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Obama Must Explain His Broken Promise on Medical Marijuana, and Soon


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Obama Must Explain His Broken Promise on Medical Marijuana, and Soon
HuffingtonPost / Scott Morgan / 10.19,2011


This week's news that support for the legalization of marijuana has reached a record high of 50% ought to bother Obama's re-election team a little bit. No, not because pot's more popular than the president, although that really says a lot. The problem, rather, is that Obama's heavily publicized and widely praised promise to respect state medical marijuana laws has recently been shattered into more pieces than the campaign can count.

In only a few short months, the Obama administration has presided over a vicious series of political assaults on medical marijuana patients and providers across the nation, carried out by numerous federal agencies. The situation just continues to get more ugly and insane from one week to the next:

  • Federal prosecutors have threatened to arrest state employees for administering state laws, resulting in stalled programs and reduced patient access.
  • U.S. Attorneys in California recently revived the Bush era tactic of threatening to seize property from landlords who rent to medical marijuana facilities.
  • After 9 years of failing to respond, the DEA recently denied a petition to reschedule marijuana, ignoring a vast body of scientific evidence proving the drug's medical efficacy.
  • Federal threats have caused numerous banks to close the accounts of businesses that provide medical marijuana to qualified patients.
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms issued a surprising statement that medical marijuana patients may not purchase firearms.
  • The IRS is shaking down medical marijuana providers for millions of dollars based on an obscure tax provision aimed at drug traffickers.
  • A federal prosecutor even threatened to target newspapers that run ads for medical marijuana services.
  • And, of course, the DEA continues to raid tax-paying businesses that are legal under state law.
As the American people appear all but prepared to end our war on marijuana once and for all, the federal government is busy doubling down on the even-more-mindless battle against people who use the drug medicinally. The disconnect is staggering and continues to expand as support for full legalization surges into the majority, while medical marijuana maintains the massive 80% national support it's had for some time now.

Today, at this very moment, support for the cause of marijuana reform has never been greater, and tomorrow it will be greater still. The surging momentum of the issue is generating discussion all around us, even by the media that once ignored it, which now misses no opportunity to cover the controversy over cannabis.

Alas, it seems the only person not talking about it is our president, who campaigned as an agent of change, who [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQr9ezr8UeA&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL49610C867C2CA258"]once spoke[/ame] with seeming sincerity of the need to "rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws," who was elected after promising to reform federal enforcement priorities in medical marijuana states, and who earned universal praise from the press and the public when his administration announced its intention to do just that.

Whether deliberately or through a willful failure to follow the issue at all, Obama has thrown all of it away amidst an extraordinary stampede of over-the-top anti-pot posturing that makes Bush's drug war leadership look lazy by comparison. The situation is spiraling as we speak into new depths of absurdity, and many of the people who've made things this bad are busy brainstorming ways to make it worse.

Still, if there is one lesson to be learned from the recent history of marijuana policy in America, it is that support for reform is galvanized when the law is enforced in a manner that shocks the public conscience. The Obama Administration's past attempts at [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw0ghmUS05o&feature=player_embedded"]pandering[/ame] to demands for a more measured criminal justice philosophy prove that he was once paying attention. Now, as the tension escalates with each new federal threat, Obama's silence on the matter is becoming conspicuous and embarrassing.

The time has come for the president, and no one else, to come forward and explain to the American people why war is still being waged against patients and providers in states that permit the medical use of marijuana. What the people want has been perfectly clear for a long time, and if we can't have it, we deserve an honest answer as to why.

When Barrack Obama stood up in front of America and told us that our policies would be based on science and practical experience versus superstition and rhetoric,,we cheered.

Two days later he sent a memo to the ONDCP that none of the drug warriors or their supporting agencies had to follow either.

That should have told America that he is just another bought and paid for politician,because any drug policy should be built on true science
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Edited by oltex, 20 October 2011 - 03:14 PM.


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And before the 2012 election!!!!

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As great a speaker as Obama is, I don't think even he can explain his way out of this one. Please note I said speaker....not doer.

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I agree, he is a great orator, I believe this is one of the things that helped him win his presidency. That when Obama speaks people like to "listen", although we all know that no ones really paying attention :rolleyes:

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what makes you think any politician is different?
'wooo ron paul is the best'...until the end of his term.

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Well, theres voting records, GOOD presidents, although we haven't had one for a very long time. Look at the persons status and what they have done, not what they say they'll do...

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'when people are ready to be free we wont need a government'

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOpbNQXAIC4]Red Hot Chili Peppers - Politicians (mini rap) - YouTube[/ame]

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Fuck Obama, the two-faced, lieing, and backstabbing prick. He can fucking burn in hell for all I care

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Well, theres voting records, GOOD presidents, although we haven't had one for a very long time. Look at the persons status and what they have done, not what they say they'll do...



Exactly. It goes with the saying : actions speak louder than words.

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he dated a shemale in collage

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I don't think he "needs" to explain. He did exactly what I expected him to do. Did any of you actually believe him?

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Ask the puppeteer(s)

He could be anyone for the sake of argument, but the results probably would have been the same.

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Agreed. I knew he was a fake from the beginning. You could see through his cloak of falsehood.

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Edited by rooster1369, 21 October 2011 - 02:11 AM.


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Here's his response: It would never pass. And I would have no chance to run again if I pushed for it. End of story.

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His promise was broken by his AG,,when he issued his infamous memo,,,his failure to move forward and remove cannabis from schedule 1 is what caused the raids in CA and Oregon. His issuing that memo was as good as admitting that marijuana does have medical applications.

Or do you believe that the AG just issued that memo out of kindness?

If they had removed cannabis from schedule 1,,there would already be two or three more medicines made from raw marijuana in testing by now.

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