Feds Raid Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: Tell Them To Back Off
Shocking news: The Feds have raided more than two dozen medical marijuana dispensaries across California and Montana. Armed agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, and ATF swept through 28 stores and greenhouses, detaining the workers there and seizing computers, plants, and other items. More than 20 states have decriminalized marijuana
or legalized its use for medical purposes: There's no telling where the next round of raids will take place.
According to one worker, "They came in, guns drawn, got us down on the ground and in cuffs as fast as they could."
The raids represent a swift change in law enforcement policy: When Obama took office, Attorney General Eric Holder promised to end the Bush-era attacks on sellers of medicinal marijuana and the patients who use it. Obama made the same promise on the campaign trail:
"I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users. It's not a good use of our resources." (August 21, 2007, event in Nashua, New Hampshire)
Now the Feds are even refusing to say why they conducted these raids, and if and when they'll be pressing any charges. This shift in policy puts medical marijuana sellers and patients across America in jeopardy: There's no telling what state will be next. Will you tell Obama and Holder to keep their promises and end the raids?
PETITION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER: On the campaign trail, Obama repeatedly asserted that he thought medical marijuana raids were a waste of federal resources -- and that his Justice Department would put an end to them. You need to keep your promise and end these Bush-style attacks on medical marijuana sellers and patients right away.
Just sign on by filling out the form at right, and we'll deliver the petition to the President and Attorney General.
Here's an Atlantic article on the raids. There are several Obama quotes on medical marijuana here.