Medical Marijuana Patients Hold Nationwide Day of Action to Remind Obama Pot Smokers Are Voters, Too

Medical marijuana advocates have not forgotten Obama's campaign promise that he would not "[Use] Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state [medical marijuana] laws." Today at 5pm, pot patients and Americans for Safe Access will hold rallies at Obama campaign headquarters and other sites in at least 15 cities across the country. Part of ASA's "Camp WakeUpObama" campaign, the nationwide day of action will highlight the Obama administration's agressive campaign to shut down legal pot dispensaries and bring attention to the severe disconnect between public opinion and the federal government's weed policy. Most Americans not only support medical marijuana access, but recreational legalization as well. The ongoing raids, says ASA, have left patients with dwindling options for treatment and pushed away potential Obama voters. 

"President Obama must tell the more than one million patients in this country how he intends to move this issue forward in his next administration,"  ASA's Executive Director Steph Sherer said in a press release,  "We are sick and tired of being told to vote against our health."

"Thursday's rallies are aimed at conveying that patients and their families are voters who may be influenced this November by the president's broken promises on this issue," Sherer added. 

Americans for Safe Access explained Obama's war on pot in a press release:

"Over the past three years, the DOJ has conducted more than 200 SWAT-style federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raids on legitimate medical marijuana businesses in at least 6 states -- at twice the rate under the Bush Administration -- and indicted more than 70 related to medical marijuana. In addition, U.S. Attorneys have threatened public officials who attempt to pass laws regulating local distribution and, at the same time, have threatened hundreds of landlords with seizure of their property if they didn't promptly evict the medical marijuana businesses renting from them."

Read Sherer's Huffington Post op-ed on the day of action here

AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at September 20, 2012, 10:57am

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