Pubdate: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 Source: Montana Standard (Butte, MT) Copyright: 2011 Montana Standard Contact: http://www.mtstandard.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/609 Author: Keith L. Williams Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n172/a08.html Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n178/a05.html Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n178/a06.html 'POT' REFERENCE IN STANDARD HEADLINE UPSETS READER I strongly object to March 15 Montana Standard headline, "Feds raid pot shops." The headline was extremely inflammatory and libelous. They are medical marijuana dispensaries and should be referred to as such. Perhaps the editor was thinking more of a way to sell papers by attention-getting tactics and lost track of his duties to bring the unvarnished truth to the public. Maybe Lee Enterprise newspapers are sort of the unofficial and unpaid spokesmen for the FBI and DEA. God knows that there is no such thing as investigative reporting these days. If there was, one could ask questions like. "Why are there sealed warrants anyway as it denies due process? When do they plan to unseal said warrants and on what evidence were they based?" I think the defendants as well the public are entitled to know. I, personally, think that the FBI, DEA and the U.S. Attorneys office are looking for a way to replace the funds they will lose in next year's budget and are raping Montana medical marijuana is an easy target. All you need do is drop a couple of hints of money laundering and a protected witness to a biased judge and you have a warrant and the right to plunder. If there was any wrong done at these locations I think it would be the duty of Montana law enforcement to investigate and act accordingly. Keith L. Williams Butte - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.