“I am running for sheriff because we live at a time where every tax dollar counts, and using limited funds to attack patients and providers of medical cannabis, takes those limited funds away from other crimes where thay should be used,” Assenberg told Toke Signals on Thursday afternoon.
But Assenberg said he’d go farther than that. He also vows to arrest Drug Enforcement Administration agents who raid state-compliant patients and providers.
“As sheriff, I will be able to order officers under me to honor state law and arrest any DEA agent that attacks anyone that is protected under state law,” Assenberg said.“We need to teach this trick to everyone, so every county could fight back like this,” Assenberg told us. “That’s what I’m doing this for — to teach others to think outside the box and do things that have never been tried.
“I am tired of patients and providers getting attacked, and I have no fear at all of death or the government,” Assenberg said.
Adam said he’s already building his office staff and has secured a backer who will pay the filing fee for him to enter the race, reports Mia Carlson at the Facebook page Big Country News Connection.
“I am doing this because I am tired of the rights of the public being violated,” Assenberg said. “When the public votes on an issue, it should be honored and the Constitution of Washington should be protected over the whims of the federal government, who cares more about protecting big business.”
Assenberg said he plans to speak at Moscow Hempfest on April 20 “to let the general public in on this.” He said he will work to bring the students of Pullman-based Washington State University aboard “to make my win a landslide.”
Earlier this month, the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office returned 82 marijuana plants, dried cannabis, paperwork, and other items seized during a Quad Cities Drug Task Force Raid at Assenberg’s home in Colfax almost two years ago. (“Most of what he got back was moldy because they stored it improperly,” said his wife, Carla Evans Assenberg. “We couldn’t even give it to the deer.”)
He had been charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and two counts of delivery, but the prosecutor’s office dropped the felony drug case against him last month after the Washington State Court of Appeals overturned a similar case in Spokane County.
Assenberg said he is preparing a civil lawsuit against Whitman County, the Quad Cities Drug Task Force, and the State of Washington for the raid; he will be seeking $6 million in damages.
He also plans to eventually sue the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), based upon the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, which states that marijuana has no accepted medicinal value (hence pot’s Schedule I classification alongside heroin).
“It’s time to stop going by orders of the federal government when it’s the U.S.
Department of Justice, the DEA and FDA that have been violating guidelines of U.S. Federal Code 21, U.S.C. Section 812, Sub-section (B) since 2002,” Assenberg told us.
The federal government itself, through the Compassionate Investigational New Drug program, has for 30 years supplied 300 joints a month to a handful of medical marijuana patients, four of whom survive to this day and still get the free monthly federal pot. Meanwhile, 18 states and the District of Columbia now allow medicinal use of cannabis with a doctor’s authorization.