The Rohrabacher-Farr medical marijuana amendment, which was passed with strong bi-partisan support in the House a couple of weeks ago, would essentially de-fund efforts to enforce federal law on state-compliant marijuana operations. One would think this would be fantastic news for an Administration that campaigned on freeing patients from the long arm of the law, but sadly President Obama continues to display signs of not really knowing what the hell he thinks about weed.
In yesterday’s Whitehouse press briefing Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest fielded a question about Rohrabacher-Farr and, and in typical “don’t let the left hand know what the right hand is doing” Obama fashion referred the question to the Department of Justice…the very agency the bill is designed to deflate.
Question: “Yes, a couple weeks back the House voted to pass a bill that would prevent the Department of Justice and the DEA from enforcing the law against medical marijuana facilities provided that they are state-licensed. Does the White House have a position on that yet? I know that as of now the White House is still opposed to medical marijuana, but 170 House Democrats voted for that.”
Mr. Earnest: “I’ll confess, Steve, I’m not familiar with that specific piece of legislation. I do suspect that my colleagues at the Department of Justice may be able to give you some insight into what our position is on that piece of legislation and what impact it would have on the way they’re currently enforcing the law over there.”
So yeah. That’s from the spokesperson for the guy that invented a weed smoking game called total absorption. Sorry patients, I guess you’ll have to wait to see what the Senate comes up with before your President decides whether he wants to be seen in the room with you or not.