Dear Media, Please Ask Obama to Explain His Escalating War on Medical Marijuana

Dear Media, Please Ask Obama to Explain His Escalating War on Medical Marijuana

Monday morning’s DEA raid of Oaksterdam University is making major headlines, but there’s one detail missing from the coverage: why the fuck is Obama at War with Medical Marijuana in the first place? Seriously, why is any of this even happening at all?

Under this administration, the idea of raiding state-approved medical marijuana facilities went from being “not a good use of our resources,” to being a very popular pastime among federal police and prosecutors. They’ve been going completely berserk for the better part of a year now, and while they weren’t exactly diplomatic before that, they’ve been acting lately like they won some kind of drug war lottery and are trying to spend all the money before they die.

Raiding Richard Lee is arguably the most audacious play the feds have ever made in the War on Medical Marijuana for a few reasons. He’s in a wheelchair and exemplifies the image of a legitimate medical marijuana patient/provider. He runs a school that promotes professionalism in the medical cannabis industry. And most importantly, he was the driving force behind the Prop 19 campaign that nearly legalized marijuana in California.

If you’re thinking all of this explains exactly why they want to take him out, well…yeah, but it isn’t nearly that simple. Everyone knows who Richard Lee is, and almost everyone supports him. To go after him now, after everything he’s done, is to manufacture the most perfect martyr ever to emerge in the increasingly ugly War on Medical Marijuana in America.

I could spend all afternoon speculating as to why the Obama Administration would choose to escalate a policy that’s already so deeply unpopular with the American people. But I shouldn’t have to. It’s Obama’s turn to tell us what the hell happened here, and it’s the responsibility of the press to demand an answer.

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  • VOTER for marijuana

    I agree, Obama can’t remain silent about this any longer. Its the responsibility of us “VOTERS” to demand an answer. Maybe he has forgotten that its an election year! Most state lawmakers are all for legalization atleast on a medical level, they are to afraid to vote on it due to the votes they may lose. If they did their jobs and talked to the people they would find most of todays people support marijuana and it would increase their votes. Like it or not marijuana is out there and will continue to be out there, its up to them to protect the people that gave them their job. That would be the best campain ad for a new politician or an incumbant that wants to keep their job “legalize, regulate, and tax.” they would get my vote and im sure many others. We need someone in there that isnt trying to follow party lines but that stands up for what the people want.