Obama Elaborates Position on Medical Marijuana Raids
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President Barack Obama elaborated on his position regarding the federal government's raids on medical marijuana clinics in the May 10, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone magazine (posted online Apr. 25, 2012). Rolling Stone editor and publisher Jann S. Wenner and President Obama had the following exchange, as presented in the article titled "Ready for the Fight: Rolling Stone Interview with Barack Obama" (available at RollingStone.com):
"[Wenner:] Let me ask you about the War on Drugs. You vowed in 2008, when you were running for election, that you would not 'use Justice Department resources to try and circumvent state laws about medical marijuana.' Yet we just ran a story that shows your administration is launching more raids on medical pot than the Bush administration did. What's up with that?
Marijuana is currently a Schedule I drug, the most restrictive schedule in the US Controlled Substances Act. According to US law, there are four ways by which marijuana could be reclassified as a drug generally available by prescription (Schedule II or III):
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) spoke out against the federal crackdowns on dispensaries in states that have legalized medical marijuana, and said that he has voiced his concerns to the President. "I think it's bad politics and bad policy. I'm very disappointed. I think it's a grave mistake," Rep. Frank told The Hill on Apr. 27, 2012.
President Obama and his administration have made previous statements about medical marijuana and federal raids. In a Mar. 22, 2008 interview with The Mail Tribune's Editorial Page Editor, Gary Nelson, then-candidate Barack Obama said in part:
On Feb. 29, 2009 Attorney General Eric Holder said that he did not expect raids on medical marijuana clinics to continue. "He was my boss during the campaign, he is formally and technically and by law my boss now. So what he said during the campaign is now American policy."