GOP Candidate Johnson Would Pardon Nonviolent Marijuana Users

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, October, 20th 2011 by THCFinder

Finally a Governor who sees the downfall of arresting people for simple Marijuana charges. We can only hope more politicians will follow this route and stop prosecuting and arresting citizens for simple posession charges.

(RTTNews) - Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson said on Wednesday that he would consider adopting a policy that would pardon nonviolent marijuana cases that are currently serving prison terms.
Johnson, a long shot candidate to land the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nomination, said that people who smoke pot may make up the largest voting bloc in the nation.
Johnson said that as many as 50 percent of people in the United States have at one time or another used marijuana - and they don't want to be thought of as criminals.
According to a recent Gallup Poll, a record 50 percent of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana at this time - suggesting that it could become an issue in a presidential election in the near future.


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

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, October, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
President Obams's chances of re-election seem to be getting smaller and smaller with his flip flopping and broken promises.
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.


Obama Administration Memo Spells End of Medical Marijuana Industry?

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, October, 6th 2011 by THCFinder

Landlords are the new victims in this battle of medical marijuana and the federal government.

On the heels of issuing Oakland's legendary Harborside Health Center--the largest medical marijuana collective in the country with over 90,000 members--a $2.4 million tax bill, the federal government is now threatening landlords with the seizure of any property used for marijuana production and distribution. Acccording to a Bay Area television report yesterday, landlords in Northern California are receiving letters warning them that they could lose their property if they rent to folks involved in the weed industry. 
It's just the latest evidence that despite early signs from the Obama administration that it wasn't going to interfere with the right of states to allow the medical use of marijuana, nothing could be further from the truth. And assuming the feds make good on this latest threat, it could mean the end of medical marijuana as we know it. 
"With the blink of an eye and the flick of the wrist, they can shut down medical marijuana in California," said Christopher Glew, who represents several cannabis collectives in Orange County and elsewhere in California. "The funny thing is they have the absolute right to do it and there's nothing anyone can do to stop it. By going after landowners, they can grab a bunch of land, make a bunch of money, and save face politically by saying, 'Hey, we're not going after sick patients or arresting little old ladies--we're going after rich landlords.'"


Obama's War On Pot

Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, September, 20th 2011 by THCFinder

Obama has done nothing but go back and forth on his promises in regards to marijuana and the medical marijuana indsutry.

[S]ince the Justice Department now says anyone but patients and caregivers is fair game for prosecution, Obama’s policy is indistinguishable from Bush’s. ... The problem is that most of the "individuals with cancer or other serious illnesses" whom the Obama administration claims to be sparing are not up to the task of growing their own marijuana. 

When DEA raids or Justice Department threats to landlords shut down dispensaries, [Americans for Safe Access spokesman Kris Hermes] notes, "patients wake up the next morning wondering where they’re going to find their medication." The administration’s position, essentially, is that patients can have marijuana; they just can’t get it anywhere.




Ron Paul: End Marijuana Prohibition Now!

Category: Politics | Posted on Wed, August, 24th 2011 by THCFinder


Who Benefits from Obama's Reefer Madness?

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, August, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
Defending its crack-down on legal medical marijuana dealers, the DEA has disingenuously declared that pot is an ineffective treatment for pain. But over at the FDA, the first painkiller made from cannabis is sailing toward approval.
Obama seems to want to have it both ways: Weed has medical benefits, but then again it doesn't; it's as dangerous as heroin, but safe enough to give to sick patients in medical experiments. Whose interests are being served here, and who's getting the shaft?
It's hard to deny claims by critics that the president has largely given the shaft to advocates of medical marijuana. Hitting the re-election trail this week, Obama had to duck a question about his record on pot-for-pain at a Minnesota town hall meeting, leaving unresolved—after more than two and a half years—his campaign promise to respect the right of patients to make decisions about their own care. Instead his administration has pursued a confused two-pronged policy: allowing Big Pharma unimpeded license to pursue the profitable medical marijuana market, while threatening thousands of patients using state-licensed cannabis with federal intervention and even arrest.
Critics liken Obama's cannabis conundrum to the way he dealt with the financial crisis—bailing out Wall Street while leaving millions of homes on Main Street to fall into foreclosure. If this sounds like too harsh a condemnation of a president that rabid Republicans have done nothing but hate on, try making sense of recent developments in federal medical-marijuana policy.
Back in March, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) exercised its emergency authority to outlaw the use of five “fake” marijuana products like Spice and K2. “These products consist of plant materials that have been coated with research chemicals that claim to mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and are sold at a variety of retail outlets, in head shops and over the Internet,” the DEA said in a prepared statement.



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