Nancy Pelosi Objects To Obama’s MMJ Crackdown

May 3, 2012

Demo­c­ra­tic leader Nancy Pelosi saw the writ­ing on the wall and came out in defense of med­ical cannabis patients and dis­pen­saries under assault by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment this week. San Fran­cisco dis­pen­saries served her a peti­tion with thou­sands of sig­na­tures May 2. Sub­se­quently, Speaker Pelosi released the May 2 state­ment say­ing: “Access to med­i­c­i­nal mar­i­juana for indi­vid­u­als who are ill or endur­ing dif­fi­cult and painful ther­a­pies is both a med­ical and a states’ rights issue. Six­teen states, includ­ing our home state of Cal­i­for­nia, and the Dis­trict of Colum­bia have adopted med­i­c­i­nal mar­i­juana laws – most by a vote of the peo­ple. “I have strong con­cerns about the recent actions by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment that threaten the safe access of med­i­c­i­nal mar­i­juana to alle­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of patients in Cal­i­for­nia, and under­mine a pol­icy that has been in place under which the fed­eral gov­ern­ment did not pur­sue indi­vid­u­als whose actions com­plied with state laws pro­vid­ing for med­i­c­i­nal mar­i­juana. “Proven med­i­c­i­nal uses of mar­i­juana include improv­ing the qual­ity of life for patients with can­cer, HIV/AIDS, mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, and other severe med­ical con­di­tions. “I am pleased to join orga­ni­za­tions that sup­port legal access to med­i­c­i­nal mar­i­juana, includ­ing the Amer­i­can Nurses Asso­ci­a­tion, the Lym­phoma Foun­da­tion of Amer­ica, and the AIDS Action Coun­cil. “Med­i­c­i­nal mar­i­juana alle­vi­ates some of the most debil­i­tat­ing symp­toms of AIDS, includ­ing pain, wast­ing, and nau­sea. The oppor­tu­nity to ease the suf­fer­ing of peo­ple who are seri­ously ill or endur­ing dif­fi­cult and painful ther­a­pies is an oppor­tu­nity we must not ignore. “For these rea­sons, 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, that respects the wishes of the states in pro­vid­ing relief to ill indi­vid­u­als, and that pre­vents the fed­eral gov­ern­ment from act­ing to harm the safe access of med­i­c­i­nal mar­i­juana pro­vided under state law. I will con­tinue to strongly sup­port those efforts.” In other news Berke­ley Patients Group, the biggest vic­tim of the crack­down so far, has said on Face­book that it will go delivery-only as it pur­sues another loca­tion to re-open. Source: East Bay Express (CA) Author: David Downs Pub­lished: May 3, 2012 Copy­right: 2012 East Bay Express Web­site: http://​www​.east​bay​ex​press​.com/

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