President Obama Changes His Stance On The War Against Medical Marijuana
Medical Marijuana Advocates No Longer See President Obama As An Ally
According to the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), a foundation which envisions marijuana being legally regulated similarly to alcohol, President Obama is the worst president in U.S history when it comes to Medical Marijuana.
The MPP claims that that President Obama promised one thing, and then entirely delivered another. During his run for presidency, Obama made medical marijuana supporters believe he was going to respect state laws when dealing with medical marijuana law. For the first few years of his term, he generally stayed true to his promise, but over the last year he has completely changed course, and is now considered one of the absolute worst presidents in U.S history regarding medical marijuana.
So what exactly has the president done to turn him from potential savior to tyrant in regards to marijuana reform? Here are some of the administrations actions that were taken in 2011:
- The ATF sent letters to all federal firearm licenses announcing that anyone who uses marijuana, even for medicinal purposes, is unable to own, possess, or use a firearm or ammunition. This law is reasonable in the sense that if you illegally use, you should be considered a criminal, and thus unable to own, operate, and posses a firearm or ammunition. However, this is saying if you use marijuana at all, you forfeit your second amendment rights. Though, if you take any other medically prescribed medication, you’re in the clear.
- The IRS ruled that marijuana dispensaries are not allowed to deduct standard business expenses, such as health insurance, rent, security and licensing fees from their tax returns. There are many people who believe this can single-handedly crush many of the businesses in the industry.
- Federal authorities in California, the country’s largest medicinal marijuana market began a statewide offensive against the dispensaries themselves. They announced various lawsuits to over 16 different businesses demanding civil forfeiture or face the threat of criminal charges of confiscation of property. They believed that many dispensaries are using the business to cover up other illegal activities such as drug trafficking. These raids however did not target and state-licensed businesses, but was believed to be the preamble for something larger still to come.
The true issue is the battle between state and federal laws which will continue to go on unless it can somehow be resolved. There are around 16 or so states which have passed medical marijuana laws, with more than 66% of all states experimenting with laws which can be enacted to either legalize or decriminalize the drug.
You don’t want to find yourself on the wrong side of the law when it comes to medical marijuana law. The only way, in any state, to partake in the consumption of marijuana legally, and to be protected, is to posses a medical marijuana registry identification card. This can only be accomplished through the prescription being written by a doctor. Heavy fines and penalties still exist for those that are caught with marijuana on their person who do not posses the ID card.
Medical marijuana in Colorado is available to those who need it, and it can be purchased from dispensaries if the proper ID card is presented. Though if you are in need of a medical marijuana attorney, than it is highly advised that you seek one out immediately. Marijuana lawyers can advise you on the potential courses of action that can be taken. Because potentially being convicted of drug charges is no small matter. So if you or a loved one has charges brought up against them, arm yourself with the proper protection, and let a professional lend a helping hand.