Back when he was running for president in 2008, Barack Obama insisted that medical marijuana was an issue best left to state and local governments. “I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue,” he vowed, promising an end to the Bush administration’s high-profile raids on providers of medical pot, which is legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia.

But over the past year, the Obama administration has quietly unleashed a multi­agency crackdown on medical cannabis that goes far beyond anything undertaken by George W. Bush. The feds are busting growers who operate in full compliance with state laws, vowing to seize the property of anyone who dares to even rent to legal pot dispensaries, and threatening to imprison state employees responsible for regulating medical marijuana. With more than 100 raids on pot dispensaries during his first three years, Obama is now on pace to exceed Bush’s record for medical-marijuana busts. “There’s no question that Obama’s the worst president on medical marijuana,” says Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “He’s gone from first to worst.”

Pretty decent article. I had a quick squiz at DEA Position on Marijuana. Since they make a big deal about the startling revelation that there is absolutely NO positive medicinal value in SMOKING pot, its clear that by demonizing the delivery mechanism the administration is inviting the Big Pharmas to come in and replace the medical marijuana industry with ‘safe’ pot derivatives. WIN – WIN for both pharmaceutical and law enforcement industries.

  1. Hmeyers2 says:

    Those meth people are a problem.

  2. Hmeyers2 says:

    I’m not sure about that situation, I guess I’d say we are not stopping them from doing that to themselves currently.

    I wish they had some sort of national debate explaining why the drug policy is what it is and laying down the case for and against legalization of drugs and explaining the negative costs to society that make the current illegalization policy the right thing.

    Perhaps it is in a way that I do not current understand.

  3. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    HMyers—I don’t think it is appropriate for you to condense three pages of what I carefully parsed into: “Violence affects everyone, but drug use generally affects mostly the user.”

    Ha, ha. Well done. And thank you. Yes, that is my very point. Do-ill still make the same argument that concise statement is meant to counter: add up all the harm drugs do AND WE MAKE IT WORSE by treating it with criminal law instead of the health system. Do-ill====that includes the medical costs of it.

    Two tangential items I’ll throw off: everybody remember the quote from Steve Jobs that taking LSD was as important to his life experience/understanding as anything else he had ever done?

    some commenter stated that the current Republican Jihad against women having sex was just their good christian conservatism thinking something was wrong/evil/sinfull in experiences joy. You know, a life spent not on your knees fearful of a vengeful god watching ALL you do? I enjoy beer and wine. If drugs were legal, I’d give them a whirl. Could be fun.

  4. Dana Dutchman says:

    Some of you might be interested in this US Patent

    United States Patent 6,630,507: Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants

    Patent Owner: The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services


    Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.

    See it all posted at the US Patent and Trademark Office:

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