Obama's New Marijuana Policies Also Target Alt-Weeklies and the Bill of Rights

Say, is that hemp? Kill it!

​In their unrelenting quest to kill legal medical marijuana dead, President Barack Obama and the United States Department of Justice appear content to incur collateral damage.

Last week, property owners who rent to dispensaries were informed that the federal government could seize their properties within 45 days; this week, one of the four United States attorneys who declared open season on anything connected to state-legal cannabis told California Watch that the fourth estate is next. Specifically, the administration says any publication — from print to web to broadcasting — that accepts advertisements from medical marijuana businesses could face prosecution.

In other words, Barack Obama will screw California alt-weeklies, some of which rely on medical marijuana ads for 25 to 30 percent of advertising revenue, sources say. But in this move, legal and media experts contacted by SF Weekly say that the government has a First Amendment issue on its hands.

Could the Constitution become a victim of Washington's weed-killing zeal, too?

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