In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, President Obama has clarified his statements about the medical marijuana industry in response to many industry insiders feeling deceived by the President.
Many supporters of medical marijuana have felt betrayed by Obama, because previous statements led people to believe that Obama would not interfere with the state laws that have legalized medical marijuana. Obama had stated in 2008, “I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue.”
However, since that statement was made, DEA officials have conducted raids throughout the medical marijuana states, most recently in California. During an interview with Rolling Stone, Obama spoke to clarify the issue.
Obama explained, “Here’s what’s up: What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana. I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana – and the reason is, because it’s against federal law. I can’t nullify congressional law.”