The fake news releases claimed that U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy was threatening to initiate asset-forfeiture actions against storefront pharmacies in three suburbs, which were supposedly chosen because of their high rates of pharmaceutical drug abuse and high property values.
“These pharmacies are not only about providing medicine to the sick. They are part of a pervasive for-profit industry that facilitates the distribution of drugs for illegitimate use,” the hoax e-mail said.
In an e-mail published on Romenesko's site and the YouTube video, Haight says the hoax came about in retaliation for Duffy's use of forfeiture proceedings against legal medical marijuana dispensaries, which have netted the office nearly $30 million in seized assets despite assurances from the Obama administration that federal powers would not be used for that purpose when medical weed is legal under state law.
“Our founding fathers grew hemp for papers and ropes. Nobody was taking their property,” Haight's e-mail admitting to the hoax says. “Today, if someone threw a pot seed into my yard, they'd come and take my house. It's criminal.”
And if such a seed does end up in Haight's yard, who do you suppose will have planted it?