So that whole thing about President Barack Obama not exactly backing the medical marijuana industry has always drawn the frustration of advocacy groups, but the feeling has finally spilled over into something official: the Patient Voter Project.
"The mission of the Patient Voter Project is to shine a light on the Obama administration’s recent behavior in the state and to keep medical marijuana patients, their families and their hundreds of thousands of supporters around the state up-to-date about the latest hostile actions being carried out by the administration," says a press release from Brian Vicente, head of group Sensible Colorado, who's backing the new initiative, along with everybody else who matters: Marijuana Policy Project, Americans for Safe Access, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation, Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of America and others. "The project's goal is to end the Obama administration attacks on legitimate and legal providers of medical marijuana and to trust the state of Colorado to regulate the industry in a thorough and competent manner, as it has done already."
A portion of a missive from the group, labeled "Campaign Alert #1," references the recent actions of the state U.S. Attorney when it says, "It is inexplicable and offensive that the administration sat back and allowed owners of medical marijuana centers in Colorado to invest tens of thousands of dollars in order to comply with state regulations and then decided to seize their properties. The open question now is whether the Obama administration will actually seize the property of these individuals who have diligently followed state and local laws."
A press conference is occurring today in Denver, where more will be revealed.