Excerpt from The Huffington Post (May 4,2012):
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday released a statement pushing back against the Obama administration’s interference with medical marijuana laws in California and beyond. Her statement comes after medical marijuana advocates delivered a petition earlier that day calling on Pelosi to defend patients from ramped up federal enforcement measures.
“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,” said Pelosi, “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.”
John Entwistle notes: Good words, nice start. I await her follow up eagerly. Perhaps she will finally sign on as a cosponsor for Barney Frank’s HR 1983 — The Reschedule Marijuana & Protect States rights Act. Anything short of a concerted effort to successfully remove pot from schedule one of the Controlled Substances Act leaves the problem in place to pop up later. In other words, Just not enforcing federal law is not enough — We have to change federal law. We note with disappointment that no mention of rescheduling or descheduling was made in the petition.