Apr 112012
 

ObamaObama Has Completely Failed On Medical Marijuana Policy

By Lauren Fox

President Barack Obama touted a progressive attitude on medical marijuana on the campaign trail, but since taking office, Obama’s administration has hardened its stance and supporters of the drug are crying foul on the flip-flop.

In a March 2008 interview, Obama told the Oregon Mail Tribune that medical marijuana ranked low on his list of priorities.

[Read about a recent Gallup poll about legalizing marijuana.]

“I think the basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs prescribed by doctors, I think that’s entirely appropriate,” Obama said. “I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue.”

But the numbers tell another story.

Since October 2009, Americans for Safe Access, a group committed to legalizing medical marijuana, estimates the Justice Department has carried out 170 raids on dispensaries and cultivation facilities in nine states.

“Every time a dispensary is shut down, there are literally hundreds of people waking up that day wondering where they will get their medication,” says Kris Hermes, the spokesperson for the Americans for Safe Access.

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Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • Spikedgoth15

    He needs to spend the money and man power on meth, coke, xtc, herion, crack, etc. so that the hard drugs are off the street. Legal mmj is what the people want with safe clean and pure thc. Not what a dealer wants to sell.

  • Spikedgoth15

    He needs to spend the money and man power on meth, coke, xtc, herion, crack, etc. so that the hard drugs are off the street. Legal mmj is what the people want with safe clean and pure thc. Not what a dealer wants to sell.

  • Timbambam

    It is really sad. I have told people that this was the reason he changed his stance. He should not said anything rather than outright lie for votes. As much as I like President Obama I think we from the medical marijuana movementneed to make sure he knows he has lost our vote. I have always voted as long as I have been able. This year I guess I wont vote because as much as I don’t want to vote for President Obama I would never vote for Mitt Romney.

    • guest

      a write-in vote is a good way to show protest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dnestler1 David Nestler

    Gary Johnson is the man

  • Ocnad

    Vote for Ron Paul 2012!

  • Jeffreyjames75

    He won’t get Re-elected.

  • Sciencefreak

    I hope Obama’s daughters learn the truth about medical marijuana and shun their father when they realize he is an evil sadistic, lying, power-crazed sleazebag.

  • floridabadger

    In the end it turns out it’s ALL about politics!! Especially in a re-election year!!…So….What else is to b expected!!

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  • Nygratefulfred

    I think of him as “Obummer”  Â
     He could have made a big difference but he is just the same old shit.