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Medical Marijuana Entrepreneur Endorses Obama, But Hates Gays

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cannabis cash crop marijuanaWhat Is The United States Medical Marijuana Chamber Of Commerce?

Over the past 24 hours there has been a lot of news surrounding the recent endorsement of Obama by the United States Medical Marijuana Chamber of Commerce (USMMCOC). Obama has raided more medical marijuana dispensaries than any other president combined. Naturally this caused an uproar of confusion within the cannabis community with questions about who this organization was and why in the world would they endorse a president that is attacking patients who need safe access to their medicine?

After splashing some water on my face, I did a little googling and quickly discovered that the “USMMCOC is a for profit organization built to tax regulate and control the Cannabis Industry in the United States.”

On top of that Thomas L. Leto III, President and Founder of the USMMCOC is not only a canna-business entrepreneur, he also apparently hates gays.

I believe that God created Men and Women to reproduce. It is common logic that EACH and EVERY one of us came from a Women’s womb. I believe that men and women that truly believe they are Gay, are merely confused. I have sat back and watched long enough. Cardinal Dolan/Archdiocese of New York, I BEG you!!! Please help me, help you fight this Abomination. I truly DO have a plan worth going public. I will run against President Obama if it is the only way to Preserve the Truth.

Sincerely,

Thomas L. Leto III
President – US Medical Marijuana Chamber of Commerce
CEO/Founder – Fort Knox Hydro

Leto’s comment was in response to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), who posted the following statement after President Obama’s personal remarks in favor of gay marriage:
“President Obama’s comments today in support of the redefinition of marriage are deeply saddening. As I stated in my public letter to the President on September 20, 2011, the Catholic Bishops stand ready to affirm every positive measure taken by the President and the Administration to strengthen marriage and the family.”

Next I went over to the USMMCOC website where I found a huge picture of Obamas face and a one paragraph statement next to it proclaiming that “Recent research has shown that President Obama’s Medical Marijuana usage is a big reason in which he understands the value of Federally allowing this industry to exist.” President Obama’s Medical Marijuana “usage” of what? The only usage of Medical Marijuana President Obama has used is his power to neglect sick and dying patients.

Below that picture of Obama is a picture of Leto speaking at what would seem to be a press conference regarding the recent Obama endorsement, until you look close enough to see that the picture is dated September, 2011. And here comes the kicker, Leto wants USMMCOC to have a complete federal monopoly over what the industry standards would be.

“All applications and Distribution of Medical Marijuana will be reviewed and approved by USMMCOC. The United States Chamber of Commerce will tax, regulate and control the Cannabis Industry of the United States of America.”

Just so I have the record straight (a little pun intended), Leto despises gays, and thinks his for-profit cannabis venture is going to run the federal marijuana industry when (and if) Obama gets re-elected? And I thought the GOP game plan was getting messy. This is just one more reason to why we need REAL government regulation of cannabis in America, for the people by the people. Not for-profit entrepreneurs trying to jump ahead of the curve.

Published with special permission from the National Cannabis Coalition

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Sam Chapman has dedicated the last seven years of his life to leadership, activism, progressive legal reform, and social media. He has been a crucial member of the End Prohibition Again Campaign, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, as well as a strategic framer for Occupy Eugene. Beyond drug policy reform, Chapman has served as the Associated Students of the University of Oregon Campaign Manager, College Outreach Coordinator for the Measure 74 Campaign, and currently runs a social justice organization, the Interpretive Framing Group. Chapman’s expertise also includes his ability to develop diverse networks of people through the power of social media. Chapman seeks to challenge outdated status quos and policies through his public speaking, leadership, and social media skills.

  • 420jen

    I bet his chapters are run by paid government agents! Jesus Christ my gay friends provide better homes for children than catholic fuck ups and I should know since I was raised catholic and my family was involved in church activities.

  • Jk

    What a sad hatemonger! I hate when they speak ignorance like it’s truth. Nice that he made a donation but what a sad individual. I suppose he also doesn’t work on Sundays, doesn’t eat shellfish, stones his children to death for backtalk, no divorce or remarriage in the church, and wear a shirt with more than one fiber.

  • freetheleaf

    he might get ran off for such tomfoolery

  • As a person who has worked in the medical cannabis community for 7 years I have never heard of this man or seen his work online. The cannabis community is diverse and I am saddened that this man has a national platform for his bigotry. No one I know who is a practictioner of cannabis therapy would support his bigotry towards GBLT community. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4el6EGqcUw
    Watch and Weep at the dying pleading for safe access, and they did not give one shit if I was gay when I took care of them at their end of life experience.
    Shame upon you for bringing your hate to the cannabis community
    Rick Rosio
    Pain Management Spokane http://www.painmanagementspokane.com
    Montana Pain Management http://www.montanapm.com
    When you have lived and suffered with those you serve then maybe you will change and allow your soul to heal

    • Johnny oneye

      Most people get to ignore the fools, TheWeed blog does not .They dig right in
      asking questions that deserve a straight answer.
      Videos on youtube of children like CashHyde shows the ignorance the government use to criminally attack cannabis users/suppliers.
      Cannabis Entrepreneurs are diverse group . Mom n Pop , wall st. type,hippies,agricultural buffs .
      Sometimes with medical weed these savvy types remind me of the same crew who sold bad loans to anyone .”Loan Modification Specialist”
      Full of shit ,just spew lies to make money.
      By calling these creatures out in public we get to see the bigotry and hopefully
      people wont vote for them.
      Montana is a peaceful place , prohibition is violence against the people

      I cant even get your video to play on youtube
      Sorry about your buddy

  • the.asian

    Don’t forget, every chamber of commerce is NOT run by the govt. they are merely for profit business people that have money on their mind.

  • Johnny oneye

    UPDATE — 8/28:
    Aaron Smith, Executive Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, claimed in a statement to The Huffington Post that Leto was mischaracterizing the size and scope of his organization, suggesting that it was actually just a one-man operation.
    “I can say unequivocally that the ‘United States Medical Marijuana Chamber of Commerce,’ is not an actual industry association with anywhere near the membership numbers claimed in the recent press release,” Smith said. “As far as I and other leaders in the medical marijuana community can tell, the USMMCC is little more than a basic website and one person who occasionally posts press releases.”
    Smith continued, saying that his group was “certainly not endorsing President Obama as long as he continues to allow his administration to run roughshod over state medical marijuana programs.”
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