Will noncompliance really work? Opponents of our work often claim it won’t. They tell us the federal government is simply too big and too powerful. They insist the feds can always assert their will, with or without state and local cooperation.
Consider this. According to the DEA, the agency’s annual budget is about $2.87 billion.
Americans for Safe Access calculates that a direct raid on a medical marijuana dispensary costs around $300,000 and investigative costs run about $12 million per raid. As of Sept, 2012, Denver, Colorado, had about 400 legal dispensaries. So shutting down all the dispensaries in just that city would cost more than twice the total DEA budget. That’s just one city…in one state.
The feds do not have the resources to enforce all of their unconstitutional acts. Nullification through noncooperation is a powerful tool.
For more detail on the success of state efforts to nullify unconstitutional marijuana laws, click HERE.