Marijuana activists form Patient Voter Project, blast Obama's MMJ policies

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Barack Obama.
At 11 a.m. today, a rally will take place outside President Barack Obama's local campaign headquarters. But the participants won't be calling for his reelection -- at least not yet. Instead, the charter members of the Patient Voter Project, made up of numerous prominent marijuana advocates, will be criticizing the Obama administration's approach to medical marijuana in Colorado -- and flexing their political muscles in advance of this November's vote.

"It's a large and wide ranging coalition of groups that care about medical marijuana patients," says Brian Vicente of Sensible Colorado, which is joined by the Marijuana Policy Project,, Americans for Safe Access, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation and Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of America in the new organization. "These groups care about medical marijuana patients, and they've come together to highlight the fact that the Obama administration is engaging in hostile activities against medical marijuana patients in Colorado."

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Brian Vicente.
The prime example of this behavior for the Patient Voter Project are U.S. Attorney John Walsh's seizure-threat letters to 23 dispensaries near schools.

"John Walsh, who is President Obama's employee, has asked these state-legal dispensaries to shut down," Vicente notes. "We're concerned about those actions and any potential escalation, and the effect it could have on our state's 100,000 medical marijuana patients."

After the release of a memo by then-Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, which advised federal law-enforcers not to expend scarce resources prosecuting MMJ operations that follow the law in states where medical marijuana has been legalized, the Obama administration was widely praised by those in the industry. But a followup directive by Deputy Attorney General James Cole drew a harsher line, opening the door to actions like the recent Walsh letters. And that's frustrating to folks like Vicente.

"There's a real sense among medical marijuana patients and supporters that the Obama administration and the federal government has turned its back on Colorado voters who support medical marijuana patients," he maintains. "We've seen the IRS getting active, shutting down these safe access centers. We've seen that with the ATF preventing medical marijuana patients from having access to weapons permits. And we've seen that in banking, with Treasury and the U.S. Justice Department not allowing banks to work with these state-legal and licensed facilities."

Given these developments, the Patient Voter Project is intent on reminding the Obama campers that they can't simply assume dubious marijuana reformers will eventually line up behind the President.

Page down to continue reading about the Patient Voter Project and today's event.


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Bruce Tanner
Bruce Tanner

This issue far outweighs the single impact on human beings with the continual evolution of ,,,

bcainw
bcainw

Upon reading this article I can say I won't be supporting this because what they want is the "Colorado Model" which means most of us will not have a right to grow our own Cannabis as we can now brew our own beer . . . in our homes.It is time for Cannabis Activists to understand that these idiots are only out for their own interests.  I want a "free market" and they basically want a monopoly that will not provide cheap medicine, will not destroy the Mexican Drug Cartels and will not stop the invasion of your homes by PIGS (Police Instigating Grass Stings).

MERP HeadquartersThe Marijuana Re-Legalization Policy Project (MRPP)= "MERP"Because Marijuana is Safer that Beer . . . How About We Start Treating It That Way?MERP HeadquartersThe Marijuana Re-Legalization Policy Project (MRPP)= "MERP"http://www.newagecitizen.com/M...

bcainw
bcainw

I would support this provided they make "untaxed home cultivation" the primary motivator.  I will not support ANYTHING that monopolizes production and distribution to dispensaries.  I insist on a free market in Cannabis and after 75 years of "bullshit" prohibition, for something safer than coffee, it is unlikely I will EVER change my position on that one.  Remember what Jack Herer said just before what would become a fatal heart attack:"Not a fucking dollar of tax to the government for the growing of Marijuana."To understand just how badly NORML, DPA, MPP and the "dispensary idiots" have screwed us please take a few days to read the following 50 articles on the subject:

MERP HeadquartersThe Marijuana Re-Legalization Policy Project (MRPP)= "MERP"

Because Marijuana is Safer that Beer . . . How About We Start Treating It That Way?MERP HeadquartersThe Marijuana Re-Legalization Policy Project (MRPP)= "MERP"

http://www.newagecitizen.com/M...

Tylers
Tylers

You should support I30 then because it legalizes the home cultivation of 6 marijuana plants! (which is currently illegal for recreational use in Colorado)

Send in the Pot Clowns
Send in the Pot Clowns

Six plants and you have to allow DOR pot clowns to come into your house to inspect your home grow as often as they please without a warrant. No thanks, I'll stick with the situation we have now, where they at least need a warrant if they're gonna come in.

Kathleen Chippi
Kathleen Chippi

Thanks for pointing out it will be like Colorado's medical regulation in 1284. 

The proponents might not like it because they keep trying to mislead people to believe it is like alcohol and NOT mmj.  You better talk to them before you post thinking your helping them. 

Truth
Truth

That's not true at all. Nowhere does it say the dor is going to do home inspects on personal growers. Same as it is now under 1284.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

6 plants ain't enough!

Stop being such a political limpwrist.

Oregon allows 24 plants and 2 POUNDS per person.

Why settle for less ?

ProhibitThis
ProhibitThis

 Kansas allows zero plants?  Why settle for less?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

**** Legalize Marijuana Like Oregano !! ****

Vote NO on I30 !!

Tylers
Tylers

Keep arresting marijuana users vote no on I30!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Freedom ain't Free ...

PS: In Colorado, marijuana possession of 2 ounces or less is already decriminalized, even for recreational use. No MMJ card needed. No DOR goons with badges and guns. No DPHE registration necessary.

You fools need to realize that most of the time No Legislation is better than BAD Legislation.

Guesto
Guesto

Amen sir. I had never heard that Jack Herer quote, and have amazingly never really thought to frame the argument that way.

But yeah, if anything they owe us tax money back for 40 years of prohibition. That require redistribution and IRS though so fuck that too lol, Ron Paul. 

bcainw
bcainw

From one of the greatest activists in the movement.  May he rest in peace and may we honor his dying words: "Not a fucking dollar of tax to the government for Marijuana."  You listening to me ASA:

Jack Herer's Last Speech (Hempstalk 2009)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Guesto
Guesto

wow great speech, thank you 

Guesto
Guesto

Ron Paul 2012

Still not sure how a state w/ so many states rights issues at stake would have such a low turn out for Dr. Paul in the caucuses. SMH. 

www.ronpaul2012.com

Guest
Guest

Thanks for standing up for us patients and helping to give us a voice! Go Damien! :)

Cawerner
Cawerner

Obama vowed to respect science over ideology when he took office but he has no respect for the very new field of science that proves medical marijuana works. The ways in which marijuana not only relieves suffering but also actually improves health are scientifically supported by research done in the last 10 years and Obama is either ignorant or contemptuous of that science. Read the book "Marijuana Gateway to Health: How Cannabis Protects Us from Cancer and Alzheimer's Disease" to understand how using marijuana is beneficial to health.  

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Desperation is a stinky smell but what could I expect from a group that lies for the benefit of a select group of people and law enforcement.  I can't quiet remember didn't NORML Director Allen St. Pier say that the Medical Marijuana industry is a "farce?" So I'm a bit confused, but what do you expect when your dealing with a pack of lairs.  Looking forward to seeing you all later. 

Milehighgrowers
Milehighgrowers

I expect more crap from liars. True to their form! lol

You Reap What You Sow
You Reap What You Sow

ODE TO GREEDY DISPENSARY OWNERS

First they came for the caregivers, and I didn't speak up, becausethe state assured me that I would be able to be granted an "mmclicense" and continue to operate under statute instead of the stateConstitution.

Then they came for the doctors, and I didn't speak up, becauseI wasn't a doctor.

Then they came for the patients, and I didn't speak up, becauseI was afraid that the MMED would deny my license application if they thought Iwas a trouble-maker.

Then they came for me, and because I had turned my back onthe caregivers, patients and doctors when they needed help, there was no oneleft to speak up for me. 

Milehighgrowers
Milehighgrowers

Too bad I cant vote for change. Being convicted of felony marijuana cultivation by a bigoted judge, I cant vote anymore. I cant even change the system anymore by my vote. Like a vote really matters anyway nowadays.  The whole system is one big screwed up machine. All hope is lost.

Askunjerry
Askunjerry

As long as your not actively on probation or parole you do have the right to vote in colorado. Go register and vote.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

False.

One cannot legally vote in Colorado while still serving the probation or parole part of a felony conviction.

Once the sentence is complete and discharged, your voting rights are then automatically restored.

Misdemeanor convicts are allowed to vote, even while in jail, as are those who are in jail on felony charges but not yet convicted.

Tesla
Tesla

Actually you can be on probation and vote, being incarcerated is the only way one cannot vote.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

FALSE.

All FELONS can vote in Colorado once their sentence -- prison and/or parole/probation -- is completed.

Your right to vote is automatically restored at the termination of your sentence.

guest
guest

They said they are "sheilded" for the last year but i guess that isnt true.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Don't be guessing at this stage -- Walsh's threats to dispensaries are irrefutable proof of the bankruptcy of that specious claim.  I support dispensaries, but it is almost worth their closure not to have to listen to that crap anymore!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

All MMCs are dispensaries but not all dispensaries are MMCs.

All those dastards ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE for the Federal threats (Melinda Haag has already threatened dispensaries in California, and it has none of HB10-1284, the Colorado General Assembly, Sensible, MMIG. or Brian Vicente -- I believe you know all this).

My post was about how I am happy not to have to listen to those idiots chirping about how Colorado's wonderful system of regulation is a bulwark against Federal enforcement -- hardly the occasion to try to lecture me. The State has not prevented Federal action, and it has put those participating in its scheme at greater risk, but there is absolutely no indication that Walsh would have proceeded any differently (in the present campaign against DISPENSARIES whose owners and operators would be subject to enhanced penalties were they charged under the CSA) had dispensaries not become MMCs. I did err however; this article is proof that not all of the people banging the drum for the unconstitutional scheme have shut up about it -- the lawyers don't know when to quit -- they've just dropped the rhetoric about being protected from the Feds; it is a measure of relief.

Kathleen Chippi
Kathleen Chippi

Oh I'm looking at the big picture.  Been looking at the BIG PICTURE since this A20 language arrived in 1997.  I voted no on A20 because I FORESAW THE BIG PICTURE.  I will vote NO on I30 BECAUSE I SEE the BIG PICTURE.  Any transcript on record with the  CHPDE and the state capitol since 1992 can verify the warnings myself and others have given when WE began OUR fight for cannabis rights in this state.  

Isn't it strange that even though the MAJORITY voted passage of A20--and Kathleen voted against it---ONLY Kathleen and about 100 different contributors have had to FIGHT FOR IT actually MEANING something for the PEOPLE of Colorado.

MPP and DPA were supposedly "legalizing mmj" when they collected signatures for MMJ in 1998.  12 years after passage an implementation the courts ruled WE DID NOT LEGALIZE MMJ and patients are the ones paying the price here. 

The same is about to happen with the language in I30--the BIG PICTURE is MORE law enforcement and MORE court and more HARM to innocent voters and residents.  Yet the same mantra when collecting signatures as MMJ "do you want to legalize pot for everyone?"

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

You're delusional if you think the Feds have given Colorado ANY special dispensation due to the absurd HB1284 et seq.

There is NO FEDERAL policy that gives, or even allows, the DEA/DOJ to play favorites among the individual states with regard to enforcement of criminal drug laws.

Tylers
Tylers

Kathleen, you are right. If we get rid of 1284 we get rid of retail marijuana shops. Amendment 20 does not protect retail shops it only protects individual caregivers selling to their specific patients. All the businesses operating prior to 1284 were in a legal gray area - like Montana, Washington, California, Michigan. All of those states have had more raids than Colorado! Why? Because the feds raid businesses operating in legal grey areas. 

Also, its worth nothing, the only federal raid in Colorado was against someone claiming to operate in compliance with A20 (prior to 1284). Since 1284, there has never been another raid. Even now there has been no raids (unlike the states operating in legal grey areas like we were before 1284), only letters.  

To blame 1284 for the raids is quite short sighted. Marijuana activists across the country are pushing for a regulated system like ours because it actually does hold off the feds. Look at California and what they were pushing for in Washington!   

1284 isn't perfect though, namely because it puts a lot of good people out of business. However, its better then federal criminal charges against hundreds of caregivers like what happen over the last year in Montana and Washington. 

Look at the big picture. 

Guest
Guest

there's dozens of dispensaries licensed by the state and more each day. Time to update your facts, moron.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Q: If you're not licensed and you're not a caregiver, what are you?

A: A Drug Dealer operating a Continuing Criminal Enterprise

Mark M.
Mark M.

Since hardly any MMCs are licensed by the state, perhaps it is OK to call them dispensaries? HB1284 applies only to *licensed* MMCs.

Q: If you're not licensed and you're not a caregiver, what are you?A: Screwed by John Walsh!

Kathleen Chippi
Kathleen Chippi

MMC's are NOT called dispensaries, Robert, you know that better than most when you have to correct people all the time about misuse of the English language.

Dispensing between patients and caregivers is decriminalized in the Constitution. 

What MMC's were SET UP by the state general assembly, the lobbyists for Sensible and MMIG and Brian Vincente to do IS NOT protected in any way in the Constitution. 

MMC's were SET UP (REQUIRED) to have INDUSTRIAL size cannabis grows, which is what the FEDS SAID THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO PURSUE in EVERY federal MEMO. Which leads to CARTEL SIZE money for CARTEL size crops.

HB1284, the general assembly members who voted it's passage, Sensible, MMIG and Brian Vicente are RESPONSIBLE for the current FEDERAL 'intervention'. 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Inadequate -- the Obama administration has not forgotten users of cannabis; it has calculated how little political strength we have and is acting accordingly.  Vicente does not have a coherent message that unites those who use cannabis -- he wants to whine about a now-established Federal policy in the process of being implemented, but what he really wants to convey is the industry's:  "message that Colorado has done a landmark job of professionally regulating medical marijuana sales", which is false and is soundly rejected by most politically-aware patients and all of us who believe in the constitutional provision for the medical use of cannabis.  At this point, the only appropriate response to the Obama administration is hostility and battle, but Vicente and crew are afraid to grasp this nettle, especially as it looks increasingly likely that the President will win re-election.

Let's go to the rally of the really "prominent marijuana activists" (those too important to attend hearings on cannabis-industry-related bills in the Legislature) with multiple messages of our own:

1)  To the Patient Voter Project:  Colorado's system of regulating cannabis is unconstitutional; it is arbitrary, onerous, and costly; and it pretends to abrogate the constitutional rights of caregivers -- it is no model for the nation!

2)  To the Obama administration:  your betrayal of patients by siding with traitors and enemy combatants against America and her People (i.e. the U.S. Department of Injustice, the DEA, and the entire prohibitionist cabal) makes it impossible to support you -- no patient or caregiver should vote for Obama!

Guesto
Guesto

Amen.

Ron Paul 2012

And don't protest too loudly, Prez can assassinate political enemies now thanks to NDAA.  

guest
guest

I have never voted in my life but because of this anti cannabis retraction from our gov i am proud to say i have completed registering to vote and im voting pro cannabis. Here's a vote that now exists because Obama went back on his word.Feel the power of my vote !God Bless America !

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

The Republican Party thanks you for your vote.

Mission Accomplished!

guest
guest

I happy to say : Proponents of cannabis will be sporting my vote for president today.Hey Obama, im voting for cannabis. I support todays cannabis proponents with my vote.It's good to be an American Mr. President !

NOP
NOP

You'll feel the power alright...when Romney/Santorum bends you over after you help them get elected.

Guest
Guest

Hate to tell you this, but GOP stands for "Guaranteeing Obama's Presidency".

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

I'll bet we'll be hearing that phrase more as the year wears on. Thanks for the post, Guest.

Guesto
Guesto

Thats why they are committing massive voter fraud in an effort to run Romney as their nominee. Because that would guarantee Obama the election.

Hard for Obama to go one on one with Ron Paul on the Empire, the Wars, the Drugs, etc...

Obama is an untouchable right now, in a debate w/ Ron Paul he would falter. 

Guesto
Guesto

If you don't support Ron Paul you are as culpable in this tyranny as anybody. 

Brennan
Brennan

I'm not sure if supporting a lost cause is admirable or very, very sad.  

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