Obama Changes Course on Medical Marijuana

By:  Joe Wolverton, II
12/12/2011
       
Obama Changes Course on Medical Marijuana

Recently, President Obama has come under fire for flip-flopping on the issue of the prosecution of the sale of medicinal marijuana. As a candidate for President in 2007, Senator Barack Obama made the following statements on his position on the use of marijuana in medical treatment and the protection of the right of states to pass laws permitting such use:
 
 

Recently, President Obama has come under fire for flip-flopping on the issue of the prosecution of the sale of medicinal marijuana. As a candidate for President in 2007, Senator Barack Obama made the following statements on his position on the use of marijuana in medical treatment and the protection of the right of states to pass laws permitting such use:

My attitude is if the science and the doctors suggest that the best palliative care and the way to relieve pain and suffering is medical marijuana then that's something I'm open to because there's no difference between that and morphine when it comes to just giving people relief from pain. But I want to do it under strict guidelines. I want it prescribed in the same way that other painkillers or palliative drugs are prescribed.

Then, during the run-up to the New Hampshire primary that same year, Obama promised not to "have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users."

He reiterated the point at another New Hampshire campaign event:

I don't think that should be a top priority of us, raiding people who are using ... medical marijuana. With all the things we've got to worry about, and our Justice Department should be doing, that probably shouldn't be a high priority."

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