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