrols. A deadly confrontation ensued. Federal soldiers fired into a crowd of civilian militia supporters, killing two.

Militia leader Estanislao Beltran says the government should have gone after the real criminals, the Knights Templar, and not those defending themselves. He vehemently denies rumors that he takes funds from a rival group.

“The cartels have been terrorizing us for more than a decade,” Beltran says. “Why would we side with any of them?”

Initially, local authorities encouraged the militias, or stayed out of their way. The citizens armed themselves with semi-automatic weapons, risking government reprisal, in order to defend their homes; and so far, they have been victorious. One would think that the federal government of Mexico would be enthusiastic about such victories against the cartels they claim to have been fighting against for decades; but when common citizens take control of their own destinies, this often incurs the wrath of the establishment as well.

The Mexican government has decided to reward the brave people of Michoacan with the threat of military invasion and disarmament.

In some cases, government forces have indeed fired upon militia supporters, killing innocents while exposing the true intentions of the Mexican political structure.

Mainstream media coverage of the situation in the western states of Mexico has been minimal at best; and I find the more I learn about the movement in the region, the more I find a kinship with them. Whether we realize it or not, we are fighting the same fight. We are working toward the same goal of liberty, though we speak different languages and herald from different cultures. Recent government propaganda accusing Michoacan militias of “working with rival cartels” should ring familiar with those of us in the American liberty movement. We are the new “terrorists,” the new bogeymen of the faltering American epoch. We are painted as the villains; and in this, strangely, I find a considerable amount of solace.

If the liberty movement were not effective in its activism, if we did not present a legitimate threat to the criminal establishment, they would simply ignore us rather than seek to vilify us.

The militias of Michoacan have taken a stand. They have drawn their line in the sand, and I wish I could fight alongside them. Of course, we have our own fight and our own enemies to contend with here in the United States. As this fight develops, we have much to learn from the events in Western Mexico. Government retaliation has been met with widespread anger from coast to coast. And despite the general mainstream media mitigation of coverage, the American public is beginning to rally around the people of Michoacan as well. The non-participation principle prevails yet again.


http://personalliberty.com/2014/01/21/mexican-citizens-topple-cartels-and-are-rewarded-with-government-retaliation/