Why Medical Marijuana Patients Protested Obama Campaign Headquarters Nationwide
The Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (http://safeaccessnow.org) – Steph Sherer – wrote an op-ed in The Huffington Post yesterday on why advocates felt the need to hold a nationwide protest of President Obama’s medical marijuana policy on Thursday, September 20th.
“My organization,” she writes, “Americans for Safe Access, has been engaging voters since July with our Camp WakeUpObama campaign, helping to give a voice to patients and their families. Today campers mark the end of summer with nationwide rallies outside of Obama's campaign offices, because we're not being invited inside. Things would be different if the President would apply his campaign slogan, "Forward," to our cause: stopping the raids and prosecutions of state-permitted institutions, and moving public health policy forward by ending the conflict between state and federal law.
“I can't ignore the fact that many responses to Camp WakeUpObama have been critical and to those of you who disapprove I ask, what else are patients supposed to do? In asking President Obama to fulfill his stated policy of respecting state compassionate use laws, we are not asking him to do anything unpopular: 80% of Americans support safe access to medical cannabis, 74% are against the stepped-up raids and prosecutions and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is polling at 7% in Colorado campaigning on this issue. Even two-thirds of Republicans support state medical cannabis laws. With the public on our side, why should patients and our loved ones be silent?
“Camp WakeUpObama is not about encouraging people to vote for Romney or any other challenger, but about expressing our own points of view. When I wrote during the Democratic National Convention that pro-marijuana candidate Gary Johnson's poll numbers could make him a spoiler in the crucial swing state of Colorado, I wasn't criticizing third-party supporters, I was showing Democrats the proof that their standard-bearer's wrong-headed cannabis crackdown is costing the party votes. I never thought that Mitt Romney's campaign would be emailing reporters our talking points or that his vice-presidential nominee would publicly support state decisions on marijuana law. Though a lot has happened in the past few months, it's not too late for Obama to seize the issue.”
Will Obama seize the issue, or will he wait until after his likely reelection to do anything about stopping the crackdown? Or will he continue on as he is now?
Students at Boston University on Legalizing Medical Marijuana
On November 6, Massachusetts' residents will vote on a ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana. The measure would allow people with glaucoma and chronic illnesses that cause severe pain to buy marijuana with a doctor's written recommendation, at designated dispensaries.
With the election just weeks away, this week's "YouSpeak" asked Boston University students: Should medical marijuana be legalized?
Every student said yes, although many qualified their answers to include a well-regulated system with good oversight. This is obviously a small sample of the student body at BU, but you’ll notice not one person said, “oh no, we can’t have that, it will send the wrong message to kids, there is already medicine on the market for these ailments,” etc.
Younger generations don’t look at medical marijuana as something that is evil, but as something that can be very helpful if it’s done right. The stigma attached to marijuana, even medicinal marijuana, is recognized mainly by those who were born before the hippie generation that came of age in the 1960’s. Those born after don’t see a stigma, they tend to see more of an opportunity to be compassionate.
It’s up to the younger generations to vote.
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The "Recreational" Component to Medical Marijuana
Arizona’s medical marijuana program will have stronger controls than other states, but some people will still exploit it to get the drug for recreational use, the state’s top health official said Wednesday.
“Is there a recreational component to the program? Absolutely, yes. Have we done everything we could to stretch our statutory authority to keep it as medical as possible? We have done that,” Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Humble opposed the medical marijuana proposition, but once it passed, he said it was his job to execute the will of voters.
“Obviously there’s a conflict with the Controlled Substances Act at the federal level,” Humble added. “I’m certain at some point this will end up in front of the Supreme Court.”
He went on to belittle the effect medical marijuana will have, expressing his wish that the resources devoted to it would go to other health issues. “In medical marijuana, the payoff was not profound,” Humble said.
I’m sure the people who have chosen cannabis as a safer and more effective alternative to dangerous and addictive prescription drugs would disagree.
Beyond that is this notion that recreational users getting their hands on some legal medical marijuana will somehow lead to a collapse of the system, or worse. Even if 10,000 recreational users get it and only one “real” patient is helped, then it is worth it. It’s not like the recreational users are costing the state money; they pay the same taxes and fees as everyone else for the privilege of participating in the program.
It all goes back to the belief that marijuana is a drug that can be abused instead of a plant that should be used by adults with no consequences as long as they don’t infringe on the rights of someone else.
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Feds Shut Down Oregon Medical Marijuana Farm
At about 9:30 a.m. yesterday, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided The High Hopes Farm, James Bowman’s medical marijuana operation outside Jacksonville, Oregon. The government brought earth-moving equipment to remove Bowman's crop. The farm was one of the biggest in Oregon.
Bowman, who is a longtime fixture in southern Oregon’s medical marijuana community, now faces the prospect of federal drug charges, but sources say he’s not supposed to be taken into custody.
Lori Duckworth, a medical marijuana activist who lives in Josephine County and works at a medical marijuana resource center in Medford, Oregon, said she was en route to Bowman’s operation to protest the federal government’s action.
“I am not on my way here to support James Bowman or High Hopes Farm,” she said. “I am here to protest if they seize any of the patients’ medicine.”
“These patients are now losing their medicine.”
Duckworth said she was not surprised by the crackdown on High Hopes.
“He was so large and so frank and so open about his operation that at some point he would be a target,” she said.
The feds are probably hoping the raids send a message to others to close up shop.
Martin Hensley, a medical marijuana patient of Bowman’s who lives in Portland, was stunned.
“Are you serious,” said Hensley. “Lord, have mercy. I can’t believe it. What am I going to do?”
Hensley said he planned to get more marijuana from Bowman in November.
“It leaves me empty-handed,” he said.
But the federal government doesn’t care. The DEA, Attorney General Eric Holder, not even President Obama cares. The crackdown continues. The threats and raids continue and there will be no repercussions for President Obama because the GOP nominee is a complete idiot. Hopefully things will change in a second term.
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