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Medical Marijuana Supporters Plan to Protest Obama’s Oakland Fundraiser

End the war on medical marijuana (photo: Steven Pepple/

When President Obama comes to Oakland on July 23rd to raise money for his re-election campaign he will be greeted by a large number of protesters who support medical marijuana. Harborside Health Center, along with Americans For Safe Access, are organizing a protest against the Obama administration’s aggressive war against medical marijuana. The most recent of many developments in Obama’s offensive against medical marijuana was the local U.S. Attorney’s office threatening to seize the property used by Harborside. From Harborside’s call for a protest:

The federal attacks on the medical cannabis community keep coming. Recently, the Department of Justice announced their intention to confiscate two buildings operated by Harborside Health Center in Oakland, CA and in San Jose, CA. This latest attack comes on the heels of other raids, audits, and other intimidation around the state.

Can you please join us on Monday, July 23, to tell President Obama to stop attacking California’s medical cannabis patients, cultivators, and providers when he visits the Fox Theater in downtown Oakland?

During the 2008 campaign then candidate Obama promised to respect the states’ medical marijuana laws.  But since taking office the Obama administration has been worse on this issue than even George W. Bush or Bill Clinton.

The Obama administration has not just gone after medical marijuana dispensaries that are in compliance with state law. They have threatened financial institutions to prevent them from working with dispensaries. They have issued threats to state officials to prevent some states from adopting or implementing pro-medical marijuana policies. The administration has even harassed medical marijuana patients; for example the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives declared it illegal for medical marijuana patients to own firearms.

(Photo: Steven Pepple/

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at