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Obama Administration’s Medical Marijuana Policies Now Worse Than Bush

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US Attorneys in California Say They Will Shut Down Dispensaries, Prosecute Landlords and Seize Properties Notwithstanding State Law

By Tony Newman

Despite the Obama Administration’s promise to respect state law and leave medical marijuana patients alone, its attack on patients and providers operating legally under state law is rapidly escalating. At least 16 landlords in California this week received letters stating that they are violating federal drugs laws and that state law will not protect them. The four US Attorneys in California are holding a press conference in Sacramento today in which they are expected to announce a broad crackdown on medical marijuana.

A series of administration actions in the past month makes it clear that they are engaged in a full scale assault on medical marijuana patients’ rights and their ability to access medicine and that they have reconsidered their willingness to allow states with medical marijuana laws to implement those policies without federal interference. The Treasury Dept. is forcing banks in Colorado to close accounts of medical marijuana businesses operating legally under state law. The IRS now says it will not recognize legitimate business expenses of dispensaries and is requiring owners to pay taxes required of no other businesses; the result will be closure of the most well regulated dispensaries and loss of millions of dollars in tax revenue for local governments. And the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives last week ruled that state-sanctioned medical marijuana patients cannot legally possess firearms.

“The Obama administration’s latest moves strongly suggest that their medical marijuana policies are now being driven by over-zealous prosecutors and the anti-marijuana ideologues who dominated policymaking in past administrations,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Barack Obama is betraying promises made when he ran for president and turning his back on the sensible policies announced during his first year in office. Instead of encouraging state and local authorities to regulate medical marijuana distribution in the interests of public safety and health, his administration seems determined to re-criminalize as much as possible. It all adds up to bad policy, bad politics and bad faith.”

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  • JOHN

    It looks like the statement calling Obama “HITLER” is true………………….

  • JudgeRoyBean

    Its an abomination to what America is suppose to stand for in terms of free speech. Correct me if I’m wrong and kick me in the head and you can also call me stupid but aren’t we as Americans “allowed” (what a terrible word to use) to voice our own opinions and views and now if we talk about other Country’s that may have cannabis its against the law? I’m embarrassed to an American…And this just sickens me. What a terrible thing and all for what….. MORE money and not for us, them. The politicians and banks. I’ll quite before I become profane. Thank you for having this page and you won’t lose my support of this page

  • bongstar420

    These crack downs are mostly on commerce- people who are violating state law by making money and people who are violating federal law by engaging in interstate commerce. Obama cannot simply tell the DEA, ONDCP, and NIDA to violate their own institutional policies. You find where Obama actually orders these actions. He is simply not trying to do anything about it. I gather he wants people to get pissed off and do something about it themselves as he cannot effectively do anything on his own initiative. If he were to do anything pro-Cannabis on his own initiative; that would probably be the end of his efficacy to do anything in office as it would likely feed the anti-Obama fire very much.

    If these people want to be left alone, they can grow less than 100 plants and they can refrain from making money. No one will bother them if they are doing this at this point.

    This is good as far as I am concerned. It shows these institutions have to force us to compete on uneven grounds. It shows we are a power to be reckoned and they are trying to mitigate our power. We will be stronger for it in the end. Besides, these people should realize that in new industries the pattern is the first wave usually fails for many different reasons. You want to be in the second wave as that is where the highest probability of success resides.

  • Renee Ware

    First we hear about this “fast & furious” program sending guns to Mexico now this attack on the depenseries Could they be in cahoots with the cartels?

  • It is an election year. And the one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree upon is attacking people who smoke Marijuana in an election year. It makes them look big and tough. Where is the Democrats love or,liberty and the Republicans smaller government now?

  • Mike

    Problem is satevax was made in onther country ..our country pattent northern ligjts been selling it over seas .they want to take it away so they can fill tbeir pockeks .i saw a video call heat or not .they even took it off tje net .its the real deal but they want to get rich .hey let us grow that much turn it into juice .wtf is wrong with you guys .all a fk trick .