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Stand in Solidarity for Safe Access: Day 4 of Medical Marijuana Week

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:19 PM

The San Francisco Chapter of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) stands in solidarity with medical cannabis patients, advocates, and concerned citizens across the country protesting the unprecedented attack of the medical cannabis community by the Obama Administration.  This evening, President Obama will be at San Francisco’s Nob Hill Masonic Center for a fundraiser, and SF ASA is rallying for safe access.

During Obama’s presidency his administration has used a series of familiar and new tactics to interfere with state medical cannabis laws including nearly 200 SWAT-style raids leading to more than 60 indictments, threat letters to landlords and government officials, gross manipulation of the tax code, denying medical cannabis patients the right to bear arms, seizing medical cannabis related bank accounts, and much more.

Today, ASA Chapters and affiliates in 9 cities and 6 states rallied outside of federal buildings across the country to tell Obama that enough is enough, and the day of action culminates with the San Francisco Chapter of Americans for Safe Access to addressing President Obama at the Nob Hill Masonic Center with demands that he keeps his promise of taking a reasonable approach to handling legitimate medical cannabis programs.

Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access, states “The literal and figurative assault on medical marijuana patients currently underway by the Obama Administration is unprecedented in this country’s history, despite hollow proclamations to the contrary.  The intensity and breadth of the attacks has far surpassed anything we saw under the Bush Administration and has resulted in the roll-back of numerous local and state laws.” The Obama Administration has also employed numerous federal agencies, including the DEA, FBI, ATF, VA, and IRS to shut down access to medical marijuana, and cut-off services for, or otherwise discriminate against, literally hundreds of thousands of patients across the country.

Patient advocates in San Francisco and across the country called on Obama to end his attacks on the medical marijuana community and begin to address this issue from a public health standpoint. In addition to keeping his pledge of deprioritizing enforcement, advocates are encouraging Obama to reschedule marijuana for medical use. ASA is currently litigating the rescheduling issue in the D.C. Circuit and has also filed a separate lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration’s violation of the Tenth Amendment by derailing state medical marijuana laws.

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