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Sat Aug 3, 2013, 05:33 PM

49. Obama spent nearly $300 million busting Ganja ℞ ops. - See more at: http://www.thomhartmann.com/foru

 

In less than five years, Barack Obama has spent nearly $290 million to arrest and prosecute medical marijuana caregivers, patients and dispensary owners. It's a huge number, but interestingly only makes up about four percent of the overall Drug Enforcement Administration Budget.

According to Americans for Safe Access, which compiled the report using DEA and other federal statistics, says federal intervention flies in the face of state-legal cannabis patients, which number more than 1 million people nationally.
- See more at: http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2013/06/obama-spent-nearly-300-million-busting-ganja-%E2%84%9E-ops#sthash.dlEMCSp6.dpuf

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President Obama Has Outspent And Out-Arrested George W. Bush On Marijuana, Reports Say
By Chris Roberts Thu., Jun. 13 2013 at 4:20 PM

Here's another one: Under the administration of President Barack Obama, more money has been spent and nearly as many Americans thrown in prison over medical marijuana than was done under onetime favorite liberal punching bag George W. Bush, according to a pair of studies conducted by Americans for Safe Access and California NORML, both released today.

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2013/06/reports_has_obama_outspent_and.php

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HERE'S THE STUDY BY AMERICANS FOR SAFE ACCESS (won't cut and paste)

http://americansforsafeaccess.org/downloads/WhatIsTheCost.pdf

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Obama's War on Pot
In a shocking about-face, the administration has launched a government-wide crackdown on medical marijuana

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/obamas-war-on-pot-20120216

But over the past year, the Obama administration has quietly unleashed a multi­agency crackdown on medical cannabis that goes far beyond anything undertaken by George W. Bush. The feds are busting growers who operate in full compliance with state laws, vowing to seize the property of anyone who dares to even rent to legal pot dispensaries, and threatening to imprison state employees responsible for regulating medical marijuana. With more than 100 raids on pot dispensaries during his first three years, Obama is now on pace to exceed Bush's record for medical-marijuana busts. "There's no question that Obama's the worst president on medical marijuana," says Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. "He's gone from first to worst."

The federal crackdown imperils the medical care of the estimated 730,000 patients nationwide – many of them seriously ill or dying – who rely on state-sanctioned marijuana recommended by their doctors. In addition, drug experts warn, the White House's war on law-abiding providers of medical marijuana will only drum up business for real criminals. "The administration is going after legal dispensaries and state and local authorities in ways that are going to push this stuff back underground again," says Ethan Nadelmann, director of the Drug Policy Alliance. Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, a former Republican senator who has urged the DEA to legalize medical marijuana, pulls no punches in describing the state of affairs produced by Obama's efforts to circumvent state law: "Utter chaos."

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/obamas-war-on-pot-20120216


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