By Margaret St. Pierre
President Barack Obama has done a lot of great things since the beginning of his presidency in 2008. As if becoming the first black president wasn’t cool enough, he also caught Osama Bin Laden and increased the employment rate by 5.9%.
So why is it that Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project calling him “the worst?” The answer (obviously) lies within his policies on medical marijuana. At the beginning of his term, Obama was quoted saying that he is “not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue.” Promising to put an end to the Bush administrations numerous raids on the growing medical marijuana industry, everyone was optimistic and eager for the much awaited change.
You may be surprised to find out that despite the promise he made to pot smoker’s everywhere, Obama is actually about to exceed Bush’s count. Totaling up to 100 raids since he took office, the feds are busting dispensaries all over the country disregarding the fact that they are operating them in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws established in their respective states.
These raids will directly affect the 730,000 US citizens who are prescribed marijuana to treat their painful and often terminal diseases. Ethan Nadelmann, director of the Drug Policy Alliance makes an interesting point as he says “the administration is going after legal dispensaries and state and local authorities in ways that are going to push this stuff back underground again.” Can you imagine a 70 year old glaucoma patient having to go through the hassle of finding a good dealer, picking up and then dealing with the stress of possibly getting arrested just so she can feel normal for a while?
What bothers me the most about this issue is that 70% of the population approves of medical marijuana and it still seems to be a problem! Isn’t this supposed to be a democracy? Last I checked those 30% who are not in-favor LOST THE VOTE!
Rob Kampia said it best- “medical marijuana is twice as popular as Obama. It doesn’t make any political sense.” Ladies and gentlemen we are so close to a marijuana revolution I can smell it already! It is our responsibility to stay informed with the progress in legalizing medical marijuana and to choose wisely when casting your ballot in November. This video is a good place to start: