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On Tuesday, I asked the enormous online community at to help send a message to the President in response to the recent federal effort to shut down medical marijuana programs around the country. Reddit users voted to make this issue a top priority, resulting in an absolutely massive viral letter-writing campaign directed at Obama's website

Only the White House could tell us how many messages they received, but if this is any indication, I think we got their attention:

This sort of temporary malfunction is common when major sites like reddit suddenly send large volumes of traffic to places that aren't ready for it. Few people reported encountering this problem, but the fact that it happened at all is an extraordinary exhibit in the success of our efforts.

We no longer have to ask ourselves whether the White House is aware of our disgust at the great medical marijuana betrayal that's unfolded before us in recent months. If anyone in the Obama Administration thought the passing of time or the perpetual abundance of political distractions would divide or disperse us, they know now that the President will continue to be held accountable for the promises he made on medical marijuana policy. Whatever steps he plans to take towards placating us before 2012 – and he'd better have something in mind – will be hard to sell after violating the only positive marijuana policy position he had the integrity to embrace in '08.

This battle is officially back on, and this time around it will be Obama who must answer to the sick and dying patients who helped him on the campaign trail four years ago by publicly humiliating Romney, Giuliani, and McCain. Why the Obama Administration has allowed things to come to this is honestly beyond me, but I can promise you one thing: there is no constituency of American voters calling on the President to continue Bush's senseless war on medical marijuana. Obama must choose between siding with a few angry prosecutors and narcs defending their despicable livelihood, or standing with the towering majority of Americans who want to leave medical marijuana decisions in the hands of patients and their doctors.

There is no reason, politically, practically, or morally, why the compassionate policy the President promised us cannot be upheld. Until it is, the same social media tools that helped Obama get elected will be used instead to amplify our dismay at his shameful failure to deliver on what should be one of the easiest issues in American politics today.

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presidential betrayal.

                 The subject of cannabis prohibition is to the american presidency what pedophillia is to the papacy.

Who's giving more campaign dollars -

users (medicinal or recreational) of marijuana, or big pharma, big petro and big ag?

You forgot big alcohol and

You forgot big alcohol and big tobacco companies which were some of the highest donators against marijuana legalization in California, and also don't forget about all of the textile factories losing out because hemp is cheaper to make and has a lot more uses.


"there is no constituency of American voters calling on the President to continue Bush's senseless war on medical marijuana."

Is Bush still president? Who is in charge here? Oh, I forgot, you are not allowed to criticize Obama. I am sorry you are allergic to the truth. No journalism here, just a waste of my time.

Re: Really?

This whole post is a giant criticism of Obama.

i thought that was pretty

i thought that was pretty glaringly obvious. great article, and great job! keep it up man.


"This whole post is a giant criticism of Obama." - but you save your bold text to blame Bush? I can see your just a hater.  At least with Bush you knew what you were getting. Now we have good American growers and entrepreneurs investing millions of dollars into MMJ, supposedly getting a green light from the Obama administration now getting hassled and busted.

Obama has flipped-flopped on everything from Guantanamo to tax cut extensions for the upper class. Yet, he refuses his constitutional obligation as President to uphold DOMA? You see, he could do something about MMJ, but he has chosen not to. Obama and Holder suck just as bad as Bush and Ashcroft. The only difference is Obama and Holder are p*ssies about it.

Next time you emphasize a point in bold text, make sure it is relevant to 2011. A mistake like that is worse than spelling errors and typos, hence a lack of credibility. How's that hope and change anyway?


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU I have been saying this stuff for a long time. I so agree with all you said . This is 2011 and Bush has not been in the White House for a while now and Obama is doing the same crap and everyone still blames Bush for things happening today that Obama is sanctioning. Again Well Said!! 

Re: huh?

The Bush analogy is merely intended to highlight Obama's failure to deliver on his promise of change.

Reading Comprehension is Important

I suggest you go back and carefully read what Scott wrote here.  The point is not to criticize Bush specifically.  The point is that Obama's handling of the issue -- which is supposedly a marked departure from what we saw under Bush, and Clinton before him -- has been exposed as more of the same old drug warring.

Maybe next time before you fly off the handle over a straw man, you'll take a deep breath and make sure you understand what you're reading.

"The point is that Obama's

"The point is that Obama's handling of the issue -- which is supposedly a marked departure from what we saw under Bush, and Clinton before him -- has been exposed as more of the same old drug warring."

What a revelation. I could of told you this poser was phony a long time ago.

"Maybe next time before you fly off the handle over a straw man, you'll take a deep breath and make sure you understand what you're reading."

The straw man is irrelevant, not sure how that got into this article. I know exactly what I am reading.

You are an idiot.

You are an idiot.

Yeah because hes a liar

Yes it is because he is a liar. And I votes for thia socialist asshole on the basis of change, yeah he changed something. Spending and the national debt to unheralded amounts.

If you knew how to read and

If you knew how to read and comprehend, you'd know that the writer simply means Obama has changed NOTHING when it comes to Bush's same policy against MMJ that he used when in office. Even though Obama promised he would change it.


"Even though Obama promised he would change it."

How does that Kool-Aid taste?

Good joke! Do you right your

Good joke! Do you right your own material?

really? Bush

He served his two terms, he can't be in office again. Check your history...

DOJ Threats

Note that the threats were sent to states where they were attempting to implement a state program for dispensaries.  Oakland, CA for the MEga Grows and then Rhode Island and Washington: Note their Governors are not Republican.  Christie who is doing the same thing did not get a letter.  3 of the 6 contracts awarded in NJ have ties to Christie, and when everything comes out I am sure all 6 are in his bed. Nor did they get one in CO where the program is headed up by a former drug LEO.

The facts!

To everyone out there that think that we haven’t made any steps forward in this fight to legalize medical marijuana you are wrong. The progress we have made in this is huge. Although the full legalization is what we really need to help our country get out of debt and stand up with out the crutches we are using.  There are several ways the nation would benefit from the legalization of marijuana such as climbing our way out of this tremendous deficit we are in. The legalization will also produce jobs and at the rate we are going that will take up all the jobs that this administration is eliminating. All in all the legalization for marijuana is like alcohol put an age on it and let it be. You already know that it will have a tax on it as dose alcohol and cigarettes. The main reason we don’t legalize it is because there are people out there that have been raised and taught that marijuana is a gateway drug and they never had the ambition to try it for fear of getting in trouble, yet there are people like me that feel that marijuana is 100 times better than alcohol. In my opinion it is a complete load of ---- that this country that was founded on hemp thrived for years without any worries or a government telling us that we can’t do this we can’t do that. So I say that instead of paying all the money that we do to fight the war on drugs we should legalize marijuana and put that money to good use.


Stop the war on drugs by legalizing that is the only way to stop this war. 

"To everyone out there that

"To everyone out there that think that we haven’t made any steps forward in this fight to legalize medical marijuana you are wrong." Seems to me lately, we are moving backwards. Then again don't let facts get in your way.

If only

If only everyone took the time to watch Run From The Cure, by Rick Simpson, especially Obama. None of this would be necessary. This country is the laughing stalk of the world, things do not have to be this difficult.

Our marijuana legislation has

Our marijuana legislation has basically turned into institutionalized racism. Also we have caused a majority of the problems that have nearly destroyed Mexico through the drug trade.

Let's wise up and end this now by legalizing marijuana.

Who Loves Ya, Baby?

You wrote:

Why the Obama Administration has allowed things to come to this is honestly beyond me, but I can promise you one thing: there is no constituency of American voters calling on the President to continue Bush's senseless war on medical marijuana. Obama must choose between siding with a few angry prosecutors and narcs defending their despicable livelihood, or standing with the towering majority of Americans who want to leave medical marijuana decisions in the hands of patients and their doctors.


I have given my response to the various Democratic fund raisers who have called me during the past couple of months. See, I gave them a bunch of money in 2008 and they figure I'd be good for more. Sure, I'll vote for Obama in all likelihood. However, if the crackdown on medical cannabis continues,  my donations will go to the MPP and to the legalization drives in other states next cycle instead of to the Democrats who are pleading for money.

Were I in their shoes, I wouldn't count on money from the narcs and prosecutors, either. The administration should ask themselves, "Who loves ya, baby?" We all know most of the police state people are Republicans. If the administration seeks favor from them, they are really barking up the wrong tree. We are part of their natural constituency. That is of course, unless they deliberately decide to alienate us.

How safe will that margin be running up to the election? How full will the coffers be when up against the likes of the Koch brothers and the corrections unions? If the administration wants me and others like me to support them next year, they ought to start supporting us.

Democrats are not our friends

I'd suggest rethinking some of your assumptions.  The first is that "most of the police state people are Republicans" -- last I checked, no Democrat since Carter has done a single thing to roll back the police state.  The fact is that both Democrats and Republicans are statists at heart, and refuse to surrender any significant amount of government power, including police power.  In fact, the most prominent politicians who readily challenge drug war orthodoxy happen to be Republicans.

Regarding the Koch brothers -- they fund some of the most active anti-prohibition journalistic outlets and think-tanks out there (Reason and Cato, to name a couple).  They are certainly not to be lumped in with prison guard's unions, a group that strives for blatantly anti-libertarian policy and protectionism.

And remember, abstention is as defensible a voting choice as any other.  Don't just vote for Obama because he's on the blue team.  If you really don't like what he's done, stay home.  I'm not telling you how to vote, of course -- just saying, those of us concerned with ending the drug war don't "need" to vote for Obama.

Anyway, congratulations on

Anyway, congratulations on gathering up support on reddit and having some positive results....

keep it up

I've been browsing reddit for a while, pretty big site.


noticed you guys publish the story on toronto / mexico city not long after mine went up at dailykos



keep up the work

Kool aid? Somebody out there

Kool aid? Somebody out there is seeing donkeys behind every post. This is not a right or left issue. Nor is this a "liberal" website. Simmer down there, B.B. I hate Obama as much as or more than I hated Bush. I knew I would because those policies aren't HIS or BUSH'S. They're the policies of the Corporate Fascists that control them. If you're still thinking that "it's the damn democrats", you might wanna check your car for exhaust leaks.

I hear you. I just can't

I hear you. I just can't stand stand to see things like ...

"Why the Obama Administration has allowed things to come to this is honestly beyond me, but I can promise you one thing: there is no constituency of American voters calling on the President to continue Bush's senseless war on medical marijuana."

Flat wrong. Obviously there is a constituency against MMJ. This is not Bush's senseless war on MMJ. Bush no longer owns this. If you are going to use that language then it would more accurately be, "Obama's senseless war on MMJ". I just call it as I see it. It's 2011. Seriously! Bush is riding mountain bikes somewhere in Texas, Obama is the Commander-in-Chief! The main stream media will do anything save their hero from being accountable. I was surprised to find that kind of language on this site and it sickens me.

"those policies aren't HIS or BUSH'S. They're the policies of the Corporate Fascists that control them."

Darkcycle, you hit the nail right on the head. The anti-cannabis policies have been in place since 1937 by a shadow bureaucracy. Really, the forces behind prohibition are much bigger than Bush or Obama. Great point!

Right, darkcycle

I've been saying it since Bush I -- The fight is no longer between left/Democrat/progressive-liberal and right/Republican/conservative; the fight today is between statism/authoritarianism and liberty/freedom.  Problem is no one seems to be listening.

PS Windy, here, nice to see you posting here, too.


The most effective way for a  minority (those who wish to perpetuate the drug war for selfish gains) to control a majority (pretty much the other 99.9% of the U.S. of America) is to create a divide between them and instigate those two sides against each other so they are to busy fighting each other to notice what is actually happening. Sound familiar? No! It's a Bush Conservative Drug War! No! It's an Obama Liberal Drug War! Actually it is an unjust corrupt Drug War with one figure head or another. Don't get distracted by political party loyalties or arguments over which pathetic excuse for a leader is to blame for something they are to cowardly or selfish to end. 


Mother Teresa said quite a few times she would never attend a protest rally because they get people to focus on fighting against something, not promoting something. Instead she encouraged people to attend peace rallies because it directs all the energy and focus towards the real cause of change and makes it much harder for one to become caught in the trap of fighting fighting and thus perpetuating what they are trying to end. I'm not saying this to bash protesting but rather to help bring awareness to the trap many of us fall into, distraction from the cause by what we think is part of the cause. Finger Pointing only elongates the time between now and a world free of prohibition. To steal a few words of wisdom from Bruce Lee "It's like a finger pointing away to the moon. Don't concentrate on the finger, or you will miss all the heavenly glory."


Don't miss that heavenly glory people!



Hey Windy! I'm always in

Hey Windy! I'm always in here, I just don't post as often as at DWR.

Atta boy Scott!!! I believe

Atta boy Scott!!! I believe grassroots events like this have a huge impact.

Thanks for your dedication to stop this insane war on Americas sick and dying.

Reach Out and Touch…the White House

Whichever administration occupies the oval office, whichever candidate runs for public office anywhere, it is clear from Scott's communications victory that they and the man and woman in the street will be prodded and bugged until they appreciate that medical cannabis and the demand for drug freedom in this country will never go away.

In the immortal (but slightly modified) words of Sir Winston Churchill, from a speech given on May 13, 1940:

We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I will say it is to end the drug war, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to end a war created by a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalog of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be.

Even though many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Prohibitionist and all the odious apparatus of authoritarian rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in America, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the media, we shall defend our cause, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the capitol steps, we shall fight in the schools and in the streets, we shall fight in the courts; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this country or a large part of it were subjugated and turned into a massive prison camp, then our influence beyond the seas, armed and guarded by reason, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the new world, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of our own bodies.


Damn right we'll never surrender

And we're not the ones who are afraid of full honest and open debate on the subject of drugs, and in particular at this point, debate about alcohol vs. cannabis. SAFER nailed it, cannabis is a safer alternative for enjoyable recreation than alcohol. It's FAR safer, that's the verdict of SCIENCE, and all the drug war propaganda in the world doesn't change the body count from alcohol, America's drug. Some honest drug education, and decent laws, might reduce the carnage though.

The federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and state/municipal health departments, and university researchers, even the insurance industry, are all well aware of the extreme disparity between alcohol and cannabis in causing violence and health problems. They need to stop playing political games, and share what they know about alcohol vs. cannabis with the American public.

Well Said

Very very well said.

Nice job. Keep at it,

Nice job. Keep at it, whatever discouragement we face. For in the words of former President Calvin Coolidge: "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, 'press on' has solved, and always will solve, the problems of the human race." It's only time away.

Patients Tired of Being Patients

The few rich people ALL need to buy a big conscious. Even us high ones shouldn't be immune to decent morality. All these shops should make pot really cheap for AIDS and terminal patients. Create a good example. Especially since they know they are forking it in, off "patients" backs, and there are so few of us (right). We stand in the lines, and we buy tickets to these stupid trade shows. People I know are now having nervous break downs because they can't afford pot for their pain and they have real illnesses (like me). Others are foreclosed and can't buy weed so they consider suicide over stress. We can't to afford to supply that industry as we starve and suffer. I am just at the point where I don't want to support any grower, dealer or shop that I can't quality control myself for greed. KNOW your drug dealer and don't support the creeps.  In other words, if they act like a dicks, and sit on tons of weed, it is no accident, they are just in it for the money. This is still America and we support Capitalism at any cost remember? Greed has one reward and that is lack!

 Who forgets that if it wasn't for AIDS first and Cancer they would not have the medical marijuana racket, or the protections that we now enjoy? Everybody forgets. The regular growers, user, dealer would not have laid their live out for pot legalization like we have all done for medical mm.  We have to demand our rights to have any medicine! Most people here are too paranoid to be activists, and the grow goes up some bodies nose (nine times outa' ten). I'm not fooled. Pay is due  to all of us for supporting them all these years in $60-70 fucking eighths, and for making pot even slightly legal. Normal people need to pick up the gantlet and legalize their own drugs. Stop lying about a  necessary recreational use. Everybody needs to cut the bullshit and chip in now. And yes, no pot is not just good as a medicine it is a better safer drug! Fuckin' Amen.

 Give us real sick people some goddamn free weed before they do land in hell, is what I want to yell out!! We have paid our dues, and given our vote and our voices. Because we are given no credit support will be lost for the needy, and it will be regulated like soda pop. I myself have a mm green card, so I don't have to care. I do care, that it has not been better for the people. We the real tired warriors who have already given all they have to fight an inhumane drug culture, are now ripped off  by profiteers. This, is why we all will choose friends (and presidents) much more wisely now prop. 19 failed. Very sad for sick people everywhere who do need legal weed. Keeping pot illegal is criminal and it does supports the works and profits of real criminals socio-paths. My experience with a terminal disease has shown me all this to be very true. Since I was a drug user before I was deemed terminal, I do feel extra qualified to complain. Obviously, none of  the many stand to profit, unless HEMP is also industrialized. This is just as it should be. America needs to move a lot more weed stop  filling up the jails to create more convicts and killers. HEMP CAN SAVE THE PLANET. HELP TODAY!

Handwritten letters will REALLY make the point

It's been said time and again, if you REALLY want their attention with letters, hand-written letters to the President always get noticed. How about 5,000 hand written letters? Or 20,000? I am going to write mine. Here's the address:


The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500


Something I don't understand is why is the marijuana industry the only one its weight on this issue when the drug war hurts all industry. At least here in Mexico economic growth has been dampened by it.

it is time to stop the

it is time to stop the madness of putting people in jail for this!


When they figure out that with too many of the "great unwashed masses" imprisoned for non-crimes (no victim = no crime) they don't have enough worker bees to keep the economy and welfare/warfare state going, things will change.  I don't think things will change before that realization, tho, unless we, the "masses" stage a revolution (whether that revolution is violent or non-violent is going to be up to the governments in question).





medical marijuana

HEMP give use our stamps please

Obama supporters

I wonder how all those musician relics from the 60's and 70's that supported Mr. Obama feel now.

all the lies.

had a feeling this was to come..its about the almighty dollar. OBAMA listen to your public and maybe youll gain respect for saying what you mean and meaning what you say !!  betrayal of the american public. I want an answer as to the horrid changes and the ones not made yet. its a PLANT !!! 

we could grow a crop in each state use that money for the damned debt...and NOT take money away from our elderly that are living in hell called nursing homes, been in one lately ?

stop taking things away from us..prohibiition is just at an all time silly now it makes no sense at all. we could raise enough money just from crops in each state to erase the debt, and FEED our hungry. 

you are forcing us to be aggressive because it makes no sense to let sex offenders go and DWI's that people stack up to an average of 4-5 each IF they drink at all..they are not imprisoned long at all..

this country is broke and upside down now because of the imbalance of power here..WE THE PEOPLE. get it ???? OBAMA WORKS FOR US. but is he doing his job ? its time for change he said it..well let it be legal and then youll see a huge change for the better of this country.

sick people all over will be functional once again, and its a CURE for cancer they have proven this. nothing but gain for our country if it is just legalized..sick of all the lies. and people are DYING because its not legal..give me a break, its all about big money not our health and well being and forget about the right to pursue happiness just isnt going to happen I guess. 

tobacco and alcohol lead in the most addictive substances known to man..yet they are the only legal ones. WHY ? AND I WANT AN ANSWER.



ps. you can stop giving the damned company's money for hiring nothing but non US citizens any time now. they wont hire any americans with that incentive..

and I can PROVE this one too. I want answers.

It could be worse

Check out the Republican field all of you Obama critics and pick the one you think would help the cause.  Having a tough time?  Yeah... there aren't any that are viable.  Better to stick with the one you know that says he's on your side than take a chance on the ones you know that are not and say so. 

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