Selling marijuana on the Internet may be providing a convenient way for some in California and nationwide to purchase pot. However, as federal authorities signaled again on Nov. 20, the activity is decidedly illegal. A married couple was arrested and charged with the drug crime of manufacturing and intending to sell marijuana, along with criminal conspiracy, after federal authorities made a connection between the couple's Internet activities and the so-called "dark web" drug market allegedly occurring on Silk Road 2.0.
Voters in California have approved Proposition 47, which supporters hail as giving a real remedy to curb the continued mass incarceration of nonviolent offenders in cases where imprisonment is generally unjustified and unwarranted. The vote is also another step forward in the growing recognition that the war on drugs has been a dismal failure and a burdensome drain of valuable economic resources. The vote changes six low-level nonviolent felonies, including simple drug possession, down to misdemeanors.
The war on drugs seems to be continuing unabated in the United States. A group of federal investigators arrested three individuals on Oct. 28 who were targets in an alleged national drug conspiracy that was based in California and allegedly shipped drugs throughout the country by using both the private and public shipping services. The three men were arrested recently in the Los Angeles area for drug sales, where they join 12 other alleged co-conspirators already arrested throughout California on a related case.
Police are investigating a drug trafficking organization they said involved smuggling drugs through California and distributing them throughout the United States. A total of 14 people who are believed to have been involved in the drug crimes have been indicted by a federal grand jury. Eleven of them were taken into custody in the southern part of California as well as in a couple of other states, police said.