Obama Responds to DEA Raids on Medical Cannabis Dispensaries
It may have taken a front page story in the Washington Times, but the White House has finally responded to protests over recent DEA raids on medical cannabis providers in states where cannabis is a legal medicine.
President Obama had stated repeatedly on the campaign trail, that he felt raids on legitimate dispensaries were a misuse of Federal resources, so it had been hoped by medical cannabis activists that Obama's inauguration would signal an end to these raids. Unfortunately, for those that use cannabis as a medicine, this was not the case. Exactly two days after the inauguration, three raids were staged in California and Colorado. An additional four raids took place on February 3rd of this year, in the Los Angeles area.
Reports said that no arrests were made, but DEA officials smashed security cameras, and business computers, then confiscated cash, business records and cannabis medicine.
According to the Marijuana Policy Project, an organization which advocates a rethinking of our nation's drug policy, over 10,000 emails were sent to the White House to protest the continuing raids. White House aids, answering the White House phone lines were also kept busy by the protests.
So what was President Obama's response? The Washington Times article quotes White House spokesman Nick Shapiro: “The president believes that federal resources should not be used to circumvent state laws, and as he continues to appoint senior leadership to fill out the ranks of the federal government, he expects them to review their policies with that in mind.”