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Romney Victories and Oaksterdam Raid May Motivate Marijuana Activists

This week did not provide medical marijuana patients with the news they were hoping for.  Mitt Romney picked up precious delegates in the Republican primaries and has all but assured his position in general election. Unfortunately for patients, this means that the two main candidates campaigning for president of the United States do not seem willing to discuss sensible marijuana reform.  Advocates and patients were also disappointed to learn that the iconic Oaksterdam University was raided by federal agents.

Marijuana advocates have always had to assume a glass half full position and as always, there were some developments to rise out of the ashes of disheartening news.  On Tuesday Mitt Romney won the primaries in Wisconsin, Washington D.C. and Maryland.  The victories separate him from the rest of the pack and has produced an almost insurmountable lead for the former Massachusetts Governor.  Unless a political catastrophe occurs for team Romney, his lead in the delegate count (658 to Santorum’s 281), 1,144 needed in total) should be enough to secure the nomination. The election is now likely to shift from Republican infighting to the inevitable battle between President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney.

Unfortunately for medical marijuana patients these are two candidates who do not appear ready to address the issue of reform with the American public.  President Obama has sidestepped the issue several times over the past few months and Mitt Romney has repeatedly made it clear that he does not support medical marijuana.  The good news is that another major political figure has reignited the issue of medical marijuana.  Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson appeared on “The Colbert Report” earlier this week and was more than willing to engage in many social issues such as gay marriage and marijuana legalization.  Johnson may not have a particularly great chance at capturing the presidency, but he may offer a third party option that can generate more excitement than we have seen in recent years.  Any exposure the former New Mexico governor gets could put pressure on both Barack Obama and  Mitt Romney to explain why they are not supportive of compassionate relief.

Another blow to the medical marijuana community came in the form of a federal raid of Oaksterdam.  Federal authorities have not disclosed the exact reasons as to why they raided the university.  Reports do indicate that the IRS was involved, so the potential for profiting or tax issues could have caused the raid.  The university was set up to try and help legitimize marijuana and to promote education and safety.  There is still hope for a future University as supporters have vowed to reopen “The Princeton of Pot.” Supporters also suggested the federal government would be better off allocating resources toward the horrific shooting on the Oikos University campus.

The medical marijuana community has endured much more than a raid and presidential candidates ignoring them.  Many are forced to illegally acquire medicine and deal with the risk of being arrested if they seek relief.  The resiliency that the community has shown for decades is not easily shaken and will certainly not be deterred by stubborn political candidates or a building being closed.  Education is more than lectures in a brick and mortar building, and it cannot be suppressed.

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27 Responses to “Romney Victories and Oaksterdam Raid May Motivate Marijuana Activists”

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    Alien Toker April 5, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    It seems these politicians will coniinue to sidestep these issues. neither one seems willing to discuss, but be mindful of the fact that although Presdent Obama may not be out waving his marijuana flag, Patients are still getting access to meds. There just is, as always has been, a much larger machine at work than it would seem..

    Oaksterdaam may be yet another case where there is more than meets the eye going on.

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      Reeferman2012 April 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

      Reeferman reporting for duty! I think you are correct about Oaksterdam, even though it appears to be an upstanding instituion I would hope the Feds have an awesome reason to do what they did. If not what hope do we have?

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    Chief IronLung April 5, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    If Obama does not get re-elected with Romney as competitor we are all in very bad place.

    Now they target places of education to stop spread of knowledge.

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    WeJuana April 5, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    The outlook of this election is looking more and more bleak as time passes. I thought the official statement was places operating under state laws would be left alone? Did Oaksterdam do something I’m not aware of?

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    iTokeAlot April 5, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Haha, you would think that the government would throw their resources at more serious matters. Same old story.

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    ProfGreenBud April 5, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    So it’s down to an elitist conservative and the current LIAR that we have in there now? Roseanne Barr is looking better every day!

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    jd815 April 5, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Obama may tolerate medical marijuana in some capacity, Romney goes as the wind blows,

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      Trailblazer420 April 10, 2012 at 9:11 am #

      Toleration is good in my book! It keeps my volcano packed and worry free! With a lot of selection and getting the meds is not some possible all day setting up event, in which cases you still end up without nothing and are forced to accept whatever is “in stock”

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    Green Grower April 5, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Are we going to have to go back underground after all the progress that we’ve made? We’ve been underground forever, so, no problem there. I just hope we can continue to be legitimized so we can pay our share of taxes and solve alot of money problems for those ignorant powers that be.

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    givusrealeaf April 5, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    it would be great if Gary Johnson could get some exposure during this race. He totally supports marijuana reform.

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    Born2Blaze April 5, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    I had hope that this upcoming election would be somethig different, but seems like the same type of candidates over and over. We need a change, but when will it actually happen?

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    WhipperSnapper420 April 5, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    At least with Obama you feel like you have a president that is in touch and for me that can go a long way. We easily forget how politicians before him hardly even recognized the internet as a powerful entity. Electing Romney would just lead to a another time of head scratching and confusion at decisions made with no logic or plan. He conforms to that dinosaur mentality but with extreme religious motivation thrown in the mix. BAD news. Obama just needs more time.

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    Milka Lover April 5, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Where have all the cowboys gone?

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    butterface April 5, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    boo this man….booooo!

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      Allergic To BS April 6, 2012 at 10:23 am #

      I dig your picture dude/dudette.

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    momo from domo April 5, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Princeton of Pot? No. Sound so stupid <3

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    consultor April 5, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    The best hope for legal medical marijuana in the near term is for Obama to get reelected. It is definitly a second term decision, probably late in his second term.Keep up the lobby effort. Study the process on how it became illegal . A good book just out Pot, Inc. tell the story very well. It is also a good tool for advocacy

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    obijuana April 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    only the force will bring us out of this.

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    Killer the dog April 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Id rather nominate a cat than Obama and Romney

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    CaGuy209 April 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    I have said it before and I will say it again. The only way we really stand a chance on getting a good president is to have a descent independent party win. Right now my vote is still for Roseann.

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    mcmj420 April 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    I don’t know why politicians are so dum. As we all know the more they shut us down the more we have to illegally acquire medicine.

    But now attacking a school. If they did something wrong or not I don’t believe make a difference. The FED really want to do something they do it and place make up reason why later.

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    DeadHead63 April 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    What an all around bummer, just when I thought things were getting better stuff like this pops up. Oaksterdam is/was an amazing place and did not deserve what happened.

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    Volcanologist April 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Good point consultor, he has lots of other promises to take care of plus the re election. We’ll see how it goes! I’ll check out that book too. thanks for the info.

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    Strain Master April 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Activists, MMJ patients and supporters unite! Now is the time! The “hope” that got Obama in office started in California. We have proved that we can accomplish any thing if we form a united front! We have to show them that the seeds of change in California that we’ve been sowing will blossom into a forest. What have you done today?

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    Daytimetoker April 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    Maybe if they took a more mature approach, even just with the name of these schools they wouldn’t be subjected to so much instantaneous eyebrow raising and the message can actually get out these places are set up to deliver. Its great there is another school ready to take its place but lets not make the same mistakes

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