Many medical marijuana reform supporters have been hoping since the historic 2012 Election to see President Barack Obama change his stance against medical marijuana. Would Obama ever back off on medical marijuana raids and respect state medical marijuana laws?
I think a lot of us were optimistic that Obama’s second term combined with two legal marijuana states would lead to some change on the medical front, especially considering the new states that have enacted/grown their medical marijuana programs in 2012/2013. But I think deep down all of us expected him to continue to stick to his same failed policies.
Today the White House confirmed what we feared. According to the Huffington Post:
“White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked for the second day in a row if CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta’s recent reversal on medical marijuana use and apology for misleading the public had had any bearing on Obama’s position on the issue.
Whereas Earnest declined to answer the question on Tuesday, he confirmed Wednesday that the president does not believe any changes should be made to medical marijuana laws ‘at this point.'”
It is ridiculous, harmful, and shameful for the Obama Administration to make those comments today. We can only assume that SWAT team style raids will continue against the sick. White House spokesman Josh Ernest tried to provide some rhetoric, but I think we have all heard this before…According to Politico.Com:
“”While the prosecution of drug traffickers remains an important priority, the president and the administration believe that targeting individual marijuana users — especially those with serious illnesses and their caregivers — is not the best allocation of federal law enforcement resources,” Earnest said. ”
News flash Mr. Earnest – we have all heard this BS before, and we aren’t buying it. I can’t wait until Obama is out of office.