A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in five states where marijuana is legal for medicinal use sent a scathing open letter to President Obama demanding that he uphold his campaign promise to end the federal government’s war on patients. Shortly thereafter, an alliance of non-profit drug law-reform groups sent a similar letter.
Sixteen states and Washington D.C. have nullified unconstitutional federal drug statutes and currently allow sick people to lawfully purchase medical marijuana for a range of conditions including cancer, severe pain, and more. The U.S. government, however, still considers cannabis use to be illegal for any purpose, sparking frequent clashes between state and federal authorities over the years.
On the campaign trail, Obama claimed repeatedly that, if elected, he would stop federal interference in jurisdictions where voters and legislators had chosen to legalize cannabis as medicine. In 2007, he said persecuting infirm people for using medicine that is legal at the state level "makes no sense” and is "not a good use of our resources."
“What I’m not going to be doing is using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue,” Obama promised. After winning the presidency, however, Obama has waged the war on medical marijuana with more ferocity than even former President George W. Bush.
Early this week, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) raided “Oaksterdam University,” a California-based educational institution training students to work in the state’s booming medicinal cannabis industry. Several pharmacies selling legal medical marijuana were also targeted.
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