April 2, 2012
Oaksterdam University Raid
The federal government (DEA, IRS, U.S. Marshals) raided Oaksterdam University in Oakland. Please sign this petition to tell Obama to stop medical marijuana raids!
June 29, 2011
The Cole Memo
However, in 2011, the Department of Justice issued another memo, claiming...
"The Department's view of the efficient use of limited federal resources as articulated in the Ogden Memorandum has not changed. There has, however, been an increase in the scope of commercial cultivation, sale, distribution and use of marijuana for purported medical purposes. For example, within the past 12 months, several jurisdictions have considered or enacted legislation to authorize multiple large-scale, privately-operated industrial marijuana cultivation centers. Some of these planned facilities have revenue projections of millions of dollars based on the planned cultivation of tens of thousands of cannabis plants.
The Ogden Memorandum was never intended to shield such activities from federal enforcement action and prosecution, even where those activities purport to comply with state law. Persons who are in the business of cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana, and those who knowingly facilitate such activities, are in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, regardless of state law. Consistent with resource constraints and the discretion you may exercise in your district, such persons are subject to federal enforcement action, including potential prosecution. State laws or local ordinances are not a defense to civil or criminal enforcement of federal law with respect to such conduct, including enforcement of the CSA. Those who engage in transactions involving the proceeds of such activity may also be in violation of federal money laundering statutes and other federal financial laws."
The federal government has since escalated its war on medical marijuana.
January 27, 2011
Obama says legalizing drugs is a legitimate topic worthy of debate
The following video is in response to Law Enforcement Against Prohibition's YouTube question...
October 19, 2009
The Ogden Memo
The U.S. Department of Justice issued a statement clarifying that...
"As a general matter, pursuit of these priorities should not focus federal resources in your States on Memorandum for Selected United States Attorneys Page 2 Subject: Investigations and Prosecutions in States Authorizing the Medical Use of Marijuana individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana. For example, prosecution of individuals with cancer or other serious illnesses who use marijuana as part of a recommended treatment regimen consistent with applicable state law, or those caregivers in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state law who provide such individuals with marijuana, is unlikely to be an efficient use of limited federal resources."
Supporters of medical marijuana policy reform were glad to hear that their tax dollars would not be wasted on locking up patients.
August 21, 2007
Senator Obama supports states' medical marijuana rights
When asked what he would do to stop the federal government from interfering with state medical marijuan laws, Obama answers stating he would not let the federal government prosecute medical marijuana patients because it's not a good use of our resources.