Medical Marijuana Advocates Mourn Pot Club Closures in Mock Funeral

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Suzanne Stathatos
There were plenty of tears shed during yesterday's funeral procession dedicated to medical marijuana and all the local dispensaries that have closed in the last year.

In the Haight, residents in black and white garb gathered around a New Orleans-style jazz band and a 12-foot papier mâché puppet of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag as they mourned the shuttered medical marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco.
Haag's unpopular crusade prompted the Save Safe Access coalition to initiate this mock funeral, in which residents of all ages called for Haag to stop the federal crackdown that's closed nine dispensaries to date.
"Advocates argue that closures are needlessly driving patients into the illicit market," Linda Stokely, Safe Access media specialist, said.
The most recent closures came on Tuesday, when the Vapor Room and HopeNet shut down after Haag sent them letters warning the dispensaries that their property would be seized and they'd end up in prison if they didn't close their doors -- now. The feds have gone on this crusade, claiming any cannabis club doing business within 1,000 feet of a school or playground needs to go.
After clogging the streets, blocking buses, and pissing off plenty of grumpy commuters, the funeral procession ended at the Federal Building, where Haag conducts her anti-pot affairs.
Alongside tokers were Supervisors David Campos and Christina Olague, as well as Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who all came to emphasize the importance of these medical marijuana dispensaries to communities like San Francisco. They warned the recent closures will have a negative effect on Obama's presidential campaign.
Suzanne Stathatos
Doesn't she kind of look stoned?
"We really do need to hold the Obama administration responsible," Ammiano said. "We need to be a voice in reshaping what's come down in the past few months."
Protesters are particularly ticked off by Obama's about-face on the matter. In 2009, the president said, "I'm not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws." But in California, where medical marijuana is legal, pot clubs have experienced just the opposite from Obama.
Campos, who is openly gay, pointed to the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, noting how the fight for the right to access cannabis is directly linked to the efforts of the LGBT community following the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.
Safe Access reminded everyone that "San Francisco has been a sanctuary for medical cannabis since 2000. Unfortunately, safe access to medical cannabis is now in jeopardy, unless we take action to save safe access in San Francisco."
As Ammiano punned, "Yes we cannabis."

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An appeal to all Prohibitionists:


Most of us know that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high—no matter what, so why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists, and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future.  


Why do you wish to continue with a policy that has proven itself to be a poison in the veins of our once so "proud & free" nation? Even if you cannot bear the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and trillions of dollars on this dangerous farce; Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. Do you actually believe you may personally have something to lose If we were to begin basing our drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies?  


Maybe you're a police officer, a prison guard, or a local/national politician. Possibly you're scared of losing employment, overtime pay, the many kickbacks, and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid, and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks? 


Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem. 


Prohibition prevents regulation: legalize, regulate, and tax!



Obama must hate marijuana or love donations from police unions, big pharma, and big booze companies. Just legalize marijuana! It is much better for people than prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco or bad illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin, and meth. Great e-book on medical marijuana: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. This book has great recipes for easy marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints, only $2.99.


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