Thursday, January 29, 2009

Townhall Deserves Praise

Honestly.
During the campaign, President Obama said he would stop federal raids of medical marijuana clubs in states (like California) that had passed medical marijuana laws. Yet federal agents raided medical marijuana dispensaries, including the Patient to Patient Collective in South Lake Tahoe, two days after his inauguration. The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported that agents seized between 5 and 10 pounds of marijuana.

The Marijuana Policy Project, which wants to legalize marijuana, accused the Drug Enforcement Administration of "defying" Obama's position on medical marijuana and "called on the president to immediately replace Bush administration holdovers at DEA.

"During the presidential campaign," the press release continued, "Obama repeatedly promised not to waste federal resources interfering in states with laws protecting medical-marijuana patients from arrest, and he told Southern Oregon's Mail Tribune editorial board on March 28, 2008, 'I'm not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue.'"

So will Obama keep his word by directing federal drug agents to concentrate on going after drug kingpins instead of sick people?
The crazy thing is I would not put it past Obama to do the right thing. How weird does it feel to give a president credit?

5 comments:

t4toby said...

Well, we can hope.

rotten mcdonald said...

How about we just stop demonizing and imprisoning pot users and legalize it?

Or is that too... umm, rational?

Righteous Bubba said...

I'd be pretty shocked if Obama decriminalized pot, I guess, but baby steps, and this is one I think he can take.

rotten mcdonald said...

I still think planting the National Mall with hemp is a great idea....

Or did I dream that?

Righteous Bubba said...

I dunno, did you eat the cookies?