By Lily Dane
A California family is the latest victim of the government racket known as civil asset forfeiture, and theirs is a particularly disturbing case.
Civil asset forfeiture is a nasty legal loophole that allows government thugs to steal your property without charging you with a crime. They can seize your cash, car, bank accounts, jewelry – and even your home or business without arresting you for doing anything wrong.
Under this racket, the government proceeds directly against your property. An individual doesn’t need to be convicted of a crime, so criminal procedure does not apply. And because the forfeiture is against the property, the owner is a third party claimant in related court proceedings.
Your Fifth and Fourteenth amendment rights don’t apply in these cases.
It is, in essence, legalized theft.
It can be VERY expensive and VERY time consuming to fight to get your property back. Sometimes, the cost of a case is more than the value of the goods stolen, and often people can’t afford to fight back at all.
The Institute for Justice – the “National Law Firm for Liberty” – has taken on the case of Med-West, a highly-regarded cannabis wholesale distributor in California.
From the press release:
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.http://www.activistpost.com/2016/11/civil-asset-forfeiture-cops-seize-familys-business-savings-no-criminal-charges.html