TAMPA - Law enforcement agents seized about $18 million last July from a Tampa area family they say was running an enterprise that has made fake pot in four states, including in a local industrial park. But family members, who have not been charged with any crime, are fighting to get their money back. They argue that what they did was not illegal and that the chemicals they used were not then listed as controlled substances under state or federal law. The case of Timothy and Patricia Hummel and their son, Sean, highlights the challenges for law enforcement in cracking
Comments: When synthetic drug manufacturers change the location of one atom on the molecule, they have effectively skirted the law. Thus, it´s almost impossible to write a law that envisions every possible change to the substance. As a libertarian, I no longer support the War on Drugs, but people should know that these synthetic substances can ruin lives just as quickly as their "organic" predecessors. Personal responsibility is key.
Eventually, for our own safety, of course, the Federales will make it illegal to have or hold any chemical (bleach, soap, gasoline, paint, drain cleaner,solvent, aspirin, etc) without a permit- which will take months or years to procure. For our own safty- for the children- you know! All hail the FEDERAL!
In our rush to sound as anti drug asbuse as possible we miss a pretty chilling point.
These people produced a product which was not illegal (whether or not it "Should" be illegal is irrelevant).
They sold this material to the public and I am assuming paid the required taxes and what not since...
They have not been charged with any crime, including tax evasion.
It is bad enough that our current forfeiture statutes allow law enforcement to begin the civil prosess of asset confiscation before the underlying criminal case has even had a preliminary hearing in a court. It is chillingly tyrannical to allow law enforcement to consfiscate private property without even the minimal requirement of a criminal charge.
Taking these peoples money in this manner is no different from government knocking on your door and telling you you have 10 minutes to vacate the premises so that some government official can have a shorter commute. Oh , and take your mortgage with you, thats your problem.
Don´t let the emotion of hot button issues like drug use or drunken driving overshadow the blatant abuse of power. If we tolerate it here, the government will try it somewhere else.
The Associated Press describes a new problem in Obama’s America. Wealth is once again threatening to rear its ugly head. You may not realize it, but there’s a danger that as many as one in five Americans may get rich sometime in their lifetimes. (Snip) During the 2008 presidential campaign Barack Obama had a conversational encounter with Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, who became known as “Joe the Plumber” that captured the dilemma. When Joe the Plumber declared his desire to earn $250,000 a year Obama replied: "It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure
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When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
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A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.
President Obama’s job approval among American voters has dropped to negative territory with just 38 percent voicing their approval versus the 58 who says they disapprove, according to a national poll released Tuesday by the independent Quinnipiac University. That is one percent less than the 39% who said they approved of him in last month’s poll. The majority of the 2,692 registered voters the University in early December said that the president is not honest and trustworthy. When asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?,” respondents gave Obama lackluster ratings
Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
Barack Obama has arrived in South Africa to lead the American delegation at a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. But his party is reportedly stuck in traffic and he is said to have arrived late at the stadium for the ceremony. [Snip] But Mr Clinton, Mr Carter and his wife Rosalynn have all traveled separately to the event. According to reports, Mr Obama and his delegation are stuck in a lines of traffic caused by tens of thousands of people making their way to the event. Mr Obama is among the foreign leaders who
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters: