“During your presidential campaign, you repeatedly pledged to end federal raids against the individuals and collectives authorized by state law to use or provide medical cannabis, giving hope to patients who legitimately use medical cannabis to treat their conditions that their long struggle to safely access their medicine was finally over,” the letter states.
“By pursuing the same harsh policies that have been in place for years, we fear that the federal government will push legitimate patients back into the uncertainty and danger of the illicit market.”
This immediately raised the hackles of Goldsmith and Uber U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy, fanatical zealots in the weed wars. Now Filner appears to be backtracking a bit. There are about a dozen pot cases in the hopper and the weed warriors are reluctant to give up their victims before a new ordinance is drafted. The San Diego City Council voted 7-0 to continue their jihad.
Obama's continuation and in some cases accelerated war on pot has been one of the saddest lowlights of his administration. I am not going to rehash his lies, hypocrisy and mixed signals here, we have trod that ground before. V.P. Biden is said to be the most strident prohibitionist, which will keep me from ever voting for him for President, one liberal anti pot crusader is enough, thank you.
You would think that an anti prohibitionist politician would come to the fore, sensing the mood of the populous, the support would (I think) be incredible, from across the political spectrum. But the politicians are all chickens and the reformed pot heads (choom gang) are among the worst. Can't set a bad example for Malia and Sasha now, can we?
One of the most reprehensible results of Obama drug policy is now playing out in Mendocino where growers meticulously followed state and local statutes, worked with law enforcement and are now caught in a big tragic opera with the Obama Justice Department that wants all of their names and information, like shooting sitting ducks off of a wall. They believed, they trusted, silly them... The Justice Department and DEA classify marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug with no medical benefits or studies behind it. Why? Because they will not allow it to be studied.
They were led to believe Obama's campaign fluff that he would respect state laws and are now paying their price for their foolish trust. The U.S. Attorney took a page out of Stalin or Orwell and went after the most vocal proponents up there. Duffy threatened public employees that were working on the new zoning laws for dispensaries.
It would be a mistake to interpret my comments as a softening of our position. I have made it clear many times that under federal law, marijuana is illegal, period. My reference to state law was intended to help explain that profit is one of many factors we consider when exercising our prosecutorial discretion. We have targeted and will continue to target individuals and entities making retail sales of marijuana for profit because they are the source of the community ills, such as high-volume sales to minors and the increase in crime in adjacent neighborhoods, that led to citizen complaints and compelled law enforcement action.
U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy
Duffy says that she has not targeted individual users. She just wants to make it impossible for medical marijuana users to get their medicine.
As a cancer survivor who has used marijuana for pain relief I look forward to the day when we have a sensible drug policy. I support the legalization of marijuana for any reason or intended use, medical or recreational. It is time to get it off the federal classified substances list and also time to stop giving supposedly "liberal" politicians who would continue the draconian pot witch hunt a free pass. Would I consider voting for a fiscally conservative, libertarian republican who believed in reproductive choice and marijuana decriminalization? You bet I would.
William F. Buckley