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It’s Time To Stop The Heartless Federal War On Medical Marijuana

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medical marijuana raidsTom Daubert Is Not a Criminal

A dedicated marijuana policy reform advocate who was instrumental to enacting Montana’s medical marijuana law has become the latest victim of Pres. Obama’s heartless war on medical marijuana. Tom Daubert, a friend and colleague, will plead guilty to maintaining a drug-involved premises – a medical marijuana dispensary called Montana Cannabis.

Tom has seen what can happen to people who don’t have access to the only medicine that gives them relief. In 2004, he worked hand-in-hand with patients to educate voters and editorial boards to make medical marijuana legal under state law. One of the most vocal patients, Robin Prosser, had an excruciating lupus-like illness and was allergic to prescription medications. She went on a 60-day hunger strike for medical marijuana in 2002. Months before Election Day, she attempted suicide because she didn’t have access to the one medicine that worked for her.

After the initiative passed, Robin found a caregiver who shipped her the strain of medical marijuana she needed from another part of the state. The DEA intercepted a package, and the caregiver became too afraid to send more marijuana. No other strain worked for Robin, and she couldn’t take the pain any more. In 2007, she took her own life. Tom led a memorial and started the Robin Prosser Memorial Patients’ Legal Defense Fund.

In 2008, it looked like there was finally hope for patients and those who helped them. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama said federal resources wouldn’t be used to circumvent state medical marijuana laws. His Department of Justice advised federal agents not to target those in “clear and unambiguous compliance” with state medical marijuana laws. Attorney General Eric Holder testified to Congress that threatening dispensaries in Colorado that complied with state law would not be consistent with that advice.

So Tom and hundreds of other people across the country took the president at his word and set about providing patients with safe access to medical marijuana. Tom’s dispensary did all it could to be transparent, responsible, and above board. It invited legislators and local law enforcement in for tours, including while being filmed for the documentary Code of the West. Never in any of these tours did state and local law enforcement leaders express anything but admiration and support for the ways Tom’s approach surpassed both the spirit and letter of the state law and was in full and clear compliance and conformance with Montana community standards. Tom also advocated for the state legislature to regulate and register dispensaries.

Then, without warning, the federal government raided Montana Cannabis and more than 20 other medical marijuana-related sites the same day a state Senate committee voted down a bill to repeal the voter-enacted medical marijuana law Tom helped enact. Some other Montana providers have pled guilty or are fighting charges. Others have been raided, prosecuted, and/or threatened by the federal government in California, Washington, and Michigan for the crime of providing a medicine to sick people … a medicine that unlike Tylenol and Vicodin has never caused a fatal overdose. Meanwhile, in July, the DEA rejected a petition to reschedule marijuana, maintaining the offensive fiction that marijuana has no “currently accepted medical use” in the United States despite numerous studies to the contrary and thousands of physicians recommending medical marijuana to more than half a million patients.

If you would like the federal government stop to burying its head in the sand, driving desperate patients to suicide, and making criminals out of those who dare to help them, please write Pres. Obama andyour members of Congress. If his offensive against medical marijuana patients and providers will affect your willingness to donate to, vote for, or volunteer for the president, please let his campaign know.

Courtesy of the Marijuana Policy Project

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  • patient1984

    This just happened in Michigan, and it’s scary because even though there are over 150,000 of us patients, we couldn’t do anything. Lawmakers took our law enacted by the people and started making tweaks to it. They claim they listen to us, but I have read newspapers where house reps have said “even though the public testimonies start tomorrow, we’re pretty sure we know what wer’e going to do”….How can this be ok, and how can people be so naive they can put a quote like that in the paper??!!

    We need to band together across the nation and stop this at a federal level.

  • Dick Kennedy

    Below is the main part of a letter I faxed to my congressman (Democrat Gerry Connolly) last week:

    But I’m worried today about a
    broader issue–that President Obama’s aggressive pursuit of medical marijuana
    providers will hurt his re-election chances.

     

    On a number of occasions he
    had stated that this was not a good use of federal resources, and Justice
    Department statements in 2009 seemed to confirm that. Beginning last spring,
    however, with raids on 26 facilities in Montana,
    his administration has been acting far
    more aggressively than George W. Bush ever did. Hard to believe but true.
    In addition to the more-frequent raids–including the one this week  on “Oaksterdam”–Obama is taking
    actions that Bush never did: sending warnings to governors of the dire consequences
    if their states pass medical marijuana laws, having the IRS file huge claims
    for back taxes from providers on the grounds that they are not entitled to the
    deductions available to other businesses, and warnings to landlords that they
    could be prosecuted for renting to providers; I believe a Montana landlord is
    about to get a three-year sentence–a first in the US.

     

    If this policy would attract
    the centrist voters that the president needs, I could perhaps understand it.
    But with polls showing large majorities in favor of medical marijuana, I fear
    that the only people who will approve are anti-Obama right-wingers.

     

    I’m even considering voting
    Republican for the first time since 1960. In the end, I probably won’t because
    there are other important issues. But I believe that many of the young people,
    who were so important in 2008, will simply drop out in 2012.

  • Nygratefulfred

    what if all of us who get on a jury vote for acquittal automaticaly if there is anything to do with Marijuana in the criminal charges.We can just keep acquitting,deadlocking,hanging juries until it is such a huge mess they just give up.

  • Nygratefulfred

    OHBUMMER
    He could have made a big difference…….
    instead he is just the same old lying shit like the rest of them.

  • Shame, Shame, Shame, Mr. So Called Leader !!!

  • Laurahamp

    The idea of waging a war on drugs, against a relatively benign plant like marijuana, is one thing. But when it ravages so viciously that completely innocent people are destroyed, to hide corruption amongst government officials, it becomes a plague.

    What am I talking about?

    This film:
    http://www.expendable.tv

    So deep is the corruption, that the Australian media won’t report it… won’t report cables which prove criminal acts by their own ministers in office (see them for yourelf, in the reports). 

    Granted, the media there has a closed remit and non-plural ownership, but this speaks for itself. A wall of absolute silence.

    The victim is now seriously ill, whilst they basically point the other way. Whilst they smear her deceased father because dead men can’t sue. Whilst they cover the truth, and lead a gullible Australian public by the nose.

    This must be the clearest example in the world of a ‘war’ taking a life of its own, with innocent human beings who fall under the wheel, being disregarded by the powerful self-interest forces of government. It sickens me. 

  • Jerandnj

    I would contribute but I and millions of others are committed to elect and re-elect people that realize it is time to end Marijuana Prohibition so let us all know where you stand on this issue. If you want our donations and support then let us know that you agree with ending marijuana prohibition and will work to re-schedule marijuana and end prohibition. America needs to reform its drug laws just like we need healthcare, credit card, banking and wall street reform and the time is now to end marijuana prohibition and make other needed changes to our drug laws. Serious addiction or abuse of harmful drugs should be a healthcare issue just like alcohol addiction and abuse, And it should not be a crime. The use of marijuana is far less harmful then the laws enforced to prevent its use and Marijuana should be legal, taxed and regulated just like alcohol and tobacco. People should only be forced into treatment if they have committed a serious crime or show signs of harming themselves or someone else. 

    Please talk to people from LEAP to hear what they and others from all walks of law enforcement have to say that aren’t afraid to tell the truth on this issue. The war on drugs and Marijuana Prohibition is a failure and that it will never work for our country or our citizens. The time for change is now, real change, change we can believe in. End Marijuana Prohibition. The World Health Organization estimates that 42% of Americans have tried marijuana, the highest usage level in the 17 countries it profiled. Some researchers contend that marijuana is the number one cash crop in the United States. 

    Three Nobel Prize winners including Milton Friedman were among the more than 500 economists who endorsed a 2005 Harvard study that concluded that legalization of marijuana “would save $7.7 billion per year in state and federal expenditures on prohibition enforcement and produce tax revenues of at least $2.4 billion annually if marijuana were taxed like most consumer goods. If, however, marijuana were taxed similarly to alcohol or tobacco, it might generate as much as $6.2 billion annually.” 

    “This is Not a War on Drugs–it’s a War on People.”

    Jack Cole knows about the war on drugs from several perspectives. He retired as a Detective Lieutenant after a 26-year career with the New Jersey State Police. For twelve of those years Jack worked as an undercover narcotics officer. His investigations spanned the spectrum of possible cases, from street drug users and midlevel drug dealers in New Jersey to international “billion-dollar” drug trafficking organizations. Jack ended his undercover career living nearly two years in Boston and New York City, posing as a fugitive drug dealer wanted for murder, while tracking members of a terrorist organization that robbed banks, planted bombs in corporate headquarters, court-houses, police stations, and airplanes and ultimately murdered a New Jersey State Trooper. 

    After retiring, Jack dealt with the emotional residue left from his participation in the unjust war on drugs by working to reform current drug policy. He moved to Boston to continue his education. Jack holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a Masters degree in Public Policy. Currently writing his dissertation for the Public Policy Ph.D. Program at the University of Massachusetts, his major focus is on the issues of race and gender bias, brutality and corruption in law enforcement. Jack believes ending drug prohibition will go a long way toward correcting those problems. 

    Jack has taught courses to police recruits and veteran officers on ethics, integrity, moral decision-making, and the detrimental effects of racial profiling. As Executive Director of LEAP, he has also presented papers at international conferences and spoken on drug policy reform in the European Parliament, as well as presenting over 600 times to students, educators, professional, civic, benevolent, and religious groups in Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and across the United States. Jack is passionate in his belief that the drug war is steeped in racism, that it is needlessly destroying the lives of young people, and that it is corrupting our police. His discussions give his audience an alternative prospective of the US war on drugs from the view of a veteran drug-warrior turned against the war.

    Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed:

    What is one thing that Walter Cronkite, Dr. Milton Friedman, Secretary of State George Shultz, New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, and syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington all have in common? Each one of them has endorsed Judge Gray’s book on the failure of the War on Drugs. Problems with increased crime, adult and juvenile violence, medical problems, terrorism all around the world, decreased civil liberties, and the misspending of hundreds of billions of dollars annually are clearly shown in the first part of this book as being traced to this failed policy. But there is a better way, and the second part of the book shows in detail how other policies and programs are actually working in these areas. Democrats need to start taking us seriously when millions of Americans talk about ending Prohibition and doing the right thing. America in the past has had slavery and didn’t allow women the right to vote. America still has many issues to solve and several of the ones in the past has taken too long to correct. Back then some Americans thought those policies were a good idea or popular at the time. Lets stop making the same mistakes over and over again, when a policy doesn’t work, end it and try something else. Isn’t seventy years of failed policy enough? The American people think so.The democrats need to get the guts to do the right thing for America and Americans and end this harmful policy that waste billions of our tax dollars. I would like to repeat something I have heard was said by Martin Luther King Jr . This was what it was. In any civilized society it is every citizens responsibility to obey just laws, But at the same time, it is every citizen’s responsibility to disobey unjust laws. Martin Luther King Jr. Here is one more thing I think you have heard, before. Albert Einstein’s definition of Insanity: is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    That is exactly what prohibition is insanity. It was tried before and it didn’t work then, and it isn’t working now. We keep wasting our tax dollars on the same failed prohibition policy that targets are own citizens. This prohibition policy is far more harmful then the use of marijuana. This applies to Prohibition And For these reasons and many others I and Millions of Americans demand more freedom to live as we see fit as long as what we do doesn’t harm others. Please stop the war against the American people. Prohibition laws inflict more harm then the harm the law is meant to prevent and it cost us billions of tax dollars every year. This unjust and immoral law has to end and we need our elected officials to look back to the past to see we have not always been right and this prohibition is wrong and it’s time our elected officials do something about it or you won’t be there much longer. This is why I and millions of others will only contribute to those who realize it is time to change our policy on drugs. Thank you.