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President Obama: End Your War on Cannabis Patients

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director December 15, 2011

    Over the past several months, the Federal government escalated its war against medical marijuana to previously unseen heights. The Drug War machine kicked into high gear starting in October when the IRS began applying an obscure part of the US tax code, meant to target drug cartels, against medical dispensaries in attempts to shut them down. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms joined in the fight when it issued a heavy handed one page memo to every gun and ammunition dealer nationwide informing them that they must, by law, deny sales to lawful medical cannabis patients. 

    The hammer really fell when the US Attorneys for the four federal districts in California formally announced a crackdown on medical marijuana dispensing operations and began issuing memos threatening operators and landlords of these properties. Threats were even waged against news publications who ran advertisements for medical marijuana businesses. All of this in an environment where over 70% of Americans support medical use of cannabis, the country’s largest physicians group endorsed full legalization, and at least four governors are petitioning the DEA to reclassify marijuana based on overwhelming evidence of its medicinal value. Unfortunately, It doesn’t appear an end is in sight as new threats of intervention are looming in Colorado. 

    That is why today, in cooperation with other reform organizations, NORML is encouraging you to contact President Obama and tell him to end his administrations war on cannabis patients.  Click here to use NORML’s Take Action Center to directly email the below letter to the White House and tell President Obama to stand by his promise to not interfere with state medical marijuana laws.

    Dear President Obama:

    I urge you to end your war on medical marijuana patients. More than 70 percent of Americans are in favor of legal medical marijuana. 16 states and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana legislation.

    At least four governors are petitioning the DEA to reclassify marijuana based on overwhelming evidence that it has medicinal value. While this reclassification is pending, your Administration should respect — not attack –state medical marijuana laws that provide patients with safe and reliable access to this medicine.

    Given the fiscal crisis our country finds itself in, it doesn’t make sense to waste federal tax dollars and law enforcement resources interfering with state medical marijuana laws.

    100 Responses to “President Obama: End Your War on Cannabis Patients”

    1. Seth Bowling says:

      Dear President Obama:

      I urge you to end your war on medical marijuana patients. More than 70 percent of Americans are in favor of legal medical marijuana. 16 states and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana legislation.

      At least four governors are petitioning the DEA to reclassify marijuana based on overwhelming evidence that it has medicinal value. While this reclassification is pending, your Administration should respect — not attack –state medical marijuana laws that provide patients with safe and reliable access to this medicine.

      Given the fiscal crisis our country finds itself in, it doesn’t make sense to waste federal tax dollars and law enforcement resources interfering with state medical marijuana laws.

    2. Tam says:

      Stop wasting the tax payers dollars on a “War” that will never be won. In fact, while you are at it. Just LEGALIZE Cannabis for everybody and save our money so we can have more in our pockets to help with this hideous economy. Concentrate on the REAL drugs like Meth, Cocaine, etc.

    3. Mike says:

      It makes perfect sense for Obama to vote in favor of who is paying him the most!

    4. Joshua Schreiber says:

      I suggest a national speak up day on 4/20/12 and peaceful protest at every state capital similar to the Occupy Wall St. movement. Do it now so this cannot be avoided in the 2012 Presidential Debates! Get off the couch and DO SOMETHING!!

    5. Hiccup says:

      If they (the Government) make it legal to grow, package, smoke and possess but illegal to sell not even for a penny or to recoup cost, it takes the crime out of it. It diffuses the whole thing. Everyone who wanted to smoke would simply grow their own, either in or out. Or a real collective situation would arise. MJ would no longer burden our prisons, our police, our courts or our taxes. Home Depot would have classes. Not a perfect world but better.

    6. Richard Pisz says:

      Why can’t our government respect the wishes of 70% of its citizens?
      This is a country where democracy rules (at least that is what I was taught in school) why dose it not work that way? Stop listening to the drug co. lobbyist and LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OF THE U.S.A. We all know why it’s illegal ….MONEY! D.E.A. can find other ways to do their jobs. Locking up otherwise law abiding citizens is unjust, unfair and in my eyes dose more harm than good.
      Sincerely,
      Mr. Richard Pisz Sr

    7. Cat Cassie says:

      Obama doesn’t care what the people who voted for him want. He has made that crystal clear. Less than a year to go before he is voted out of office. I just hope its not Newt Gingrich that takes his place.

    8. Frankie Rose says:

      I agree with Joshua Schreiber!!!I think thats a great idea

    9. Dooalot says:

      Nothing can change his mind unless your able to give him more money ( political contributions ) than pharmaceutical, oil, tobacco and the alcohol industry has . Bribing used to be illegal but now have you ever heard of a politician being jailed for accepting a bribe ?

    10. Nathan says:

      This type of governmental inflexibility will only help to push the cause for legalization. This is exactly how alcohol prohibition came to an end almost a hundred years ago. These are the death throes of American cannabis prohibition.

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