Broken Promises: The Obama Administration and Medical Marijuana

President Obama owes a debt of gratitude to the medical marijuana community for his election in 2008 — a debt that patients, providers, and businesses hoped would be fulfilled by the president following through on the promises he made to respect state medical marijuana laws.

As you can see in this recent op-ed in the Washington Post by MPP’s Rob Kampia, not only has the administration failed to keep its promise of respecting states’ rights on this issue, it is now the most hostile administration in U.S. history towards medical marijuana!

More than three out of four Americans support legalizing medical marijuana for serious medical conditions. With an approval rating of less than 50%, Obama needs to recognize the political ramifications of these continued attacks on the medical marijuana community. If he wants to hold on to the White House this fall, Obama needs to keep the promises he made four years ago, and end the crackdown. As his attorney general said a few days ago, all he has to do is say the word.

25 thoughts on “Broken Promises: The Obama Administration and Medical Marijuana”

  1. Obama lost my vote over His handling of the Medical Marijuana issues and I damn sure won’t vote for G.O.Pricks. Maybe Gary Johnson ex-Governor of NM.

  2. If the President does not legalize medical marijuana before this upcoming election, I will not vote for him. The ONLY reason he wouldn’t, is the funding the war one “drugs”. How much would the DEA, state, local and federal law enforcement agencies would lose from their budget? The issue is bigger than that, no change no vote, it’s embarrassing this plant is illegal in the first place.

  3. Oh, by the way Mr. President, I served 9 years in the US NAVY and 14 as a law enforcement officer don’t play games with me, try some other uneducated fool…

  4. I am a chronic pain sufferer of over twenty years now with back,feet, and lupus. Please, just legalize the best medicine!

  5. Disappointing, yes. But don’t forget who controlled the House since January 2011. Cannabis arrests soared under Gingrich (from January 1995) despite nice guy Bill in the White House.

    If you deny Obama your vote, “Consider The Alternative”: any Republican President including Ron Paul would have to appoint RepublicanDrug officials and lo and behold disappointed again. The Republican base (mostly older) to whom their guy must answer is TWENTY POINTS MORE ANTI-CANNABIS than Dem equivalent. John BOEHNER (famous for passing out those Philip Morris checks, has P)hilip Morris lobbyist Bruce Gates and R J Reynolds lobbyist John Fish on his advisory council) is 2 gunshots from the White House…

  6. I wholeheartedly supported Obama last time and have been disappointed ever since. Not only has he thrown Medical Cannabis under the bus, he signed the NDAA when he promised he would not, and has more vigorously gone after whistleblowers than any other administration. His record on Human Rights sucks, and we’re still in Afghanistan while Gitmo is open for business. None of the perpetrators on Wall St or Banksters have been indicted either. I’m voting for Ron Paul if he’s on the ballot, or Jill Stein, Green party candidate, who has a great platform, especially regarding Cannabis. No Hope, No Change, No Obama!

  7. Thanks to a DRUNK DRIVER… It will soon be 25 years of NOTHING BUT SEVERE SUFFERING- Night and Day… My Spine was wrecked, 8- two and a half inch screws and 2 rods barely hold me together, severe nerve damage, years in a wheelchair, and now MS to add to my misery. I’m basically allergic to narcotics and I ONLY hang on for my Son. The MEDICINE IS KILLING ME and Pot is ALL that helps me. Their are NO side effects, yet I’m FORCED to take part in Big Pharma’s Legal Drug Pushing Operation… What’s RIGHT IS RIGHT – we shouldn’t
    EVER have to fight over this…IDIOT POLITICIANS – FORCING ME TO LIVE IN MISERY…

  8. I will not vote for Obama again. His attitude on mmj is why. Gitmo et. al. are reasons also.

  9. Obama has changed his stance on gay marriage, so I’m hoping he does so on Med MJ. If not, I will not vote for him, and I sure as hell ain’t voting for Rmoney. If Ron Paul is still on the GOP ticket for the CA primary, I will vote for him. As for the general election; at this point, my vote is going to Dr Jill Stein or Gary Johnson. I hope y’all will join me in pledging to vote only for pro cannabis legalization candidates at all levels. Thank you.

  10. I am a 20 year vet and have ALS now. I need a drug made from synthetic THC to keep breathing, Obama’s agenda has nothing to do with Democrats or Republicans he is terraforming the political landscape for something far more worse. Just look up what lws were signed this year and it is scary. Legalizing Marijuana and hemp will create enough sustainable biomass to replace coal. How is that for green jobs? Additionally the millions of pounds grown incentral America causes massive deforrestation, crime and human trafficing. Prohibition does not work period. If the organizers of the various canabis events could hold events that are not attended by stoner idiots the real messages can get out there instead of the stereotypical news bites with the tye=dyed hippie wanna be, slurred in speach trying to sound intelligent. Legalize it period.

  11. Medical Cannabis

    For those who are unfamiliar with its uses and history, one of the biggest concerns about cannabis is how it relates to health. Since the beginning of cannabis prohibition, many claims have been made about its negative (or for that matter positive) consequences. And while it is true that cannabis is not for everyone, the same can be said for any item found in medicine cabinet or in a grocery store.

    It is of our opinion that the best decisions are well-informed decisions. We invite you to educate yourself and seek out unbiased answers to your questions.

    We’ve listed a few basic facts below that you may not have known about cannabis and health, and we’ve included links to a few of the largest medical cannabis organizations in the country where you will find numerous studies and articles.

    #1

    Cannabis is safer than alcohol, safer than prescription painkillers and safer than tobacco. Cannabis has no known toxicity in humans, and no one has ever died from consuming cannabis.

    #2

    Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated not only the safety of cannabis, but also the efficacy in treating a number of very serious diseases and illnesses. Cannabis has been shown to be effective in treating relief of cancer and the side effects of its treatment, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia (FMS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, cerebral palsy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), opioid dependence, stroke and spinal injury among others.

    #3

    The federal government currently provides cannabis as medicine to four living patients under the Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program, and in 2003 approved patents for pharmaceutical development of cannabis constituents called cannabinoids. Meanwhile, federal agencies simultaneously and vigorously tout cannabis as highly addictive and of no medical value to the American public, despite overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrating its safety and efficacy.

    Patients Out of Time http://www.medicalcannabis.com

    Americans for Safe Access http://www.safeaccessnow.org

    National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws http://www.norml.org

    Sensible Missouri http://www.sensiblemissouri.org

    Agricultural Hemp

    Many people are not aware of the many environmental benefits and industrial applications of the cannabis plant. Here are a few things you probably never knew about its history and uses:

    #1

    Cannabis is known to have been grown in China at least 6,500 years ago for household purposes such as cloth, paper, oil for food and industry, and for medicine. Founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were both large producers of industrial cannabis, and Benjamin Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper.

    #2

    Before cannabis was made illegal in 1937, Missouri was one of the top hemp-producing states in the country, and was even noted in the government-produced film, “Hemp for Victory” as an ideal place for its production. (“Hemp for Victory” was produced by the federal government in 1942 and circulated to promote cannabis farming as part of the war effort due to hemp’s value as an industrial crop.)

    #3

    Henry Ford experimented with agricultural cannabis when creating his first cars and intended for the diesel engine to be run on hemp-based fuel. Today, carmakers Ford, GM, Chrysler, Saturn, BMW, Honda and Mercedes all use hemp-composites for many of their door panels, columns and other internal and external components.

    #4

    In 2009 over $300 million dollars flowed out of the United States to meet the consumer demands of a booming agricultural hemp industry. The overwhelming majority of that money went to China.

    Vote Hemp http://www.votehemp.com

    Hemp Industries Association http://www.thehia.org

  12. If you want to make a protest vote, the Libertarians have been against all drug laws for decades. Unfortunately they appear unable to become a serious political party, so protest votes against the reigning 2 parties and their irrationalities are all the Libertarians are likely to get.

  13. Obama changed his mind about not prosecuting medical marijuana users, and he smoked for years. He knows it isn’t harmful, he will change his mind on gay marriage if the polls are against gay marriage. He is a politician, nothing more, a smiling face that lies thru his teeth. I can’t stand Romney but I will vote Romney because I want Obama and other politicians to know a lying hypocrite does not deserve a second chance to lie to us again.

  14. William, yes you are right but if he does not change his mind on gay’s and keeps his word on Med MY. If not I like Ron Paul, it’s still a statement.

  15. Please don’t vote for Romney even if you don’t vote for Obama. My guess is after the election he will “flip” again. Thing is, he needs sponsers and he’s just making them happy now. Hopefully, when (if) he gets second term, he won’t need those sponsers anymore and again, hopefully….stop the crackdowns

  16. Served 22 yrrs in the Army. Desert Strorm left me with a traumatic brain injury and with epilepsy. I’ve tried every medication in the book with no results fot total seizure control. Cannabis gives me the only seizure control and my M.D. knows it but he is unable to support me because it’s a federal issue. Obama supports faggots getting married but not Cannabis for medicinal uses. Come on! I live in Texas where Cannabis for medicinal purposes will probably not be accepted in my lifetime but 10 minutes from my place ( in New Mexico) it is widely used with extraordinary results. Political decisions are influenced by campaign contributions guys and gals. Money talks and I surely hope Obama takes a walk out of the white house, for bullshitting us that he would support medicinal marijuana laws. I’m considering moving to New Mexico ASAP just to get a little relief from daily seizure episodes. Politico’s should consider laws that benefit the people and not $$$.

  17. He has no control, yes he made promises, I am upset to over his promise to MPP and re: Gitmo..but he cant control how the house votes, It is a push and pull. Our alternative is worse for sure and I believe given another 4 yrs we WILL see things turn around..dont forget what we had for 8 years prior, that house of cards is still falling on us, Obama is still trying to dig us out. the economy, job losses, gas prices..all would have happened anyway. I am very independent and would actually LOVE if Ron Paul would even stand a chance. But even he would have problems instituting change. Those that control are the ones that need to go..it is all a game and unfortunately we (the sick, the poor etc) are the pawns.

  18. Gary Johnson is clearly heads and shoulders above all other presidential candidates. Not only did he save New Mexico from financial ruin while he was governor, he was the driving force behind that state’s medical marijuana implementation. Additionally, he owes no corporations, is totally honest and open, and holds the people’s interest primary.

    He says:

    >>>”The parallels between drug policy today and Prohibition in the 1920’s are obvious, as are the lessons our nation learned. Prohibition was repealed because it made matters worse. Today, no one is trying to sell our kids bathtub gin in the schoolyard and micro-breweries aren’t protecting their turf with machine guns. It’s time to apply that thinking to marijuana. By making it a legal, regulated product, availability can be restricted, under-age use curtailed, enforcement/court/incarceration costs reduced, and the profit removed from a massive underground and criminal economy.

    >>>”By managing marijuana like alcohol and tobacco – regulating, taxing and enforcing its lawful use – America will be better off. The billions saved on marijuana interdiction, along with the billions captured as legal revenue, can be redirected against the individuals committing real crimes against society.”

  19. ☝👼👼👼>>>”By managing marijuana like alcohol and tobacco – regulating, taxing and enforcing its lawful use – America will be better off. The billions saved on marijuana interdiction, along with the billions captured as legal revenue, can be redirected against the individuals committing real crimes against society.”👍👍 couldn’t have said it better

  20. I am a chronicaly ill person that could benefit from mmj,instead of getting addicted to narcotic pain killers!WHY NOT JUST LEGALIZE IT!Over 40+ yrs of prohibition + many billions of taxpayers money wasted has done nothing but lock up millions of people for simple possesion, and created a multi-billion dollar black market! At least let us seriously ill people be allowed to be prescribed mmj!Obama is not keeping his promise, and probably will lose my vote if he does’nt reshedule marijuana so it can be studied +prescribed.Romney already lost my vote!

  21. I will NOT vote Obama in if he does not stand by his word. Stop MJ prosecution & persecution.

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