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President Obama has become quite the drug warrior.
Last month, his Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issued a memo that stated that it is unlawful for anyone with a state-issued medical marijuana card to possess a gun or ammunition. This month, four U.S. attorneys in California announced that they are escalating prosecution of medical marijuana clubs by going after the assets of their landlords and property owners.
As a senator and presidential candidate, Obama supported states’ rights on medical marijuana. In 2008, campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt told me Obama “believes that states and local governments are best positioned to strike the balance between making sure that these policies are not abused for recreational drug use and making sure that doctors and their patients can safely access pain relief.”
When he was first in office, it looked as if Obama would do as he had said. Drug war opponents were pleasantly surprised in 2009 when a Department of Justice memo advised U.S. attorneys not to “focus federal resources” on “individuals with cancer or other serious illnesses who use marijuana as part of a recommended treatment regimen” consistent with state law or their caregivers.
But this year, charges Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the anti-drug-war Drug Policy Alliance, Obama seems controlled by “over-zealous prosecutors and anti-marijuana ideologues.”
Now I believe marijuana should be legal, and not simply for medical use.
But I also recognize that federal law trumps state law. Many marijuana suppliers hide behind the mantle of palliative care to profit from recreational use and abuse. It must drive prosecutors nuts to watch what are basically criminal enterprises cash in by taking legal cover under state law while flouting federal law. Washington could remedy that by legalizing marijuana.
California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed SB 676, a bill that would have established “guidelines for farming the oilseed and fiber varieties of the plant, which are used in a myriad of everyday consumer products, including food, body care, clothing, paper, auto parts, composites and building materials,” according to a press release from Vote Hemp and the Hemp Industries Association.
The HIA expressed extreme disappointment at the veto, which Governor Brownlaid at the doorstep of the federal government.
Although I am not signing this measure, I do support a change in federal law. Products made from hemp – clothes, food, and bath products – are legally sold in California every day. It is absurd that hemp is being imported into the state, but our farmers cannot grow it.
Since federal law clearly states that growing hemp for any reason is illegal since the government sees no difference between marijuana and hemp, Governor Brown couldn’t bring himself to sign it.
I would imagine recent federal attention directed toward his state had something to do with the Governor’s decision as well. California has been put on notice that the feds are watching, and plan on taking action. Any hemp farms started could easily be shut down by the DEA, and Governor Brown would have no recourse.