This week, the Justice Department kept a promise made by candidate Barack Obama when it announced that henceforth, "it will not be a priority to use federal resources to prosecute patients with serious illnesses or their caregivers who are complying with state laws on medical marijuana."
In 1973, Robert Randall was going blind from glaucoma when he discovered that smoking marijuana seemed to help his condition. That didn't matter to police when they found the Washington, D.C., resident growing cannabis and arrested him. Preferring to keep his sight, Randall sued the federal government, arguing that he was entitled to smoke pot as a "medical necessity."
It was a far-fetched argument—but it worked. In 1976, a court ruled in Randall's favor. Before long, the federal government found itself in the strange position of supplying marijuana to him and a handful of other patients under a "compassionate use" program.
The liberals are all cheering, the conservatives are either lambasting or mocking the President. Only Phuck Politics had this to say.
"...he didn’t change jack shit. He didn’t sign any legislation barring the Justice Department from arresting medical marijuana patients. He didn’t tell Congress to draft legislation barring the Justice Department from arresting medical marijuana patients. And he hasn’t condemned the Justice Department from raiding dispensaries the last time he promised this shit .
So this is just Obama’s go to move when his base is pissed off.
And his base bought it hook, line, and sinker, because they’re praising his name...Except me. Because I don’t trust this corporate whore.
What's your opinion? Is Phuck Politics on to something here? Is this really a nothing move while the big deals are all up in the air, Health reform and Afghanistan, to name two?
I must admit, after starting out as an unabashed Obama fan one year ago, I am beginning to have my doubts. Several promises have been completely ignored and a number of Bush policies continued. I don't know what to think. What about you?
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