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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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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.

 

(Sourcehttp://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com


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Ron Paul: End Marijuana Prohibition Now!

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


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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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Obama Stumped by Question on Marijuana Legalization

Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, August, 16th 2011 by THCFinder
It's become pretty clear that the president is going to be asked about marijuana legalization absolutely any time he takes questions from the public, so it kind of amazes me that he is actually getting worse at talking about it. This latest exchange is just embarrassing:
 
President Barack Obama sidestepped a question about medical marijuana legalization at a town hall event in Cannon Falls, Minnesota Monday.
 
"If you can't legalize marijuana, why can't you just legalize medical marijuana?" a woman asked the president.
 
"A lot of states are making decisions about medical marijuana," Obama explained. "As a controlled substance, the issue is then that is it being prescribed by a doctor as opposed to... you know, well, I'll leave it at that." [Raw Story]
 
That is the best he can do to address one of the hottest topics in modern American politics. He'll just "leave it at that," because an increasingly frustrated public might react negatively to a slightly lengthier attempt at explaining why anyone, least of all sick people, should ever have to worry about being arrested and thrown in jail for having some marijuana in their pocket.
 
To find oneself speechless in the midst of an intensifying debate is to reveal rather transparently the utter incoherence of one's position, and this could be the most complete collapse yet in the ugly history of political leaders trying and failing to defend our nation's massively unpopular war on medical marijuana. Reread, if you must, the statement above from Obama and ask yourself if that is an adequate answer to a question that continues to burn in the minds of so many among us.
 
Let me be the first to say that I am really very sorry that President Obama and various other people who don't want to discuss marijuana policy are being routinely forced against their will to do so. I can imagine what an annoying distraction this is when we have so many other issues to work on. There just seems to be some sort of misunderstanding happening here, wherein we came under the impression that if marijuana wasn't important enough to warrant even 30 seconds of meaningful discussion from the president, then it's also probably not important enough to justify arresting millions of us for possessing it.
 
I know I don't get to make the rules here, but it would be wonderful and very appropriate if we could just stop all of this, stop putting anyone at all in handcuffs for having marijuana, until someone like President Obama can at least summon the integrity to tell us in intelligent terms why things have to be this way. A leader speaks to the people and helps us understand the challenges we face. Obama's approach to marijuana policy and the debate surrounding it is not leadership, it's cowardice, and it's senseless from every standpoint, moral, practical and political.
 

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Medical Marijuana Legal In Arizona? Not So Fast, Says Attorney General

Category: Politics | Posted on Wed, August, 10th 2011 by THCFinder
Arizona voted months ago to legalize marijuana, but a new lawsuit takes aim at informal cannabis clubs sprouting like a certain weed.
 
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne on Monday asked a judge to shut down three Phoenix-area medical-marijuana clubs, charging that they were violating the law by charging fees. The lawsuit reflects the confusion billowing around the legal status of marijuana in Arizona: in November voters passed a proposition allowing medical marijuana, but no licenses for dispensaries have been issued as a judge considers a lawsuit filed by Governor Jan Brewer.
 
Under Proposition 203, patients can legally grow marijuana and give it to other patients as long as there are no dispensaries nearby and nothing of value is exchanged. But Horne argued that the three cannabis clubs "falsely claim to be operating lawfully under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act" because they charge a fee.
 
"[If] it was just a place for the patients to go and transfer marijuana for no fee, I suppose it wouldn't be a problem," Horne said.
 
Al Sobol, founder of the 2811 Club, argued that his business is not an unlicensed dispensary despite the fact that it charges an application fee of $25 and a $75 entry fee each visit to attend classes and get a free sample. He told the Tucson Citizen that his club is "just a venue" that allows patients to exchange medical marijuana in a "safe, dignified way."
 
"We've done everything to try to be totally honest," Sobol said. "We believe that this is completely compliant with state law."
 
The murky legal terrain occupied by unofficial clubs like 2811 reflects a disconnect between federal drug laws and states statutes that legalize some aspect of marijuana. More Mexican-grown marijuana enters this Arizona than any other state, according to federal government data cited by The New York Times, and people carrying medical marijuana cards have been the targets of raids.
 
"In lieu of a regulated industry, we're now creating an environment in which patients are growing their own with limited oversight, and these private clubs of questionable legality are popping up," Joe Yuhas of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Association told The Times.
 

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