Obama Won't Say Why He Opposes Marijuana Legalization

The overwhelming popularity of marijuana questions on the president's website has repeatedly forced him to address the issue, yet his answers are utterly lacking in substance. From Change.gov in December:

President-elect Obama is not in favor of the legalization of marijuana.

And at today's event:

"No, I don't think that is a good strategy to grow our economy."

As lame as these responses are, you can bet he'd never have said anything at all if marijuana questions hadn’t repeatedly pulled the most votes on his website. There's a subtle and revealing undertone to all of this insofar as Obama has publicly declined to actually challenge the merits of our argument in any way.

For all of the stereotypical anti-pot talking points at his disposal, Obama chooses to take the softer path of pushing the matter aside as best he can and moving on. Is that because he can't refute our arguments, he doesn't want to, or both? I'm operating under the assumption that 1) Obama privately agrees with us, but remains concerned about the political consequences of associating himself with that viewpoint, and 2) Obama has enough respect for the potency of our movement that he doesn't want to piss us off any more than he has to.

As frustrating as all of this is, we'd be foolish to miss the significance of our success at strong-arming the reform argument into a high profile discussion of the economy. It's not everyday that a sitting president is forced to comment on the legalization of marijuana. The fact that this even happened means we're doing something right.
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#1 Reason Why Pot Should Not Be Legalized

#1 Reason why celebrities should have an accountant!

I'm quite positive the number of richest people that didn't pay taxes via legal, but "creative" investments are big fans of fancy old booze, is far greater than the number of deadbeat pot smokers.

See "Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich - and Cheat Everybody Else" or "Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and StickYou with the Bill)" by David Cay Johnston if you want to get pissed off about our tax system.

It's not the absent minded rapper stoners who "forget" to pay their bills we should be worrying about.

It's the people who are fighting diligently to make sure their wealth is never taxed at the appropriate rate, and are actively working to shift the bill of citizenship onto the working class & poor.

If Method had paid a tax accountant to put his money in "charitable" trusts set up to keep the tax man away, this wouldn't even be news. This is only a big deal because he didn't play the tax game by the rules.

You are actually making a great argument for regulation.
Those transactions would have been recorded and TAXED at the point of sale.

Thanks

Thanks for wasting my time with that ridiculous link

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Got it?

Go ride a unicorn

Now if you really believe that, you're too stupid to live. I don't know what point you were trying to make otherwise.

and like another reader posted, yet another reason to legalize and regulate, so that marijuana will be divorced from the system that produces meth and crack.

Thank You for Writing This

You're right on target there, Scott. Those of us who follow politics every day of our lives understood quite clearly what was being said. I'd really like it if we could get everybody on board here in understanding this. I would really hate to see this community turn negative. There's so much to be proud of right now. We are inherently positive people. This is going to happen, people. Just be patient. We have time. We just need to be smart about how we do this. And becoming negative on Obama is definitely NOT going to do it. I realize that people are still going to jail, but the only way to solve this is the smart way.

And then there are those of

And then there are those of us who are sick of hearing "this can't be done" or "I won't do this." A reason, please? An excuse perhaps? Leaders don't wait until the opinion polls say "it's OK" or "it's safe" to do something - they simply do it, because it is the right thing to do!

Obama is an empty suit and a slimy sell-out, like 99% of ALL politicians. That said, I don't believe for one second that he is dumb. He is aware that economics favor our argument. He is aware that science favors our argument. He is aware that justice favors our argument. He clearly sees the sheer numbers cannabis questions are accumulating, yet, he takes the coward's path. He greasily says "this question was among the most vote-getting questions," when it was the NUMBER ONE question! He then cracks wise about "that wacky Internet crowd."

I would have some respect for him if he would simply say "I am a coward, and a politician, and I lack the courage to do what I know to be right. I wouldn't want to offend anyone, or waste any precious political capital. I certainly wouldn't want to piss of those government agencies, private industries, and lobbyists who own me! If you find yourself sitting in jail because you were in possession of a plant, well, have some patience. I'll get around to doing the right thing when I feel it is safe to do so..."

It's good that people are fired up. Anger motivates people to get off their asses better than any other emotion. It makes them DEMAND things, and rightfully so. President Obama works for we, the people. Well, in theory... But, we will get what we accept. If we accept spinelessness, then we'll get it. If we expect more of the same, that's what awaits us. If we delude ourselves that "things will change when our 'leader' finally leads," they won't.

Remember Jimmy Carter? Widely thought a coward during his tenure, even he had the courage to say "legalize it!" That wasn't so long ago, either. In such a short time, we have lost our way and softened so much. And while it isn't all Obama's fault, he is THE LEADER of our country. He should act like one. That takes courage and conviction. I, and many others, am waiting.

And then there are those of

And then there are those of us who are sick of hearing "this can't be done" or "I won't do this." A reason, please? An excuse perhaps? Leaders don't wait until the opinion polls say "it's OK" or "it's safe" to do something - they simply do it, because it is the right thing to do!

Obama is an empty suit and a slimy sell-out, like 99% of ALL politicians. That said, I don't believe for one second that he is dumb. He is aware that economics favor our argument. He is aware that science favors our argument. He is aware that justice favors our argument. He clearly sees the sheer numbers cannabis questions are accumulating, yet, he takes the coward's path. He greasily says "this question was among the most vote-getting questions," when it was the NUMBER ONE question! He then cracks wise about "that wacky Internet crowd."

I would have some respect for him if he would simply say "I am a coward, and a politician, and I lack the courage to do what I know to be right. I wouldn't want to offend anyone, or waste any precious political capital. I certainly wouldn't want to piss of those government agencies, private industries, and lobbyists who own me! If you find yourself sitting in jail because you were in possession of a plant, well, have some patience. I'll get around to doing the right thing when I feel it is safe to do so..."

It's good that people are fired up. Anger motivates people to get off their asses better than any other emotion. It makes them DEMAND things, and rightfully so. President Obama works for we, the people. Well, in theory... But, we will get what we accept. If we accept spinelessness, then we'll get it. If we expect more of the same, that's what awaits us. If we delude ourselves that "things will change when our 'leader' finally leads," they won't.

Remember Jimmy Carter? Widely thought a coward during his tenure, even he had the courage to say "legalize it!" That wasn't so long ago, either. In such a short time, we have lost our way and softened so much. And while it isn't all Obama's fault, he is THE LEADER of our country. He should act like one. That takes courage and conviction. I, and many others, am waiting.

MY LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT

Dear Mr. President,

My name is Blank and I am from Blank . I am writing tonight with great disappointment in how you addressed the marijuana reform movement today. Just like the civil rights movement in the 60's, this is no laughing matter and is something that 10's of millions of American people feel very strongly about.
The on line audience that you derisively stated you don't know what to say about are the hard working Americans who helped to elect you into office and were hoping for a politician that could bring a change we could believe in. The change the people were hoping for was not the legalization and taxation of marijuana. The change the people where hoping for and believed in was that there was finally a politician willing to listen to the people and logically debate controversial topics based on science and not personal ideologies.
What you proved to the American people this morning is that you are just another person on capital hill pushing a personal agenda. Rather then dismissing the marijuana reform movement with just a simple no, give us a logical and scientific debate on your reasons as to why you have this stance. The American people want a serious debate on this subject, it should no longer be swept under the carpet and ridiculed as a quote un quote stoner or hippie stance.
I understand that you are a busy man and I am sorry for taking up your time, but I would like to end this message with a hypothetical situation and question. You admittedly smoked marijuana in your youth and are now the president of these United States. The first president and elected official that I have ever had faith in, and I will not lie, you struck a hard blow to my faith today, but I still stand by you and still believe that you can bring about a change that I and the people can believe in. the question that I have is that if you had been arrested for smoking in your youth, you would not be in the position you are today.
You were one of many lucky Americans to slip through the cracks in the legal system and rose to be possibly one of the greatest presidents this country has ever known. Yet nearly 800,000 Americans a year are arrested and incarcerated for marijuana with most of charges being that of non violent possession. 800,00 people a year that could have the potential to change this country the way you are changing this country. By your endorsement of the marijuana laws you are living a life of hypocrisy. Why are you denying these people their constitutional rights and the chance to help change this country by maintaining a prohibitionist stance that was formed from racism and propagandist lies?
I again that you very much for your time Mr. President.

Signed,
Blank

Excellent post

Furthermore, I recommend everybody go to your particular Senator's and Representative's websites, and send them letters very similar to this one, letting your elected officials know what YOU WANT, and how you feel about the latest developments.

They are supposed to represent you, if they don't hear from you, they can't know what you think or want, they will only hear the voices of ignorant opposition.

Write them weekly, or daily if you can, eventually they will have to listen to the people!

If

If they don't hear it from us they won't hear it.

NO MORE DRUG WAR!

NO MORE DRUG WAR!

NO MORE DRUG WAR!

NO MORE DRUG WAR!

Obama bailed out on us

He got scared. He could've made a difference.

I for one am happy about how he's managing the issue

I think he's just opposing the issue without actually opposing it (not engaging in bullshit answers about why he opposes it). He doesn't want to engage in that bullshit because he wants to leave open the possibility of legalization.

He wanted to answer the question in a serious way. It was the people listening who laughed, it wasn't him intentionally trying to make fun. Not at first anyway. He was a little jokey about it (after the laughter), but he didn't actually say anything negative about us. He said "i don't know what this says about our online audience". Note also that he interrupted the guy who was going to ask him a question, and actually brought up the subject himself. He said "before you go on, there is something I want to address...". I believe this is not only because he was forced to by the sheer number of people who voted for the question. (He was forced to address it, but that's not the only reason he did). I think he wanted to talk about the issue because he wanted to validate it. I think, as Scott does, he secretly agrees with us. I think he knows that by talking about it (and very carefully choosing his words), he can actually start to appease the stigma around the issue, letting the movement grow grassroots by itself.

You might think i'm being too optimistic, but just watch. When marijuana is legalized in Oregon in november of next year, he will come out of the closet and say "I will not oppose state laws".

(i just hope i haven't jinxed it by saying this)

I'm sorry, but what will it

I'm sorry, but what will it take to convince you that your assessment of Mr. Obama is incorrect? How about the mounting levels of military troops along the border? A full-scale invasion of Mexico? How many more people have to die? How many more have to go to prison?

The guy just told us to take a hike. In English. I'm sorry you don't see it that way, but it's true. For God's sake the DEA just raided another dispensary!

Look, I'm not trying to diminish you or your opinions, we're on the same side here, but I'm telling you right now, mark my words, if you continue to invest hope that he's going ot make a difference in Drug Reform, you will continue to be sorely disapponted. And at some point you will have stop making excuses for this guy. I have.

I will say this... I hope I am wrong and that you are right. I really do. But I don't think so. IMHO he's just anopther corrupt, lying, hypocritical politician. Just like the rest of them.

The audacity

Of hope dashed by a cynical political predator named Barack Obama.

Reading between the lines

I totally agree. I think if you listen carefully you'll see how week and vague his objection really is. when he first said "not in favor of legalization" that was quite different from "won't legalize." I read "not in favor" as "we'll talk about it later."

But in all seriousness

He's still much better than McCain. McCain would have been business as usual on the drug war.

Worse, his wife is a drug peddling alcohol distributer

Worse, his wife is a drug peddling alcohol distributer... that receives millions... from these legal alcoholic drug transactions!

I'll drink to that hypocrisy!

Keep our heads, keep the pressure on, our time will come.

I believe that Obama will come around, so we have to continue on the path we are on. In 1998 Kevin Zeese told me that Soros and company had a twenty year plan on marijuana. This is year 10. Keep up the good work folks we will get the job done.

Q. What's 10 more years in a 70 year crime spree?

Q. What's 10 more years in a 70 year crime spree?
A. 800,000 annual arrests X 'just' 10 years = Just 8 million more rights violated!

I guess everything is relative!

Stay the current 'tax and regulate' course for 'just 10 years' OR
dramatically change course before you end up aground-up... in prison!

Chill my friend, the plan is ahead of schedule

from the end of Scott's post:

It's not everyday that a sitting president is forced to comment on the legalization of marijuana. The fact that this even happened means we're doing something right.

Back in 1995 I started a chain-letter regarding legalization. I used the name John Galt as a way of identifying with the libertarians and Republicans who had just taken control of the House of Representatives.

The letter instructed people to forward copies to like-minded individuals throughout the Spring and early Summer. Then starting symbolically on July 4th, everyone was to start pounding their elected representatives with demands for legalization - much like the tactics of Pat Robertson and the Christian Coalition who were able to force their will on the country despite being in a minority.

As you all know, we didn't get legalization in 1995. We did, however, cause the Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich to acknowledge our movement and respond to us during a press conference in mid July. He did so by essentially calling us out, referring to "these people who want to legalize marijuana", and said that the question should be put the the American public as a referendum. Of course, there is no such mechanism available at the federal level so his proposal was pure posturing BS.

Within the next year a state referendum ballot measure passed in California bringing the beginnings of legalized medical marijuana. The stakes have been raised over the past few years to the point where we now have the president not only being forced to address the issue, but also unwilling to simply shrugs us off and claim that our goal is unattainable. I see full scale legalization subject to individual state laws within the next two to three years. I say this because the bulk of the public is finally there. We already have a majority pro-legalization on the west coast, and with all of the recent news items that have raised awareness of the costs of the drug war, I see the rest of the country coming around soon.

Also, Holder's statement regarding not pursuing people at the federal level who are obeying state laws could be taken to mean that if the legislatures in California or Massachusetts DO pass legalization, the Obama administration will not try to supersede their choice by applying federal laws.

NO MERCY

I agree , things have come a LONG way , and they are now picking up momentum at record speed. It's ok to be angry. Just be damn sure that this anger does nothing but fuel the fire. If you've yet to write letters to congressman/whitehouse etc.- now is the time. Write a single draft(or more) , save the file and resend everyday , that's the beauty of e-mail , so easy , yet so many can't seem to do this. The time is now. Put up or shut up. We all want this war to end yesterday.

RIGHT ON!

I would add that emails sit in computers by the thousands and are easily ignored. Hard copy snail mail sits in post offices for months waiting to be screened for anthrax. Whenever the politicians provide it use their FAX phone line. 98% of the time it goes right through and is in their office that minute.

They need to hear form us every day!

If they don't hear it from us they won't hear it!

Thanks

Thanks for the info. It's a great idea, I can just fax right from my machine.

emailing your members of congress

Damn near everyone of them has stopped receiveing regular emails, most of them require that you go to their special website and fill out their stupid webform to send an email. Once you do they never see it, the staff reads them all and gives the senator or congresscritter a synopsis of what came in that day.

I'm pro-choice on EVERYTHING!

Faxing goes into the office

at least. On the day it is sent and not into a file with ten thousand other items that day for an intern to clean up.

not necessarily

last year I had a state income tax snag that wouldn't go away, the state kept "losing" my information, would claim they never got something, insist that I tell them "who" I talked to the last time and then even claim there was no such person, and every communication would raise their threat to my bank account by several hundred dollars, all over a 5 year old school tax form that would have netted me a $25 return. To make a short story long, I e-mailed my congressman via one of those forms with a "I just want my pathetic little life back" and you better believe Igot a response. You may not think they read those, but I think they do, especially if it's personalized. With marijuana legalization, they may pretend to ignore it, or you're likely to get a patronizing response wiht a referral to the ONDCP website for more "information" as I did, but if enough people keep it up through whatever their choice of means, they will listen up. I won't be able to go to DC on 4/20 (there's so much talk at my workplace drug and alcohol agency about "420" being a "national holiday" that any staff that would take that day off would be suspect and probably subject to random drug testing. But I hope to see this on the evening news,and I will be watching...And sending e-mails.

here's an idea

instead of having hash-bashes on 4/20 this year, let's have a rally in DC in front of the whitehouse.

Absolutely!

Anti war protests in the streets are the only thing that will force these thug drug warrior politicians to rethink their aggression.

But the drug reform organizations, that have taken people's money for the past three dozen years, are not brave enough to organize and sponsor such activism.

Students for a Sensible Drug Policy and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition are the only two that have really been willing to take an activist approach to these issues.

Well, its coming down to a real shooting war on the Mexican border. Obama does not have the troops for all of the wars so he will have to reinstate the draft just to ship soldiers to the Mexican drug war. In the next few months the civil border with Mexico will start looking like the Berlin wall did at the height of the cold war. As they tighten the Mexican border trafficking will move to Canada and the three coasts. The U.S. will have to escalate the militarization of the drug war even more and throughout the nation.

Obama promised Mexico to reduce demand. He has included $3-billion in drug task force police money in the stimulus bill for more police. More drug courts. More prisons.

Drug reform got screwed by sitting down when Obama manipulated the issues in the campaign. Screwed royal and now the truth is coming home. Obama thumbs his nose at reformers!

NO MORE DRUG WAR!

NO MORE DRUG WAR!

NO MORE DRUG WAR!

NO MORE DRUG WAR!

Obamas POV

I'm a little dismayed by the Obama bashing.

Of course Marijuana should be legalized and regulated in the same way alcohol is. In fact I feel the same way about all drugs, but I focus on the Marijuana problem because I think it is a far less controversial idea than full liberalization of the drug laws. It's easier to argue, and doesn't shock people's sensibilities as much. So out of sheer pragmatism, I often choose to limit the scope of my arguments.

Obama's got a really tough job right now. Far more difficult than any president has had in my lifetime (I'm 38). He's attempting to tackle several concurrent crisis, and has vicious and opportunistic opponents. Think of a pack of hungry wolves near a herd of caribou. They see a big meaty one and they're drooling and hoping he gets separated from the pack. Obama is in that Caribou's position.

I'm grateful that Obama is just saying "I'm against drug legalisation" and isn't offering any reasons. Why? It leaves him open to gracefully change his mind when he feels like it is in his best interests to do. Yes, I'm disappointed that he doesn't share my idealogical conviction that drugs should be legalized, but he wouldn't have gotten to the position he's in without being pragmatic. And I'm very grateful that he isn't trying to justify his position with a load of bullshit like previous administrations have done. He states his position and drops it. To me that indicates he's probably not all that comfortable with his position, but feels that it's the best one to have at the moment.

The president is not president for life, nor is he absolute dictator. He has a lot of power, but he is not politically omnipotent. That's why you hear politicians talk about 'political capital'. Right now he's taking huge risks in attempting to revive the economy, and his enemies are already attacking his weak points. He's barely been president and people are already blaming him problems which originated under previous administrations.

Unfortunately drug legalisation, including marijuana legalisation is still a political hot potato. Yes let's make our views known. Yes, let's insist on people taking us seriously, but let's not vilify the guy. Above all, let's come across as serious, rational, and calm people who have a right to be heard.

www.glenstark.net

Obama's got a really tough job right now?

Dismissing millions of very smart libertarian minded individuals on the internet as "those wacky internet guys" is only going to make obamas 'really tough job'... of having a truthful and honest debate... more difficult.

A video worth watching

Yes, I agree. The mere fact that the president acknowledged the issue without the usual establishment hostility is a success for us. I advise everyone to keep their cool and be patient. Obama is not our enemy and we need to help him fix the background situation such as ending the DEA raids, not hinder medicinal marijuana initiatives in the states, expand research, and reschedule cannabis. In the meantime, we will work on people's attitudes. The money angle resonates with many people, a cannabis tax and savings in prison costs are attractive options in hard times. And the "normalcy" and suffering of medicinal cannabis patients has gone a long way to counteract the "hippie" caricature that our enemies have implanted in the consciousness of a sizable part of the public. This caricature is the reason for the laughter when Obama brought up the subject.

As to the sanity and quality of medicinal cannabis patients, here is the incomparable Irv Rosenfeld. Judge for yourselves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvzX8aNwxg.M

Richard Kefalos
Los Angeles

I'd like to see Obama forced to discuss alcohol vs. cannabis

He's not going to come out and endorse legalization and how much difference would it make if he did, Congress isn't interested at this point. But it would be interesting to hear him compare the damage done by alcohol vs. the damage done by cannabis. Something like "which do you think is more dangerous, alcohol or cannabis, and why?" Or "how many people does alcohol kill? How about cannabis? Why is the apparently much safer drug the one that is illegal?" It would be a step to prepare the ground for future progress, and maybe get a good public discussion going, regardless of how he answers.
Wonder if he knows who Harry Anslinger was and the way he used virulent racism and mass arrests of doctors to get his way on cannabis. That wouldn't be a bad question either. "Do you know who Harry Anslinger was and the tactics he used to get cannabis made illegal?"

# 1 WRONG #2 IS IT

SCOTT:

Obama is a typical cynical Democrat politician. He does what he has to to keep the left silenced and in line while he panders to the right-wing.

Obama lied to drug policy reform activists during the campaign to stop them from confronting him and detracting from his campaign. Instead many of the activists believed Obama and became supporters and 'online' activists for Obama. Now he mocks the online activists and belittles them while their issue is among the most supported and voted for issues when HE requested issues and signs of support for issues. Obama LIED!

Last month Obama said that busts at medical marijuana dispensaries would stop. But the day before the town hall meeting there was another bust at a medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco. Obama LIED!

Obama is just another right-wing Democrat doing what right-wing Democrats do, manipulate and lie to core constituencies in order to keep them down while he at the same time panders to the right-wing oppressors and subverters of American democratic and constitutional values of social justice, civil liberties and human rights.

Get out in the streets people. Get onto the front pages of news papers with your rage against the Obama drug war political machine. Scream it loud and scream it long:

NO MORE DRUG WAR!

NO MORE DRUG WAR!

NO MORE DRUG WAR!

NO MORE DRUG WAR!

President Obama Declares 'Mission Accomplished'

March 2009, Washington Post Anti-Drug Effort at Border Is Readied - Obama Plans to Send Agents, Equipment To Aid Mexican Fight

"Government officials are discussing how to increase intelligence sharing and military cooperation with Mexico....


In the not too distant future, next August maybe, somewhere on an aircraft carrier in the middle of the Rio Grande river President Barack Obama declares "Mission Accomplished in the war on drugs".

Drug Warrior John Kerry border Chaos Hearing

U.S. Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is going to El Paso,TX on Monday to thump his chest and look macho over the blood and chaos caused by his drug war policy. I wrote to him in his capacity at chair of the committee and I am encouraging others to write to him also. And if your senator is on the committee write to them too. Contact information for the committee is on the letter.

Drug Warrior John Kerry border Chaos Hearing

The Internet Town Meeting

Watched the whole thing, was impressed that he (apparently) ignored some of his associates and actually answered what he accurately described as "one of the highest rated questions."

However to that which he added later "I don't know what that says about people on the Internet" (more or less...I am going by memory), and to the derisive laughter by the parrots in the crowd, I became very upset. Thinking about it, I have tempered my emotions, and discuss this better.

We must admit that marijuana legalization could conceivably add a trickle to the economy, and open up varieties and options, but this was not the proper time to bring it up. Yes, marijuana legalization could help the economy, maybe, but this is not our strong suit, so to speak. There are a myriad of reasons, which all of us in the fight know about, why marijuana should be legal to grow and smoke and use for paper and textiles. "Growth to the economy" is not high on the list.

Having said this, though, I still feel slighted. I became very upset at the derisive laughter and, as some have suggested, the failure to address the other, namely legal aspects of cannabis prohibition. As for the laughter, it is insulting because I would estimate 40-50% of legal age people in that room---including Obama himself---have at some point possessed and smoked marijuana without suffering any penalty whatsoever. Perhaps he played his cards just right, knowing we would support him by his admittance of inhalation.

So while we should not have made THIS our issue, he nevertheless could have addressed the legality of the substance, as I would like to address the sentiment---and research or experience---behind the laughter.

I call again for a new tack, an ORGANIZED effort to mount a LEGAL challenge to the status of Marijuana and its products as Schedule 1 drugs.This means NORML and STDW and LEAP and everyone else involved to BAND TOGETHER on a website for the common cause. I am sure about the reasons why marijuana should be legal, are the rest of you?

Email me any time angroid@fastmail.fm

Check the movies on YouTube under name divorcethefeds

Come out of the closet, now is the time.

Angelo Caiazzo

Another ten years in the courts

Only to have the Supreme Court once again tell us the right way to do this, confront the congress.

In Gonzalez v Raich the Supremes told us how to do this, CONFRONT THE POLITICIANS IN THE CONGRESS!

It is the only way.

All else is evasion, avoidance and distraction.

The only way to educate the congress and state legislatures is with masses of Americans in the streets screaming at them:

NO MORE DRUG WAR!

NO MORE DRUG WAR!

NO MORE DRUG WAR!

NO MORE DRUG WAR!

The only solution.

You sure?

I am ready to hit the streets anytime. So are most people. Without organization, nobody is going to be an idiot. Have you been walking up and down the streets chanting your mantra (an OLD one), or just yelling at the choir?

Be productive. Write to Congressmen, Senators, newspapers. Build on the idea by trying to get the many, for the most part failed organizations (like NORML...) to BAND TOGETHER like friggin banshees. Because of the LACK of organization, LACK of wanting to work, on the part of TOO MANY in this movement, we are seeing our brothers STILL get harassed and arrested, fined, told they "have problems," and sometimes even still serious jail time.

So either set the freaking day when and where and publicize the pants off it or, you, yourself, keep doing your imaginary activism, and just be another of some silly pot smokers making the rest of us look like the same type of moron.

Signing letters and dropping the fear is a good place to start.

One Love...Keep the fire man.

Angelo Caiazzo

Lost my vote for good

He has already pissed me off to no end and he has lost my vote for good! His is just another Quisling hypocrite, liar and fruad. Call the WhiteHouse and tell him what you think. 202-456-1111. He just condemned 890,000 Americans this year to arrest and possible jail and rape. To hell with Obama and his lying Attorney General.

Change your voter registration

If you are a Democrat then change your registration to Independent, Green or Libertarian. The Three groupings that respect and reflect your reform social justice values.

Download voter registration forms and pass them out among like minded family and friends. Abandon the two dominance parties. They do not reflect your values so why allow them to represent your vote?

Right Time?

When the hell is the right time to bring it up? When more draconian laws are passed? When another 10,000 are dead in Mexico? When another peaceful consensual potsmoker gets raped in prison? Spare me. Any and every time is THE right time to bring up the subject. It is more than about wanting to smoke pot. It is about freedom, family, civil rights, the economy, the criminal justice system etc. Do you think Roosevelt said it wasn't the right time to end alcohol prohibition just as the depression started? No! Barack Obama is a fraud!

Well said sir, I concur!

Well said sir, I concur!

I never considered Obama the solution

I am glad that people are coming to see that he is actually a big part of the problem.

Obama response

I am no longer a Democrat after a lifetime of being a liberal.
Barack Obama can screw himself. I will no longer donate time or money on Obama's campaigns! Go Ron Paul 2012!!
J. Velasco Brownsville Texas

Actually

You are more of an actual and honest liberal now then you were when you supported obama and the Democrats.

Welcome to the world of patriotic Independent and third party voters.

George Washington's Farewell Address as America's first president: "Let me now take a more comprehensive view, & warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the Spirit of Party, generally."

Run for office?

Perhaps we should all move to small towns and run for office and take over that way. I'm seriously thinking about it myself say in Bronson Florida. We simply can't let these cretons control us anymore. Barack was bought and sold a long time ago. Frankly, I had my doubts about him when he spoke at AIPAC and then again when he passed the FISA bill. Why did I vote for this fraud and hyprocrite and drug war hawk Biden? Crap, what did I do? I've been on the phone the last few hours calling the White House and my congressman and Senator to tell them what I think. I know it is pissing into the wind, but at least I get to vent.

Legalilze to Improve the Economy

I'm not so sure Pres. Obama is wrong on this issue. Now, hold on.......What I mean is that I'm not totally convinced that the number one reason to legalize and control drugs is to make a profit....I think the number one reason is safety, followed by personal choice THEN economics. We've heard the radical right talk for decades about protecting our children. We the baby boomers are the children of yesteryear and we're not impressed. It's far more dangerous to our children to allow narcotics to be controlled by the terrorist organizations of the world. That would be true for alcohol and cigs as well. The argument for increased cash flow is real......but if you notice PO's response...it was that he didn't think it should be used to improve our economy. He didn't say that he opposed it from a medical and moral standpoint......that being said.....he shouldn't have chuckled and laughed it off. It's not funny.

Drug Warrior Obama's Economic Blind Spot

The author of the question that Obama responded to is a former local high school student and so the Morning Call of Allentown gave the story top of page one coverage. I wrote this essay to better delineate, for Pennsylvanians, the problems with Obama's marijuana position.

Drug Warrior Obama's Economic Blind Spot

Disguted

I am seething and enraged. I did NOT vote for this guy to create a crushing debt to saddle my grandchildren with. I did NOT vote for him to give billions and billions of taxpayer's to greedy, irresponsible corporations and to give millions of dollars in bonuses for their greedy and incompetent executives.

No, I voted his butt into office for one reason, and one reason alone.... to end the War on Drugs and free us from a prison state. And now he laughs and mocks the whole thing. OUTRAGEOUS!!!

And now I hear he has unleashed his DEA goons on another dispensary raid! How rich is that?

That's ok though, no problem. At least we now know who he REALLY is. Anyone who still thinks this guy is about changing the prison state should have just received a wake-up call. If you still believe in this guy, you are a fool. While I readily admit that he is still better than McCain would have been in this area, at least McCain wouldn't have tripled the deficit in his first two months in office!

I am quite simply disguted with Mr. Obama. I will no longer support his hypocritical administration. I pledge that I will fight tooth and nail to oppose ALL of his policies in the future.

Thanks for nothing there Mr. "President".

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