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Rallies Planned Across The Nation To Protest Obama’s Medical Marijuana Crackdown


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Medical marijuana activists are planning to protest the Obama Administration’s attack on medical marijuana states this Thursday by staging protests in 9 cities and 6 states. Rallies are planned to take place at an Obama fundraiser in San Francisco, as well as at the president’s campaign headquarters in Sacramento (CA) and San Diego (CA), and at federal buildings in several cities, including Trenton (NJ), Phoenix (AZ), Seattle (WA), Eugene (OR), and Portland (ME).

For detailed information on Thursday (2/16) rally times and locations, see: http://AmericansForSafeAccess.org/MMWRallyLocations

The rallies are an attempt to draw attention to Obama’s failure at keeping his promise not to “circumvent” state medical marijuana laws and to highlight the unprecedented attack on patients and their providers across the country. During Obama’s tenure in office, his Justice Department has conducted nearly 200 SWAT-style raids on legitimate dispensaries and growers, resulting in more than 60 federal indictments, costing the taxpayers tens of millions of dollars at a time of fiscal crisis.

The Obama Administration has also employed numerous federal agencies, including the DEA, FBI, ATF, VA, and IRS to shut down access to medical marijuana, and cut-off services for, or otherwise discriminate against, literally hundreds of thousands of patients across the country. “President Obama’s most widespread and cynical attack so far has been direct threats from more than a dozen of his U.S. Attorneys against elected officials in at least 10 medical marijuana states,” said Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the country’s leading medical marijuana advocacy group, which is organizing Thursday’s protests.

“The literal and figurative assault on medical marijuana patients currently underway by the Obama Administration is unprecedented in this country’s history, despite hollow proclamations to the contrary,” continued Sherer. “The intensity and breadth of the attacks has far surpassed anything we saw under the Bush Administration and has resulted in the roll-back of numerous local and state laws.” The latest attack came this week from the U.S. Attorney for Delaware whose threats have suspended that state’s medical marijuana program.

Patient advocates are calling on Obama to end his attacks on the medical marijuana community and begin to address this issue from a public health standpoint. In addition to keeping his pledge of deprioritizing enforcement, advocates are encouraging Obama to reschedule marijuana for medical use. ASA is currently litigating the rescheduling issue in the D.C. Circuit and has also filed a separate lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration’s violation of the Tenth Amendment by derailing state medical marijuana laws.

Further information:
Rally locations and times: http://AmericansForSafeAccess.org/MMWRallyLocations
Rally signs: http://AmericansForSafeAccess.org/downloads/MMJProtest_Signs.pdf

Press release from Americans For Safe Access


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  1. The Obama administration has proven repeatedly not to react to demonstrations, petitions or even elected Democratic Party legislators with regard to their drug policies. The bleat out the same propaganda statements over and over. They listen to the law enforcement agents unions who are busy protecting their members jobs, they listen to private prison operators protecting their federal subsidies, they listen to the well paid entrenched federal management employees protecting their budgets, but this administration doesn’t give a dam about the people who plan to come out on the streets to peacefully protest. Want change? Protest violently. Make the streets look like Athens all year long.

  2. glaucoma is my enemy, and God given “weeds” are my hero against rapid degradation. what’s the deal govt. getyer #*it in one sock. glaucoma does NOT get better……………

  3. How can they shut something down they do not understand.
    The proof is there that marijuana is not as harmful as it was once seemed. If marijuana was just as bad as it was when U.S. began its War on Drugs all of these states would not be researching and advocating medical marijuana. The pros must outweigh the cons exponentially for over 15 states to legalize medical marijuana.There are so many people taking anywhere from 1 to 10+ pills for pain from cancer, from mental disorders ,from all pain disorders. We need something that works and for those of you that think smoking ,weather cigarettes , or marijuana there are lots of other ways to use medical marijuana, it can be cooked into anything , or I have also read about pills, which Iam not to sure about,are they not made by the same drug company’s that make all the other pill?.Cooking it would kill to birds with one stone, cancer patients could get the effects of medical marijuana and the SIDE EFFECTS, would be they would be hungry and want to eat which would help them not lose so much weight.Fifteen states and Washington D.C. legalized medical marijuana use between 1996 and 2010. States that have legalized use are Alaska (1998), Arizona (2010), California (1996), Colorado (2000), Hawaii (2000), Maine (1999), Michigan (2008), Montana (2004), Nevada (2000), New Jersey (2010), New Mexico (2007), Oregon (1998), Rhode Island (2006), Vermont (2004) and Washington (1998); Washington D.C. legalized use in 2010. States that have legalized use have different laws on how much usable marijuana a prescription holder can possess or grow .There are 12 states that had legislation pending These include Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma and West Virginia.
    I do not understand beer’s wine etc. are more harmful, than what would be in amount of the medical marijuana that would need to be taken to sooth the pain a little bit.
    I like almost everything the President has done,but this is stupid! We need to change
    his mind!

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