Americans for Safe Access, the leading organization of medical marijuana patients, has organized a nationwide protest for today (Thursday, September 20). It’s happening all across the United States at local Obama re-election campaign headquarters. Here’s what they had to say about it:
A coordinated protest across the country in solidarity for medical cannabis. The action will take place at local Obama for America offices around the nation, where activists and patients will remind Obama of his broken campaign promises regarding medical marijuana in places where it is legal at the state level.
In solidarity with the over 1 million medical marijuana patients across the nation, activists will be pushing the message that patients as well as their families and friends are voters too, and that this is a vital issue for them when they go to the polls in November.
Most of the protests are being held at 5 PM local time, so that working people can join the demonstrations. ASA’s website lists a number of sample slogans to bring on a sign, and has more specific information for activists in a number of “hot spots” such as Arizona, California, DC, Denver, and Seattle. And if you’d like to help the movement and show up at your local Obama for America office, his website will tell you how to find your nearest one.
Why are we bothering with Obama when he’s already broken so many promises to the medical marijuana community? Because we’re hoping that somewhere deep down, he knows he did wrong, because he once used marijuana himself. But we can’t just vote for him in the hope that he’ll suddenly change his tactics in a second term. We must hold him accountable now and show him that a committed community like ours is big enough to swing the election. If he doesn’t change his ways, we’ll all go vote for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein.