The United States Medical Marijuana Chamber of Commerce on Monday announced that it will endorse President Barack Obama in this year's election.
Thomas L. Leto III, president and founder of the group, said Obama understands the economic potential of medical cannabis. Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, Leto argued, "just doesn't get it."
Legalization advocates may be chagrined by the endorsement. The Obama administration has disappointed many drug reform proponents by the ramp up in federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries during the president's first term even in states where they are legal.