I am sending you this email as part of the Patient Voter Project because I am extremely troubled by the Obama administration’s recent attacks on medical marijuana providers in Colorado. I wanted to make sure you were aware of what is happening.
On January 12, 2012, the United States Attorney in Colorado, John Walsh, an Obama administration appointee, launched an attack on state-legal medical marijuana providers in the state. He sent letters to 23 medical marijuana centers, informing them that they were located in areas deemed problematic by the federal government and would have to shut down within 45 days. If not, the federal government would seize their property.
These medical marijuana centers are operating in full compliance with state and local laws and ordinances. Since 2009, the Obama administration has said repeatedly, and as recently as December 2011 during testimony by Attorney General Eric Holder before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, that it would not use its limited resources to go after individuals acting in compliance with state law. It is inexplicable and offensive that the administration sat back and allowed owners of medical marijuana centers in Colorado to invest tens of thousands of dollars in order to comply with state regulations and *then* decided to seize their properties.
The open question now is whether the Obama administration will actually seize the property of these individuals who have diligently followed state and local laws. We also don’t know whether the US Attorney will expand his attack to include additional medical marijuana centers.
I encourage you to visit the website for the Patient Voter Project (http://www.patientvoterproject.org) and sign up for alerts so that you can be informed if and when the Obama administration takes further action in this area — whether that action is positive or negative. I know I will be watching to see what they do.
Thanks for hearing me out and for caring about this issue.