As an Illinois state senator, Presidential candidate, and President, Barack Obama has made numerous statements in support of marijuana policy reform, and vowed not to waste Justice Department resources by going after medical marijuana dispensaries.
Obama had called using federal agents to go after patients and providers who are abiding by state laws in states where medical marijuana is legal “is not an efficient use of our resources.”
So when Obama won the Presidential election in 2008, supporters had hoped that patients abiding by state laws could use marijuana for medical purposes without fear of government intrusion.
”What the President said during the campaign, you will be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we’ll be doing here in law enforcement,” Attorney General Eric Holder underlined after Obama’s election. “What he said during the campaign is now American policy.”
President Obama has said he understands that the Drug War has failed. He has said that he understands we need new marijuana laws. He has said he supports the use of medical marijuana for patients needing pain relief and, and he has assured us that they wouldn’t be persecuted.
He has even admitted to smoking marijuana himself.
Yet under the Obama Administration, the raids continue — in California, Montana, and Washington state — and there is apparently no end in sight.
“As the saying goes, if you want something done right, do it yourself,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “This means that the onus is on us to fight for fair laws, rather than waiting for politicians do deliver on false promises. Together, we can end marijuana prohibition.”
The Marijuana Policy Project wants you to stand up to the Obama Administration — visit www.mpp.org to learn more.