POTUS Candidates on Pot, Pt. 2
Barack Obama supportS a ban on using federal resources to raid and prosecute seriously ill patients that use medi-pot.
By Jordan Smith,
3:26PM, Wed. Aug. 22, 2007
At an Aug. 22 campaign stop in New Hampshire, Illinois Senator and Prez candidate Barack Obama finally came outta the closet to support a ban on using federal resources to raid and prosecute seriously ill patients that use medi-pot in compliance with state law, according to medi-mari advocates, Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana.
Obama was the last Dem candidate to publicly pledge his support for ending the raids. “I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users,” Obama said in response to a question by GSMM volunteer Scott Turner. “It’s not a good use of our resources.”
With Obama on board there are now 11 prez candidates – all eight Democratic candidates and three Republicans (Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson) – that have vowed to end the raids in the 12 states that have legalized the use of medi-mari by qualified patients. “For the first time in history, the leaders of one of our nation’s major parties have unanimously called for an end to the federal prosecution” of pot patients, said GSMM campaign manager Stuart Cooper. “Compassion and reason are finally overcoming politics and propaganda.”
At least one would hope.