Gary Johnson On Legalizing Marijuana: It's Only A Matter Of Time

Category: Politics | Posted on Wed, November, 9th 2011 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON -- GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson drew headlines earlier this month when he said he would issue a full presidential pardon for anyone serving a prison sentence for marijuana. He elaborated on that promise in a recent interview with The Huffington Post, adding that it's only a matter of time before marijuana is legalized.
"Clearly it is when, not if," he said of legalizing cannabis. "When 50 percent of the population says to the other 50 percent, 'You belong behind bars for your actions,' that's not good law, that is just not good law at all."
Johnson was referring to a recently released Gallup poll that found a full 50 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana, with support for legalization as high as 62 percent among Americans under the age of 30.


Where Does Obama Stand on the Medical Marijuana Crackdown?

Category: Politics | Posted on Mon, November, 7th 2011 by THCFinder
Has Obama changed his mind or does he just not care enough to back up his word and stop the DOJ and DEA from continuing on with these unnecessary raids of medical marijuana dispensaries.
As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama indicated that he was fine with medical marijuana. He said that, as president, he wouldn't devote a whole lot of law federal enforcement resources to going after growers, distributors, and users of medical pot in states where it's legal. (As of today, that's 16 states and the District of Columbia. Medical marijuana is illegal under federal law.) For good measure, in 2009 he directed his Justice Department not waste time chasing down "individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana." So far so consistent, as Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance reminds us in a New York Times Op-Ed today.
So how to explain the zeal that federal authorities have, over the past year, brought to the task of messing with the legitimate medical marijuana industry? Here's a partial list of the tactics that, according to Nadelmann, the feds have rolled out.
• The Treasury Department has forced banks to close accounts of medical marijuana businesses operating legally under state law.
• The IRS has slapped dispensary owners with taxes required of no other businesses.
• The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently ruled that medical marijuana patients cannot purchase firearms. 
• Prosecutors have threatened to seize the property of landlords and jail for renting to marijuana dispensaries
• The United States attorney in San Diego has indicated she'll start targeting media outlets that run dispensaries’ ads. 
Just to be clear: this is all happening in states where medical marijuana is legal and regulated. In states considering liberalizing their medical pot laws, U.S. attorneys have been in friendly touch to remind local officials that they, the attorneys, have authority prosecute all marijuana offenses.


Obama Visit Pushed Back; Marijuana Protest at 1 p.m

Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, October, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana patients are pissed off and ready to be heard today, or atleast seen!
The stoners are on president time.
President Barack Obama has pushed back to 1 p.m. his fundraising visit to San Francisco Tuesday  -- and the medical marijuana advocates planning to mark the occasion of his visit with a protest have adjusted their schedules as well.
Obama is now scheduled to touch down at San Francisco International Airport at 12:45 p.m. Pacific time. He will attend a fundraising lunch -- a later lunch than originally planned, so the $7,500-per-plate crowd among us may do well with a late breakfast -- at the W Hotel at 2:10 p.m.
The City's medical marijuana community -- dispensary operators, legal cultivators and patients who depend on the magic plant for their daily tonic -- plan to assemble on the northwest corner of Mission and Third streets near the W Hotel at 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to reports
Outrage has been fomented over the past several weeks ever since the United States attorneys for California sent a series of letters to state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries, ordering them to shut down or face stiff penalties.
Obama had promised on the campaign trail to not use scarce federal resources to circumvent state law, but somewhere along the line, the president changed his mind.


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.'"



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