Obama’s Crackdown on Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

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Justin Elliott writes in Salon:

Back in July, I interviewed a drug policy expert about an apparent change in Justice Department policy that suggested a crackdown on medical marijuana — which is legal in many states but illegal under federal law — might be coming.

Now, with the announcement last week by California’s four U.S. attorneys that pot dispensaries will be targeted with harsh criminal sanctions, the shift feared by drug policy reform advocates appears to have come to pass. The rhetoric from candidate Barack Obama about not prioritizing medical marijuana cases now seems a distant memory.

To learn more about what’s happening in California, I spoke to Bob Egelko, a veteran reporter who covers courts for the San Francisco Chronicle and has been following the story.

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  • http://twitter.com/siosotep Scott Glasspool

    Just go away Obama. You’ve done enough.

  • http://twitter.com/siosotep Scott Glasspool

    Just go away Obama. You’ve done enough.

  • Lubert

    I hope he gets rid of all drugs
    Fucking losers will use any excuses to smoke this shit. I’ve seen it a million and one times.

  • Lubert

    I hope he gets rid of all drugs
    Fucking losers will use any excuses to smoke this shit. I’ve seen it a million and one times.

    • Tyler Durden

      Got troll?

    • DeepCough

      Bigger hypocrites than Obama have tried and failed, you fuckhead.

    • Irishpotatogun

      You know else thought drugs were bad and thought he was superior to everyone else.

    • Conspiracy Carrot

      Make it a million and two, twatburger *puff puff blow it in yer face*

  • obama_lover

    No Obama loving hippy, is going to even know about this story and if they do; they’ll just say it’s because of the Republicans.  Or they’ll say “there are so many other issues” before lighting their bong.  People will make excuses for this guy years after he is no longer in office.

  • obama_lover

    No Obama loving hippy, is going to even know about this story and if they do; they’ll just say it’s because of the Republicans.  Or they’ll say “there are so many other issues” before lighting their bong.  People will make excuses for this guy years after he is no longer in office.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WNJO236SF5VLSOB6ZUCBLDBF6M MaxImpactGuns

      Thats the liberal mind for you. Stuck on stupid with no cure!

      • Elmyr23

        yeah can’t wait to vote for a republican… which moron you guys putting up again?

        little bit better still then the destruction of the constitution and chaney stealing billions and the first trillion in bailouts under your last guy.

        • 2040bryan

          2 parties one agenda, dont you get it. i smoke, and no cloud could even begin to hide the fact our government is bought and paid for.

      • Jin The Ninja

        Your post should read,

        ” That’s the liberal mind for you, stuck on stupid without a cure!”

        When one’s intellect is deficient, it is usually compensated for by an overwhelming hatred for that which is unknown or misunderstood.

  • Jarel

    Ron Paul 2012!

  • Jarel

    Ron Paul 2012!

  • DeepCough

    It would interest a lot of people to know that, before the Republicans institutionalized cannabis prohibition, Democratic president Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed it into law under the Marihuana Tax Stamp Act, so quite frankly, I ain’t shocked by this story.

  • DeepCough

    It would interest a lot of people to know that, before the Republicans institutionalized cannabis prohibition, Democratic president Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed it into law under the Marihuana Tax Stamp Act, so quite frankly, I ain’t shocked by this story.

  • Anonymous

    And this is why my avatar is Obama wearing the ‘Scumbag Steve’ hat.

    Or at least it was while I posted this.

  • Redacted

    And this is why my avatar is Obama wearing the ‘Scumbag Steve’ hat.

    Or at least it was while I posted this.

  • Jarel
  • Jarel
  • Tyler Durden

    Got troll?

  • DeepCough

    Bigger hypocrites than Obama have tried and failed, you fuckhead.

  • iluvusa

    No income tax. No federal reserve. No war on drugs. No war in the Middle East. Support our troops, bring them home.

  • iluvusa

    No income tax. No federal reserve. No war on drugs. No war in the Middle East. Support our troops, bring them home.

    • Irishpotatogun

      And when they get home they can have the job of arresting Kissinger, Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Bush Senior, Obama, etc. who lied to them and got their buddies killed.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WNJO236SF5VLSOB6ZUCBLDBF6M MaxImpactGuns

      hey i’m getting ready to enlist in the US Marine Corps. I don’t wanna get in and not get any time on the ground! I’m still hoping for a 2014 withdrawl so I can at least get one deployment in!

      • V.

        you will be a marine deployed or not. 

      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        So you want to be a hired killer and thug for the US corporatocracy?

      • MoralDrift

        You are gonna do what you are gonna do. All I can say is this, that UCMJ is a bitch.

      • Mysophobe

        Are you as eager to die for your country as you are to kill for it?

  • Jarel
  • Jarel
  • Anonymous

    Hi, this is the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana. Over the past two weeks, our owner, Lynnette Shaw has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, from CBS and FOX Business News to NPR and the LA Times. We’re currently fighting the battle for the medicinal use of marijuana on two fronts. On March 1, 2011, MAMM was the first licensed dispensary to receive an IRS determination disallowing our business tax deductions. We have filed taxes since 1997 and our books are transparent, as required by our permit. The IRS has advised us for years on ways to save money on MAMM’s business taxes. But now, they have rescinded all our deductions for our permitted business in order to shut us down.

    At the same time, MAMM’s landlord has received a letter from Melinda Haag, the San Francisco-based U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California warning him that his property may be seized and he may be prosecuted if the Marin Alliance does not halt the dispensing of medical marijuana on his property within 45 days. Our landlord is in his seventies, which would make any jail time a death sentence.

    We see our defenses against the IRS and DOJ as high profile test cases and believe the future of patient access to medicinal marijuana across the nation lies in the balance. If you would like more information, please visit http://www.cbcmarin.com to learn how you can help.

  • Anonymous

    Tenth Amendment!!!

  • neurolux

    Tenth Amendment!!!

  • Irishpotatogun

    And when they get home they can have the job of arresting Kissinger, Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Bush Senior, Obama, etc. who lied to them and got their buddies killed.

  • Irishpotatogun

    You know else thought drugs were bad and thought he was superior to everyone else.

  • http://twitter.com/consprcy_carrot Conspiracy Carrot

    Make it a million and two, twatburger *puff puff blow it in yer face*

  • Honu

    Election year shenanigans.  We’ll see what happens next but the door has been opened long enough for a sincere and strong lobbying effort on behalf of marijuana dispensaries and the industry in general to solidify.  I see this going to the Supreme Court at some point.  At a time where alot of states are financial dire straits, it’s a shame they can’t just legalize and tax it like any other vice like beer and liquor. The stigma is dissipating at least.

  • Honu

    Election year shenanigans.  We’ll see what happens next but the door has been opened long enough for a sincere and strong lobbying effort on behalf of marijuana dispensaries and the industry in general to solidify.  I see this going to the Supreme Court at some point.  At a time where alot of states are financial dire straits, it’s a shame they can’t just legalize and tax it like any other vice like beer and liquor. The stigma is dissipating at least.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WNJO236SF5VLSOB6ZUCBLDBF6M MaxImpactGuns

      yeah alot of people don’t realize in “legalized states” it’s legal under the state level but still “illegal” under the federal level. i personally don’t smoke pot. but on the other hand don’t care if people do or not. it’s your life and you should be able to do what you want if you’re not harming anyone else. pot has never killed anyone from smoke related deaths. people can argue that someone got stoned and ran over some kids or some bullshit but that’s not near as bad effects as alcohol or lsd or something that mind altering.

      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        LSD has done nothing but benefit society, maybe shook it up a little, but definetley overall it has been a constructive tool used by creative people. Even alcohol with all its negative effects cannot be blamed as the cause of the ills in society, no drugs can. Drug and alcohol abuse are the symptoms of sickness in society, they’re not the causes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WNJO236SF5VLSOB6ZUCBLDBF6M MaxImpactGuns

    Wow I bet all the dumbasses who voted for him are thinkin they made the wrong choice now. Idiots. I thought we elected this great leader who was going to make all these great changes like legalizing or making lighter punishment on marijuana? everyone can finally eat their words. it’s awesome knowing those of us who didn’t vote for this new fuhrer have to worry about him much longer. after this last major election i’ve switched to independent. so now my vote REALLY doesn’t count!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WNJO236SF5VLSOB6ZUCBLDBF6M MaxImpactGuns

    Wow I bet all the dumbasses who voted for him are thinkin they made the wrong choice now. Idiots. I thought we elected this great leader who was going to make all these great changes like legalizing or making lighter punishment on marijuana? everyone can finally eat their words. it’s awesome knowing those of us who didn’t vote for this new fuhrer have to worry about him much longer. after this last major election i’ve switched to independent. so now my vote REALLY doesn’t count!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WNJO236SF5VLSOB6ZUCBLDBF6M MaxImpactGuns

    yeah alot of people don’t realize in “legalized states” it’s legal under the state level but still “illegal” under the federal level. i personally don’t smoke pot. but on the other hand don’t care if people do or not. it’s your life and you should be able to do what you want if you’re not harming anyone else. pot has never killed anyone from smoke related deaths. people can argue that someone got stoned and ran over some kids or some bullshit but that’s not near as bad effects as alcohol or lsd or something that mind altering.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WNJO236SF5VLSOB6ZUCBLDBF6M MaxImpactGuns

    hey i’m getting ready to enlist in the US Marine Corps. I don’t wanna get in and not get any time on the ground! I’m still hoping for a 2014 withdrawl so I can at least get one deployment in!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WNJO236SF5VLSOB6ZUCBLDBF6M MaxImpactGuns

    Thats the liberal mind for you. Stuck on stupid with no cure!

  • V.

    you will be a marine deployed or not. 

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    So you want to be a hired killer and thug for the US corporatocracy?

  • Anonymous

    You are gonna do what you are gonna do. All I can say is this, that UCMJ is a bitch.

  • Anonymous

    Obama; big hypocrite or biggest hypocrite?

  • MoralDrift

    Obama; big hypocrite or biggest hypocrite?

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    LSD has done nothing but benefit society, maybe shook it up a little, but definetley overall it has been a constructive tool used by creative people. Even alcohol with all its negative effects cannot be blamed as the cause of the ills in society, no drugs can. Drug and alcohol abuse are the symptoms of sickness in society, they’re not the causes.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    There is no country in the world that has larger market for pot than the US.
    The US tokes about 500 million ounces a year.
    That’s about $125 billion a year spent on pot a year in the US.
    Most of that $125 billion goes to the drug smugglers
    (eg. CIA, DEA and their Mexican partners)

    Obviously medical marijuana is cutting into the profits.

    Bill Hicks:
    I think it’s interesting the two drugs that are legal, alcohol and cigarettes, two drugs that do absolutely nothing for you at all; and the drugs that might open your mind up to realize how badly you’re being fucked every day of your life? … Those drugs are against the law. He-heh, coincidence?

  • BuzzCoastin

    There is no country in the world that has larger market for pot than the US.
    The US tokes about 500 million ounces a year.
    That’s about $125 billion a year spent on pot a year in the US.
    Most of that $125 billion goes to the drug smugglers
    (eg. CIA, DEA and their Mexican partners)

    Obviously medical marijuana is cutting into the profits.

    Bill Hicks:
    I think it’s interesting the two drugs that are legal, alcohol and cigarettes, two drugs that do absolutely nothing for you at all; and the drugs that might open your mind up to realize how badly you’re being fucked every day of your life? … Those drugs are against the law. He-heh, coincidence?

    • TGust

      500 million ounces in US = $125 billion
      500 million ounces in Canada = $70 billion

      you guys are being robbed

      • Weed420PotDro

        nope, paying more money for better pot. that garbage you guys grow up there makes me want to vomit. let alone that all your pounds get put on bounce screens to remove all the trichromes. California will always be the best place for pot, it has the best conditions in the world to grow it. Canada is just icy refugee territory.

  • TGust

    500 million ounces in US = $125 billion
    500 million ounces in Canada = $70 billion

    you guys are being robbed

  • Elmyr23

    yeah can’t wait to vote for a republican… which moron you guys putting up again?

    little bit better still then the destruction of the constitution and chaney stealing billions and the first trillion in bailouts under your last guy.

  • Mysophobe

    Are you as eager to die for your country as you are to kill for it?

  • Anonymous

    Your post should read,

    ” That’s the liberal mind for you, stuck on stupid without a cure!”

    When one’s intellect is deficient, it is usually compensated by an overwhelming hatred for that which is unknown or misunderstood.

  • Someonesname

    i wanna smoke dat reptile alien bubonic robotic obama cronic yooo

  • Someonesname

    i wanna smoke dat reptile alien bubonic robotic obama cronic yooo

  • 2040bryan

    2 parties one agenda, dont you get it. i smoke, and no cloud could even begin to hide the fact our government is bought and paid for.

  • 2040bryan

    our president just gave the whole state of californias marijuana profits, back the the same cartels. he say he’s fighting…not just stupid it’s unbelieveable. party at cartel headquarters tonight!

  • 2040bryan

    our president just gave the whole state of californias marijuana profits, back the the same cartels. he say he’s fighting…not just stupid it’s unbelieveable. party at cartel headquarters tonight!

  • Weed420PotDro

    nope, paying more money for better pot. that garbage you guys grow up there makes me want to vomit. let alone that all your pounds get put on bounce screens to remove all the trichromes. California will always be the best place for pot, it has the best conditions in the world to grow it. Canada is just icy refugee territory.

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