Monday, May 12, 2008

Reason #4,598…

…to support Obama:
Next president might be gentler on pot clubs
As the candidates prepare for a May 20 primary in Oregon, one of 12 states with a California-style law, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois has become an increasingly firm advocate of ending federal intervention and letting states make their own rules when it comes to medical marijuana.…
But wait, there's more!
…of the remaining contenders, Obama has been the friendliest to advocates of medical marijuana.
At a November appearance in Audubon, Iowa, Obama recalled that his mother had died of cancer and said he saw no difference between doctor-prescribed morphine and marijuana as pain relievers. He said he would be open to allowing medical use of marijuana, if scientists and doctors concluded it was effective, but only under "strict guidelines," because he was "concerned about folks just kind of growing their own and saying it's for medicinal purposes."
Obama went a step further in an interview in March with the Mail Tribune newspaper in Medford, Ore. While still expressing qualms about patients growing their own supply or getting it from "mom-and-pop stores," he said it is "entirely appropriate" for a state to legalize the medical use of marijuana, "with the same controls as other drugs prescribed by doctors."
In response to recent questions from The Chronicle about medical marijuana, Obama's campaign - the only one of the three contenders to reply - endorsed a hands-off federal policy.
"Voters and legislators in the states - from California to Nevada to Maine - have decided to provide their residents suffering from chronic diseases and serious illnesses like AIDS and cancer with medical marijuana to relieve their pain and suffering," said campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt.
"Obama supports the rights of states and local governments to make this choice - though he believes medical marijuana should be subject to (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) regulation like other drugs," LaBolt said. He said the FDA should consider how marijuana is regulated under federal law, while leaving states free to chart their own course.

LaBolt also said Obama would end U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raids on medical marijuana suppliers in states with their own laws.
A president who would decelerate the unconstitutional and flat-out evil War On Drugs to whatever degree (and this is admittedly a baby step) is something to be relished. A candidate who's willing to say so on record while still running is positively shocking in these mindless zero tolerance Drug War times.

I'm starting to love this man.

1 comment:

Brian said...

Yeah, I'm coming around to Obama myself. If it comes down to Oregon, I want to be part of it. Plus, the medical marijuana thing, a less far reaching but more realistic (and thus more far reaching) health plan, coupled with Hillary's debt-reducing campaign strategy, her Republican gas tax reduction thing, and her "white Americans" comment has left a bad taste in my mouth. Check out Novack's piece in the Post today on the "let Obama win because it will fulfill biblical prophecy and bring about the second coming somehow" Christian right contingent. Good stuff.