As many polling outfits struggle with tracking the presidential race… and the perceived support for each candidate, it appears as though Mitt Romney as of today (Friday) is currently holding a 46% to 45% approval lead over president Barack Obama (God help us). With the remaining 5% of the vote as undecided and an additional 4% who are leaning towards other candidates such as Ron Paul, or Gary Johnson.
While these numbers may seem relatively boring – it leaves one scratching their head. Why is that president Obama would turn his back on the medical marijuana community and all of the votes that lie therein? Particularly when one reviews the American sentiment on legalizing pot, as expressed through the numerous polls performed over the last 12 months.
While the public opinion varies, based on how the question is asked: “medical marijuana” vs. “recreational marijuana legalization”… No matter how you slice it America has seen through the smokescreen of the federal government’s lies. Currently 50% of Americans who are registered to vote have stated their outright support for the legalization of recreational marijuana use. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that as a substance goes, marijuana is far less harmful to society than alcohol, tobacco… or for that matter sugar. Now when it comes to the medical side of this plant, the national support grows to more than 70% – as I’ve mentioned before and will continue to do so in the future, the federal government possesses the evidence which shows marijuana’s cannabinoids true potential medicinal benefits. Their cited studies, reference and documentations can be found at the United States patent website.
When one breaks down the overall demographics showing support for both recreational marijuana legalization and medical marijuana legalization, it’s striking that Obama has chosen to walk away from this group. As the referenced Gallup poll link shows, over 67% of the voters who support the outright legalization of marijuana are between the ages of 18 to 29, a key demographic — should Obama want to be reelected. An additional 57% of independents, Democrats… and even some moderate Republicans, are on board, and showing support for this issue.
As Mr. Obama was famous for noting back on the campaign trail of 2008 when he was merely a presidential hopeful- “I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue.” After admitting to his personal fondness for the marijuana plant, then candidate Barry Obama noted that, medical marijuana was a topic most suitable for the local governments and states to sort out with their voters. As part of the 2008 campaign, Mr. Obama had pledged to pull back the DEA and the Justice Department, which the Bush administration had unleashed on medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the US.
Our hypocrite in chief has not only turned his back on our community… He has annihilated any potential credibility within the medical marijuana community. Under Eric Holder and President Obama’s direction, the DOJ and the DEA, along with the IRS, have crushed well over 125 medical marijuana collectives throughout the US in just over 36 months.
Why during an election-year, knowing that a large chunk of his voting base is pro marijuana, would he attack the very state regulated collectives he not long ago supported? These MMJ D’s have done nothing but create jobs, pay taxes and help the sick – all while keeping the jails and prisons open for the real criminals?