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Sunday, May 18, 2008

OBAMA OFFICIAL STATES RIGHTS CANDIDATE

 

 

OBAMA TO STOP RAIDS ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA CLINICS

Obama's camp had this to say to the San Francisco Chronicle,

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.

Currently 12 states have legalized medical marijuana: California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Colorado, New Mexico, Maryland, Vermont, Main, Rhode Island,  Alaska, and Hawaii.  Currently New York has passed a bill in the assembly and their is support in the senate. 

It's not wrong of Obama to take this position, especially when Hillary and McCain have refused to comment.  That makes Obama the official candidate for states rights. 

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