Obama's War on Weed

In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees

Except one group, says Salazar: "It's a mystery, I think, it really is, where the pressure is coming from. My sense is it's coming from law enforcement."

Certainly Obama's threats are real. He may be loath to jail landlords, bankers or even dispensary owners. Arresting nonviolent, state-sanctioned businesspeople wouldn't be popular. But his quieter war of chopping merchants off at the knees through credit and leasing would ravage the trade.


Marijuana really is medicine

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."

The report goes on to say:

Cannabinoids are presently thought to exhibit their greatest efficacy when implemented for the management of neuropathic pain, which is a form of severe and often chronic pain resulting from nerve injury, disease or toxicity.

The University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) recently reported to the California legislature the results of a number of studies. Four studies involved the treatment of neuropathic pain; and all four demonstrated a significant improvement in pain after cannabis administration.

The doctors note that while using marijuana may contain risks, such as addiction, they argue that its prohibition may be more dangerous than the drug itself:

Under the current prohibition of cannabis, public health is also affected by increased rates of crime surrounding cannabis cultivation, sale and use. The California Legislative Analyst's Office estimates that the incarceration and parole supervision of cannabis offenders costs the state tens of millions of dollars annually.

Nationally, prohibition burns through billions of dollars in lives lost to the violence inherent in the black market, the incarceration of thousands of productive, nonviolent Americans and the lack of access to a beneficial medicine.

Are lots of people using weed without suffering from a medical problem? Absolutely. But just because you've heard that half or more of patients take the drug for "severe and chronic pain" doesn't mean they're all faking it.

In June, the Institute of Medicine estimatedthat 116 million Americans suffer from significant, chronic pain.

As more research comes in showing that pot can be an effective treatment, and with America's elderly populationexploding in the coming decades, the interest in its medicinal qualities seems only likely to rise.

The truth will prevail

Ignorance, false propaganda and rank political posturing tend to be the foundation of the anti-marijuana argument. (Throw in bureaucratic turf protection as well. The DEA, for example, would need fewer agents if pot was decriminalized nationwide.) A new Gallup poll shows that a record 50 percent of Americans believe 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 cause 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.

It's a strategy that's trickled to states with functionaries unhappy about executing the voters' will. Last December in Arizona, Will Humble, the state's Department of Health Services director, held a news conference about the state's new Medical Marijuana Act. He took a moment to remind reporters that more than 1,000 Arizonans died last year from accidental overdoses from prescription drugs.

But when asked how many of those died from marijuana, Humble refused to answer — to chuckles from the audience. He referred the question to his chief medical officer, Laura Nelson, who would only say she'd "have to do the research on that" before she could answer.

Then Nelson began stammering about the danger of marijuana due to "car accidents" — though she had done no research on that, either.

The CMA's new report, interestingly enough, sheds light on statements like Nelson's. It says that prohibitionists often make unsubstantiated claims about car crashes or other purported harms. Studies disagree on its risks to motorists, though there's no question that booze increases the chances of a crash, the report says. Moreover, simulated-driving tests reveal that pot smokers overestimate their degree of impairment and "compensate effectively."

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Angelica Sellers
Angelica Sellers

it looks to me like some people get very rich as long as the black market would be the only chance to buy marijuana. why else would they try to target the pot related businesses (in a time where every penny of taxes and every job is needed so badly). guess a few of the big shots are deeply involved in the black market themselves. just follow the money if you find no obvious reason behind such actions.

Danieljoeoconnor
Danieljoeoconnor

the global government entities including the united nations have told all the member countries like the u. s. that they must keep cannabis illegal. it has nothing to do with states rights arguments. this is the new world [law and] order. but they are fooling themselves because it's too easy to grow. it's like it was for the moonshiner during prohibition. he ended up being about the main one against repealing prohibition. in cali many in the cannabis culture [mainly growers] voted against prop 19 [legalization] cause they feared the mega farm competition. bottom line:things are not always as they appear.

Alicia Papin
Alicia Papin

Barney Frank and Ron Paul have worked together to legalize but only one of them is runnng for the white house. Guess who I'm voting for in November.

Peterbarnidge
Peterbarnidge

Ron Paul is the only sensible candidate running

William Helm
William Helm

All one has to do is look at DEA's budget and that is why they'll fight to keep it illegal .

kevin
kevin

insane. target the weed smokers cause thats the krux of all the problems in america. gee these businesses actually want to pay taxes and have legit businesses but the gment think weed is worse than herion or meth. its stupid and obama is pretty stupid for not seeing a whole new industry to add jobs.

K Phlypp
K Phlypp

Umm, under the 10th Amendment, the Federal gov't only has the powers granted to it in the Constitution. All other powers belong to the people or the states. As the Constitutiion does not grant the Federal gov't the right to govern what one consumes, or to illegalize a naturally growing herb, what the Feds are doing is unconstitutional, and a violation of states' rights. Of course this should not come as a suprise...The Constitution no longer means anything, and in fact, America sold out to a private corporation, The Federal Reserve, about 100 years ago. What may be a bit more of a shock to most is that if the Feds continue this illegal War on Drugs, it will lead to another civil war. Hope you are ready.

James Hodges
James Hodges

Interesting to see all the pot heads posting in here... It's about time Obummer did something right. He swore to uphold the laws of the land.. it's about time he did so.

halfdead
halfdead

It was here long before the US government, and it will be here long after they are gone. You will NEVER stop people from using it. So to the powers that be, just do whats right and LEGALIZE!

Phil
Phil

I don;t smoke not even cigs .But I think that they should legalize weed, They could tax it sell it like cigs and make alot of money . It would help get us back on our feet. The goverment is not thinking right if they did they would see what it could do for us money wise. People should vote on anything and everything not our goverment. We are the ones that should pass or not pass everything .Our goverment should not be the one.s to vote it needs to be us .So let the people decide not our goverment so far they havent done us any good but put us in debt that we will never get out of .

justirritated
justirritated

I agree with halfdead. Obama just sealed his fate with me. Way to lose voters dumbass.

FreeFrank
FreeFrank

Tax revenue would sharply increase yet the feds won't legalize..another reason this economy is being hurt On Purpose..

KITTY
KITTY

While Obama may be able to stop the sales of medical marijuana, neither he nor all the feds in the United States will be able to stop people from smoking God's gift to mankind. People have smoked weed for thousands of years in every culture all over the world. It's like trying to wipe out prostitution...it ain't gonna happen!

A Gallop poll released October 17th shows 50% of Americans now support the legalization of marijuana, up from 46% last year. Medical marijuana opened the door to legalization and that door will open wider and wider until weed is finally legal. And for good reason. Weed is the 2nd largest cash crop after corn in America. Legalizaing marijuana and taxing it would reap billions in tax revenue in the long run and would put a big dent in crime. Legalizatioin would also save untold billions in state and federal monies used to incarcerate tens of thousands of people now in custody for weed related offenses. This combined with tax revenues from legalization would reap rewards for the taxpayers and state and federal governments in staggering proportions. It would be a win win situation for everyone. And since our national debt is out of control, revenues from legalization and the savings of from not prosecuting marijuana related offenses would benefit us more than anything ever attempted.

I was a student in the 1960's when weed swept college campuses like wildfire. I tried it, liked it, and have smoked ever since. I will smoke until the day my bong is pried from my dead cold hand. I never thought I would see the day where weed would become legal, but now there is a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Weed will become legal in the not to distant future and when it does, we will all be better off, whether one smokes or not. It's a win win situation whose time has come! Gotta go, it's time to fire up the bong!

A Gallop poll released October

Whyme
Whyme

Bravo to the RFT and VV for finally writing an article critical of a leftist. While i did vote for Hopey Mchange, I am starting to see that he is just like all the rest and we have been fooled again.

ldffly
ldffly

I have never had a thing to do with marijuana. Indeed, I've never even been offered the drug, unlike our current President and very likely his immediate predecessor.

I do have a speculative explanation for this. I believe the assertion of federal supremacy in this area has to do with the state challenges to federal supremacy in the matter of ObamaCare. If the federal AG has to go to court defending the federal health care law against state supremacy claims, their argument that federal law trumps state won't hold as much water as it could so long as their averting their eyes from the various state contravention of federal prohibition of marijuana sale and possession. A good judge, seeing the feds not prosecuting large scale growing and dispensing operations, but prosecuting some state for claiming citizens cannot be forced to buy health insurance, would want to know why the asymmetry.

I personally think that what the feds are doing in these matters is lousy. I hope it backfires on them politically.

halfdead
halfdead

Well, I know who I'm NOT voting for in this upcoming election. Obama just lost a supporter.

Danieljoeoconnor
Danieljoeoconnor

k phlypp is correct. obama takes his directives from the global corporate banking cartel called the federal reserve. they have controlled the issuance and printing of our money since 1913. they create plentiful money[boom] to get everyone in debt. then they call in their loans, stop printing money[bust] and buy up real assets like homes and power companies etc. at firesale prices til they eventually own everything and the people are dumbed down to china style tyranny. no one is allowed to see their books and no one over sees their operations. obama , by being a manchurian candidate, has furthered the republican new world [law and] order agenda more than any avowed repub could have dreamed of doing.

jinx
jinx

obama...leftist...lol

 
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