Obama: From First to Worst on Medical Marijuana

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During his run for the presidency, Barack Obama instilled hope in medical marijuana supporters by pledging to respect state laws on the matter. And for the first two years of his term, he was generally faithful to his promise. Yet suddenly, and with no logical explanation, over the past eight months he has become arguably the worst president in U.S. history regarding medical marijuana.

1. In 1970, Nixon signed into law the Controlled Substances Act, which placed marijuana in Schedule I — the most restrictive of the five schedules, which declared that marijuana has no medical value whatsoever. Since then, all seven presidents have been content to keep marijuana in Schedule I, even going so far as to have (1) DEA bureaucrats overrule the DEA’s own administrative law judge on the matter, and (2) Health & Human Services reject scientific petitions for rescheduling.

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49 responses to “Obama: From First to Worst on Medical Marijuana”

  1. unfortunately Obama will go down as one the most ineffective Presidents in history. he will have had a few accomplishments and please don’t give me the health care bill that didn’t go far enough. it will go down as an “at bat” just like him another one bites the dust.

  2. Just one more reason I feel betrayed by Obama. At least the Repubs tell it to you straight that they lack a soul. Obama put on some good talk about change, and is now worse than I remember W being. I’ll be glad when he’s voted out of office. Way to betray patients who need help, Obama – so this is your change?

  3. As always just what the boogey man in the closet as to why marijuana
    is bad remainds there ,with the door locked and the light turned off.
    The problem is you believed Obama,a politicians promish. Well now,
    silly you! What they all say means nothing,what they do can be predicted by how many votes they would gleen from their actions. Always has been that way and that my friend is not going to change.

  4. A Foreign Policy of Freedom, by Ron Paul: on Drugs

    Drug War fosters violence at home & breeds resentment abroad
    For the first 140 years of our history, we had essentially no federal war on drugs, and far fewer problems with drug addiction and related crimes as a consequence. In the past 30 years, even with the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on the drug war, little good has come of it. We have vacillated from efforts to stop the drugs at the source to severely punishing the users, yet nothing has improved.
    The drug war encourages violence. Government violence against nonviolent users is notorious and has led to the unnecessary prison overpopulation. Innocent taxpayers are forced to pay for all this so-called justice. Our drug eradication project (using spraying) around the world, from Colombia to Afghanistan, breeds resentment because normal crops and good land can be severely damaged. Local populations perceive that the efforts and the profiteering remain somehow beneficial to our own agenda in these various countries.

    Register to vote in the repudlicken primary and vote for Ron Paul.

  5. I am sick of our government It once was put in place to serve and protect the people from the kind of government we have to day. Obama lied to us all he not for the people but out for hes self only if Ron Paul can prove he is for the people and truly fight for a real government then he has my vote.

  6. here’s how stupid this administation is. they are fucking with the one state they absolutely have to have in 2012. if this trampling of liberty does not stop soon, the pro-marijuana people and the working poor should should combine forces to send this administration packing.

  7. We need to be much bolder than merely “medical marijuana”, which is already acquiescing to 95% of the other side’s position.

    Our position should be, a public political campaign to get the message out that: “the cops and the teachers and the preachers are lying; the truth is marijuana is great”. And we should not be stopped by the fact that this message will be overheard by teenagers, who are the future voters of America anyway.

    Medical marijuana was supposed to be a way to get our foot in the door, but now it is time to move on to the real campaign of recreational marijuana.

  8. Holding progressive views and having supported Obama when he ran in 2008 I am continuously inundated with e-mail requests to support his re-election campaign. So I finally decided enough is enough and responded that I will not ever give another cent to help as long as he and the Justice Dept continue their efforts to deny MM patients safe and reliable access.

    Unfortunately O’s flip-flop is the nature of 21st century politics. Let’s do the one thing that will make him stop and reconsider his supreme blunder – Don’t send him any money and let everyone there know about it.

  9. I made a statement saying that people do not like to be treated as criminals because of this prohibitionist hatred towards cannabis.
    What I really meant is that people who never smoke cannabis or doesn’t even like cannabis are still being tested as suspected pot smoking criminals who are breaking federal law that bans anything that has to do with cannabis.
    People are sick of this money wasting federal nannyism toward responsible tax paying adults.

  10. “Stop the war on medical cannabis-or LOSE MY VOTE.(Ca.Reg.Democrat)”-I will either change parties-or simply leave Prez/Vice Prez-spot on ballot BLANK.-You’ve got one year,better START listening to US.

  11. The problem with Liberal voters is they have allowed themselves to be blackmailed by Democratic politicians; they buy the ‘vote for me because the other guy is worse’ crap. As long as Liberals are prepared to choose Gore over Bush or Obama over McCain the Democrats will continue to take their votes for granted and bend over backwards to appeal to moderate Republicans. When a politician knows that they can take your vote for granted your opinions become worthless.

    If someone tries to force you to choose between a kick in the teeth and a kick in the balls refuse to make a choice, don’t choose the least bad of the options and by doing so condone their actions. Obama needs to know he’ll lose your votes over this.

    It’s better to let a Republican in the Whitehouse and have a decent Democrat the next year than it is to have a never ending stream of Presidents that are against you.

  12. I am so PO’d at Barack Obama for bending over and listening to the drug companies and the what the NIH had to say about how dangerous this drug is:

    I signed a petition at the WhiteHouse to legalize marijuana. it got over 20,ooo signatures, in order to be considered as an amendment to the constitution. After signing this petition, I got the follow email from the WhiteHouse :


    What We Have to Say About Legalizing Marijuana

    By Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

    When the President took office, he directed all of his policymakers to develop policies based on science and research, not ideology or politics. So our concern about marijuana is based on what the science tells us about the drug’s effects.

    According to scientists at the National Institutes of Health- the world’s largest source of drug abuse research – marijuana use is associated with addiction, respiratory disease, and cognitive impairment. We know from an array of treatment admission information and Federal data that marijuana use is a significant source for voluntary drug treatment admissions and visits to emergency rooms. Studies also reveal that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past 20 years, raising serious concerns about what this means for public health – especially among young people who use the drug because research shows their brains continue to develop well into their 20’s. Simply put, it is not a benign drug.

    Like many, we are interested in the potential marijuana may have in providing relief to individuals diagnosed with certain serious illnesses. That is why we ardently support ongoing research into determining what components of the marijuana plant can be used as medicine. To date, however, neither the FDA nor the Institute of Medicine have found smoked marijuana to meet the modern standard for safe or effective medicine for any condition.

    As a former police chief, I recognize we are not going to arrest our way out of the problem. We also recognize that legalizing marijuana would not provide the answer to any of the health, social, youth education, criminal justice, and community quality of life challenges associated with drug use.

    That is why the President’s National Drug Control Strategy is balanced and comprehensive, emphasizing prevention and treatment while at the same time supporting innovative law enforcement efforts that protect public safety and disrupt the supply of drugs entering our communities. Preventing drug use is the most cost-effective way to reduce drug use and its consequences in America. And, as we’ve seen in our work through community coalitions across the country, this approach works in making communities healthier and safer. We’re also focused on expanding access to drug treatment for addicts. Treatment works. In fact, millions of Americans are in successful recovery for drug and alcoholism today. And through our work with innovative drug courts across the Nation, we are improving our criminal justice system to divert non-violent offenders into treatment.

    Our commitment to a balanced approach to drug control is real. This last fiscal year alone, the Federal Government spent over $10 billion on drug education and treatment programs compared to just over $9 billion on drug related law enforcement in the U.S.

    Thank you for making your voice heard. I encourage you to take a moment to read about the President’s approach to drug control to learn more.


    * National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
    * Marijuana Facts (ONDCP)
    * Drug Abuse Warning Network (HHS)
    * Treatment Episode Data Set (HHS)
    * National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS)

    Check out this response on We the People.

    Obama, your are NOT and congress is NOT working for the people.. This is apparent in Occupy WallStreet, Money in Politics, big corporations drafting nearly ALL the laws enacted by Congress..

    Secondly, What I have come to realize, that since I live on the west coast, I notice that Washington and all the elected officials are more concerned with issues relative to states surrounding the orginal 13-colonies, the west coast issues are ignored and no action ever comes from Washington for us. Our news, our weather, it’s all East Coast centric.. All of it.. Just pay attention next time your watching News on TV,’

    I am so angry and disappointed in this president I could SPIT NAILS !!!!! he lost my vote.. I am a die-hard independent leaning towards left of center.. I would rather vote for Doctor Ron Paul than to submit my allegiance to this current government. More than likely, I just won’t vote, there’s no point NO ONE IS LISTENING !!!!

  13. I have an idea..

    Let’s divide the US into an Eastern Country, and a Western Country.. We are TOO BIG !!!!! That is why nothing is working.. I’d might say draw the border at the Missouri river, but that is still problematic, since the states of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas are so out of touch with common sense, and all of them still need laws to control and brainwash their populations by imposing laws that are religiously motivated. These states enact these laws because Parents refuse to take responsibility for teaching their own children what is right and what is wrong.. They would rather delegate their children to be taught these ethics in our failing public school systems. Parents should NOT delegate someone else to teach their kids acceptable ethics.. In addition no one has a right to impose their ethics or beliefs on me. You have no right to impose your ethics or religious ideals on me.. In short DON’T TREAD ON ME.. Is any one listening ???


    Secession ! Check out the Cascadia Now movement.. We’re leaving the Union.

  14. All you Obama supporters got duped. Obama takes his order from corporations. Big pharm, big alcohol and big tobacco are giving their marching orders to Obama and legal cannabis is not on the list. Quick go register as a Republican and vote for Dr. Ron Paul for the Republican Presidential candidate. Dr. Paul is the only serious politician willing to end the failed drug war.

  15. The government has no intention of making marijuana legal, they never have, and they never will. It’s the easiest way to criminalize people, and once someone is a criminal it’s even easier to disavow anything they say and remove their voice from the collective.

    This country would rather see the middle class criminalized and the poor sent to war while the rich do whatever they want because everyone knows rich people don’t actually follow the law. They make the law.

  16. obama gets worse cause his pockets got lined by big phARMa n the alcohol lobbys. be right back, gotta get my marinol script re-filled.

  17. It’s obvious that the will of the party is more compelling than the will of the voters. Until we have true representation we will have to live with ‘their’ decisions and beliefs. Why can’t we decide issues with a vote instead of waiting for politicians to just waste more time and money playing their games? Oh, by the way I like that “repudliken” thing I saw up on here earlier. I’ll be using that frequently.

  18. on the pbs newshour in an interview with jeffrey brown, michele bachman said, “that’s shocking that, in the united states of america, someone who owns a business is told by the federal government you’re out of business. that’s a gangster action on the part of our government.” (23nov2011) it is inspiring to find our first woman president will stand firmly behind medical marijuana providers.

  19. Obama used left wing tactics to win; promising to honor state medical marihuana users rights,etc. He has since shown that he will SAY what we want to hear, and once he has our vote we are useless. 3 MONTHS after taking office he was asked about a taxable model reform, to which he replied “That will not happen.”, soon after which Holden made his ( now infamous ) statements. Obama doesn’t realize how many votes he garnered on his medical marihuana stance alone. He will in 2012!

  20. From OWS to wars to liquor stores, the peoples struggle to de-criminalize marijuana is yet another finger of truth pointing directly at the enormous hypocritical bureaucracy claiming to represent our will. Shameful. When yall politicians and justice officials are done smuggling guns into Mexico could you maybe do something that pleases the people here in the U.S.?

  21. I’ve been doing just as Jman suggests when he says, “Let’s do the one thing that will make Obama stop and reconsider his supreme blunder – Don’t send him any money and let everyone there know about it.”

    I reply to every one of the Democrats’ pleas for my money to re-elect Obummer with a statement that shows my anger for his Injustice Department’s attacks on state and municipal medical marijuana programs. Also, whenever one of the DSCC money-begging e-mails comes my way from Chuck Schumer, I always write back that I won’t support anything he asks for and make it clear I won’t do so because of Schumer being one of the biggest drug-Nazis in Congress.

  22. Our gov’t under the pretense of protecting us, has stolen our rights and we sit back and do nothing, so far. I believe we Americans have been pushed around too much and too often to stand back and take more. As for me, I am supporting the only Presidential candidate with integrity, Dr. Ron Paul.
    Did you know that with just a few calls from their district the MC gang can rethink a vote? We Americans need to stick together and stop filling our prisons with nonviolent drug offenders. It is up to us, just as it was in 2010 when we fired people from both parties, to stop this monstrous gov’t from taking away more of our rights.I am quick to remind my reps when a vote to fund this nonsense comes up and that is the fact that by any measure the drug war is a failure and the tactics are not working.

  23. The one thing we need to remember is that we have the right to “jury nullification”. When it comes to a trial by jury, “We, the people” have all the power. Let’s utilize this right, and let them know in our courts that we see the truth, regardless of their antics. In the meantime, I honestly endorse Ron Paul; more so that when it comes to foreign policy he is more concerned with the problems here at home. And he agrees with the fact that the drug war is really a citizen class war, and needs to be controlled from a medical standpoint rather than a legal one. He is definitely the lesser of the evils we could vote for, such as Newt or Obama. Obama lied to us and allowed more persecution. Fool me once……..

  24. Legalize it like wine
    make it so it’s not a crime
    to use a little to unwind
    for patients with glacoma who are going blind
    or for someone with a crack in their spine
    stop wasting all this time
    trying to make it hard to find
    cause we can all just grow it on a vine
    oh legalize it like wine legalize it like wine
    no more killing for a dime
    no more bad boys on channel nine
    no more underground mine
    crossing our borderline
    just listen to my ryhme
    get the president to sign
    to legalize it like wine
    and everything will be fine

  25. This makes basicly no sense since marijuana just recently became “legal” before you could only get it from a dealer but now? Every block you can some dank herb.. if he was honestly the worst on it then why is it so available? People need to quit trollin and worry about real fucking problems.. im not saying obamas a good president.. cause he’s not.. SOPA says it all.. worry about your freedoms first before worrying about the legality of weed..

  26. If you people want to all the talks that Obama is having no matter where thay are and ask hem to legalize weed. Tell hem that if weed is not legal come Nov. that you are not going to vote for hem. Tell the people in office that are runing this year the same thing I am voting for my man RON

  27. June 17 marked forty years since corrupt President Richard Nixon went against his own exhaustive Commission that found some of the very same results and recommendations that TGCDP made. He, trying to round up political opponents, citing drug abuse as “public enemy No. 1,” declared a “War on Drugs.” A trillion dollars and millions of ruined lives later, there is a growing political consensus that the War on Drugs is a monumental and counterproductive FAILURE. The Drug Policy Alliance, to raise awareness concerning the utter catastrophic FAILURE of Drug Prohibition, led advocates all across the United States marking the date with a call for an exit strategy from the failed War on Drugs policies. Let’s all work together towards sensible Drug Policy and away from the FAILED Drug War that has taken away our peace and shattered millions of lives. Thanks for listening, 777denny

  28. Zach Lewis is right. The reason you dont have pot legal is because of your peaceful nature. In nature if something is peaceful and kind it gets eaten. I hate to think it as much as you. Living in constant pain with no relief in sight Its good to see that others see that peace has not worked with these people. They say your opinion counts thats because in thier minds an opinion counts alright thiers. They think pot smokers are violent, they think they steal, think they are lazy. I say we give tham what they think we are. To the cowards out there just go on strike. To those that just are tired of waiting and dont give a #@#! anymore take the strike and make sure they know why. No mercy just like they have given you.

  29. its all a scam…Society, religion, government & fiscal operations are nothing more than contrive machinations. the mob bosses, i.e., the fin-pols (financial-politicians) own the pub-pols (public-politicians) who hire clean shaven thugs (cops) who carry guns n cuffs so to enforce arbitrary and completely subjective laws in order to maintain their illusory version of reality. marijuana is not illegal, just ask big pharma. fuck every extrinsic advert (advert-isement). life is short, toke your rope and smile…..

  30. Medical Marijuana Week

    The medical cannabis community is under attack, and we must be heard!

    More than 100 DEA raids, dozens of federal prosecutions, manipulation of the tax code, and threats to landlords and elected officials — the aggressive, anti-medical cannabis efforts of Obamaʼs Justice Department must stop!

    Join Americans for Safe Access Chapters and Affiliates across the country in celebrating Medical Marijuana Week by standing up for our right to safe access. Take time each day to participate in the week of action outlined below.

    During Medical Marijuana Week (Feb. 13-17), here are some other ways you can get involved and make a difference:

    1. Monday, February 13: Call the White House at 202-456-1111 and tell Pres. Obama to keep his promise to not use Justice Department resources to undermine state laws, stop putting politics before science, and act immediately to reclassify cannabis as medicine.

    2. Tuesday, February 14: Contact Congress, 202-224-3121, and urge your representative to sponsor legislation to reclassify cannabis, end federal interference in state programs, and provide licensed patients and provides a defense in court.

    3. Wednesday, February 15: Ask your Governor to sign the DEA Rescheduling Petition. Find your Governor’s contact information by clicking here.

    4. Thursday, February 16 @ Noon: Make your voice heard at a rally near you! Click here for a full list of rallies.

    5. Friday, February 17: Join the movement and help fund the fight for safe access. Find out how by clicking here.

  31. Just don’t stop putting pressure on our so called elected officials now. make them guarantee rescheduling before electing them into office again in the future. do you get that people ? do you understand ? no promise or guarantee to rescheduling MM then NO VOTES ! We are the people, We are the Electorals, Someone is not properly applying the pressure needed to chage this and that person is YOU ! I Blame you the public for being too Soft and Weak and not standing up for the right to make changes to our country. So come one and help Me please, make your senator/congressmen change or get out of office. Lets vote in someone thats going to help us not hurt us ok ? Im serioud Its all your fault this is still a problem because your all not applying the right enough pressure to the people you voted for. Please change the way you are voting and make them listen to us.

  32. If states can make same sex marriage legal then do the same for marijuana!
    It’s all about money, drug companies will lose money, politicians will will lose votes/contributions, and don’t get me started on the FDA., we know who really runs that.

  33. really all these people hate on obama and presidents while yes they can be currupt and bad i dont think people understand just how hard it is to be the president i feel as if people just think if the president says something the united states just has to do and and follow what the president says everyone directs their anger and unsatisfaction at the president . how do you know what its like to be president how hard it really is to change things for the better while obama may be bad im saying dont judge him because things dont go the way you want or the way he planned with a world FULL of currupt and bad people you cant expect the world to be perfect

  34. @bobby you say that now some new news for you there on his difficult job. while in his vacation home in hawaii he signed the ndaa basically means you have no 4th ammendment rights anymore. here recently he became proturbed about the protestors outside the white house so he made it a federal offense to protest there H.R. 347 is the bill. yeah it so hard to have all that pressure on you and all those protestors saying quit selling us out. how abou you drink a tall glass of stfu and go out and make a difference. start a revolt or something.

  35. Obama has got to be the most shrewd cocksucker POTUS ever. I can’t believe I fell under the influence of his charisma, if anything though at least Obama lying ass should illustrate that our system is broken and is past the point of no return. We need a new map, a new way to operate. This old and antiquated method of governance needs to go the way of the dodo bird? Hell, do we even need representatives or politicans anymore? With the awesomeness of technology we are now potentially able to communicate with every other human being on the planet. Why do we need a representative government? Can we not vote on the issues ourselves? Put cannabis legalization up for vote on the net and I guarentee prohibition would end tommorow. Only greedy silly fucks want to lock others in cages.

  36. Apologize for my grammatical and spelling errors, was in quite a rush when I typed the above statement.

  37. I do not believe that the laws. About maryjauna are in any way legal or mioral .I do not think that these laws are in any job description that govt has .These laws and govt rulings have not been given to the govt to be allowed to make these decisions. I believe that no govt has the right to use armed force against the people .This makes the govt of usa a facist and oppressive govt and needs to be changed.Any govt agency that uses force (DEA, FBI, ATF, police ,)should be disbanded

  38. President Obama claims to be a Christian, a follower of the Word of JESUS CHRIST. The Word of JESUS CHRIST justifies the use of marijuana in several ways, but apparently the President hasn’t read or studied the Word to know his Teacher’s teaching on seed bearing plants, or on telling the truth.
    I read his book, where he tells about his own marijuana use. He knows what all marijuana users know: it makes you feel better somehow, each in his own way, but better, and worth the hassle with the law to feel better.
    Because he knows this feeling personally, he is seriously responsible for keeping this method of “feeling better” from the people of the USA.
    Worse than that, is that he continues in the ignorance of his predecessors to persecute those Americans who need marijuana for health reasons.
    And worse than that, he has made criminals of his own race in unbalanced proportion to other races.
    And worse than that, he lies as well as Presidents Nixon and Clinton.
    There is only one best option: vote for Ron Paul and let the chips fall where they may.

  39. What Obama has shown us great mass of unwashed people is this: he had proved that (Prince Hall) Black Freemasonry is equally evil and treacherous for us as is white Freemasonry from York, Irish, Cryptic and Scottish Rites.

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