Will The DEA Raids Continue? Now Even The Mainstream Media Is Asking The Question

Count me among those pleasantly surprised — no, make that stunned — to see both the mainstream media and the blogosphere grilling the Obama administration over last week’s DEA offensives against medical marijuana providers in California and Colorado.
Today, noted San Francisco Chronicle commentator Debra Saunders weighs in on the issue, reminding readers that the DEA’s raids are precisely the sort of things that President Obama — when he was a candidatepledged to end.

Two things Obama could do on medical marijuana
via The San Francisco Chronicle
[excerpt] So will Obama keep his word by directing federal drug agents to concentrate on going after drug kingpins instead of sick people?
I understand that Obama has bigger issues on his plate, which probably is why the White House has yet to respond to my Tuesday query. That said, this issue is vital to many Californians with health problems.
… Obama has made much of his commitment to “restore science to its rightful place.” Here’s his chance.

Journalist Maia Szalavitz also expresses her dissatisfaction with both the Justice Department and the new Commander and Chief in an excellent op/ed published today on HuffingtonPost.com

Obama sends drug warriors to UN, DEA to CA: stop fighting Bush’s wars
via HuffingtonPost.com
[exceprt] This is not the 70’s or even the 80’s or 90’s– like Bush’s economic policies, his drug policies have visibly and risibly failed. The main power drug warriors have left is politicians’ outsized fear of their past success. Don’t give them undue credit–and don’t underestimate how the ground has shifted in favor of sane, humane drug strategy, not war.

In short, it’s becoming increasingly clear that neither the American public nor the mainstream media are any longer willing to accept the ‘drug war as usual.’ Is the White House?

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  1. It amazes me that the obama administration is willing to state right on their web site support for the trans gendered but still nothing for us.

  2. I think Obama will turn this around one way or another. I do understand theres alot of his plate right now, thats why i have been so patient with him so far. This will happen though, i believe!!

  3. How does one go about getting a bill or legislation on a certain topic,say Marijuana Decriminalized,to begin with? By a politician with enough guts to actually submit such a bill or legislation? Alas I know of no one,possibly Barney Franks,but I don’t think anything will come of it. Sad times in the good ol USA.

  4. i alredy am thinking did he turn his back on us…man i feel like starting a riot lol…i dont think obama is going to do anything exept keep the war on drugs funded…keep wasting 40billion and keep non criminals in jail…this is stupid why does the goverment hate the people so fucking much!?i just feel like grabing a gun and killing evrey one of them and arrest evrey cop who consumes tobacco or alcohol shit so much violence to keep something thats great for humans and mother earth

  5. I sent President Obama a lengthy email a few days ago via NORML’s contact the president page telling him how strongly I feel about this issue (DEA Raids) and the issues of both medical cannabis rescheduling and legalization of marijuana. I encourage everyone else to do the same!
    I recently read an article wherein the author said he feels our efforts to convince lawmakers to change their minds on these issues will not work because it has not worked thus far. I disagree with that opinion. I think the real problem is that way too many of us have been silent on these issues. More than happy to preach to the choir but afraid to take a stand and voice our opinions to the people who can actually reform the laws. Combine that with lawmakers who for whatever reasons refused to hear the facts and it made for a tough road to hoe for marijuana reform. Times are changing though.
    Not only do we have more public support than ever before and more scientific evidence to support our arguments than ever before but we now have lawmakers who seem receptive to at least listening to the facts. We also have an economy in such a sad state that it helps cast a glaring spotlight on how both marijuana prohibition and the war on drugs are costly financial as well as practical failures.
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi challenged us to speak out about marijuana law reform and for good reason. She knows we’ve never had a better chance to convince Congress and she knows the only way they will do the right thing is if we tell them this is what we want. The will of the people.
    I’ve also read some interesting comments from people who said they think some reform (maybe decriminalization) is possible but not likely until his second term. I say we don’t give anyone another term in office unless they hear us now and prove they are willing to make real changes. We need to make this an issue that has to be dealt with NOW and make it very clear that our votes depend on it. It’s that simple. We are after all, the largest special interest group there is…the American Voter.
    Obama’s campaign people were smart enough to realize that the difference in the last election hinged on using the internet to it’s fullest in gaining the younger, internet savvy voters support. What they apparently failed to realize is that once they got us involved they can not turn their backs on us. We did our job in helping get him elected now it’s time for him to do his job in affecting the changes we want.
    Getting Obama elected was not the end of our work though, it was just the beginning. We need to hold him accountable and the best way to do that is keep the pressure on.
    Educate yourself with the facts, contact your representatives and tell them how you feel. Contact President Obama and voice your opinion. Write letters to the editors of your favorite news venue. Speak out. Take a stand now or quit crying about how things never change!

  6. For anyone that voted for Obama and is feeling uneasy now, I can only ask: What did you expect?
    Obama has never been for change. If the same people who voted for Obama, with wishes to end the drug war, eliminate the DEA, and legalize marijuana, they should have look past the bullshit rhetoric and focused on Ron Paul. Ron Paul had pledged in laymans terms to eliminate the DEA upon his first day in office. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A HUGE STEP! We are not focusing enough on the instances of this reform and we are just shooting for the stars. We’ll never get their without a ship.
    Did you guys really expect anyone on the left to be supporting civil liberties? Let’s not forget that marijuana reform is a civil liberties issue. It should not be viewed as a judicial issue. The more we categorize marijuana reform as something that belongs in the courts, the more we push ourselves away from the solution. Only if marijuana reform is seen as a civil liberties issue, will it be treated appropriately like one.

  7. Everybodies homework assignment. Watch how the NRA and AARP operate. They Organize, they publish voting guides so their members KNOW where their elected officials(oops I almost said leaders) stand. AND THEY ACCEPT NO COMPROMISE. During his first (only) term George The First signed a very reasonalbe ban on imported assault rifles. This caused zero pain to hunters or the self defense crowd, and was probably a boost for American gun manufactures. The result, the NRA screamed bloody murder (yuk yuk) and let their members know loud and clear that their was absolutely no reason whatesover to re-elect George the First. Most gun nuts I know either voted for Perot or sat out the election of 1992. Did they think they would like Clinton better? Of course not. But they sent a message and their voice was heard in the only language that counts in this country.
    Review the elections where Medical or Decrim (a waist and a trap) passed. THE REASON MED AND DECRIM GET NO RESPECT IS BECAUSE THOSE SAME VOTERS WHO GAVE REFORM A LANDSLIDE THEN WENT DOWN THE BALLOT AND VOTED FOR OTHER POLITICANS WHO OPPOSED THESE MEASURES. NO WHERE DOES IT SAY YOU HAVE TO VOTE ON EVERY RACE ON THE BALLOT. I VOTE IN EVERY ELECTION, YET I HAVEN’T VOTED FOR EITHER CANDIDATE IN THE SENATE RACE FOR 20 YEARS. DO I PREFER ONE CANDIDATE OVER THE OTHER, ON OTHER ISSUES YES, BUT SINCE THEIR IDENTICAL ON THE DRUG WAR, THEY DON’T GET MY VOTE.
    The reform crowd will be taken seriously when we take ourselves seriously.

  8. MORE MSM COVERAGE OF THIS ISSUE
    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/AP/story/878783.html
    Medical marijuana raid raises question: What’s Obama policy?
    BY MICHAEL DOYLE
    WASHINGTON — A recent Drug Enforcement Administration raid on a South Lake Tahoe, Calif., medical marijuana dispensary showcases one of the legal conflicts inherited by the Obama administration.
    The Jan. 22 raid near the California-Nevada border occurred two days after Obama took office and before the new president’s own Justice Department team was in place. The raid resembled many conducted during the Bush administration, but seemingly clashed with Obama’s campaign opposition to such tactics.

  9. WTF! Here we thought we might have a chance to see some positive change in marijuana policy with the election of Barack Obama and we got nothing but duped again. The question was asked Dec 15th 2008,
    Q: “Will you consider legalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and create a billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?” S. Man, Denton….. And the response was
    A: President-elect Obama is not in favor of the legalization of marijuana.
    No justification, just a staff written contradicting one liner, yeah he’s giving our effort a lot of thought right.
    The fact is this, we have reached a time in our country where the majority vote doesnt mean sh1t. States across the nation are in fact so tired of denying what the people want they are voting to remove Citizen Initiatives, and or to restrict the amount of time we are allowed to gather enough signatures to initiate. This means we will lose the ability as citizens to propose new bills in some states and marijuana policy will then become impossible to change. WTF? How is it possible.
    Looks like another 4 to 8 years of senseless deaths and arrests to look forward to.

  10. you gotta realize politicians pander to their audience, the media, themselves. take what they say with a grain of salt. they only want power or to get in power.
    Now he’s the Prez and the DEA showed him right up front that they rule the country. That’s how tricky dick nixon set the DEA up, with the collusion of congress.
    They can bring out a million mom’s to the street with their power and have him shaking in the oval office.
    They can set up his best friends or relatives in 24 hours and he’ll bend over for them.
    forget about the prez changing things.

  11. Everyone please share norm’s blog posts on your social networking sites. (facebook) It’s really simple just click the facebook icon below the title and post it! This will help spread the word to all your friends.

  12. Well it looks like our President’s brother George has managed to bring the subject to the foreground, eh?

  13. Hehe of course the raids will continue. Its all very simple when you look at it realistically. I used to sell drugs…..and i dont mean pot. Now yes later in life i see the wrong in those ways because the crime commited on my hands alone is alarming. But as i was dealing i saw TNT and DEA and local law scouting around town…..doing appsolutely nothing. Some of these people are the dumbest of the dumb and are hired to chase (usually dumber crack dealers) kids around in thier cars for the quick bust. These people eat up HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS a day and i know a few retarded children that could spot a dealer faster then them. With that said its only common sense whats going on here. The drugs they seize are then redistributed out to the community for resale. Seeing why they dont want it legal? If it were legal they wouldnt be able to pay for more agents for this “war on drugs” that has no chance of ever winning. Matter of fact the war on drugs falls farther and farther behind every minute. But theres no need to tell people that because they ALREADY KNOW IT. The fact is that not enough potheads do anything about it or stand up…..wait arent potheads suppose to cause violence and crime? Quick story when i finally got snitched on and busted (thank god i got busted then) the agents had me red handed. Pocket full of coke and on my way to a sale they definetly stopped some violence cause my customers were not friendly people to anyone but me. I convinced them not to go to my address on my insurance policy ( the stash house) but to go to my address and i let them in with my key. They proceeded to steal $26,000 from my safe and my favorite pornos and video games (funny none of it showed up on the report). Later in court i smacked them in the face because they forgot to have me sign the waver, that says i gave them permission to enter, before they handed me off to the state barracks. I dodged a bullet and learned a valuable lesson on thier expense yes but I was a criminal. Whats to say about the 26,000 and stolen property? They werent even bitter about having to let me off because there was news crews outside the courthouse i said id like to have a word with. Now i know there are good cops (damn good cops) out there but the tactical narcotics teams and replicas are mostly a pile of highered vigilantes that dont stand up for the law nor follow it. And guess who pays for thse people to be out there everyday…..the busted pot smokers =(. It will never be legal and if it is you will never be able to grow your own until more people stand up to this BS that is going on. And about Obamas brother being busted…..what a dumb excuse to take a shot at his family or his credibility. There are alot of racists and liberals that dont what him messing up thier vacation homes and pensions they dont deserve yes but in the end this guy (allegedly) is gonna get things done. So basically if you do plan on growing pot or what have you just plant cameras around your home so when the police do show up youll catch them doing something they have no business doing inturn getting your charges thrown out =)….happy smoking

  14. I will never give my vote or any support to some bastard who wants to see me die in a cage on account of my religious beliefs and/or health care choices. I voted for Ron Paul and I’m sorry that others who are also are at risk of dying in cages did not do the same.
    If Obama is not able to respond to the 80% demand we have for LEGALIZED MEDICAL MARIJUANA (in all 50 states) then clearly he doesn’t give a fuck what all you poor punch-clocks think.
    We cannot suffer this injustice any more and have a responsible society which survives. Most Americans today would not lift a finger to stop me from being sent to their equivalent of the Spanish Inquisition. They would in ignorance let my goddess die along with all her memory. They do not understand that the death of my goddess is the death of the entire biosphere and theirs will come with it.
    To suffer repeatedly in order to bring knowledge and healing to such people is a sign of uncompromising love.
    Some things you can do to actually rock the boat-
    1) STOP PAYING TAXES
    2) IMPLEMENT JURY NULLIFICATION
    3) COME OUT OF THE BONG-CLOSET AND LEVERAGE THE ISSUE SOCIALLY
    4) CULTURAL REVOLUTION, PARTIES, DANCING
    I was well known in my high school as the pothead with the perfect SAT score. I am proud to smoke the kind herb, proud to be an earth person, proud to scream the truth and willing to be beat for it if necessary.
    There is one guaranteed way we can end this drug war quickly. We simply need to prosecute District Attorneys for violating the Fifth Amendment by use of plea-bargains.
    Clearly it is illegal for someone to “be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” However plea-bargain agreements use threats of harsh punishment (a compelling modus) to accomplish this exact feat. I believe that a punishment should fit the crime committed. Thus the punishment for pleading innocent and being convicted should be the same as the punishment for pleading guilty and being convicted. There should be no “reward” for forfeiting your right to a trial by jury!
    If we can end plea-bargains I guarantee you jury nullification will fix the rest of this mess. All we have to do is read the constitution, and BELIEVE that we can PROSECUTE THE PROSECUTORS.
    yours in love,
    -Mad Toker

  15. Once again the Illuminatti are able to hide behind their cloaking devices.., give us a bone to all stay occupied with while the real chess match gets played over our heads…., hang on.., this ride hasn’t even begun to start..,

  16. After watching this issue for years and studying history, I’ve come to the conclusion that Cannabis will never become legal again. At least not in the sense that anyone could grow their own and use it themselves. It will be strictly regulated, we can count on that.
    The Gov’t has conviced us that the “sytem” the have set up (foisted upon and shoved down) for us is for our own good. While I am heartened to see the media put our Prez’s feet to the fire, all to often the media will turn a blind eye to the pro-herb cause. The will of the people is a joke. Obama is a pawn like every president always is. Corporate interests and those of big govt go hand in hand. Those hands wash each others over and over. They’ve polluted our air, water and food and the resulting epidemics of heretofore little known diseases like MS and other nervous system disorders, auto-immune disorders and various cancers is alarming. The drug companies love it. Alcohol and Tobacco are legal because they cause health problems and hence, more drugs. The body of evidence growing in Cannabis favor is overwhelmingly that it is not harmful and actually prevents and cures cancer and treats many common diseases. It is the most nutritious of all seeds and would cure hunger in the world. It will detoxify the soil and stop deforestation virtually overnight. I could go on and on! The benefits of this plant would change the dynamics of our world overnight Hemp would affect virtually all forms of commerce overnight. Hemp can replace wood (except for lumber) cotton, gasoline, many synthetic fibers and plastics, it can be used in place of metals (Henry Ford built a car out of hemp!) and synthetic fibers. Medicinally, Hemp would be a silver bullet to the pharmaceutical industry vampires and could replace 40% of their medicines overnight. Consider also the prison system in this country. America incarcerates more people than any other country in the world – including the Communist ones! 1 in 5 Americans will spend time behind bars in their lifetime. Our rights and liberties have been trampled on by our federal government/Police state in the very name of Law and order! It’s no longer the Land of the Free is it?
    I’m depressing myself. My point is simply this: It will never be legal because the Powers that Be (Big Money) say it isn’t. The best we can possibly hope for is the right to use it as responsible law abiding adults. That is better than nothing.
    Just my 2 cents,
    John

  17. In order for proper reform to take place, the government, like peoples in AA has to first reconize they have a problem, and that problem is the fact that they dont know how to admit they were wrong all along.
    Getting the gov to admit they messed something up is harder than deciding how many billions to give to failed banks or banks to buy up other banks.
    If they want to help the economy legalize pot, control it liek tobacco. Plus it dont help that 2 faced tobacco industries claim pot and salvia is dangerous, wtf they thunk their product has medical benifits??

  18. i agree with #22 except we can only be walked on so much before it expodes in their face and people take to the streets burning down tobacco companies and once the fever hit, politicians know they will haeto jump on the bandwagon in order to get re-elected. It dont matter how much money a compny gives for an election campaine, if everyone votes one way money dont matter, plus as soon as if ever it becomes legal, the philip morrises and pharms will jump right in on the action and try to ruin to effectivness of pot.
    Pot dont kill no one ever, but let the pharms and tobacco be allowed to grow and sell, then they will lace it will all the poisons and even more than that of cigs.

  19. HEY–call KELLOGG (212)-687-1980 and complain/threaten 2 boycott those MF’ers.
    On the above subject—-why is it that Michael Phelps & sick medical users and/or medical growers prosicuted harshly for trying 2 help others and winning Gold medals for our country??……while people like Paris Hilton and Maddoff(niether have done much to help society) get to be above the law with special treatment??? KINDA F**’d UP,huh. Man, those Hypocrites sure are lucky that the economy is bad and I can barely keep from starving week 2 week. If I wasn’t so tired and Hungry….I might be in a rioting mood.

  20. #15 swindledagain Says:
    January 31st, 2009 at 12:28 am
    WTF! Here we thought we might have a chance to see some positive change in marijuana policy with the election of Barack Obama and we got nothing but duped again. The question was asked Dec 15th 2008,
    Q: “Will you consider legalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and create a billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?” S. Man, Denton….. And the response was
    A: President-elect Obama is not in favor of the legalization of marijuana.
    No justification, just a staff written contradicting one liner, yeah he’s giving our effort a lot of thought right.
    RE: swindledagain,
    Sad to say, It’s not, (merely), a contradicting one-liner.
    Barack Obama is NOT in favor of ‘LEGALIZATION’ of marijuana.
    He’s only in favor of ‘DECRIMINALIZATION.’
    They’re NOT even the same thing!
    (In Barack Obama’s own words, on video;
    One of the ‘contest-videos’ by Austin Buchanan,
    featuring a short news-clip of Obama,
    (from 2004? / 2007?), saying,
    “I’m not somebody who believes in legalization of marijuana…I think that we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws.. We need to rethink how we are operating in the drug wars, and I think that currently we are not doing a good job.”)
    —- That terminology-distinction is lost on too many of us hapless-hopefuls!
    —- I cringe when I see / hear people using the dreaded “D” word, AS IF IT WERE synonymous with ‘legalization’, ‘CAUSE IT’S REALLY NOT!
    (Be not ‘D’-ceived by ambiguous terminology and questionable shades-of-meaning!)
    Ron Paul was UNambiguously FOR ENDING the War On some Drugs,
    but was shut out of the Main-Stream-Media Machine, nary a mention….
    not even in late-nite comedy monologues… 🙁
    swindledagain Says:
    The fact is this, we have reached a time in our country where the majority vote doesnt mean sh1t. States across the nation are in fact so tired of denying what the people want they are voting to remove Citizen Initiatives, and or to restrict the amount of time we are allowed to gather enough signatures to initiate. This means we will lose the ability as citizens to propose new bills in some states and marijuana policy will then become impossible to change. WTF? How is it possible.
    Looks like another 4 to 8 years of senseless deaths and arrests to look forward to.
    RE:
    — This is scary and very disappointing, swindledagain.

  21. #15 swindledagain Says:
    January 31st, 2009 at 12:28 am
    WTF! Here we thought we might have a chance to see some positive change in marijuana policy with the election of Barack Obama and we got nothing but duped again. The question was asked Dec 15th 2008,
    Q: “Will you consider legalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and create a billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?” S. Man, Denton….. And the response was
    A: President-elect Obama is not in favor of the legalization of marijuana.
    No justification, just a staff written contradicting one liner, yeah he’s giving our effort a lot of thought right.
    RE: swindledagain,
    Sad to say, It’s not, (merely), a contradicting one-liner.
    Barack Obama is NOT in favor of ‘LEGALIZATION’ of marijuana.
    He’s only in favor of ‘DECRIMINALIZATION.’
    They’re NOT even the same thing!
    (In Barack Obama’s very own words, on video;
    One of the ‘contest-videos’ by Austin Buchanan,
    featuring a short news-clip of Obama,
    (from 2004? / 2007?), saying,
    “I’m not somebody who believes in legalization of marijuana…I think that we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws.. We need to rethink how we are operating in the drug wars, and I think that currently we are not doing a good job.”)
    —- That terminology-distinction is lost on too many of us hapless-hopefuls!
    —- I cringe when I see / hear people using the dreaded “D” word, AS IF IT WERE synonymous with ‘legalization’, ‘CAUSE IT’S REALLY NOT!
    (Be not ‘D’-ceived by ambiguous terminology and questionable shades-of-meaning!)
    Ron Paul was UNambiguously FOR ENDING the War On some Drugs,
    but was shut out of the Main-Stream-Media Machine, nary a mention….
    not even in late-nite comedy monologues… 🙁
    swindledagain Says:
    The fact is this, we have reached a time in our country where the majority vote doesnt mean sh1t. States across the nation are in fact so tired of denying what the people want they are voting to remove Citizen Initiatives, and or to restrict the amount of time we are allowed to gather enough signatures to initiate. This means we will lose the ability as citizens to propose new bills in some states and marijuana policy will then become impossible to change. WTF? How is it possible.
    Looks like another 4 to 8 years of senseless deaths and arrests to look forward to.
    RE:
    — This is scary and very disappointing, swindledagain.

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