Obama Administration Has Spent Nearly $300 Million Cracking Down On Medical Marijuana

An analysis from pro-medical marijuana group Americans For Safe Access found that President Barack Obama’s administration has spent nearly $300 million on combatting medical marijuana in states that have legalized the drug.

The report calculates the total amount of federal spending on medical marijuana intervention at $289 million over Obama’s four-and-a-half years in the White House. According to the analysis, the Drug Enforcement Administration alone spent 4 percent of its budget in 2011 and 2012 cracking down on medical marijuana across 20 states. Taken as a whole, Obama’s participation makes up the majority of what ASA says is a $483 million war of lawsuits, indictments and asset forfeiture attempts waged by the Department of Justice under the past three presidents.

(Read ASA’s entire report here.)

The group claims that over 1 million Americans are using medical marijuana, and 34 percent of Americans live in a state where its medical use is legal. ASA’s report comes on the heels of a separate study from California’s chapter of NORML that found medical marijuana charges responsible for a total of over 480 years in prison sentences in the state, where cannabis has been legal for medical use since 1996. That number will likely grow when the Department of Justice hands down a prison sentence for medical marijuana provider Matthew Davies, who accepted a plea deal late last month.

– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    US AMERICANS WANT TAMIR PARDO AND SIR JOHN SAWERS SUMMARY EXECUTED FOR US TO ENJOY FOR A STRONG AMERICA.

  2. Anonymous on

    US AMERICANS WANT TAMIR PARDO SUMMARY EXECUTED FOR ALL US TO ENJOY ALONG WITH SIR JOHN SWARES FROM ENGLAND FOR A STRONG AMERICA

  3. Anonymous on

    HIT ISRAEL WITH ATOMIC BOMBS SOUTH MIDDLE AND NORTH, GIVE THESE TERRORISTS A TATES OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE, ISRAEL THIS AND ISRAEL THAT, BUTCH OF QUEERS

  4. Anonymous UK on

    Probably made it a little harder for some recreational users to get the particular brand of cannabis they wanted and caused extra pain and suffering to those who are sick. What an idiot !!

  5. gstlab3 on

    sotero is a traitor and muslim sympathizer who is an affirmative action hire., nothing he says or dose is real.,
    he is a stuffed suit usefull idiot for the nwo.

  6. Mrs. Ratsrectum on

    Barry, you have so missed so many opportunities to help out the cannabis community. If this were basketball you’d have fucked up so many missed shots nobody would want you on their team anymore. You’d be last picked for a team, and then the other players would be moaning and groaning that they got stuck with you. I mean, are you sly like a fox and orchestrating shit behind the scenes or something, because nobody knows what the fuck you are doing besides fucking things up for the cannabis community. It’s like that book Animal Farm, and now that you’re in charge you’re acting exactly like a fascist pig, like the pigs in the book do. When are you going to call a national debate in the form of a governors meeting, as well as addressing Congress about cannabis and related issues such as racial disparity in the criminal justice system, families torn apart, gun violence, the Mexican border with your country and the whole laundry list of related problems? The 10th of Never. You got Obamacare (relabeled Hillarycare) but in 20 years from now when the U.S. has an even better health care system, perhaps a universal health care system based on the path it’s currently on, the public will forget Obamacare and will be heralding the president who expands on that. Then you ain’t got shit to go down in the history books except for all the different ways you were made to look like a big asshole.

    DO SOMETHING FOR US! STOP PERSECUTING US! DO SOMETHING ELSE FOR US!

  7. jammerk65 on

    he should have used the 300 million to repair our roads and bridges instead of this victomless war!

  8. jammerk65 on

    this is the back stabbing two faced lier a lot of you people voted for, not that romney would have been any better, i liked rick santorum and wish he had won the gop nomination, there is another alternative people, the green party! we just got the movement going for legalizeation here in arizona! thinking about mark all the time for inspiration! hope to be the next colorado!…..peace people!