5. the reality is that more dispensaries have opened since Obama took office
AND more dispensaries have been raided since Obama took office. So, part of the reason for the increase in raids is because of the increase in the dispensaries themselves.
MANY of those dispensaries were operating outside of state regulations, but not all of them.
Harborside, for instance, was in compliance when it got raided.
The federal level of action against legal marijuana, however, does not just play out in the form of raids on dispensaries. The other ways the fed harasses marijuana dispensary operators is through their landlords and the IRS.
I agree with you that Obama could've gone after this much more than he has -
but what people really don't understand is this: they know Obama is a smart man. They know he understands how the law is applied in racist manners in this nation. They know Obama has experience with mj and knows it's not some scary thing. They know he can read and understand the scientific research that has demonstrated current scheduling is outside of reality. They know that FOR 20 YEARS the American public has supported medical marijuana legalization - and yet..
He keeps Leonhart in her position. He brushes off voter-inspired requests for him to address this issue. He says legalization is not one of his options - but then refuses to COMPROMISE with a federal decriminalization stance that has some substance behind it.
Yet he can compromise with Congress to find ways to make things work - why can't he find a way to compromise with 3/4s of the voting population?