The Ugly Truth About Obama’s War on Medical Marijuana

The Ugly Truth About Obama’s War on Medical Marijuana

As the media turns up the heat on Obama’s medical marijuana crackdown, one of the excuses he’s giving is that they’re just going after businesses that are violating state laws. In the President’s own words:

The only tension that’s come up – and this gets hyped up a lot – is a murky area where you have large-scale, commercial operations that may supply medical marijuana users, but in some cases may also be supplying recreational users. [Rolling Stone]

And again from someone at the Dept. of Justice

After Kimmel’s speech, a Holder deputy told HuffPost that there was no coordinated war on medical marijuana, but that some individual clinics were breaking both state and federal laws. [Huffington Post]

Andrew Sullivan also gives a nod to this notion:

To be fair to Obama, he specifically said the policy was against those abusing the medical marijuana law to sell illegally. And some blame can be attached to the disorderly way in which medical marijuana laws have been enforced.

This excuse fails on like five different levels. The escalating assault on medical marijuana that’s been ramped up over the past year is far from focused on forcing out bad businesses. If it were that simple, there wouldn’t be much to argue about. States could simply clarify their policies where necessary, medical marijuana providers could maintain scrupulous compliance, and only the crooks and bums in the industry would have anything to worry about, right? Wrong.

The truth is that the feds are doing the exact opposite of respecting state laws; they’re trying to destroy them. Federal prosecutors have repeatedly threatened to arrest state employees for merely administering their own medical marijuana programs. They did so in a cynical effort to prevent lawmakers in multiple states from creating the sort of tight regulations that would prevent abuse and legitimize the industry.

Obviously, you can’t claim to be merely upholding local laws while simultaneously threatening the very people who make and enforce them. This has been widely reported, and it even resulted in a push-back from the governors of medical marijuana states who’ve become frustrated with the mixed signals they’ve gotten from the Obama Administration. Think about how crazy it is that these states were following Obama’s lead by clarifying their laws, and then the DOJ just comes along and threatens to arrest their staffers. It’s an incredible mess, and it happened because Obama and Holder completely confused absolutely everyone about how this issue would be handled.

Making matters worse, multiple federal agencies have carried out a dizzying array of attacks against medical marijuana from every other conceivable angle:

  • U.S. Attorneys in California recently revived the Bush era tactic of threatening to seize property from landlords who rent to medical marijuana facilities.
  • After 9 years of failing to respond, the DEA recently denied a petition to reschedule marijuana, ignoring a vast body of scientific evidence proving the drug’s medical efficacy.
  • Federal threats have caused numerous banks to close the accounts of businesses that provide medical marijuana to qualified patients.
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms issued a surprising statement that medical marijuana patients may not purchase firearms.
  • The IRS is shaking down medical marijuana providers for millions of dollars based on an obscure tax provision aimed at drug traffickers.
  • A federal prosecutor even threatened to target newspapers that run ads for medical marijuana services.
  • And, of course, the DEA continues to raid tax-paying businesses that are legal under state law.

For Obama to now claim that all they’re doing is targeting illegally operated dispensaries is flagrantly and transparently untrue. There really is a far-reaching federal assault on medical marijuana being carried out at the national level. Obama’s refusal to acknowledge or explain it is unacceptable.

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  • HeathBurns1

    After trying marijuana for the first time, and seeing how weak it is compared to Alchol, it saddens me to know many people are in prison for this. It’s not right. I can see police after people selling to kids. Obama has used marijuana before and knows its not a hard drug. “0″ deaths from marijuana…..It was used in pharmacies until 1937. Cannabis is the true name for this medical plant. People need to know the truth about this plant. It’s all about $$$.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FY7C37SAMUQJDJAIB7R24KX5MY Donald

    I, my entire family, voted for Obama last time but I will campaign against Obama this time due to self- centeredness as indicative of all COWARDS.  He is more concerned for his re-election bid or being remembered as the first black president that legalized dope. He says he can’t change congressional law. That’s true , but with the stroke of a pen he can re-schedule it from a an absurd schedule I drug like heroin to a schedule II so then it can be prescribed for people who need it and are currently using it as Obama has admitted he has. Obama doesn’t care about your health or if you are in pain but more about himself. Saw him the other day walk off Airforce One forgetting the first Lady. Hope she wasn’t in a DEA Holding cell. If he doesn’t want to help people suffering then his AG Attorney General Eric Holder has that authority as well, but he is a black guy, too. What happening there guys??? As the Secret Service, Dea Obama and his GIL KEROWITZHITshits or whatever is an Obama puppet and totally unqualified idiot. I am a retired law enforcement agent, and know for a fact that Alcohol apprehensions are about 40 times more dangerous than a violator under influence of marijuana. Old Gil there if he has as much experience as he claims he does he would have to agree or he is lying, or more likely OBAMA is just telling him what to do. Obama lacks experience as it has shown in his first term, as he has either done the wrong thing or done NOTHING such as Immigration problems or Legalizing marijuana , regulating a safe product. It isn’t about revenue. Since when does the government care about revenue. IT IS NOW ALL ABOUT SAFETY!!!!  In 2010 there were over 600, 000 deaths attributed to number one Tobacco products, next was alcohol and third is prescription drugs. Marijuana in 2010 accounted for NO deaths either directly or indirectly. Obama’s drug zar is an IDIOT!!!!!
    Marijuana was unjustly listed as a schedule I drug by that crook president NIXON. Why? Because to spite the hippies he called them as they opposed the ill fated Viet Nam as he was trying to obtain a favorable result. 80% of the marijuana that Americans get come from Mexico which still use DDT, DDE, Chlordane, Malathion, Diazinon, Fenthion, and Furidan 15G which we environmental Agents got banned. They told us (out of spite) that we cost them $200,000 annually and that they would just ship more abroad and that is just what they did as well as building DDT plants in Mexico for about 30 years after we got it banned as well all the above pesticides for use on American soil. So the marijuana our kids are getting is treated with these very harmful pesticides which attack our nervous system. And will cut them down 20 years later in some form of Cancer. OBAMA should be ashamed!!!  God judges us on how much we help others and how we treat others. Don’t use marijuana because it is very harmful coming from Mexico and will be laced as early as this year with Methamphetamine. That right folks! Meth is on its way from Mexico since marijuana was almost wiped out due to severe droughts. And it is much more difficult taking months to grow, is not subject to drought, easier to produce, easier to store and easier to smuggle since so much attention has been focused on the borders there due to illegal immigration. The Mexican drug cartels know there is a market for meth here so they are coming in with it very soon. OBAMA has to know this if I do, and if he doesn’t then he needs to be voted out come November. It is now easier for our kids to get marijuana than it is alcohol or cigarettes which require ID. Drug dealers who also oppose marijuana legalization don’t ask your kid for an ID. Think about that Obama!!!   Sincerely,  Donald  (retired US Special Agent, 30+ years with honors including President’s award), which I can considering returning soon.  I do apologize to American People in that our government has let you down.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FY7C37SAMUQJDJAIB7R24KX5MY Donald

    The amount the top officials said we agents costs them annually was $200 MILLION not $200, 000. Just a typo. I am a whistleblowercop just looking for justice and trying to help Americans understand the truth. Sorry for the typo’s. Sorry our country has let you down!