A socialist is someone who does not respect property rights. The lack of that respect produces tyranny like this:
For two years, James Slatic operated his legal medical marijuana business, Med-West Distribution, from a commercial building on Engineer Road. James was public about his marijuana business because, under California law, Med-West was permitted to manufacture and distribute the drug to patients with a doctor’s prescription. The business complied with state law, registered with the City of San Diego, had a website and paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and federal taxes every year.
Without warning, everything changed in January 2016, when San Diego police and agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency raided Med-West and shut the business down. The officers refused to recognize Med-West’s legal status and—without charging anyone with a crime—they seized everything from the business, including $324,000 in business proceeds.
But not even that could satiate Big Government’s greed.
A few days after the raid, the San Diego County District Attorney used civil forfeiture to seize every penny in James’ personal bank accounts, his wife Annette’s accounts, and accounts belonging to their teenage daughters, Lily and Penny. In the nine months since, the District Attorney has held the Slatics’ money in legal limbo, giving them no opportunity to prove their innocence.
This isn’t about marijuana. This is about authorities using a pretext to seize private property — that is, to steal it.
Not being secure in our property rights is the price we pay for tolerating government by people who do not believe in them. Without property rights, we essentially have no rights at all.
On a tip from Torcer.