The mainstream media is starting to ask questions…
WASHINGTON — A recent Drug Enforcement Administration raid on a South Lake Tahoe, Calif., medical marijuana dispensary showcases one of the legal conflicts inherited by the Obama administration.
“I think the basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs prescribed by doctors (is) entirely appropriate,” Obama told Oregon’s Mail Tribune newspaper in March. “I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue.”
By one count, the DEA has raided more than 60 medical marijuana facilities nationwide during the past two years, including a July raid in Seattle in which agents seized hundreds of patient files. The ongoing raids underscore a running conflict between state and federal laws.
One week and counting, Mr. Obama, with not even a word about this issue. We’re not going away, and if there’s anything you’ve taught us, it is that we yes we can work together to bring about real change.
You needn’t distract from any other important business. Name a new head of DEA and ONDCP, instruct them to leave medical marijuana states alone, get on with other business. We know you’ve got tough problems on your plate that require you to build consensus and create complex solutions. That’s why your silence and inaction are so frustrating — you don’t need consensus, more than 3 out of 4 Americans support medical marijuana, and you don’t need to create anything, you just need to stop doing something.
It’s like hitting your thumb with a hammer. Just stop hammering.