[below is an email re-post I received]
Can you believe that DEA would act so quickly to undermine and disregard the statements made by President Obama?
Today, [1.23.09] the Drug Enforcement Administration, currently staffed by officials from the Bush Administration, raided a medical cannabis dispensary in South Lake Tahoe, California. They did so knowing full well that President Obama has repeatedly pledged to end federal threats, arrests, and prosecutions of patients and their providers in medical cannabis states.
You can see video clips of Obama's statements on the two YouTube links posted above
We are shocked and awed! For DEA to act with such brazen arrogance and in direct conflict with the new President's pledge to end federal raids is deeply concerning. With only weeks left in office, it is clear that top DEA officials are using this transitional period to exploit the differences in policy between the old and new administration.
We need you to act... and we need you to act NOW!
Call President Obama and urge that he issue an immediate suspension to all federal funds used to investigate, intimidate, arrest, and prosecute individuals who use or provide medical cannabis in accordance with their state laws.
Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 and say:
"Hi, my name is _____________. Today, the Drug Enforcement Agency raided a medical cannabis dispensary in Tahoe, California. The dispensary was raided by DEA despite numerous statements by President Obama saying he would end federal interference with state medical cannabis laws. I'm very concerned about outgoing DEA officials undermining these state laws and aggressively threatening innocent Americans. I'm also concerned about DEA taking action that is an affront to President Obama's position. I am pleading with President Obama to issue an immediate suspension of all federal funds used to investigate, intimidate, arrest, or prosecute individuals who use or provide medical cannabis in accordance with their state laws. We are being threatened by our own DEA. Please help us."
President Obama's position on medical marijuana is no secret. We need President Obama's support. Once you've made this phone call, please forward this message to friends and family.
Then visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact to copy and paste the above message.
Americans for Safe Access
1322 Webster Street, Ste.
Oakland, CA 94612