Over in Fort Collins, Colorado, there’s a new petition making its way through the streets, seeking an end to the city’s ban on dispensaries of medical marijuana. There once were many dispensaries of medical marijuana in the city, but a ballot measure prohibiting the businesses was passed on Election Day last year.
Colorado is one of a growing number of states where it is legal to buy and to smoke medical marijuana. Just last Friday, legislation legalizing medical marijuana was advanced to the floor of the Connecticut House of Representatives.
Marijuana, medically used or not, remains illegal under federal law, however. Under presidents Bush and Obama, federal law enforcement officials have moved against growers and distributors of marijuana, even when their actions have not violated state law.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein opposes the federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries. Speaking before a crowd at the 420 Rally in Denver this weekend, Stein pledged that, if she is elected President, one of her first actions will be to order federal law enforcement to stop actions against medical marijuana businesses. Stein urged a “thriving commercial hemp industry” and said, “President Obama promised to use a science-based approach to public policy. But when it comes to marijuana, he has continued the unscientific policies of George Bush, and has even gone far beyond Bush in his attacks upon medical marijuana clinics. He supports the irrational classification of marijuana in the most dangerous drug category, and he supports the ban on commercial hemp growing. This is mania-based policy, not science-based policy.”