July 2012

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The Political Future of Cannabis

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With the upcoming 2012 election around the corner, deciding where your loyalties lie is of pressing concern. Our generation bears the responsibility for making sure that this medicine is still available legally for years to come. Our President has not kept the promise he made to leave the issues of cannabis to state and local government. He has unleashed what Rolling Stone termed a ‘War on Pot.’

 

On a late-night television interview with Jimmy Fallon… Obama laughed off a question about marijuana legalization. “We’re not going to be legalizing weed — or what — anytime soon,” the president said.

 

When questioned in Colorado, Mitt Romney said that he thinks “marijuana should be illegal in this country and that it is a gateway drug.” We, as voters, have no one in our corner. Those suffering from serious health complications use cannabis to sustain as close to normal lives as possible. They do not need the added stress of worrying about the political climate affecting their access to what, for them, is medicine.

 

The solution has and always will be in your hands. In 1996, California paved the way for the rest of the country to begin recognizing the need for compassion. This isn’t an issue of recreation but of saving lives and maintaining the highest quality of life available. In the last twenty years the medical cannabis industry has travelled light years, now catering to the needs of patients by providing entirely safe lab-tested consumption alternatives from pills to salves.

 

According to Rolling Stone, “Over the past year, the Obama administration has quietly unleashed a multi­agency crackdown on medical cannabis that goes far beyond anything undertaken by George W. Bush. The feds are busting growers who operate in full compliance with state laws, vowing to seize the property of anyone who dares to even rent to legal pot dispensaries, and threatening to imprison state employees responsible for regulating medical marijuana.”

 

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/obamas-war-on-pot-20120216#ixzz21sGYXJYB

 

Obama promised in 2008 that he would “respect state law.” Then in his Rolling Stone article, he clarified what he meant from the beginning, which was “I can’t ask the Justice Department to say, ‘Ignore completely a federal law that’s on the books.’ What I can say is, ‘Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage.’” Then why was Oaksterdam University (the first official cannabis school in the US) raided April 3rd, 2012?

 

The only thing we can do to make a difference is to engage in our democratic way of life and speak out. We already started the movement; the hard part is done. We must proceed only supporting those who will protect our right to justice, liberty, and the pursuit of the best health we can possibly enjoy. We have a right to our access to medicine! Don’t compromise on yourself!

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