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Nancy Pelosi To Obama: Stop Messing With Medical Marijuana (Video)

Pelosi_0519House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is wroth with President Barack Obama over the federal government's incessant harassment of medical marijuana dispensaries. Pelosi's statement, as reported by Raw Story:

I have strong concerns about the recent actions by the federal government that threaten the safe access of medicinal marijuana to alleviate the suffering of patients in California, and undermine a policy that has been in place under which the federal government did not pursue individuals whose actions complied with state laws providing for medicinal marijuana ...

Proven medicinal uses of marijuana include improving the quality of life for patients with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and other severe medical conditions ... I am pleased to join organizations that support legal access to medicinal marijuana, including the American Nurses Association, the Lymphoma Foundation of America, and the AIDS Action Council. Medicinal marijuana alleviates some of the most debilitating symptoms of AIDS, including pain, wasting, and nausea. The opportunity to ease the suffering of people who are seriously ill or enduring difficult and painful therapies is an opportunity we must not ignore.

A recent Time Magazine story aptly summarized the Obama administration's difficulties with medical marijuana:

The federal government is not trying to eliminate medical marijuana altogether, but it has decided that it cannot stand for the commercialization or large scale production of marijuana for the stated purpose of helping the sick, even when that production is technically within the bounds of state law.

As a result, dispensaries and growhouses are raided regularly, and the feds continue to pursue legal action against large-scale suppliers:

This has resulted in cases like the IRS action against Harborside Health Center, an enormous dispensary in the San Francisco Bay Area, which has more than 100,000 patients and annual sales of $20 million. There is no evidence that any of its activities have violated state or local law, but the IRS has filed a civil suit that could shutter the dispensary within months, claiming that it cannot deduct any expenses related to an illegal operation. The Obama Administration’s stance has also led to the closure of Divinity Tree, a much smaller dispensary in San Francisco, with about 7,000 patients, which received a letter the local U.S. Attorney last year asking its landlord to evict its tenant for operating within 1,000 feet of a playground, even though it was permitted to operate at the location by the city Department of Health. (The playground was also directly across the street from an all-nude dance club with pictures of “Naughty Hotties” on its facade.)

Check out President Obama's statements on medical marijuana use from the 2008 campaign, AFTER THE JUMP. (Note especially the last 30 seconds or so.)

 

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  1. You have to give kudos where deserved, and Pelosi deserves hers. In 2013, when the Dems retake the House, I hope she gets significantly harder on Obama. The way he just tossed her aside after the 2010 debacle was terrible and unfair. But that seems to be the only way Obama knows.

    Posted by: Matt | May 5, 2012 4:18:51 PM


  2. I'm glad someone is finally stating the obvious. The needless and as far as i can tell, non-politically advantageous harassment of medicinal weed growers is just ridiculous, and unhelpful to the sick.

    Posted by: Troy | May 5, 2012 5:18:46 PM


  3. Oh Nancy honey, let's get, as we said back in the day, "real". If you want to pretend, with-AHEM-a straight face that this is all about HIV patients, do so. But the rest of us know it's legalization with a fig leaf. Little or no effort to check dispensaries record keeping or integrity, corrupt or partisan members of the medical profession giving prescriptions out like candy, and so forth. Let's have a real discussion about marijuana, and not use HIV patients as pawns.

    Posted by: Contrarian | May 5, 2012 9:06:53 PM


  4. I love Nancy.

    Posted by: Howard | May 5, 2012 9:40:30 PM


  5. Pelosi should stop messing with her face. She has it pulled back so tight that if her facelift lets loose, the pressure from it will take out a city block.

    Posted by: Alan | May 5, 2012 10:05:19 PM


  6. Nancy has a valid point and why shouldn't she call out the President when it is required?

    Posted by: Omar | May 5, 2012 10:09:22 PM


  7. And why is marijuana illegal again? Our politicians inability to create smarter drug policy is really disappointing.

    Posted by: anony6 | May 6, 2012 12:06:36 AM


  8. @Contrarian: That discussion has been had. It's over. Voters have spoken. Legislators have spoken. Who cares if pot is de facto legal? She's not even focused on HIV.

    It's the fact that pot is legal in SF and no one cares. I don't smoke it often because it bores me, but I don't mind that I smell it often.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 6, 2012 8:45:06 AM


  9. Oh for Christ's sake, just legalize the sh*t once and for all. It's a God damn weed that relaxes you and gives good high when you smoke it. Big deal. Marijuana prohibition has got to rank as one of the top silly irritations in our modern world. It's LONG past due for it's production, sale and consumption to be legalized.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 6, 2012 11:00:46 AM


  10. Honestly, I think pot should be legalized and taxed and sold in the local convenient stores. Lightly regulated and of course taxed. it would help the economy and government funds that are needed elsewhere will become available with out wasting money on fighting a war on drugs that will never win. There are less risks and dangers with this plant than there are with alcohol and even prescription drugs. I used to smoke it to sleep. Yes, I smoked it illegally and it helped significantly more than the addictive sleeping pill I take now that is legal. If I ever want to quit this legally prescribed pill I will go through horrible physical withdraw. When I stopped using marijuana the only thing that happened was I went back to the insomnia ridden nights I had before I smoked the plant. No withdraw. People are not going to stop smoking pot or using meth or any other drug including nicotine until they choose to do so and it doesn't matter if it is legal or illegal. The only difference is the money the government wastes on it. The dispensaries should be left alone and should have minimal regulations. Sorry to piss off the right wing wackos but this medicinal plant is safer to use and poses the least amount of threat than any other drug that is widely used by the public. Legalize all drugs and tax them. make them a revenue that benefits the government and society. If the food and drug administration can allow harmful drugs to be prescribed by a doctor why can't one of the safest medicinals be legally used and produce a great revenue that our country super needs due to the extreme decrease in GDP of the United States, our country is going to need something we can still produce and make money from. I do not feel this plant needs to be illegal and I don't care if people smoke it for medicinal reasons or for recreational reasons. I have been around huge parties involving pot and nothing else and let me tell you I would much rather be there around all the mellow people high on pot than drunk violent people who had to much to drink. If you don't think pot should be legal than get off your high horse and ask yourself why you think this plant is bad. Is it because the church says so? The government and the campaign says so? Where did your opinion develop? Is an opinion you personally developed from things you have seen or was it an opinion that you absorbed from an outside source? When people begin thinking for themselves the world will be a better place.

    Posted by: Tina | May 6, 2012 1:08:21 PM


  11. the continuing frustration with regard to the legality of cannabis use is actually the same frustration i have with LGBT Equality "legalities" - there are no logical, intelligent, or FACTUAL reasons for either being illegal.

    every "argument" against legalizing cannabis use is actually a stronger argument against alcohol and tobacco, not cannabis, just like every argument about the "sanctity of traditional marriage" is an argument against divorce, not same-sex couples marrying.

    cannabis has medicinal properties and uses. hemp is a borderline planet-saving plant: producing oxygen, growing at a remarkable rate, and can be farmed and used in so many ways it's astounding. farm hemp, save the rainforests.

    there are no honest and valid reasons for cannabis continuing to be viewed as anything remotely negative.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 6, 2012 4:48:30 PM


  12. well sadi Tina I mean cmon gay marriage and pot we will get there one day

    Posted by: hotbeef801 | May 8, 2012 12:13:42 PM


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