Arizona Medical Marijuana Laws Not Withstanding…
President Obama’s 2008 campaign promise to leave medical marijuana to state and local government agencies and his vow of, “I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws [on medical marijuana],” was music to medical marijuana supporter’s ears. But that tune has turned sour since Obama’s re-nomination of Michele Leonhart, a leftover from the Bush administration, to head the DEA and has many wondering how Arizona medical marijuana laws will be effected.
Following Leonhart’s reappointment, the DEA updated it’s position, stating that marijuana does not have a medical value. As a result and in spite of Arizona and other state’s medical marijuana laws, the DEA began a crackdown that includes raids of dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries across the country.
If this is what Obama’s administration does, what would Romney have done?
Despite all of this, we can’t even imagine the federal crackdown that would have taken place on Arizona medical marijuana laws if Mitt Romney had been elected in the 2012 Presidential election. As you can see in the below video, Mitt Romney barely acknowledges a man suffering from multiple sclerosis, which is a condition recognized by Arizona medical marijuana laws. Romney blatantly disregards his plea for help in supporting medical marijuana laws that would assist him in battling the nausea brought on my medications used to treat the disease.
With the latest polls finding that the majority of Americans actually approve of medical marijuana and Colorado and Washington recently legalizing marijuana, the federal government’s medical marijuana crackdown becomes increasingly out of step with mainstream Americans and Arizona medical marijuana laws. We can only hope that the federal government will catch up with popular opinion on medical marijuana laws sooner rather than later.