February 19, 2012 12:07 AM Subscribe
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In the summer of 2007 on the campaign trail Barack Obama took a clear stance
on the controversial subject of medical marijuana. “I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users. It’s not a good use of our resources.”
As President in 2009 he took action to follow through on this promise by instructing federal prosecutors to “not focus federal resources in [their] States on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana.” The memo cited the “efficient and rational use” of the U.S. Department of Justice’s “limited investigative and prosecutorial resources,” as a motivating factor in the decision."
In the winter of 2012 Rolling Stone magazine takes a look back
on this subject and the record is surprising. "With more than 100 raids on pot dispensaries during his first three years, Obama is now on pace to exceed Bush's record for medical-marijuana busts. "There's no question that Obama's the worst president on medical marijuana," says Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. "He's gone from first to worst."
Medical marijuana activists are continuing to fight for what
they believe to be a safe and useful medicine. "A group of medical-marijuana activists held a news conference Thursday to announce the creation of the Patient Voter Project, a campaign to mobilize medical-marijuana supporters to raise the profile of the issue during an election year."
Some national polls have shown
a majority of Americans support medical use of marijuana under the care of a doctor.
For now, patients all over the country remain caught in the middle of an ongoing debate.
"My wife is disabled. She is 58 years old, as am I. At one time, she was a wonderful teacher, sales associate for a large telecom and later a vibrant pharmacy technician and caregiver for her disabled father and mother-in-law. She has fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. She has seizures. They don't know why, but they are documented in a hospital study as not caused by epilepsy.
She can no longer drive nor would I want her to. She wears a morphine patch to get through the day, along with various other drugs. Many days are spent in bed, not because she wants it that way. Sometimes, the pain cannot be fought through, and the best way is not to resist, but other days it is the nausea that forces her to lie down.
The way Maryland law is now written she would have to go on the street to buy marijuana to help with the nausea and pain, and if caught, she could spend time in jail. Imagine if she had a seizure. And then basically defend herself with a doctors note! Does this sound like a reasonable course of action for anyone? Especially for someone married in a stable relationship for 20 years, owns a house, disabled and is 58 years old."
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy notes
, "The FDA process for approving medicine remains the only scientific and legally recognized procedure for bringing safe and effective medications to the American public. To date, the FDA has not found smoked marijuana to be either safe or effective medicine for any condition."
and that "The American Medical Association has called for more research on the subject."
The AMA Council on Science and Public Health
has also suggested
that removing marijuana from the Schedule I classification
may benefit such research efforts.