Pres. Obama: Stop the War on Cannabis Patients
  • Petitioned Melinda Haag

This petition was delivered to:

US Attorney, Northern District, California
Melinda Haag
US Attorney General
Eric Holder
President of the United States
Sen. Barbara Boxer
Rep. Paul Cook

Pres. Obama: Stop the War on Cannabis Patients

    1. Michael Steiner
    2. Petition by

      Michael Steiner

      Oakland, CA

Melinda Haag and other U.S. Attorneys are waging war against California’s medical cannabis patients. Now she's threatening to shut down Harborside Health Center.

Haag has closed over 15 dispensaries this year in Marin, San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland, depriving tens of thousands of patients of their medicine. Her war against cannabis patients displays blatant disrespect for California law and the Obama administration’s policy to respect State law.  As recently as June, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Federal government would, “limit our enforcement efforts to those individuals, organizations that are acting out of conformity with state law.”

Harborside Health Center is a medical cannabis dispensary in Oakland that provides medicine to more than 100,000 qualified patients. They are known for meticulous compliance with State and local law. Now Haag is intent on shutting them down by seizing their property, saying simply that Harborside is providing medicine to too many sick people—even though State law explicitly states that there is no size limit for dispensaries.

Closing dispensaries like Harborside affects patients in a very real way—patients like five-year-old Jayden David, who suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy. In his first five years, Jayden had a seizure every day of his life. He rode in an ambulance 45 times, tried 22 different medications from around the world, and took over 25,000 pharmaceutical pills. As a last resort, his father Jason consulted Harborside Health Center, who worked with their cultivators to develop a non-psychoactive cannabis tincture to help Jayden. Since then, Jayden has experienced his first seizure-free day, and he can now function and enjoy a much improved quality of life.

At Melinda Haag’s accelerating rate, soon there will be no place for patients like Jayden to get their medicine. Haag must be stopped before she completely undermines California’s voter-approved medical cannabis laws and cuts off safe access for thousands of patients.

Please urge the President and Mr. Holder to freeze and reevaluate all medical cannabis cases throughout the federal system for State law compliance only. If they comply with State law, the Federal government should leave them alone.

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    Reasons for signing

    • James Park FREMONT, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Marijuana is considered safe compared to any schedule II or III drug.

    • mary lopez CAROL CITY, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Its medican that I need

    • Luis Pina GLENDALE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is government suppression. Raids were getting too much bad press so now they're trying to do it with as little media attention as possible. A threatening letter in the mail to the owners.

    • D B BOSTON, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      Stop the war on cannabis altogether!! We could solve the national debt problem if this silly war would stop!! Legalize cannabis NOW!! At least stop the insanity against medicinal marijuana and the dispensaries!!!

      ***PLEASE READ~The citizens of Massachusetts intend that there should be no punishment under state law for qualifying patients, physicians and health care professionals, personal caregivers for patients, or medical marijuana treatment center agents for the medical use of marijuana." A spokesman for Secretary of State William Galvin told in a July 10, 2012 phone conversation that the initative has qualified to be on the Nov. 6, 2012 ballot.


    • John Drozdowski LEVITTOWN, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      I think I government could benefit greatly if cannabis would be legalized; tax it and there goes our debt


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