Democratic strategists were perplexed. Roger Salazar, a California party consultant, believes the president may be trying to reach out to a broader base. But that doesn't explain the attack on his own base; Democrats support medical marijuana at high percentages. It doesn't even make sense in luring conservatives. With the country in economic tatters, no one has weed high on his radar. Except one group, says Salazar: "My sense is it's coming from law enforcement."

Earlier this month, in a timely coincidence, the California Medical Association's board voted to encourage the feds to legalize marijuana. Though spokeswoman Molly Weedn emphasizes that the decision by the doctors group hinges on a call for more research, a report studied by the CMA board before its decision makes it clear that — at the least — marijuana shows promise as a medicine.

The CMA's Council on Clinical and Scientific Affairs "has also concluded that components of medical cannabis may be effective for the treatment of pain, nausea, anorexia, and other conditions."

A new Gallup poll, meanwhile, shows that a record 50 percent of Americans believe that marijuana — and not just the medical kind — should be legalized. The poll follows a continuing trend over the past several years of increasing support for legalization.

Obama has chosen to swim against the tide. But there's reason to believe his fight is about politics, not public safety. If this were about safety, alcohol would be his primary target.

Politics causes both sides to fudge the truth. Yet prohibitionists and the government have been particularly egregious. The government is using taxpayer dollars to prop up its side, with the U.S. Justice Department's 64-page booklet, "Speaking Out About Drug Legalization," being a prime example.

The booklet, distributed in print and online, states that "smoked marijuana is not scientifically approved medicine." Forget that by labeling it a drug on par with heroin, the DEA is curtailing the proper study of marijuana, since it prevents even scientists from possessing it for research. The publicly funded propaganda also flies in the face of the opinion of doctors, who see pot's potential as medicine.

Federal law is, for now, on the side of the prohibitionists. And it's difficult for any politician to stand up for marijuana. He or she will be quickly painted as pro-pothead. Like women's suffrage, the medical marijuana movement has — in ten states, anyway — benefited by the direct democracy of citizen initiatives. These elections have taken the pulse of voters in a way that congressional elections cannot.

In six other states and Washington, D.C., medical marijuana was legalized by local lawmakers. Other states, possibly by petition in Florida, are bound to vote in favor of decriminalizing pot in the next few years in spite of federal laws.

Across the country, advocates are returning fire of their own in the court system. Which means Obama won't be able to do battle by the relatively cheap means of letters and threats. He'll likely end up burning through millions of dollars in litigation — money he doesn't have.

Goldstein thinks the president may have underestimated his foe. In Florida, there's a petition circulating to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would legalize medical marijuana. Many of those gathering signatures aren't ex-hippies but young professionals who grew up understanding the benefits of pot. "The government has no idea who it's fighting," Goldstein says.


The latest crackdown may be bad for the pot business, but Obama could be doing much more. He could go after patients. Over the summer, a federal judge ruled that the DEA could peek at the names on Michigan's patient registry. Because marijuana is illegal under federal law, said Judge Hugh Brenneman Jr., patients can't expect privacy.

The feds could also hit pot-tolerant cities. The law doesn't allow municipal workers to be jailed in such prosecutions, but cities or counties could be heavily fined just for setting up zoning requirements for dispensaries.

There's a huge downside to that, of course. Obama will only appear mean and small for having sickly grandmas arrested. And fining cities just enrages residents picking up the tab — the very people the president will need a year from now.

Last week, the feds raided several growing operations in California and Oregon, including one in Mendocino County that appeared to be playing by the state rules. But it seems safe to assume that few of the hundreds of other growers in Mendocino County uprooted their crops in response — just as the hundreds of dispensaries in California did not immediately close their doors after the feds' ominous warning on October 7.

The industry seems to be practicing a form of civil disobedience. And it has tens of thousands of seriously sick people behind it who will holler loudly if they're forced back to the black market.

Landlords, worried the feds will steal their property, will tell dispensaries to move out. Banks won't handle money for pot-themed businesses. Dispensaries will be taxed so heavily that they won't be able to cover the payroll or pay the electric bill.

Yet it remains to be seen whether federal prosecutors, who undoubtedly have even more serious criminals with whom to contend, are willing and able to carry out the threat. When Jack Gillund, Melinda Haag's spokesman, was asked whether her office had the resources to go after every dispensary or grower who doesn't comply with the 45-day deadline, he offered a simple reply: "No comment."

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Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

http://www.canorml.org/fedcase...Current California Defendants and Prisoners:

*Kenneth "Kena" AffolterJaime Alvarez-Lopez Amy Teresa ArataMark & Ryan Bagdasarian*Chris BartkowiczGeoffrey Bliss*Jennifer Diane Brown*Israel Cavazos*Jonathan M. ChapmanDavid Chavez*Dustin CostaStanley Jerome Cole*Timothy DellasRobert Dodson, Jr*Timothy Doolittle*Bryan EpisBrian EverettScott & Diana Feil*Dr Mollie Fry & Dale SchaferMark Garcia*Virgil GrantPshyra GrantDavid HardeValerie HerschelJoshua Hester*Gary HulseyDonald Lee Hunt Jr.Donald Lee Hunt Sr.Don KearneyCharles KisorCharles Klaus*Larry Kristich*Eddy Lepp*Charles Lynch*Michael Lombardo*Richard MarinoMichael MartinJesse Monko*Ricardo MontesRonald NaullsAbraham & Winslow NortonPhung Van NyguyenJoseph NunesElizabeth Ramirez Robert Gordon RasmussenThunder Rector*Sparky RoseEd RosenthalVernon RyleeJeffre Sanderson*Luke ScarmazzoJohn Seidenberg*John ShanksB. E. SmithShon SquierErik StacyJames Stacy*John SullivanMonica Valencia*John Wayne WyattAlice Wiegand

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Marijuana Abuse
Marijuana Abuse

 The Drug Abuse Resistance Education sport utility vehicle was at the center of a controversy earlier this year after it was pulled over and New Orleans police discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside on March 8, reports WDSU. ... A memo obtained by the WDSU I-Team shows Sheriff Daniel Edwards sustained the internal affairs 

BeachD1
BeachD1

Ross Perot warned us just as Dwight Eisenhower warned our parents. We baby boomers have Cong Ron Paul & Gov. Gary Johnson warning us to save ourselves. Hopefully, we will act and deselect all incumbent and appointed pols for new faces in old places. The intervention for the pols will need repeated applications till 2020. The lobbyists will dry out and begone by then.  

Steven Peters
Steven Peters

WASHINGTON -- U.S. attorneys have a message for California's medical marijuana advocates: Don't blame Barack Obama. After it was announced that the crackdown on medical pot establishments in the Golden State was a collective decision by the four U.S. attorneys in California and not the result of any directive from Washington, spokeswoman Lauren Horwood emphasized that the administration never even green-lighted the ramped-up enforcement actions.

The only D.C.-based official with whom California U.S. attorneys coordinated, Horwood said, was Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who was chosen by Attorney General Eric Holder, an Obama appointee.

"He's the one who provided the quote for our press release, and he's chosen by Eric Holder," Horwood told HuffPost in an interview. "But we didn't have direct talks with Eric Holder -- not that we wouldn't, he's been out and visited -- but just the way the Department of Justice works, he's not that hands-on on these kinds of details."-----Clearly New Times hear-say makes it into its posts and not facts about the entire story. Cited on several 'credible' news sources on and offline, it's seemingly another attempt to viciously blame and jab Obama with every chance New Times gets - despite factual information contrary to their story.

http://huff.to/w0rgXK

Billy Ray Sumbich
Billy Ray Sumbich

Oh, BTW, it doesn't matter how many quacks in california or other places prescribe pot as a treatment of any medical condition. Federal law trumps state law. Federal law makes pot Illegal, despite what the states rule. The feds are busting the cannabis shops left and right.

Billy Ray Sumbich
Billy Ray Sumbich

There is NO CIVILIZED COUNTRY on this planet where Marijuana is legal. NOT ONE.I wouldn't expect this to change anytime soon.

Nealala
Nealala

Ok, I've been questioning some of his decisions, particularly ones that he SHOULD be making, or forcing the republiclowns to make. But he has had no balls when it comes to making the decisions necessary for the good of the country. Now, he is going against his base and the people of each of these states. What is wrong here? Why would a bright guy like Obama make such an asinine decision? Dude, better figure out which side of his bread is buttered, cause if we are forced to vote a republiclown in, we're all headed to hell in a handbasket. And this new breed of republiclown is going to set the basket on fire BEFORE we all have to get into it!

Adam
Adam

Oh I see, let’s get rid of the plant that is not manmade but keep alcohol (which is manmade) legal which has been proven to not only kill the person using it but also the innocent ones who don’t.... nice to see our over educated and over paid politicians at work again. This country is truly going to crap and it doesn’t surprise me that most people that use grow their own. That’s right government, keep spending billions on fighting something that you will never stop especially a plant that you did not create and a plant that needs no manmade chemicals, just Mother Nature.

Patrick
Patrick

Just plain ledsworthless!

jaquebauer
jaquebauer

Obama represents the greatest threat to our freedoms and rights than any man before him.  Obama is creating a Nazi like Police State under your noses.  The Internet is next...You liberals put him in office, so I hope you do better next time you vote.  I will keep my guns and bible, and salute the flag, because Obama has overlooked one thing- 200 million law abiding armed Americans, who form the militia.

kingralph
kingralph

Obama's a disaster. Ron Paul is looking better and better.

Joelafrance
Joelafrance

this is all about corrupt law enforcement wanting to keep thier over grown budgets and help themselves to the publics money that we can't afford anymore. 

10
10

lol - doesn't this all sound kind of familiar... didn't Bush Sr do the same thing... So Obama is really a Black Bush - or brown or what ever color they are calling him these days. in any case - sure is acting like a Government Oil Party leader since he won the right to sit in the famous chair everyone seems so hell bent on sitting in and doing noting worth a damn once they do.

KOOLTOZE
KOOLTOZE

Retardicants are still trying to force their phoney "moral superiority" on the world, especially here, in the FORMER "land of the free". They're always telling others what they should do and how to do it, like old women who can't let their adult sons and daughters make their own decisions. They are NOT patriots or supporters of the values of our country's founders. They are the exact opposite, traitors to the concept of allowing responsible adults choose their own lifestyle and ways to pursue happiness. They are more like the Taliban than reasonable, moderate Americans should have to deal with. VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE EVERY CHANCE YOU GET !!!

Joshua Jamieson
Joshua Jamieson

and yet there is a certain office in a certain city that has drug enforcement agents and homeland security agents directly across the hall from a doctor giving out pills like they are candy, and yet they do nothing......now THAT is a crime

rickrosio
rickrosio

If you want to see a program model that works go to www.painmanagementspokane.com or www.montanapm.com Here is a program that is disabilities driven and provides tax revenue, livable wage jobs, charitable giving and free hospice.It can work if we will be HONEST about the process

KOOLTOZE
KOOLTOZE

The Florida State Legislature couldn't care less what their constituents think is the correct policy, orwhat they want to see as State law.The Retardican Legislature wants to be "LAW GIVERS", unaccountable to those who elect them, and beholden only to those who BRIBE THEM !!!  They don't realize they are donkeys in the age of the horseless~carriage, but the times, they are a' changin', slowly, even in this back~water cesspool called FLORIDUH !

Truth
Truth

Seems like the pharmaceutical companies have a strangle-hold on Obama. They are probably giving him contributions for his re-election.

rickrosio
rickrosio

If the business models that pay taxes, provide livable wage jobs and give to the poor are allowed to operate then the Citizens who vote should have their voices heard and respected when it comes to medical cannabis

BeachD1
BeachD1

The POTUS does seem to be jumping in the muck and wallowing with the ignorant or the mindless. Well, nevermind , we got Ron Paul & Gary Johnson ,and more, WE ARE 99%.

BeachD1
BeachD1

Hey ya' B Sumbich, y'all so' do be ignoRANT....and rude to trutherisms.

BeachD1
BeachD1

Hey B. Sumbitch, Y'all are ignoRANT...

Steven Peters
Steven Peters

EcuadorMexicoCambodiaPeruSpain

All decriminalized (legal) marijuana use. Although "civilized" can be a very subjective term.

I would expect that the research into the use of medicinal marijuana will help further the legalization of it - especially in light that the overwhelming evidence suggests it's helpful in easing pain among other things related to certain illnesses and conditions.

Steven Peters
Steven Peters

Wow, your statement has conspiracy theorist and psychopath written all over it.

Try to stop believing what false stories like this brainwash you to believe.

KOOLTOZE
KOOLTOZE

The Florida State Legislature couldn't care less what their constituents think is the correct policy, orwhat they want to see as State law.The Retardican Legislature wants to be "LAW GIVERS", unaccountable to those who elect them, and beholden only to those who BRIBE THEM !!!  They don't realize they are donkeys in the age of the horseless~carriage, but the times, they are a' changin', slowly, even in this back~water cesspool called FLORIDUH !

BeachD1
BeachD1

Y'all missed quite the majority nations of medical/personal choice for cannabis. Israel , Portugal, and more. Got Cancer ? Quick, find your neighbor who can help in the 4oz. a week you need to save your life. Or, fly to Israel . The truth is, well, link yourself to www.norml.org

jaquebauer
jaquebauer

I suppose you are a competent Dr of Psychiatry, qualified to make such observations. More likely, you are a leftist Obama commie determined to reduce the US to land of idiots and welfare junkies.

 
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