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Friday, May 4, 2012

Nancy Pelosi Shames Obama Over Marijuana Crackdown

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2012 at 9:19 AM

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Earlier this week, medical marijuana advocates marched to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco office, where they delivered a petition asking the House Minority Leader to crack down on President Obama over his federal crackdown of pot clubs.

And because the San Francisco rep is always looking for new reasons to be at odds with the president, she jumped on the we-hate-Obama's-pot-policies bandwagon. In a statement released to the press, Pelosi said she has strong feelings, negative feelings that is, about the federal government's recent actions to close down pot clubs across California. Already, five in San Francisco have shuttered, and five more are set to close later this month.

Pot advocates are putting pressure on the president, saying this federal crackdown is only hurting seriously ill people who rely on medical marijuana to relieve their pain.

"I have long supported efforts in Congress to advocate federal policies that recognize the scientific evidence and clinical research demonstrating the medical benefits of medicinal marijuana (and) that respects the wishes of the states in providing relief to ill individuals," Pelosi said in a statement to the press.

Last week, San Francisco Democrats passed a resolution asking the president to leave pot clubs alone. The local Democratic Party noted that the Obama Administration is "aggressively persecuting a peaceful and regulated community, wasting federal resources in using a series of threatening tactics to shut down regulated access to medical cannabis across the state of California."

That resolution came a day after Obama was quoted defending himself and his pot club suppression, under which 
operators and landlords of dispensaries have been threatened with jail time

and asset forfeiture unless they closed their business to the city's

tens of thousands of customers in San Francisco.

Obama claimed he

"never made a promise to ignore federal law, and even if [he] did, [he]

can't, because Congress, not the White House, makes the laws."

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