RNC vs. DNC — Will Medical Marijuana Decide the Election?

This week, as the average American begins to pay close attention to the Presidential race during the party conventions, my organization, Americans for Safe Access, is preparing to flood America — and especially swing states — with a poster that asks the question, “Can Broken Promises Lose an Election? 1 Million Medical Marijuana Patients Will Decide.” This message is controversial, and many liberals who support President Barack Obama as well as compassionate use are asking why we are targeting a President who once made the boldest pro-access statement in history.

We are sending a message to President Obama and his supporters because he is our President, and his decisions have grave consequences for medical cannabis patients. His administration has rejected our petition to overturn the federal definition of marijuana as without “accepted medical use in the United States” — a decision that we will challenge in court on October 16th. Obama’s administration has raided more medical marijuana facilities in three and a half years than Bush’s administration did in eight. And his appointed U.S. Attorneys are shutting down dispensaries left and right, including model operations whose medicine is a lifeline for patients.

ASA has been accused of creating a propaganda campaign that will help Mitt Romney. But that’s not the reality on the ground. We are hearing from our grassroots — and reading in polls — that medical marijuana patients and their loved ones are considering voting for third-party candidates or not voting at all. This trend is most pronounced in the medical cannabis states that are also swing states, like Colorado and Nevada. In a close election, a few percentage points peeled off to a third party could make the difference in the Electoral College, and we want to wake Obama up to that fact.

Medical marijuana does not have to be a partisan issue — lawmakers on the Republican side of the aisle have supported and led efforts to respect state laws on compassionate use in state capitols and in Congress. Republicans and Republicans-turned-Independents such as Ron Paul and Lincoln Chaffee have vocally supported medical cannabis access and efforts to reschedule cannabis in the Controlled Substances Act — a position we will advance in court just weeks before the election.

– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.



  1. Mrs. RatsRectum on

    Obama started off well then changed for the worse regarding cannabis. At first, there was the policy that he would leave medical marijuana alone, but that was at a time when he still had lots of Democrats in the Congress. After the last election when more Republicans were elected, it looks like Obama simply started giving in more the Republicans to get their cooperation, or at least to get them to back off because they had something else to chew on. Romney has been in the news bitching about people smoking pot on the beach while he and his wife were walking on the beach near one of their homes, the one in San Diego, California.

    If you vote for Romney and other Republicans, you are sure to get more of the same prohibitionist policies and crackdowns.

    If you vote for Obama and get more Democrats in Congress, then you can pressure the Obama Administration to be more cannabis-friendly and to call off the dogs because he won’t need to kiss the Republicans’ asses in the faint hope of trying to get them to vote on something he wants done.

    Listen in Obama’s campaign speeches, and listen to what his surrogates say. Listen for the possibility of sequestration cuts being made by law or by policy to prevent the federal government from spending any money in medical marijuana states, UNLESS the state, and not local government sidestepping the chain of command, requests federal involvement. Look for anything that would indicate he is going to use the sequestration budget cuts to call off the IRS, DEA, ONDCP and any federal law enforcement agency or person from getting involved in medical marijuana, to include speaking against medical marijuana in states looking at passing such laws anew.

  2. Anonymous on


    Im voting 3rd party! Already registered and even talked my father to vote for Gary Johnson and taking 3 friends to vote and aske them to

  3. fatboy on

    the president should have to do what he promised during election.america is getting tired of the old bait and switch.

  4. MenaceMotors on

    it might have in 2008 with all of the bullshit Hope n Change.
    All it was smoke n mirrors to a puppet president elected.
    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice…..we’ll that’s not going to happen
    Change Congress who can change the laws.