As you have seen, the mission of the Patient Voter Project is to keep Colorado citizens informed about the Obama administration’s attacks on Colorado’s sovereignty and its medical marijuana laws, in direct conflict with earlier promises to respect these very same laws.
You can play an active role in this campaign by informing Colorado citizens yourself. Simply enter the email addresses of your friends and family in the state, click “Send,” and they will receive a copy of the latest PVP alert, as you can see in the pre-written email below.
Please note that our system will not retain the email addresses of your friends and family. They will be used only for this immediate purpose.
Text of email:
I am sending you this email as part of the Patient Voter Project because I am extremely troubled by the Obama administration’s ongoing 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.
In March, he sent similar letters to 25 additional medical marijuana centers. Aside from one letter that was rescinded, these two sets of letters resulted in 47 state-legal medical marijuana centers being shut down. While some relocated at significant cost, others shut down entirely. And on August 3, Walsh struck again, sending letters to another 10 medical marijuana centers, threatening to seize their assets if they did not cease operations.
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.
Please join me in spreading the word about this egregious use of federal power. You can do so by visiting the website for the Patient Voter Project (http://www.patientvoterproject.org) and clicking on the “Spread the Word” tab. And be sure to also 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.