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May 7 2012

Medical marijuana meets hostility from Obama administration

During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama raised hopes among those who support medical marijuana by pledging to respect state laws on the issue. But his administration has reversed course and massively escalated the federal governmentís attacks on medical marijuana businesses, most of which are legal under their statesí laws.

This is perplexing because medical marijuana is far more popular than Obama is. A Washington Post-ABC News poll from January 2010 found that 81 percent of Americans supported legalizing medical marijuana. A CBS News poll from October found that 77 percent of Americans support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana for serious medical conditions. By contrast, the presidentís approval rating last October hovered around 42 percent ó and is currently about 47 percent.

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