Obama Outspends Clinton, Dubya Going After Recreational And Medical Marijuana Users


When President Barack Obama was in the midst of his first campaign for the Nation’s highest office, he made some appealing promises to advocates of drawing down the War on Drugs and lightening restrictions on medical marijuana in the United States.

What a difference a few years can make.

According to a new report produced by Americans for Safe Access, a leading advocate of medical marijuana, the Obama Administration has not just been tough on American pot users — it has spent much more on medical cannabis enforcement than both the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton White Houses.

From the report, titled “What’s the Cost”:

…President Obama has dedicated nearly $300 million to such enforcement efforts, despite his repeated pledges to not use Justice Department funds in this way. In 2011 and 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) spent four percent of its budget on the medical marijuana crackdown. Having conducted at least 270 paramilitary-style raids during the past four years, Obama’s DEA spent approximately $8 million to carry them out. However, the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on raids was dwarfed by the amount spent on investigative efforts preceding raids, indictments, and lawsuits, which has totaled more than $200 million.

In a press release detailing its findings, ASA mused that most people probably don’t realize how harsh Obama has been on pot: “Did you know that the Department of Justice has already spent nearly a half a billion dollars fighting medical cannabis? Did you know that the Obama Administration spent over half of that money on medical cannabis investigations, paramilitary-style raids, prosecutions, incarceration, and civil asset forfeiture lawsuits? Most Americans do not know these things, but what is worse is that most Members of Congress don’t know that either.”

It’s not surprising that ASA assumes many people have no idea the Obama Administration is skewering marijuana users and spending heavily to do so.

Here’s what the current President’s campaign representatives sent a reporter for StoptheDrugWar.org back in 2008 when questions about Obama’s marijuana policies came up:

Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting Obama for America to inquire about the Senator’s position on allowing severely ill patients to use marijuana for medical purposes.

Many states have laws that condone medical marijuana, but the Bush Administration is using federal drug enforcement agents to raid these facilities and arrest seriously ill people.  Focusing scarce law enforcement resources on these patients who pose no threat while many violent and highly dangerous drug traffickers are at large makes no sense.  Senator Obama will not continue the Bush policy when he is president.

Thank you again for contacting us.


Obama for America

Well, at the email was truthful in saying Obama wouldn’t continue Bush’s tactics; the current President appears to have doubled down.

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Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • vicki

    How embarrassing, the guy who actually inhaled is being the most strict about forbidding its use.

    • 5alive5

      That’s his ” Do as I say, not as I do” stance!!!

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      Obama loves Big Government no matter where it comes from.

  • an old seabee

    Maybe it’s the MEDICAL part he doesn’t like?!?

    • Dan Corby

      with that, you’re probably right. It’s part of his Darwinistic survival of the fittest plan covered under Obummercare. Euthanise our elderly grand parents, put the poor people in prison and just plain ignore the weak and sickly. . . .

  • Motov

    Our modern day prohibition, Sooner or later it will end. People love getting high, it is safer than alcohol, tobacco products, and doesn’t cause people to use “harder” drugs. It is stupid to totally destroy families by tossing people into prison because they smoked a joint. Other heinous acts of crime are treated much better than this non violent “crime”. If we legalized it now, we could empty out 1/2 of the incarcerated people. Then we will have room for the true felons like Obozo!

    • vicki

      It took far less time to end prohibition. What is taking so long? Oh right. A LOT more money and a lot easier to buy off the representatives as they no longer have a moral compass.

      • Motov

        And Pharmaceutical drug companies would find themselves in some real competition.

  • Dave

    The war on “drugs” needs to be stopped. It has been a horrible failure. This drug is ok, this one is not… We would have less money spent on prisons, less gun violence if we just stopped this nonsense war on drugs.
    If you are stupid enough to abuse drugs in this day and age. I have little sympathy for you. tax it and control its distribution.

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      You had me, Dave, until the “tax it and control it’s distribution” phrase.
      Government’s only role should be to protect people from Force. If the user harms somebody or their property, then Government should step in. That should be true if anybody (user or not) harms somebody or their property.

      • Dave

        Tylenol is taxed. Xanax is taxed… Pot, Cocaine should be too. The whole idea of “good” drugs and “bad” drugs is a complete joke. The taxes from the use of drugs should be put to getting people off various addictions.

        • vicki

          Governments ONLY job is to protect the people from force. It is NOT the place ( nor is there anything in the Constitution ) that authorizes government to force other people to pay for your pet project (getting people off of various addictions)

          You really want to help get people off various addictions then get out there and spend YOUR wealth and create something that you can persuade other people to spend bits of their wealth to fund.

          There is at least one example. gofundme.com which IS the something and their model makes it easy for YOU to create your own something.

          • Dave

            I respectfully disagree…. National defense, HC, infrastructure, trade laws, laws concerning discrimination, the environment, worker safety and others, educatuional standards should all fall under the Gov rules as far as standards are concerned.

            Private companies only concern is making money. And it is their access with big money that ensures they will start wars (see Vietnam and Iraq), poison your water (See fracking) and kill thousands ( Union carbide in India) for a dollar. The big drug firms do not want cures for disease, they want patients so they can continue to bleed you dry. The “free” market is a myth. Especially ina global economy with different forms of Gov and currencies.

            The Gov must ack as a check against big business abuse. For Gov to do that properly, we must get big money out of the political process and forbid these wealthy corp interests from celling out this country further. What to see what happens when Gov is not answerable to the people?


            This is Bejing on a sunny day. They have no real agency that gest tough on business and pollution because of the authoritarian nature of the Chinese gov. Without effective Gov oversight here and answerable to the people, we go down the same road.

          • Dave


      • vicki

        Government’s only role should be to protect people from Force.

        There is movement to get government back to the simple task of protecting the people from force.


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  • Patriot66

    The reason marijuana is still illegal is not because the
    central government is concerned for our health, as you all well know. Hemp
    was/is a major competitor to so many industries that it was combined with marijuana as an illegal drug. It would’ve been very difficult to convince any rational law making body that hemp should be classified as a harmful drug; the truth is it would give you a migraine before you got high from it.

    Hemp would compete with the:
    1) Oil industry, as the oil can be made into fuel.
    2) Lumber, as hemp stock can be made into plywood and even molded
    into 2x4’s, and PAPER, including toilet paper. i.e. DuPont just patented a
    process to process wood-pulp paper and Hearst owned the land with the trees
    when it was made illegal. 10 acres of hemp produces more paper than 40 acres of trees, and grows 100 times faster.
    3) Cotton, since the stock can be made into long fibers used to make clothes.
    4) Pesticide, since it is a weed it usually dominates its environment. (only hemp, not marijuana)
    5) Soy, hemp seeds are the only source that has a near perfect match of amino acids to that of humans.
    6) Plastics, the fiber and oil can create rope and plastic like molds. Also, it would negate the guilt to use plastic bags at the market to save a tree.

    Marijuana would compete with the:
    1) Tobacco, since it has nicotine, but you do not have to smoke as much.
    2) Alcohol, since it gives you a high
    3) IRS, since it is easy to grow (for the most part) people
    can make it themselves and not pay the bad guys their share. Actually, for that
    matter, people could grow their own hemp and create all the above, bypassing
    all the revenue created within the industries. After all, that is the primary goal,
    to enslave all mankind and not allow them to be completely self-reliant. If
    that were to happen, they wouldn’t need big government to save them and keep them safe from themselves.

    • Motov

      There is a difference between hemp and “pot”,.. Hemp has so little of the active chemical that makes you high, you would have to smoke enormous quantities to get a buzz.
      As for pot, it could replace many types of pills, like prozac with less harmful side effects, Helps people with incurable diseases, so why not legalize it? oh that’s right,…. big drugs don’t want competition.

      • Patriot66

        I believe I differentiated the 2 in my post, but good point. The medical benefits is another HUGE industry that is suppressing the legalization of this harmless plant. I believe the medical uses and benefits are already known, and have been for some time, but we’ll have to discover them for ourselves as the information is in the very hands that outlaw it.

        • Motov

          Sorry for the repeat, I had to drag in the drug companies, lol,… If they do legalize it,… Let’s hope Monsanto doesn’t get their greedy paws on it

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      Thank you, Patriot, for revealing the real reason so many things are illegal or heavily regulated — Crony Capitalism.

      Those good people who would like to know the truth about Government should read this book revealing the history of Government in our land since the discovery of America. Government always was and always will be about protecting Crony Capitalists from competition, and about Leaders feathering their own nests. They could care less about protecting people from force. They only do that to mask their real purpose for existence:

  • 5alive5

    Well, I hope all the pot smokers out there that supported Obambam in the election remember this!!! He is a professional LIAR!!!