Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank told The Hill that President Obama is making “a grave mistake” by cracking down on medical marijuana collectives throughout the country. He continued, “It’s unfair and will hurt innocent people.” Frank is speaking out shortly after the release of President Obama’s Rolling Stone interview, in which he tries to justify the crackdowns.
Frank is known for his liberal viewpoints on marijuana, and has expressed his disappointment with the Obama administration for not keeping up campaign promises regarding marijuana.
Since 2009, the DEA and federal officials have raided over 100 medical marijuana collectives and facilities. This greatly contrasts Attorney General Eric Holder’s statements that individuals in compliance with state medical marijuana laws would not be targeted as a priority for federal officials.
Frank has apparently told Obama directly that he is “making a mistake” when it comes to how medical marijuana is being handled in the country.