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What Is The Colorado Patient Voter Project?

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On January 12, 2012, the United States Attorney in Colorado, John Walsh, an Obama administration appointee, launched an attack on state-legal medical marijuana providers in the state. He sent letters to 23 medical marijuana centers, informing them that they were located in areas deemed problematic by the federal government and would have to shut down within 45 days. If not, the federal government would seize their assets.

These medical marijuana centers are operating in full compliance with state and local laws and ordinances. Since 2009, the Obama administration has said repeatedly, and as recently as December 2011 during testimony by Attorney General Eric Holder before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, that it would not use its limited resources to go after individuals acting in compliance with state law. It is inexplicable and offensive that the administration sat back and allowed owners of medical marijuana centers in Colorado to invest tens of thousands of dollars in order to comply with state regulations and *then* decided to seize their properties.

The mission of the Patient Voter Project is to shine a light on the Obama administration’s egregious behavior and to keep medical marijuana patients, their families and their hundreds of thousands of supporters around the state up-to-date about the latest hostile actions being carried out by the administration. Our goal is simple: We want the Obama administration to end its attacks on legitimate and legal providers of medical marijuana and to trust the state of Colorado to regulate the industry in a thorough and competent manner, as it has done already.

If you have not done so already, please use the form at the top of the right-hand column to submit your email address so that you will start receiving PVP alerts. We also encourage you to visit our Spread the Word page, where you can send the most recent PVP alert to your friends and family in Colorado.

As you have seen, the mission of the Patient Voter Project is to keep Colorado citizens informed about the Obama administration’s attacks on Colorado’s sovereignty and its medical marijuana laws, in direct conflict with earlier promises to respect these very same laws.

You can play an active role in this campaign by informing Colorado citizens yourself. Simply enter the email addresses of your friends and family in the state, click “Send,” and they will receive a copy of the latest PVP alert, as you can see in the pre-written email below.

Please note that our system will not retain the email addresses of your friends and family. They will be used only for this immediate purpose.

Text of email:

I am sending you this email as part of the Patient Voter Project because I am extremely troubled by the Obama administration’s recent attacks on medical marijuana providers in Colorado. I wanted to make sure you were aware of what is happening.

On January 12, 2012, the United States Attorney in Colorado, John Walsh, an Obama administration appointee, launched an attack on state-legal medical marijuana providers in the state. He sent letters to 23 medical marijuana centers, informing them that they were located in areas deemed problematic by the federal government and would have to shut down within 45 days. If not, the federal government would seize their property.

These medical marijuana centers are operating in full compliance with state and local laws and ordinances. Since 2009, the Obama administration has said repeatedly, and as recently as December 2011 during testimony by Attorney General Eric Holder before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, that it would not use its limited resources to go after individuals acting in compliance with state law. It is inexplicable and offensive that the administration sat back and allowed owners of medical marijuana centers in Colorado to invest tens of thousands of dollars in order to comply with state regulations and *then* decided to seize their properties.

The open question now is whether the Obama administration will actually seize the property of these individuals who have diligently followed state and local laws. We also don’t know whether the US Attorney will expand his attack to include additional medical marijuana centers.

I encourage you to visit the website for the Patient Voter Project (http://www.patientvoterproject.org) and sign up for alerts so that you can be informed if and when the Obama administration takes further action in this area – whether that action is positive or negative. I know I will be watching to see what they do.

Thanks for hearing me out and for caring about this issue.

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