During his 2008 presidential campaign, President Obama repeatedly said that if elected he would make sure the DEA shifted its focus away from those states were marijuana is legal. In reality, the opposite has happened. He’s actually spent more in 4 1/2 years fighting medical marijuana than Bush did in 8 years.
“We’ve got bigger fish to fry … It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal,” he said.
But a recent report by Americans for Safe Access, as noted by The Weed Blog, a pro-marijuana research group, shows that the Obama administration is still spending massive amounts of money fighting cannabis use in states that have legalized the plant.
To be specific, the administration has spent $289 million dollars fighting medicinal marijuana policies in the last four-and-a-half years. This breaks down to over $100,000 per-day spent fighting citizen-approved medicinal marijuana policies. For pro-legalization voters that elected President Obama in hopes of seeing federal marijuana policies loosened, this has to be disappointing.
What’s more disappointing is that in just four-and-half-years, the Obama administration has spent $120 million more fighting medicinal marijuana than the Bush administration did over eight years.
We’ll just add this to the list of broken promises. And I swear, if someone leaves a comment that says “yeah well, would you rather have a Republican in office” I’m going to stab them in the leg with a spork. That is completely irrelevant. It would be ridiculous to stop criticizing someone who deserves that criticism just because someone else is worse.