Obama’s Reefer Madness

International Drug Policy Reform Conference, Nov. 2-11

International Drug Policy Reform Conference, Nov. 2-11

Ethan Nadelman, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, suggests that President Obama needs to take charge of the medical marijuana legislative chaos around the United States, in the New York Times:

Marijuana is now legal under state law for medical purposes in 16 states and the District of Columbia, encompassing nearly one-third of the American population. More than 1,000 dispensaries provide medical marijuana; many are well regulated by state and local law and pay substantial taxes. But though more than 70 percent of Americans support legalizing medical marijuana, any use of marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

When he ran for president, Barack Obama defended the medical use of marijuana and said that he would not use Justice Department resources to override state laws on the issue. He appeared to make good on this commitment in October 2009, when the Justice Department directed federal prosecutors not to focus their efforts on “individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana.”

But over the past year, federal authorities appear to have done everything in their power to undermine state and local regulation of medical marijuana and to create uncertainty, fear and confusion among those in the industry. The president needs to reassert himself to ensure that his original policy is implemented.

The Treasury Department has forced banks to close accounts of medical marijuana businesses operating legally under state law. The Internal Revenue Service has required dispensary owners to pay punitive taxes required of no other businesses. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently ruled that state-sanctioned medical marijuana patients can not purchase firearms…

[continues in the New York Times]

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  • Librisgeek

    I am just happy he is keeping abortion legal (which doesn’t hurt anybody) and Marijuana illegal (which does hurt people).  The Death toll from Marijuana alone must be in the millions! 

  • Librisgeek

    I am just happy he is keeping abortion legal (which doesn’t hurt anybody) and Marijuana illegal (which does hurt people).  The Death toll from Marijuana alone must be in the millions! 

    • SF2K01

      Exactly who do you think Marijuana hurts? If it hurts anyone, it only does so because of it’s illegal status, not for reasons that are inherent to the drug itself.

    • Rebel

      This must be a joke… You must be trolling. 

      I got a good laugh, TY!

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/ZYCERIN Zycerin

      ah, sarcasm. I got it…

    • Danny

      are you fu*king retarded??? abortion is the taking of life from an innocent child that cannot even fight back!!! just use some fu*king controception if you dont want a fu*king child.
       the dath toll for weed is as of the start of recorded history, is a big fat 0, zero people have died from smoking Marijuana as it is a healing plant you fu*king idiot, get your facts straight.
      millions have died from Marijuana haha you on crack? people like you make me phsicaly sick you disgust me on another (higer level)_

  • Anonymous

    Exactly who do you think Marijuana hurts? If it hurts anyone, it only does so because of it’s illegal status, not for reasons that are inherent to the drug itself.

  • Jake

    Hey while we are at it lets make tomatoes and pine trees illegal too. 

  • Jake

    Hey while we are at it lets make tomatoes and pine trees illegal too. 

  • Rebel

    This must be a joke… You must be trolling. 

    I got a good laugh, TY!

  • Anonymous

    “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently ruled
    that state-sanctioned medical marijuana patients can not purchase
    firearms”

    High time for the Guns and Dope Party to get “serious”.

  • Tchoutoye

    “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently ruled
    that state-sanctioned medical marijuana patients can not purchase
    firearms”

    High time for the Guns and Dope Party to get “serious”.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/ZYCERIN Zycerin

    ah, sarcasm. I got it…

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/ZYCERIN Zycerin

    ah, sarcasm. I got it…

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/ZYCERIN Zycerin

    ah, sarcasm. I got it…

  • http://www.gunnook.com Cbirdsell

    I wonder what would have happened to Obama if he was busted for weed when he smoked it
    “When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.”- Barack Obama quote on Marijuana

  • http://www.gunnook.com Cbirdsell

    I wonder what would have happened to Obama if he was busted for weed when he smoked it
    “When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.”- Barack Obama quote on Marijuana

  • Danny

    are you fu*king retarded??? abortion is the taking of life from an innocent child that cannot even fight back!!! just use some fu*king controception if you dont want a fu*king child.
     the dath toll for weed is as of the start of recorded history, is a big fat 0, zero people have died from smoking Marijuana as it is a healing plant you fu*king idiot, get your facts straight.
    millions have died from Marijuana haha you on crack? people like you make me phsicaly sick you disgust me on another (higer level)_

  • Rich

     baloney

  • Kootahbangg

    alcohol…That’s the real killa. I know many who have been hurt by alcohol including myself. And the government makes so much money off of alcoholics and drug dealers.