Monday, February 23, 2009

Dear President Obama and Attorney General Holder,

Having honestly acknowledged "frequent" 'marijuana' use, I would like to thank President Obama for adding a much needed, Presidential scenario to the drug war dinosaurs' "gateway drug" theory. As you prove by your intelligence, character, family values and exceptional achievement, the use of 'marijuana' is not harmful if taken responsibly, with respect. The prohibition of Cannabis is a blatantly criminal, destabilizing and immoral disease being inflicted on our society by the martial bureaucracy.

How can you allow the DEA to persist in imposing essential resource scarcity on America, by banning a federally recognized "strategic" food crop, in the name of eradicating an "herb bearing seed?" As if violating our Constitutional "First Freedom" wasn't illegal enough, the DEA is attacking medical marijuana patients, particularly if they have salable land and possessions.

During last year's historic campaign, Senator Obama promised that as President he would stop the DEA's raids on medical marijuana clinics in states that have laws protecting them. But already under the new administration such raids have happened twice.

Taking an effective herbal therapeutic away from someone in pain is no different than torturing someone who is otherwise well.
What about our right to grow industrial hemp and prevent illness through proper nutrition? Will your administration have the minimal integrity of reconciling the insanity of a "strategic food resource" being misvalued as a Schedule I drug?

Administration spokesperson Nick Shapiro indicated in the February 5 issue of the Washington Times that President Obama's position is unchanged: "The president believes that federal resources should not be used to circumvent state laws, and as he continues to appoint senior leadership to fill out the ranks of the federal government, he expects them to review their policies with that in mind."

While those certainly are encouraging words, I urge President Obama and Attorney General Holder to take action to stop the medical marijuana raids now. Patients and the people who serve them are suffering and being subjected to injustice on your watch, and the legacy of an animalistic administration persists.

Human rights are being violated internationally in a failed global drug war, based on the failed U.S. model. Currently happening with Chakib El-Khayari, who has been held in custody of the National Bureau of the Judicial Police of Casablanca since February 17th, in Morocco.

Please recognize the opportunity in contacting His Majesty King Mohammed VI to secure Mr. El-Khayari's health, safety and immediate release.

A call to the King of Morroco to express concern with the fate of Chakib Al Khayari would establish your administration as one of global compassion. Please see

I trust that conditions on Earth will soon be bad enough for all solutions to be considered. If I can help with a smooth transition to a normal relationship with Cannabis, please let me know. Time is the limiting factor in the equation of survival. Every Spring planting season that passes is gone forever. Please don't wait to do what must be done. End Cannabis prohibition now.

Recognize Cannabis agriculture, manufacture and trade as unique and essential, or life on this planet will soon be burned away by UV-B radiation. Cannabis produces 58 monoterpenes, that reflect solar radiation and seed cloud formation. Biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) dissipate so must be constantly released into the atmosphere as carbon is sequestered.

Thank you for considering my views.

Paul J. von Hartmann
California Cannabis Ministry

Project P.E.A.C.E.
Planet Ecology Advancing Conscious Economics