Being a politician is not an easy task. You have to be a people person, always looking behind your shoulder, pretending you don’t really care about money or power and make the right decision every single time. You obviously have to choose sides too. Depending on your perception, values and attitudes you usually choose between two sides, republican or democratic. Marijuana has always been a part of the more liberal democrat, while it has been a thorn in the more conservative, republican point of view. However, as much as democracy is a good idea, it has its flaws. For instance, even though medical marijuana is legal in almost half of the states in the U.S., the federal government still has the right raid a dispensary or jail medical marijuana patients. Even though Obama is a democratic president, his administration is responsible for all those dispensary raids that went down in California.
However, it seems that this is about to change. On July 21st, the California Democratic Party introduced two resolutions that just might completely change the face of the American medical marijuana struggle. Simply put, these resolutions will make the lives of medical marijuana patients a whole lot easier. The CDP is the biggest Democratic Party in the country and that means it has leverage among other parties. The first resolution is practically a direct call to Obama to stop raiding dispensaries in states where such operations are allowed and to stop jailing medical marijuana patients if they have a medical marijuana license. Therefore, Colorado and Washington should be left alone.
The second resolution concerns California specifically. The state legislature should embed statewide guidelines for the distribution of medical marijuana and at the same time respect the rights of cities to regulate and license marijuana. In addition to that, they would be responsible for providing marijuana to every medical marijuana patient in California without having to look over their shoulders all the time. There are a couple of pending marijuana bills in California and those will surely benefit from this resolution.
Support For Obama
The party proudly states that those two resolutions are now part of their identity and that they wholeheartedly stand behind them. If Obama chooses to support marijuana publicly, he now has significant support from one of the strongest parties in the country. However, U.S. Attorney Eric Holder still hasn’t responded to Colorado and Washington ending their weed bans. We all know the U.S. Attorney likes to express his attitudes only when they are definitive and his silence says quite a lot about the mater. This particular fight will be tight and we will keep you posted on further developments.