A publication linked to the National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws (NORML) recently published an article which asks if President Barack Obama‘s presidency has been worse for medical marijuana users than the administration of George W. Bush. Surprisingly, they conclude that while marijuana dispensaries flourished under the Bush administration, they have been targeted more regularly by the federal government during the Obama administration.
“Many of California’s most prominent and well-respected medical cannabis dispensaries and related facilities — including Oaksterdam University, Berkeley Patients Group, and Harborside Health Center (HHC) — flourished under the George W. Bush administration. But they’ll be lucky to survive President Barack Obama’s first term,” writes NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano.
In the article, Armentano outlines a number of instances when the Obama White House and Attorney General Eric Holder have broken promises they made to the medical marijuana consuming community prior to taking office.
“The actions taken by the US Department of Justice stand in sharp contrast statements made by President Obama prior to his election, when he pledged to no longer use federal “Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws” regulating the physician authorized use and distribution of medical cannabis — a promise this administration has repeatedly broken,” writes Armentano.
Yet despite Eric Holder and the President’s claims to the contrary, the DOJ’s actions against Harborside are consistent with a growing trend by the Obama administration to target and close many of the state’s most prominent, longstanding, and well-respected medical cannabis operations — including the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana (1996-2011), Berkeley Patients Group (2000-2012), and El Camino Wellness (2008-2012).
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