Obama Administration Promises (Again) Not to Wage War on Medical Marijuana

Eric Holder
Ever since the federal government announced a major crackdown on medical marijuana cultivators and dispensaries in California, a lot of people have been wondering what the hell Barack Obama is thinking. Message boards for medical marijuana activists in the state have been abuzz with one-time Obama supporters swearing allegiance to Ron Paul, who supports legalization, and expressing outrage at Obama's perceived betrayal of their cause.

After all, the Prez smoked weed in college and unlike certain would-be non-inhalers wasn't afraid to admit this fact during his 2008 campaign for the White House.

And then there was the fact that Obama's hand-picked law enforcement chief, Eric Holder, promised back in 2009 that his Justice Department would not waste resources prosecuting marijuana cases in states like California that have passed voter initiatives allowing residents to smoke pot for medicinal use.

So, given the huge outcry in the wake of this fall's crackdown, it's no surprise that Holder is now trying to soothe the masses with more sweet-talk. Specifically, in a hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday pertaining to the feds' disastrous program of providing automatic rifles to the Mexican cartels in the lame attempt to trace the weapons (which ended up being used to massacre cops south of the border), Holder reiterated the Obama administration's support of the so-called Ogden Memo from 2009, which declared fighting voter-approved medical marijuana to be the feds' lowest priority in the war on drugs.

"What we said in the memo we still intend, which is that given the limited resources that we have, and if there are states that have medical marijuana provisions . . . if in fact people are not using the policy decision that we have made to use marijuana in a way that's not consistent with the state statute, we will not use our limited resources in that way," Holder stated. The operative phrase in Holder's somewhat vague statement is "consistent with state law."

Given the fact that state law, as it applies to medical marijuana, is full of inconsistencies and gray areas, those four words amount to a huge loophole that the Obama administration can use to justify prosecuting any marijuana grower or dispensary that happens to end up its cross-hairs. Since the feds' recent crackdown, landlords who rent to marijuana growers or dispensaries throughout the state have received letters threatening seizure of their property, including Yousef Ibrahim, who had been renting to several cannabis clubs in Lake Forest before evicting them and filing for bankruptcy.

Suffice it to say that these letters invalidate everything Holder has said about Obama's policy up to now, and that time is running out for the president to win back the stoner demographic before November 2012. You can find a link to the video of Holder attempting to defuse things by clicking on this Huffington Post article.

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Steele
Steele

Nick is an idiot. If he understood the governments position he'd know that the feds are formulating policy. Look at the states raid record to date. This is why Nick only writes for the weekly and the stupidity to which he panders. Steele

Alva
Alva

Eric Holder must resign for his part in Fast and Furious.  He has no credibility left.

bossanova
bossanova

Obama or Gingrich that's the choice and that is that.

Sean Blair
Sean Blair

Obama saw that the voters voted against legalization, so now he's cracking down on medical marijuana because he's panning for votes to get re-elected.

Mdearman2
Mdearman2

Can I have it in writing becuasse I don't trust you sumbitches

epi
epi

liar liar  pants on fire

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averii
averii

More republicans than Ron Paul should be up in arms about this. Aren't they all about states' rights? Drowning the federal government in a bathtub? Or is MJ outlawed in the Bible or something?

Itsthedude01
Itsthedude01

Obama is a liar!  He's outta of white house permanently!

Tuckbutt
Tuckbutt

Obama lost my vote!Empty Promises...lies?I have no idea what it must be like being a President but...Obama did not keep his promise and the marijuana crack downs are BS!I can't see even one effective change that came out of Obama either...I do see...lots and lots of lies.There are millions like myself...we crossed him off our lists...for crossing us with lies.

Don't worry...

Ron Paul For Prez!

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

Its bullshit. Unless Obama himself shows up at a presser while holding Holder in a dog leash and states unabashadley his support of prop 215 and sb 420 and stops ALL prosecutions and makes peple whole he will not gain us back. Obama do somehting we can believe in and stop this shit and reverse all convictions and make people whole again by returning poperty taken under the guise of asset forfeiture,. barring that Fuck Obama and Holder.

Steele
Steele

Amen. Call me, bro. I have good news for you...

Guestipidave
Guestipidave

The pursuit of "happiness" need not be classified as a neuro-dis-ease to be enforceable ! Let's just get real, with oursefs and whatever admin. we earn!!!

js121
js121

Dispensaries MUST GO!!!  They do an injustice to our efforts.  Held in the hands of the few, they jack prices to those that need those meds.  They do not accept donations from us that have patients and overages.  They are in it for the money, not for the good they can serve.  I am glad they are shutting them down and hope they never get a foothold again.  Actually, it is the dispensaries that have caused us these problems with the law, not us compassionate caregivers.  They are NOT caregivers.  As for Ron Paul...he is the only liberal conservative up there; but, marijuana reform is the only thing going for him.  God HELP US, if he were president of the USA.  Got to think of the BIG picture and what would benefit the country as a whole and he is too far off the mark. 

Steele
Steele

Jb, jb, jb. You fool. Everyone, this is what a pot grower who wants pot to remain illegal sounds like. Learn to discern.

Peter's Page
Peter's Page

Peter McWilliams was a best-selling author who died because the Federal Government no longer allowed him to have medical marijuana. He was only 50. How many more lives will be lost senselessly over a plant that's never hurt ANYONE in over 5,000 years?!

Briansays
Briansays

obama says a lot of thingsmostly to deal with the need of the momenthe assumes that most elements of his base who live in the here and now lack the intelligence to see the lies and inconsistenciesin many cases he has been shown to be correct

meanwhile no investigation or prosecution of wall street fraud and crimes cuz it might expose the lack of willingness to prosecute and ability to fundraise in 2012 if the reps self destruct and nominate someone other than their own boy romney

the reps are at least more honest in their treachery

Mjjoan 123
Mjjoan 123

stoner demographic???  well that really sends the right message!!! NOT!! those of us who use medical marijuana would prefer not to be refered to as stoners!! we are patients with real physical ailments that are being relieved by medical marijuana WE ARE NOT STONERS !!!

purplepenquin
purplepenquin

A toker voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders.

For real, if you poke smot and vote for this guy then just save everyone the time&hassle and go turn yourself in at the cop-shop...

novenator
novenator

What we need are concrete ACTIONS, not more words. Stop the crackdown on medical dispensaries right now, and we'll talk.

mitch young
mitch young

Hah, hah, ja! Gullible pot smoking hipsters/slacksters/swpls. Your numinous negro didn't do you a heck of lot of good now, did he. No dope and we are still killing brown people have a world away.

Mjjoan 123
Mjjoan 123

well if you could spell properly......no that won't change your stupid opinion. I would say that most marijuana smokers are the least gullible of us all.

mitch young
mitch young

have a world, half a world, half-a-world, whatEVER. No go drink your bong water.

Anon
Anon

Mitch, I think your keyboard may be missing some keys....

Hal Mason
Hal Mason

kick this PinnochiOBAMA the hell out of office ! What a deceitful douchebag! I voted for his change racket and anti war crap ,,This bitch is a  talking head for greedy corporations and their puppet masters .

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

We won't get fooled again bitches!  (20ftJesus shakes fist at monitor.)

mommytoalittleman
mommytoalittleman

Don't fall for this!! First off Eric Holder is a dirty bastard, he's being investigated at this moment for Fast and Furious...seems his dept. got caught selling guns to the Mexican Cartel and it got a few people murdered down there. In addition, you can believe Obama is going to flip flop on this because that's what he does. He's scared of Ron Paul who is real Constitutionalist. He wants us to have freedom to do what we like as long as we don't hurt anyone. Research the guy he is legit. Don't watch the media for info on him, it's propaganda. Research him online. You want it legalized, you want true freedom....Ron Paul for President!!  WhyRonPaul.com

Thomas Paine in the ass
Thomas Paine in the ass

POTUS Obama's true policy toward cannabis was shown when he appointed Michelle Leonhart to head the DEA. At her hearings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee she said, "There's no such thing as medical marijuana."

Guest
Guest

i think the end of the article is somewhat unfair. california laws appear to me to be crazy compared to colorado, the states need to adopt laws that make sense so the people can do what they need to do to feel better. thats not obama's fault and it seems like after the finger pointing at the time of the crackdowns they are trying to stick to the road they were on. i 100% believe california washington etc need to get their act together as far as the state laws go, look at colorado. please.

bossanova
bossanova

Colorado's next per yesterdays news dude!

Guest
Guest

yeah for stores operating within 1000 ft of a school. which is cool with me because my CITY already voted to shut down all dispensaries within 1000ft of a school last July 1st it took effect. so there won't be one store getting busted in my city, denver on the other hand..... i don't think they have regulations like the springs. other than that the only ones here in CO getting shut down either aren't approved by the state for whatever reason or are going out of business because there's too much competition.

Mark Daucher
Mark Daucher

Teach them a lesson. Vote Ron Paul in 2012!

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