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Pot Groups See Obama 2012 Flip-Flop on Medical Marijuana

Category: Politics | Posted on Fri, April, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
President Barack Obama touted a progressive attitude on medical marijuana on the campaign trail, but since taking office, Obama's administration has hardened its stance and supporters of the drug are crying foul on the flip-flop.
 
In a March 2008 interview, Obama told the OregonMail Tribunethat medical marijuana ranked low on his list of priorities.
 
[Read about a recent Gallup poll about legalizing marijuana.]
 
"I think the basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs prescribed by doctors, I think that's entirely appropriate," Obama said. "I'm not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue."
 
But the numbers tell another story.
 
Since October 2009, Americans for Safe Access, a group committed to legalizing medical marijuana, estimates the Justice Department has carried out 170 raids on dispensaries and cultivation facilities in nine states.
 
"Every time a dispensary is shut down, there are literally hundreds of people waking up that day wondering where they will get their medication," saysKris Hermes, the spokesperson for the Americans for Safe Access.
 
Hermes says he's confident that the number of raids since the president took office is actually around 200.
 
"He's broadened his attack," Hermes says. "Until Obama was elected, George W. Bush had the most aggressive posture toward medical marijuana...he's been even more aggressive than his predecessor."
 
Americans for Safe Access estimates that during the entire eight years of the Bush administration, roughly 200 raids were carried out, something Hermes says the Obama administration has accomplished in less than four years.
 
Asked why the Obama administration had been so aggressive in pursuing federal drug law violations involving medical marijuana, the DOJ told Whispers, "Sorry, we do not have statistics to support [that accusation]."
 

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Obama "Worst President on Medical Marijuana"

Category: Politics | Posted on Mon, February, 20th 2012 by THCFinder
From Rolling Stone, a report on the Administration’s escalation of the federal government’s campaign against medical marijuana.  It begins:
 
Back when he was running for president in 2008, Barack Obama insisted that medical marijuana was an issue best left to state and local governments. “I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue,” he vowed, promising an end to the Bush administration’s high-profile raids on providers of medical pot, which is legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia.
 
But over the past year, the Obama administration has quietly unleashed a multi­agency crackdown on medical cannabis that goes far beyond anything undertaken by George W. Bush. The feds are busting growers who operate in full compliance with state laws, vowing to seize the property of anyone who dares to even rent to legal pot dispensaries, and threatening to imprison state employees responsible for regulating medical marijuana. With more than 100 raids on pot dispensaries during his first three years, Obama is now on pace to exceed Bush’s record for medical-marijuana busts. “There’s no question that Obama’s the worst president on medical marijuana,” says Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “He’s gone from first to worst.”
 

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Obama Ignores Medical Marijuana During Google+ Hangout

Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, January, 31st 2012 by THCFinder

Should I even bother to ask why Obama has dodged our questions once again, or is it that obvious now to all people what's going on here.

​President Barack Obama, again, turned to social media to connect with voters -- and again he used it as another chance to ignore talking pot.
 
You might have noticed that every time President Obama takes to the series of interactive intertubes, the unwashed masses want to talk, not taxes and not turkey, but the good herb. Last year, the POTUS employed YouTube and Twitter to walk amongst the people, and on Monday, Obama connected with his fellow Americans using "Hangout" on Google +. 
 
Just like the last two times, viewers/voters submitted questions to the president for consideration via YouTube. And just like the last two times, a question about marijuana legalization was the top draw.
 
And, just like the last time, the question from a retired cop about failed drug policy and a reexamination of law enforcement priorities was not forwarded to the president. 
 
Yet again, Obama is blameless: The White House says Google + moderators selected the questions.
 

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Romney's conservative values: Medical marijuana should be denied to sick people

Category: Politics | Posted on Mon, January, 16th 2012 by THCFinder

A YouTube video of Gov. Mitt Romney being asked about medical marijuana on October 6, 2007, is circulating on the Internet, revealing Romney dismissing the concerns of an ill man.

In the video, an 80-pound man in a wheel chair asked the governor about medical marijuana, saying that he had a rare form of muscular dystrophy and that the only prescribed medication that did not make him ill was marijuana. He said that he could die without it. Romney suggested that the young man use synthetic marijuana, which the sick man said made him violently sick.
 
When asked if he would arrest the man and his doctors for prescribing medical marijuana, Romney responded, "I'm not in favor of medical marijuana," and dismissed him.
 
 
 

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No, Mitt Romney will not answer your marijuana questions

Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, January, 10th 2012 by THCFinder
Like most of the Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney has spent the past week touring New Hampshire to drum up final votes for today’s Granite State primary. And through it all he has been trailed by Students for a Sensible Drug Policy activists who want the former Massachusetts governor to spell out his position on marijuana, whether it be medicinal or simply industrial.
 
One student asked Romney whether he thought the war on drugs was working, while another wondered if the candidate believed medical marijuana patients should be arrested. Romney, however, refuses to offer a clear, lucid answer.
 
To the first question, Romney replied, “It’s a long question that deserves a full answer, and not just in a photo line like this…Look on my website; you’ll see my answer.” As Raw Story points out, however, there is no such answer on his website.
 
To the second question about medical marijuana, Romney said he’s “in favor of having the law not allow illegal marijuana,” which really isn’t at all an answer to the inquiry.
 
During a third encounter, when the former Massachusetts governor was asked whether industrialized hemp should be used for textiles, paper and such, Romney said, “I’m not quite sure what industrialized hemp is.” So in addition to evasive on the issue, Romney is also ignorant. Maybe he should ask Newt Gingrich for a history lesson.
 

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Grading The GOP Candidates On Marijuana

Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, January, 10th 2012 by THCFinder


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