The two biggest marijuana law reform organizations in the U.S. sent out email action alerts over the last two days, calling for President Barack Obama to end the federal medical marijuana crackdown currently underway in California.

From The Marijuana Policy Project:

What is it going to take to get the president to end the war on medical marijuana patients? It’s a simple answer:

You.

Fortunately, you have some powerful people on your side.

Two weeks ago, Governors Christine Gregoire (D-WA) and Lincoln Chafee (I-RI) petitioned the federal government to reclassify marijuana as a drug with legitimate medical value. The 99-page petition, loaded with references to scientific studies, laid to rest any legitimate claim that marijuana is not a medicine.

But President Obama continues to allow members of his administration to bully and intimidate medical marijuana providers and state and local officials who support them. He needs to know that the public wants him to respect state medical marijuana laws once and for all. That is why we are part of a coalition urging Americans to make today a medical marijuana day of action.

We have made it as easy as possible for you to make your voice heard. In less than two minutes, you can send a pre-written email to the White House. If you like, you can even modify the email.

Change in this country does not come easy. And it does not come when we are silent. Please visit our site and speak out today!

And from NORML:

Over the past several months, the Federal government escalated its war against medical marijuana to previously unseen heights. The Drug War machine kicked into high gear starting in October when the IRS began applying an obscure part of the US tax code, meant to target drug cartels, against medical dispensaries in attempts to shut them down. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms joined in the fight when it issued a heavy handed one page memo to every gun and ammunition dealer nationwide informing them that they must, by law, deny sales to lawful medical cannabis patients.

The hammer really fell when the US Attorneys for the four federal districts in California formally announced a crackdown on medical marijuana dispensing operations and began issuing memos threatening operators and landlords of these properties. Threats were even waged against news publications who ran advertisements for medical marijuana businesses. All of this in an environment where over 70% of Americans support medical use of cannabis, the country’s largest physicians group endorsed full legalization, and at least four governors are petitioning the DEA to reclassify marijuana based on overwhelming evidence of its medicinal value. Unfortunately, It doesn’t appear an end is in sight as new threats of intervention are looming in Colorado.

That is why today, in cooperation with other reform organizations, NORML is encouraging you to contact President Obama and tell him to end his administration’s war on cannabis patients. Click here to use NORML’s Action Center to directly email the White House and tell President Obama to stand by his promise to not interfere with state medical marijuana laws.

http://www.capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=58723501

It must be made clear to the President that the destruction of jobs and wasting of federal resources was not what he was elected to do. It must also be made clear that he risks losing millions of votes in his reelection bid with his current stance in regards to medical cannabis.

One person sending an email or making a phone call may not seem like a big deal, but when multiplied millions of times, it can make an impact.

- Joe Klare

And be sure to check out our Open Letter on Behalf of 30 Million Cannabis Users and join us in our fight!

About The Author

Joe Klare has been writing about marijuana issues for the past 5 years online, in print and on air.

  • doNatas

    President Obama promise of “Hope” and “Change”

    I respectfully suggest that you issue their full pardon to all cannabis prisoners

    Mr. President Obama, I am hereby respectfully requesting that your exercise your executive privilege as President of the United States and that you grant full pardons, vindication and subsequent removal of their felony convictions of all cannabis prisoners

    LEGALIZE IT, DON’T CRITICIZE IT!

    LEGALIZE FREEDOM because

    LEGALIZE FREEDOM because
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  • Ozlanthos

    Why do you people insist on wasting your time petitioning Obama? He hates you! He hates you as much as he hates any other freedom loving American! Seriously! The moment he walked into the White House, he stopped being the guy you thought you were voting for, and became bu$h! Don’t you get that?

    He never said he was going to legalize, but that is what you heard because A) he is black, and due to the racist component of drug prohibition, you thought he would be on your side! WRONG! B) He said he thought we should “de-criminalize our drug laws…to me that means that he would allow the DEA to do as it saw fit under federal law without regard for state laws!…and look that is exactly what is happening!

    At the end of the day, there is only one candidate who has stated unequivocally that he would end the federal war on drugs, and that he would leave it to the states…as it should be! That candidate is Ron Paul! When you wake up, and decide that this bs sorta-legal MMJ approach that allows you to rake the mass profits, while leaving in place the horrors of prohibition will never work better than it has. As long as it is legal, fed and state policing bodies will continue to raid growers, delivery drivers, dispensaries, and MMJ patients whether they are operating within their respective state MMJ laws or not!

    -Oz

  • http://Google.com Johnny Choronic59

    How dare our president laught and smirk when aske’d a serious question about medical use of MMJ. If he were to go through kemo and cancer surgery like I have and to be let down by the one he thouhgt would save him from a criminal law. He would take this seriuosly and not as a joke. Why do you Mr.Pres.? Is it funny people suffer at the hand’s of a criminal law that was put into effect by a criminal of the people?That criminal being Nixion. I thought you erer better than that.

  • Charles Queen

    With over 77 percent of the American population demanding medicinal marijuana to be legalised he would do well to listen to the people.Thats a hell of a lot of Americans talking which makes a whole lot of voters as well

  • Charles Queen

    Meanwhile the major pharms have come up with a new and very dangerous pain killer and will soon be using it as well.It’s called ZOHYDRO.What it amounts to is this.It’s going to be a new much more powreful hydrocodone based pain killer.The bad thing about it is that it will pakc over 10 times the amount of hydrocodone as do existing pian killers that contain it.You know what this means,right?It’s going to be the next new pain kiler thats going to end up shooting up to number one as the most wideky abused one on the market because o the simple fact that it’s going to again carrry 10 times the amount of hydrocodone as the current pain kilers which use it as a base for pain,And their ttrying to ban medicinal marijuana?This is really serious people.Do any of you have any idea as to the amount of deaths that are going to be attributed to people abusing this new med that wil soon be out on the market.We need to start getting much more agressive in our quest to get medicinal marijuana legalised.Theres over 77 percent of th Americans that want it legalised for medicinal purposes,77 percent,thats a lot of power right there if we use it right

  • Charles Queen

    Personaly I look to see it legalised for medicinal use by the feds this year.There’s way to much preassure being applyed to them plus all of the study’s research and scientific evidence which all prove it to be a valuable medicine and medicinal aide.They had no problems with passing the bill to allow the newest pain killer the major pharms have come up with and will son be out on th market.’ZOHYDO” another dangerous highly addictive and very deadly hydrocodone based pian killer only this one has 10 times the amount of hydrocodone in it.Do they have the remotest idea as to what they have done by allowing this?It is going to cause major problems natio wide and peopel are going to scrabling to get scripts any way they can so they can get it and sell it as most hydrocodone based pan killers are being used or I should say abused by those that have it prescribed and they also sell at least half of what they get to people who abuse it as well.It’s caused so many addicts and deaths it’s really insane.This is going to blow the cap off of the volcanoe per say.People for the most part would change over to medicinal marijuana than to keep getting whats on the market now.Yes I do look to see it passed this year