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Why is the Obama Administration Suddenly Fixated on Stomping out Medical Pot?

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director February 9, 2012

    At the same time public support for marijuana legalization reached record highs, Obama shifted from one time medicinal cannabis sympathizer to White House weed-whacker.

    NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano writes a critical assessment of the current administration’s preoccupation with interfering in state marijuana reform efforts on AlterNet:

    Broken promises are nothing new in Washington, DC. Yet even by the Beltway’s jaded standards, President Obama’s role reversal from one time medicinal cannabis sympathizer to White House weed-whacker is remarkable.

    Indeed, the man who once pledged on the campaign trail that he was “not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue,” has – since taking the Presidential oaths of office – done virtually everything in his administration’s power to do precisely that. Yet he’s taken these steps at the very time that a record number of Americans, including 57 percent of democrats and a whopping 69 percent of self-described liberals, endorse doing just the opposite. Nonetheless, in recent months, the Obama administration – via a virtual alphabet soup of federal agencies – has launched an unprecedented series of attacks against medical cannabis patients, providers, and in some cases even their advocates.

    Read the full article here.

    75 Responses to “Why is the Obama Administration Suddenly Fixated on Stomping out Medical Pot?”

    1. […] Why is the Obama Administration Suddenly Fixated on Stomping out Medical Pot? At the same time public support for marijuana legalization reached record highs, Obama shifted from one time medicinal cannabis sympathizer to White House weed-whacker. NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano writes a critical assessment of the current administration’s preoccupation with interfering in state marijuana reform efforts on AlterNet: Broken promises are nothing new in Washington, DC. Yet even by the Beltway’s jaded standards, President Obama’s role reversal from one time medicinal cannabis sympathizer to White House weed-whacker is remarkable. Indeed, the man who once pledged on the campaign trail that he was “not going to […] […]

    2. Chris in WI says:

      Let’s not lose sight of the fact that the republican candidates are far worse on this issue. How does a former smoker who knows the truth get converted to the Obama we see today? That’s the question, how do they get leverage on him to make him cave on this issue?

    3. Arther Gomez says:

      Why? Because he is a liar, thats why.

    4. Retired Navy says:

      Maybe, just maybe that is why the Obama administration is now having to turn to super pac money. When are these morons in Washington going to learn … when you persist on criminalizing 25 million voters, the last thing they are going to do is send you money so you can continue to do so; let alone vote for them.

    5. Jake says:

      Yeah hell Newt will give ya the death penatly if you have 2 ounces on you if he has it his way. Newt probably still smokes it too but according to him it’s more immoral today than when he smoked it. Horse crap it’s less immoral because half the US smokes it. Get over it legalize it and lets be done with one of the biggest frauds in american history. Obama should be all for legalizing it because the whole reason they wanted it illegal in the first place was to stop black men from raping white women. Those days are over and lets just burn all copies of “Reefer Madness”. What a joke that movie is and is a huge part of why so many of the bible toteing goody two shoes are against it. Propaganda is what got Pot illegal in the first place.

    6. Cat Cassie says:

      Because he can. Who can stop him? He needed our vote in 2008 and got it. We mean nothing to him now. The next five years are going to be rough no matter who gets elected.

    7. Paul says:

      Law enforcement is still arresting people with small amount of Marijuana just by profiling. The Federal agents shutdown 26 medical marijuana dispensaries across Montana and 2 in the medical marijuana sanctuary city of West Hollywood, California and now Coronado in last few months in their latest attack on patients and legitimate businesses in the eyes of the states. The DEA isn’t even supposed to be conducting these raids, wasting scarce funds, in the first place. Several members of congress have already asked President Obama to halt these raids and to reschedule Marijuana as a legitimate controlled medical substance, as he pledged to do in his first presidential campaign. In 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memo ordering an end to federal raids of medical marijuana dispensaries. Yet, despite his memo, federal agents have continued these operations sporadically for years, without regard for patients’, states’ or business’ rights NORML Attorneys file multiple constitutional challenges to federal medical marijuana crackdown now over the drug policy. Because of that millions to billions of dollars of our tax money is still being wasted, is that what we want?

      The DEA has stock houses full of Marijuana worth billion and billions of dollars for the government from marijuana secures. Instead of burning it sell it to marijuana research programs. Then reopen the list for medical marijuana patients “Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program” that George W. Bush halted. Did you know there are only 4 people left on that program do you think it is time to re-regulate the program then open the list back up to the public to get over 40,000 on the list? It will also help to stimulate the University of Mississippi for the growing, buying and researching marijuana, that they have done since 1968. The release and sale of confiscated Marijuana to reputable medical testing facilities will help pay off part of the trillions of the national debt the Government has accumulated.

    8. matt says:

      doesnt he have bigger problems to worry about? like crack? or war? Or this shizty economy? I’ve always agreed to the statement that there is a big difference between the word “nigger,” and a black person, and I’d much rather have this government run by a black person.

    9. Alex says:

      Vote Ron Paul. Plain and f*cking simple.

    10. Anonymous says:

      simple answer obama is no more different then 99% politicians if you really want change all around and marijuana legalized or decriminalized vote ron paul atleast he sticks to his arguments and isnt a hypocrit like the rest

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