Did Obama Really Say He'd Respect State Medical Marijuana Laws? Yes.
Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, May, 17th 2011 by THCFinder
Fred Gardner at Counterpunch thinks I'm "way wrong" about medical marijuana politics under the Obama Administration:
Drug-policy-reform advocates are complaining bitterly that they have been double-crossed by Barack Obama. “What’s Behind the Obama Administration’s About Face Regarding Medical Marijuana?” asked Paul Armentano of NORML in the Huffington Post May 5.
“Obama’s Sudden, Senseless Assault on Medical Marijuana,” was the headline on a piece by Scott Morgan, associate editor of Stopthedrugwar.org. According to Morgan, “Recent months have brought about what can only be described as the rapid collapse of the Obama Administration’s support for medical marijuana.”
This is way wrong. There is nothing “sudden” or unprecedented about the DEA raids and other oppressive measures emanating from the Department of Justice. And neither Obama nor the DOJ ever expressed unambiguous support for medical marijuana. It was the reform honchos themselves who misread and misrepresented Administration policy.
So apparently, I misread statements like "I will not be using justice department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue," to mean that the President was saying he would not be using justice department resources to circumvent…well you get the point.
If Obama and Holder never intended for anyone to think they would respect state medical marijuana laws, then they said a series of really stupid things to the media. Yes, I'm as aware as anyone else of the vague language in the Holder Memo and the fact that many raids occurred prior to the recent escalation, but for reasons I would have thought obvious, those facts should hardly be held to immunize the President from the accusation that he broke a campaign promise.
This administration went to great lengths to convince the American public that interference with state medical marijuana laws would no longer be a priority at the Dept. of Justice. That is the standard by which they must will be judged.
(Source) by Scott Morgan
ACLU to Holder: Tell feds to back off medical pot
Category: Politics | Posted on Wed, May, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
Citing recent action in Washington state and elsewhere, The American Civil Liberties Union is urging Attorney General Eric Holder to re-emphasize that his federal prosecutors will not go after medical marijuana patients who comply with state law.
The ACLU sent a letter to Holder on Monday.
The civil liberties group says U.S. attorneys in Washington, Montana, Colorado, Arizona, Rhode Island and Vermont have issed letters that ”diverge widely from what was previously understood as DOJ policy to not use federal resources to prosecute those who are clearly complying with state medical marijuana laws.”
Federal prosecutors in Washington state wrote such a letter after Gov. Chris Gregoire contacted them. Gregoire vetoed critical sections of a medical marijuana bill passed by the Legislature that sought to clarify and expand the state’s existing medical marijuana law, citing concerns about federal arrest of state workers. New legislation in the offing would allow “nonprofit patient cooperatives” to operate only in cities that specifically allowed them.
NH Senate put brakes on medical marijuana
Category: Politics | Posted on Wed, May, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
CONCORD, N.H.—The New Hampshire Senate has put the brakes on a bill to allow people with debilitating or terminal illnesses to legally possess and use small amounts of marijuana.
The Senate voted Wednesday to postpone action on the bill that would legalize possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana if the drug is for medical purposes. Sen. Ray White, a Bedford Republican, said the Senate does not plan to vote on it this year.
The House voted 221-96 without debate in March to pass the bill. The Legislature passed a medical marijuana bill two years ago, but Gov. John Lynch vetoed it. The House voted to pass the bill over Lynch's veto but it fell two votes short in the Senate. Lynch said he would veto the current proposal.
FEDS Financing al Qaeda and Terrorism through Cannabis Prohibition?
Category: Politics | Posted on Mon, May, 9th 2011 by THCFinder
Time to swtich it up!
Questioning Cannabis? Does the U.S. Federal prohibition on Cannabis create funding for al Qaeda, financed in part from global drug trafficking?
Has the U.S. Federal prohibition on Cannabis also allowed Afghanistan to become the world's top producer of cannabis.?
Tell me if I'm wrong, but I have not heard al Qaeda trying to traffic alcohol or tobacco.
How paramount is stopping the financing of terrorist, to The United States of America? The illegal drug trade is estimated to be over $411 billion dollar black market.
"Between 10,000 and 24,000 hectares of cannabis are grown every year in Afghanistan, with major cultivation in 17 out 34 provinces, the U.N. drug agency (UNODC) said in its first report on cannabis production in Afghanistan."
U.N. & United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Medical marijuana letter from U.S. Attorney early attack on 2012 pot legalization campaign?
Category: Politics | Posted on Fri, May, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana advocates have been debating the intent of U.S. Attorney John Walsh's letter attacking portions of HB 1043, a bill intended to tweak MMJ regs that became law last year. Among the theories: The letter is a warning shot in what will be a full-scale federal effort to undermine the drive to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use in Colorado next year. But if that's the case, says attorney Brian Vicente, it's a clumsy attempt that won't work.
"I don't know if they're trying to rev up the opposition," concedes Vicente, head of the advocacy organization Sensible Colorado. "But the vast majority of voters in our state support medical marijuana, and support for legalizing marijuana for adult use is growing. It's possible he's just wildly out of touch with what voters want. But if this is a plan to stem the call for legalization, I don't think it's well thought out."
At this point, at least two organizations are in the process of readying legalization bids: Legalize2012.com and a group that includes Vicente and SAFER's Mason Tvert. In a recent interview, Tvert shrugged off the suggestion that numerous community bans of medical marijuana indicated that support for broader legalization was thin, adding, "We've been working for months on the language" of a ballot proposal "with dozens of attorneys both in Colorado and around the country who specialize in this type of thing.
We hope to have the best initiative possible, and we're going to do whatever it takes to do that before moving forward. But we're going to move forward."
Obama's Sudden, Senseless Assault on Medical Marijuana
Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, May, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
When Attorney General Eric Holder announced in October 2009 that the Dept. of Justice would respect state medical marijuana laws, the nation breathed a collective sigh of relief. By that time, any lingering support for aggressive federal raids on medical marijuana providers had dwindled into invisibility. The American people wanted to see patients protected, and Obama's pledge to do so earned him nothing but praise from both the press and the public.
Unfortunately, recent months have brought about what can only be described as the rapid collapse of the Obama Administration's support for medical marijuana. Following dozens of aggressive DEA raids, along with some unusual IRS audits, the Dept. of Justice has now begun openly endeavoring to destroy carefully regulated state programs before they get off the ground:
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Several states have started reassessing their medical marijuana laws after stern warnings from the federal government that everyone from licensed growers to regulators could be subjected to prosecution.
The ominous-sounding letters from U.S. attorneys in recent weeks have directly injected the federal government back into a debate that has for years been progressing at the state level. Warnings in Washington state led Gov. Chris Gregoire to veto a proposal that would have created licensed marijuana dispensaries.
Letters with various cautions have also gone to officials in California, Colorado, Montana and Rhode Island.
It's a sweeping intervention that instantly divorces the Obama Administration from its stated policy of not focusing resources on individuals who are clearly compliant with state law. Unlike the numerous recent dispensary raids, which could theoretically result from competing interpretations of state law, this new incursion constitutes a direct threat of arrest against state employees acting in good faith to administer perfectly lawful state programs.
The mindlessness of all this operates on multiple levels, beginning with the fact that no state employee or state-licensed business has ever actually been prosecuted for involvement with medical marijuana. The suggestion that they'd do such a thing is nothing more than a cynical scare tactic aimed at stalling the numerous state programs moving forward this year.
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