News Obama Ignores Marijuana at Twitter Town Hall

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, July, 7th 2011 by THCFinder
President Obama ignored medical marijuana during his Twitter Town Hall yesterday. He won’t be able to do that for much longer.
When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, he vowed to take a “hands off” approach to medical marijuana. “The president believes that federal resources should not be used to circumvent state laws, and as he continues to appoint senior leadership to fill out the ranks of the federal government, he expects them to review their policies with that in mind,” said a White House spokesman in 2009.
But Obama has broken that promise by repeatedly approving Department of Justice raids on legal dispensaries from coast-to-coast and looking the other way as patients are denied their right to relief.
And not only is Obama looking the other way, he’s completely ignoring the issue: during yesterday’s Twitter Town Hall, the president neglected to answer 4911 questions about his pot policy. “Would you consider legalizing marijuana to increase revenue and save tax dollars by freeing up crowded prisons, court rooms?,” asked the inquisitive public of the president. It was the most asked question of the Town Hall, receiving nearly 3 times the number of retweets as the second most-asked question.
The president also refused to answer related questions during a YouTube question and answer session earlier this year. But last week the President’s Justice Department released a memo insisting that they will continue enforcing the federal government’s anti-pot law.
“Persons who are in the business of cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana, and those who knowingly facilitate such activities, are in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, regardless of state law,” wrote Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who frets over “increase in the scope of commercial cultivation, sale, distribution and use of marijuana for purported medical purposes.”
In addition to having what pot advocates call a “chilling effect” on various states’ possible legislation for medical marijuana, the Obama administration’s continued war on pot will have political ramifications, as well.


Justice Department and Obama reverse stance on medical marijuana raids

Category: Politics | Posted on Fri, July, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
The Justice Department and the Obama administration appear to have backtracked on early promises to respect state medical marijuana laws, opening the door for more federal raids on medical marijuana growers and dispensaries.
In a memo sent June 29 to U.S. attorneys, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said cultivators and sellers of medical marijuana were in clear violation of the Controlled Substances Act and open for prosecution. That’s a marked departure from the Obama administration’s early rhetoric, which was that those in compliance with state medical marijuana laws wouldn’t be a priority for federal law enforcement. (As DOJ reviews legality of merger, it’s AT&T versus Sprint)
On the campaign trail in 2008, Obama said, “I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue.”
In an October 2009 memo, previous Deputy Attorney General David Ogden said U.S. attorneys “should not focus federal resources” on prosecuting those who are in “clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana.”
Attorney General Eric Holder, an Obama appointee, also signaled that the administration would respect state medical marijuana laws.
“For those organizations that are doing so sanctioned by state law, and doing it in a way that is consistent with state law, and given the limited resources that we have, that will not be an emphasis for this administration,” Holder said in 2009.
In Cole’s memo, which was written in response to inquiries from U.S. attorneys regarding the 2009 directive, Cole struck quite a different tone.
“The Ogden Memorandum was never intended to shield such activities from federal enforcement action and prosecution, even where those activities purport to comply with state law,” Cole wrote. “Persons who are in the business of cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana, and those who knowingly facilitate such activities, are in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, regardless of state law. Consistent with resource constraints and the discretion you may exercise in your district, such persons are subject to federal enforcement action, including potential prosecution. State laws or local ordinances are not a defense to civil or criminal enforcement of federal law with respect to such conduct, including enforcement of the CSA.”
The increase in raids and the new memo leave state-approved marijuana dispensaries on shaky ground, especially in places where such statutes are still new or in development, such as in Washington, D.C. A lawsuit was filed in May against the federal government seeking to stop enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act in D.C. until a judicial review of D.C.’s medical marijuana laws.


Ron Paul, Barney Frank To Introduce Bill That Would End Pot Prohibition

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, June, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
Reps. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Barney Frank (D-MA) are set to introduce a bipartisan bill today that would remove the federal prohibition on marijuana. The bill would instead let states legalize, regulate and tax marijuana.
The USA Today reports the bill is being championed by a legalization advocacy group:
The Marijuana Policy Project highlights that 46.5% of Californians voted for Proposition 19. It also cites a report released this month by the Global Commission on Drug Policy that slammed the decades-old war on drugs and called on governments to take a look at decriminalizing marijuana and other drugs.
The bill by Frank and Paul would "end state/federal conflicts over marijuana policy, re-prioritize federal resources and provide more room for states to do what is best for their own citizens," the group says.
Politico says the legislation is modeled after the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, which repealed the federal prohibition on alcohol and handed that responsibility to the states. Quoting the Marijuana Policy Project, Politico reports its "the first bill ever introduced in Congress to end federal marijuana prohibition."
But, as CNN money puts it, the bill is a long shot. But part of the point, adds CNN, is to start a conversation.
The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. John Conyers (D-MI), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Barbara Lee (D-CA).


Chris Christie puts Medical Marijuana on deathbed

Category: Politics | Posted on Mon, June, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
Governor Chris Christie has been waging a very public war on education in NJ, but he's also been waging a more subtle and smaller war on medical marijuana as well. Despite offering support for medical marijuana as a Gubernatorial candidate, Christie has been trying to severely weaken if not downright nullify the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, a final act of power by outgoing Governor Corzine.
But the gargantuan governor took it up a notch when he created bureaucratic hurdles that have brought medical marijuana to its very knees, begging for mercy.
The law signed by his predecessor offers a measure of compassion to patients in severe pain, which was supposed to be ready within six months — about a year ago — but the administration has placed one excessively draconian measure after another. From the potency of the drug sold to 10 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, to requiring an unnecessary $200 fee on caregivers who agree to retrieve a patient’s marijuana from a dispensary housebound and banning home delivery–Chris Christie has turned an otherwise plausible reality into a dystopian nightmare for the states gravely ill.
Christie essentially put the program in permanent limbo when he said he will not allow the program to move forward until federal authorities assure him they will not prosecute.


Romney: "I am not in favor of medical marijuana"

Category: Politics | Posted on Wed, June, 15th 2011 by THCFinder

Romney like every other politician runs out before answering a crucial question by a man in a wheel chair asking a very simple and straight forth question. You have to ask yourself, what kind of person runs away from someone asking a question sitting in a wheel chair?


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a man with a chronic disease that he opposes his right to use medical marijuana to help with his condition.
In a video posted on YouTube, a patient with Muscular Dystrophy asks Romney if he would “arrest me and my doctors” if his physicians prescribed medical marijuana. Clayton Holton is the young man who tells Romney he weighs 80 pounds and that traditional prescription medication doesn’t work. Romney asks him if synthetic marijuana works; Holton tells him that it makes him vomit.
Once Romney announces that he opposes medical marijuana and quickly moves on to others in the crowd, leaving Holton trying to ask further questions, Watch the video below.




Attorney General Holder Pledges To 'Clarify' Administration's Position Regarding State Medical Marijuana Laws

Category: Politics | Posted on Fri, June, 10th 2011 by THCFinder
Providence, RI--(ENEWSPF)--June 10, 2011.  The US Department of Justice (DOJ) will soon "clarify" its position in regards to those who use, possess, produce, and distribute cannabis for medical purposes in compliance with state law, United States Attorney General Eric Holder stated last week at a press conference in Providence, Rhode Island.
Holder had been questioned regarding the Administration's stance after US Attorneys in various states sent letters to lawmakers threatening to sanction state-licensed medical marijuana providers. Those letters persuaded lawmakers in several states, including New Jersey and Rhode Island, to suspend programs allowing for the state-licensed production and dispensing of marijuana. In Arizona, state attorney general Tom Horne, at the request of Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, has filed a lawsuit requesting a federal judge to determine whether state officials can legally license private entities to dispense marijuana under the state's newly enacted medical cannabis law.
Holder stated, "We're going to bring clarity so that people understand what [the federal] policy means and how this policy will be implemented." He added: "We are in the process of working [on] these issues with the U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island and other U.S. Attorneys across the country. My hope is that sometime in the not too distant future ... it will be addressed."
In 2009, the United States DOJ issued a memorandum to selected US Attorneys that stated, in part, "As a general matter, pursuit of these priorities should not focus federal resources in your States on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana.



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