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  •  But hey, they might support legal pot (4+ / 0-)
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    stevemb, quill, corvo, Liberaltarian

    So we won't have to bother to care.

    •  But they haven't yet (5+ / 0-)

      It's still a crime under federal law.  So they can use the NSA records to look for people who contact a dispensary, and people who contact them (two steps from a dispensary -> criminal).  Not as bad as three steps, which pretty much reaches everyone, but who's counting?

      Also, there's a lot of BS about NSA requiring authorization to search records.  That's only for "official" searches by an analyst.  The Booz contractors and other sysops have unlimited access to the data (logged in as "root") and there can be as many unofficial searches as anyone wants.  And no penalties for using the information for any other purpose, be it front-running stock deals or tipping off a cop about a drug user.

      •  2 steps instead of 3 steps (0+ / 0-)

        still leaves an astronomical number of people subject to monitoring. Let's say you, a suspect, have 250 contacts in your address book and cell phone. Each of those people also have 250 contacts. That is 62,500 people within 2 steps of you (probably less because many of the contacts may know each other and thus overlap).

        Now let's say there are 1000 current suspects within the U.S. That results in 62,500,000 contacts within 2 steps. So, roughly 1 out of 3 adults between 18 and 65 in the U.S. would be "looked at."

        All the change from 3 steps to 2 steps does is reduce the odds of being in a cyber-dragnet from 100% to 33%. And that is assuming the NSA only has 1000 persons of interest at any given moment. Not very comforting.

    •  Might they? (1+ / 0-)
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      Because the federal government still classifies pot as a dangerous drug, corner cannabis stores and cultivators cannot secure access to traditional banking services, and do a shocking amount of their business in cash. Banks are reluctant to work with pot-related businesses, out of fear that the government will prosecute them for laundering illegally obtained money. This heightens the potential for crime at pot shops, imposes heavy costs on businesses seeking legitimacy, and could cripple the industry just as it gets started.

      Steve DeAngelo says his staff may need to carry cash in personal vehicles to pay Harborside Health Center’s bills after his armored car provider told his co-founder that a federal agency ordered it to stop serving cannabis businesses.

      "I am confident that we're going to be able to leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before." President Obama

      by quagmiremonkey on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 10:39:31 AM PST

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