President obama unable to find a legitimate or honest defense for his administration’s behavior regarding medical marijuana, President Obama instead resorted to a lieing and sidestepping to Rolling Stone about what the law actually states.  From his recent interview with Jann S. Wenner in Rolling Stone:

(WENNER) Let me ask you about the WAR ON DRUGS. You vowed in 2008,when you were running for election, that you would not "use Justice Department resources to try and circumvent state laws a about medical marijuana."
Yet Rolling Stone ran a storie that shows you and your administration is and has launched more raids on MEDICAL MARIJUANA than the bush administration did.SERIOUSLY whats up with that?

[Obama] Here’s what’s up:" What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana. I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana – and the reason is, because it’s against federal law. I can’t nullify congressional law. I can’t ask the Justice Department to say, “Ignore completely a federal law that’s on the books.” What I can say is, “Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage.” As a consequence, there haven’t been prosecutions of users of marijuana for medical purposes

.This is an outright lie and misdirection by Obama about FEDERAL LAW  regarding medical marijuana. Drugs are governed under the Control Substance Act,
 and the important thing is that this law explicitly gives the Executive Branch the power to unilaterally change the legal status of particular drugs. Obama wouldn’t need to “nullify congressional law,” because HE AND ONLY HIM currently has the legal power to change marijuana’s classification.
Marijuana is categorized as schedule I, which means it legally has no accepted medical use. This is why medical marijuana, while legal under some State laws, is illegal under federal law.
 The law explicitly states gives the executive branch the power to change the scheduling of particular drugs without needing Congressional action. Obama can instruct the relevant agencies under him that he instructs to take an honest look at the Research and reschedule marijuana so it qualifies as having legite medical uses. The Obama administration could easily and justifiably move marijuana to, say, schedule III, which happens to be the same schedule that synthetic THC is in, making medical marijuana legal under federal law. 
There would be nothing unusual , extraordinary or legally suspect about Obama doing this . The executive branch has often moved certain drugs to lower or higher schedules based on new data without Congressional involvement. In fact, multiple governors have petitioned the Obama administration asking him to move marijuana to a lower schedule, so he should be aware of the  authority he has and always has had.(SERIOUSLY HE IS THE PRESIDENT) 
Obama is not Clueless or some hapless victim  whose actions, non action on this issue are  constrained by congressional law. The TRUTH is pretty much the exact opposite. Under current law Obama effectively has the power to unilaterally make medical marijuana legal. OBAMA IS NOT LEGALLY forced to wage a war on medical marijuana; PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION  is actively choosing to do.

President Barack Obama said if enough states reform their marijuana laws, Congress may change federal law that continues to make the drug illegal.

Obama, during an interview with Vice Media co-founder Shane Smith released in full on Monday, said he’s encouraged that liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans seem to agree that current U.S. marijuana laws don’t make sense.

“We may be able to make some progress on the decriminalization side,” Obama said. “At a certain point, if enough states end up decriminalizing, then Congress may then reschedule marijuana.”Last week, Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill that would reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I drug, which has high potential for abuse and no medical value, to a Schedule II drug, which has lower potential danger and recognized medical benefits. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Twenty-three states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Four states, as well as D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana.

“I’d separate out the issue of criminalization of marijuana from encouraging its use,” Obama said. “I think there’s no doubt that our criminal justice system, generally, is so heavily skewed towards cracking down on non-violent drug offenders that it has not just had a terrible effect on many communities — particularly communities of color — rendering a lot of folks unemployable because they got felony records, disproportionate prison sentences. It costs a huge amount of money to states and a lot of states are figuring that out.

“But what I’m encouraged by is you’re starting to see not just liberal Democrats, but also some very conservative Republicans recognize this doesn’t make sense — including the libertarian wing of the Republican Party.”

Obama cautioned that legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, or any other substance, isn’t a panacea.

“I think there is a legitimate concern about the overall effects this has on society, particularly vulnerable parts of our society,” Obama said. “Substance abuse generally, legal and illegal substances, is a problem. Locking somebody up for 20 years is probably not the best strategy, and that is something we have to rethink as a society as a whole.”

Smith told Obama marijuana was the most popular topic that Vice readers wanted the president to address in the interview, parts of which were released last week. Obama said he understands the interest in the drug, but said the issue of marijuana “shouldn’t be young people’s biggest priority.”
According to a recent study from the American Civil Liberties Union, blacks were nearly four times as likely than whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana possession in 2010, even though usage was about the same for both groups. In Washington, D.C., Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, blacks were 7.5 to 8.5 times more likely than whites to be arrested for possessing pot.

The United States is home to just 5 percent of the world’s population, but a full 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. The harsh and lengthy sentences for nonviolent drug crimes have helped bolster that figure. In 1980, there were roughly 40,000 drug offenders in U.S. prisons, according to the Sentencing Project, a prison reform group. By 2011, the number of drug offenders serving prison sentences had ballooned to more than 500,000 — most low-level operators with no prior criminal records.

While relaxed state marijuana laws have begun to affect incarceration rates, an average one person is arrested for marijuana possession every minute in the U.S., according to FBI statistics.
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