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RNC RESPONSE TO OBAMA COMMENTS ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS
Date:5/14/2008

WASHINGTON, May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- RNC Communications Director Danny Diaz released the following statement today:

"Barack Obama's pledge to stop Executive agencies from implementing laws passed by Congress raises serious doubts about his understanding of what the job of the President of the United States actually is. His refusal to enforce the law reveals that Barack Obama doesn't have the experience necessary to do the job of President, or that he fundamentally lacks the judgment to carry out the most basic functions of the Executive Branch. What other laws would Barack Obama direct federal agents not to enforce?"

OBAMA ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS

Obama Pledged To Stop DEA Raids On Oregon Medical Marijuana:

Obama Pledged To Stop The Drug Enforcement Administration's Raids On Oregon Medical Marijuana Growers. Willamette Week: "Would you stop the Drug Enforcement Administration's raids on Oregon medical marijuana grows?" Obama: "I would because I think our federal agents have better things to do, like catching criminals and preventing terrorism. The way I want to approach the issue of medical marijuana is to base it on science. And if there is sound science that supports the use of medical marijuana and if it is controlled and prescribed in a way that other medicine is prescribed, then it's something we should consider." (James Pitkin, "Six Minutes With Barack," Willamette Week, 5/14/08)

But The Presidential Oath Of Office Requires The President To "Preserve, Protect And Defend The Constitution Of The United States":

The Presidential Oath Of Office, As Specified In Article II, Section I Of The U.S. Constitution: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." (U.S. Department Of State Website, http://usinfo.state.gov/special/inauguration/inauguration_oath.html , Accessed 5/14/08)

And The Supreme Court Has Upheld Regulations On Medical Marijuana:

The Supreme Court Ruled In 2001 And 2005, Affirming The Authority Of Congress To Regulate The Use Of Marijuana. "In 2001, the Supreme Court affirmed Congress's 1970 judgment about marijuana in United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative et al., 532 U.S. 438 (2001), which held that, given the absence of medical usefulness, medical necessity is not a defense to marijuana prosecution. Furthermore, in Gonzales v. Raich, 125 S.Ct. 2195 (2005), the Supreme Court reaffirmed that the authority of Congress to regulate the use of potentially harmful substances through the federal Controlled Substances Act includes the authority to regulate marijuana of a purely intrastate character, regardless of a state law purporting to authorize 'medical' use of marijuana." (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Website, http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/marijuana_position.html , Accessed 5/14/08)

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