Is Obama Endorsement From Pot Group Smoke and Mirrors?

When the United States Medical Marijuana Chamber of Commerce earlier this week endorsed President Barack Obama, folks in the media were surprised that an industry that hadn’t been too thrilled with the administration was rallying behind it.

Even more surprised? Mainstream marijuana activists, many of whom have never heard of the organization or its founder, Tom Leto. The major lobbying and advocacy groups have so far held off on endorsing a presidential candidate — they say Obama hasn’t lived up to a vow to back off raids.

“Our whole community was asking ‘who is this clown?’” says Aaron Houston, executive director of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy. And conspiracy theories, unsurprisingly, bloomed.

The U.S. Medical Marijuana Chamber of Commerce’s press release endorsing Obama claimed it has 10,000 members in chapters across the country, and its Web site lists a box-office address on a swank stretch of Pennsylvania Ave.

The group does not appear to be incorporated, nor is it listed in nonprofit records or in Dun & Bradstreet. A lone press clip from a 2010 event in New Jersey is the only mention to be found.

We reached Leto, who said the fact that no one had heard of him meant he has more work to do. As for the lack of a paper trail, he says it’s in the works. “I’ve got attorneys working on all that,” he says. “It’s a process, you know? We will be…I don’t know how to say it, but lock, stock, and barrel in about two weeks.”

Leto says he’s not naming his members to protect them. “People aren’t ready to be out there,” he explains. “but I’m out there and I’m in it to win it.”

– Read the entire article at The Washington Post.

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7 Comments

  1. jh on

    I guess what in a nutshell, this man is not much more than smoke and mirrors.

  2. jh on

    Barack Obama has already proven himself a liar. The American government in my opinion does not deserve to ever profit a single cent from Cannabis sales. Tax and regulate? That time has past. They have chosen a black market. What leader of sound mind would ever allow such madness.
    Does it not seem strange to anyone that Cannabis Sativa, and Cannabis Indica remain completely illegal. In favor of Marinol?

  3. jh on

    Barack Obama has already proven himself a liar. The American government in my opinion does not deserve to ever profit a single cent from Cannabis sales. That time has past. They have chosen a black market. Industrial hemp, banned? What leader of sound mind would ever allow such madness. Tax and regulate?

  4. jh on

    Barack Obama has already proven himself a liar. The American government in my opinion does not deserve to ever profit a single cent from Cannabis sales. That time has past. They have chosen a black market. Industrial hemp, banned? What leader of sound mind would ever allow such madness. Tax and regulate?

  5. Rider on

    The last thing the cannabis legalization community needs is medical marijuana legalized at the federal level. That would allow the drug war to continue.

  6. Anonymous on

    Your name, Mr Leto is forever more going to be associated with this nonsensical, amateurish at infiltrating the movement.

    The last thing the cannabis legalization community needs is clowns like this guy, dishonestly trying to exploit people’s trust.

  7. Paul Pot on

    Obama and Biden are DEA through and through.
    Register to Vote Gary Johnson for President.