- The Weed Blog https://www.theweedblog.com
Share.

Members Of Congress Urge President Obama To Reschedule Cannabis

11

marijuanaIn a joint effort between Congressional Representatives and Americans for Safe Access, several members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama expressing “concern with the recent activity by the Department of Justice against legitimate medical cannabis dispensaries in California that are operating legally under state law.” The letter, headlined by Representatives Sam Farr (D-CA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and signed by Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Pete Stark (D-CA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), and Bob Filner (D-CA), noted that California was only the latest state hit in the federal government’s campaign against medical marijuana.

This year alone has seen aggressive SWAT-style federal raids in at least seven medical marijuana states, as well as threats of criminal prosecution by U.S. attorneys against local and state public officials. It is our strong position that local and state governments must be allowed to develop, implement and enforce their own public health laws with regard to medical cannabis.

The members of Congress further stated that:

[I]t is more urgent now than ever to reschedule marijuana as a legitimate controlled substance for medicinal purposes.

obama medical marijuanaSpecifically, they requested that the Obama administration either reschedule cannabis as a Schedule II or Schedule III drug or that they publicly support the adoption of legislation that would remove cannabis from its current place in Schedule I. The letter comes on the heels of the Department of Justice’s most recent attempt to circumvent California’s 15 year old medical cannabis law.

In the beginning of October, California’s four U.S. attorneys sent letters to at least 16 landlords and property owners who rent buildings or own land where dispensaries provide safe access to medical cannabis, notifying them that they were violating federal drug law. The letters warned that the dispensaries must shut down within 45 days or the landlords and property owners will face criminal charges and confiscation of their property — both real and personal — even if they are operating legally under the state’s medical cannabis law.

This latest instance of federal interference is in stark contrast to the spirit if not the precise letter of the Obama Administration’s policy on medical cannabis and though the DOJ is now claiming that President Obama had no prior knowledge of these latest enforcement tactics, the signers of the Farr-Rohrabacher letter urge the President to show respect for patients and their providers by changing federal policy and providing them with safe access to their medicine rather than pushing them back into the illicit market. Whether or not their pleas fall on deaf ears remains to be seen.

Share.

About Author

11 Comments

  1. It’s nice to see these members of congress address the issue directly with the president. Whether or not anything will come about it will remain to be seen… Follow up article please- if there are more developments?? Ty weed blog app <3

  2. The inevitable & nefarious effects of Prohibition have made us totally subordinate to a corporatized, despotic government with a heavily armed and corrupt, militarized police force whose often deadly intrusions into our homes and lives are condoned by an equally corrupt and spineless Judiciary who are intentionally protecting Transnational Corporate Institutions over Individual American Citizens.

    Prisons have been filled to capacity. Violent criminals, murderers, rapists and child molesters are released early to create space for these so called drug offenders. Half of court trial time and also a huge chunk of police officers time is pointlessly wasted. Enormous untaxed profits from illegal drugs fund multi-national criminal empires which bribe law enforcement authorities and spread corruption faster than a raging bush fire. These laws take violent criminals and turn them into multi-billionaires whilst corrupting even entire countries such as Columbia, Panama, Mexico and Afghanistan. The extreme violence on and south of the border is drug gangs fighting for turf in this lucrative business. The drug laws are also funding the Taliban whose illegal opium profits allow it to buy weapons and pay it’s fighters more than $300 a month, compared with the $14 paid to an Afghan policemen.

    Due to the tyrannic and mindless actions of prohibitionists, tens of millions of people world-wide (both users and non-users) have been either killed, maimed, incarcerated or had their lives very seriously disrupted. Prohibitionists are solely responsible for an immense increase in violent organized crime, an AIDS Pandemic, the undermining of international development and security and a grave abuse of human rights on a scale barely witnessed in human social history.

    Corporate greed and individual bigotry have accelerated us towards a situation where all the usual peaceful and democratic methods needed to reverse the acute damage done by prohibition no longer function as envisaged by the Founding Fathers of our once great and free nation. Such a political impasse coupled with great economic tribulation is precisely that which throughout history has invariably ignited violent revolution.

    In order to avert what will surely be a far more violent situation than we are already experiencing, and to restore our Republic to a system “OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE,” there appears to be just one last avenue left to us — Jury Nullification. If we choose not to use this peaceful means for change then a violent solution may inevitably be forced upon us:

    “To function as the founders intended, our republic requires that “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
    – Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787

    “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy

    Jury Nullification is a constitutional doctrine that allows juries to acquit defendants who are technically guilty, but who don’t deserve punishment. All non-violent drug offenders who are not selling to children, be they users, dealers or importers, fall into this category. If you believe that prohibition is a dangerous and counter-productive policy, then you don’t have to help to apply it. Under the Constitution, when it comes to acquittals, you the juror have the last word!

    To avoid such carnage and turmoil on a scale not seen in this land since the 1860s, we may have just one last chance: If you wish to see this insane prohibition replaced by a workable policy based on science, public health and sound principles of Justice & Human Rights, one that will ensure a safe future for your children and grandchildren, PLEASE VOTE TO ACQUIT! – We must now create what we can no longer afford to wait for.

  3. Indeed they pulled this stunt. On the one hand we had our California Gov. Brown veto the 600 foot to a residential neighbourhood law then shortly after “rouge” agents go after Cannabis businesses.

    The result of this is, that, more damage has been done than would have been and Obama is made the fool for doing and for not doing this crack down.

    On the other hand those still opposing Cannabis have no valid plan as to how we will come to terms with the end of the war on Cannabis. They are still hoping they can win the war and are voting for more troops to be sent in.

    What will stop the war is obvious but not satisfactory to our traditional “send them to prison final solution mentality” and that is to allow Californians the right to Grow, use and share cannabis.
    Sure that throws gasoline on a fire but it’s a fire prohibition has started and maintained for decades.
    It’s time for prohibition to go up in smoke so we can have sensible Cannabis policy .

    Just think of how Law enforcement will be able to find illegal cannabis if anyone can simply tell law enforcement the truth without fear of arrest.

    As for Commerce? That is the domain of the State and Feds.. But legalize for the people so that local supply stops imports!

Leave A Reply