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Online Petition Urging Obama To Stop Federal Dispensary Raids


28 raids in 24 hours. That’s the unfortunate reality for medical marijuana patients in Montana and California.

Federal agents shutdown 26 dispensaries across Montana and 2 in the medical marijuana sanctuary city of West Hollywood, California this month in their latest attack on patients and legitimate businesses.

The DEA isn’t even supposed to be conducting these raids in the first place. In 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memo ordering an end to federal raids of medical marijuana dispensaries. Yet, despite his memo, federal agents have continued these operations sporadically for years, without regard for patients’, states’ or business’ rights.

Attorney General Eric Holder clearly doesn’t have control of his own cavalry. This assault on patients rights has to stop now.

Sign our letter telling Attorney General Holder to enforce his memo and prohibit federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Click here to sign the letter: http://action.firedoglake.com/page/s/fedraids

But is Holder being dishonest and hypocritical? Or does he simply lack strong leadership among US Attorneys General?

A memo issued on February 1st by US Attorney Melinda Haag (who, ironically, represents Northern California) directly contradicts Holder’s edict. She declares that ANYONE engaging in the buying or selling of marijuana, regardless of their protection under state laws, will be punished by the federal government.

That doesn’t just mean dispensaries and the patients who rely on them, but goes as far as to include landlords, financiers and property owners as well. It’s a full-court press designed to intimidate supporters of reform and ostracize patients seeking their prescribed medications.

This attitude puts lives in jeopardy and undermines our democratic institutions by foiling state attempts to provide solutions for their own people. We need to put an end to the federal harassment of medical marijuana patients now.

Tell Attorney General Holder to enforce his own memo banning federal raids of medical marijuana dispensaries and take a stand for patients rights.

Click here to add your name: http://action.firedoglake.com/page/s/fedraids

This kind of official hypocrisy at the expense of our most vulnerable citizens is a disgrace to the notion of basic human rights everywhere. Thank you for standing up for a patients’ basic rights to treatment.

Brian Sonenstein

Just Say Now.com



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  1. Dear President Obama

    You had indicated when you were running for President that you would see that States Rights will superceed the current law…but it hasnt happened…I have arthritus and I am a patient and with the necessary papers. I only use it when my back and shoulders are the worst and usually at night before retiring for it helps me sleep better…It should be legalized by the Federal Govt …for thats the extra tax dollars now needed. then why do we not ban alcohol and tobacco again. ? or taking too many aspirins.

    No one has. in the last report I received, has died from weed and with a vaporizor it is 98% clear of carcinigens…and if smoked…it is 87% free….match that to other things that people are consuming. this will also decrease the amount coming across the border that has not been cleaned or inspected thus putting patients health at risk for contamination.

    However, if the Govt shuts them down,,,then there will be an increase for the uncleaned TFC and heavier trafficing across the borders. The Canabas that is grown here is under licensed operation.

    Therefore, you will need all the help you can get for the election …and from me….if you will use your Executive order to stop the shutdowns and re-evaluate the decision to do so under the current Federal regulations. Alcohol can kill the liver….Marijuana hasnt lead to any potential breakdown in ones health and has helped to alleviate many conditions that are out there .

    Also, please intervene in Alabama on their over strict immigration laws. It is reminescent
    of Nazi Germany looking for Jews….My wife went through all that. Keep it from happening again…and while you are at it…investigate the Tea Party for the inclusion of Amercian Nazi Party members which was reported a few months ago….it happened once…and if we dont stop it….it can happen again.

    Thank you…..Richard D. Luke

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