Why Obama Won't Oppose Marijuana Legalization in an Election Year

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The anti-marijuana zealots at the Christian Science Monitor are at it again, pleading with the President to please, please, please help promote pot prohibition. They're frustrated that Vice President Biden traveled all the way to Mexico to lament legalization talk among Latin American leaders, yet the Obama Administration remains silent regarding marijuana legalization measures hitting the ballot in Colorado and Washington this year.

The administration needs to step up and make a strong case against legalization in the US in order to counter a well-financed, well-organized pro-marijuana effort. One argument is that the cartels would actually welcome legalization, in the same way that US casino owners have welcomed state gambling lotteries. To drug dealers, the more addicts the better.

Biden did say a debate in Latin America about legalization would help “lay to rest some of the myths that are associated with the notion of legalization.”

How about he and Obama start to challenge those myths in states like Colorado and Washington? [CSM]

They're not going to do that. See, it really isn't at all a coincidence that Joe Biden happened to not be in America when he made the only anti-legalization remarks of his vice-presidential career. As much as I'd love the notoriously gaffe-prone VP to spend more time discussing his dumb ideas about drugs, he actually knows better than to do that.

In case anyone has managed to miss the memo somehow, a majority of Americans don't want a war on marijuana anymore. Seriously, the Christian Science Monitor should be grateful that the Obama Administration has done as much as it has to piss off the marijuana reformers who helped put this President in office. Alienating half the electorate and way more than half the Obama base with a bunch of pea-brained anti-pot propaganda is more likely to compromise Obama's Colorado campaign than it is to stop the momentum of the marijuana reform movement.

That's why Obama never talks about marijuana, ever, unless publicly forced to do so, and it's also why his Administration has taken no ownership of its outrageous betrayal of the President's pledge to protect medical marijuana patients. From now until November, President Obama will pretend to the very best of his ability that there is no such thing as marijuana. Bet on it.

In fact, if I am wrong, and the President actually engages in the sort of desperate anti-pot posturing proposed by the Christian Science Monitor, I will even buy a subscription to that stupid newspaper just so I can read them gloating over it. 

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It is so opposite to what the

It is so opposite to what the CSM thinks marijuana could do for Obama.  This publication must be run by a bunch of morons.  If Obama surprised everybody and pushed for marijuana legalization at this point in the campaign and kept us out of a war with Iran, he would probably get all the Ron Paul votes and more.  If the pro-marijuana legalization numbers are accurate, with the country at 50% now, it could help him get re-elected easy.  And by pushing a drug war, as the article suggests, loses him votes.

So why are these politicians so afraid of marijuana?  Because the corporate whore media would crucify anyone who goes against their prohibition economy (criminal justice, law enforcement, military, for profit prison system, drug therapists, pharmaceutical companies, medical testing facilities, petrochemical, textile, alcohol and tobacco, etc.).  And they do not care that millions of people's lives have been ruined because they got processed through the criminal justice system and got a criminal record for marijuana.  Drugs are illegal -- so that has given them the right to stomp on drug user's life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and make a profit from it.  In the future, prohibitionists will be looked upon as violators of human rights.

Werd! A great many eyes are

Werd! A great many eyes are already seeing them as just that!

Awesome. I'm a poly-sci major

Awesome. I'm a poly-sci major and this is pretty much exactly how I feel, well put.

The stumbling "Block"

You are so correct. I would like to ad that the stumbling block is the slang name that was given to it, Marijuana to Cannabis, (which is the scientific medical name of it of the herbal plant) is like nger to a person of color, it is a slang that was given energy to create fear, because it has no lethal attributes, it can't kill, it is not toxic, it can't hurt you, but as you said it is their competition and had to be discredited out of the gate a slang defined as and depicted as the worst "drug" what cannabis that was used for pain medicine in the 30's cause it was non addictive..mmm, again when I'm educating, I give the definition of the scientific, medical, industrial and slang which has no validity and is successful in creating the divisions as it was intended to do, so by educating the correct and proper name, leading to enlightenment of its ability to heal our economy, environment and the people through cannabis/hemp industries, thereby empowering us to overcome this solvable condition, by removing the "block" of ignorance, of the government,  and the block of the government ignoring the facts. When we were ask by Pres. Obama to send our questions online and he laugh saying no he doesn't "think" that Marj.... can save our country and I emailed this to him of course who knows if he got it.  

TO ‘THINK’ or TO ‘KNOW” that is the question

Pres. Obama you said "No, you don't "think"  to those who responded to your prompt for online.

To “Think” is not just that you don’t 'think', it’s that you don’t Know.

Yes, I understand the subtle nervous laughter that comes from not knowing the issue enough to respond with intellectual understanding.

However Mr. President, it is  imperative that you Know. We don’t expect you to know everything but we expect you to find out. This is the reason why this issue rose to the top from your online supporters. It is because we who have historical, overwhelming evidence of its overall value to humans, our environment, agriculture, as well as our economy, recognize that you need to be brought up to date on this issue. There are many references but I want this simply and precise, so I went to wwww.youtube.com/domasunofisis and read for you and all those that can’t, don’t, won’t read, or can’t find the time, I read it to you.  Urgent! Why hemp is really illegal. The Marijuana conspiracy written by Dough Yurchey.. He explains in short why Mr. Obama you had such a response on this issue.  One of the things I’ve noticed about you is that you try to choose your words carefully and you saying you don’t think said to me that you don’t know and you could not intelligently address this issue for your lack of knowledge about it. In this instance, you can not be dismissive because what you’ll find out about cannabis/hemp is that it is the no.1 unlimited renewable natural resource whose seeds and cellulose does everything that fossil fuels and petroleum does without contaminating the environment, as well produces food, fiber and medicine.  That it has no Lethal attributes, it cannot kill you.

It was made illegal illegally without representation. Billions are wasted incarcerating our people over something that is not lethal and cannot hurt you.  That the ‘M’ word is a Mexican slang name and for those that are knowledgeable, it is as offensive as the ‘N’ word is to people of color. We know scientifically it is cannabis sativa, industrially it is hemp, the “m’ word is disrespect of our integrity.  Some of the most compelling information is found in The Billion dollar crop (bullfrogfilms.org ) .and   The Emperor wears no clothes by Jack Herer.

 No. This is No Laughing matter. We need you to know the facts about it agriculturally, economically and environmentally and address us intelligently on this issue. We know that you will know the truth, not think, and the truth will set us all free, for we also know that in an abundance of water the fool is thirsty.  We know that you are not a fool, we know you are not a coward . Many have been deceived and brainwashed by the ridiculous propaganda spread by “refer’ madness, like the others at the town hall meeting that giggled with you. It is childish and exposes the lack of knowledge or ignorance of otherwise seemingly intelligent beings. When we were as a child we acted as a child, now we must give up childish things and behaviors.  You may not know it but this will be one of the most important issue of your presidency and your research of it will reveal to you why.

We can, we must for the healing of the nation.

Sincerely

SahjKaya  Kansas City         

SahjKaya

"Refer" is different than "Reefer", you must have been high when you wrote this or you are just a typical result of the US education-very sad.

Ever heard of the word TYPO?

Ever heard of the word TYPO?

CSM

“The federal crackdown picked up steam two months ago in California, where four US Attorneys decided to end the abuse of marijuana dispensaries by thousands of people who have few health problems. Many California dispensaries were also shipping pot around the country. The raids in California and other states are not aimed at individuals using pot for medical reasons. Rather they are directed at those who profit from the growing or selling of pot – and who extend those sales way beyond “medical” use.” I got this from a link to the article on the CSM site. I find their comments incredible, their argument incoherent: four US Attorneys decided to end the abuse of marijuana dispensaries by thousands of people who have few health problems. What they mean by abuse is never mentioned and leaves us guessing. I suspect they are hoping the reader won’t have the gumption to inquire. There are no statistics provided of what exactly all these “thousands of people” are doing that is harming society or themselves. But whatever it is it must be bad in someway as yet unspecified. Is it good old fashioned malingering?? Isn’t that what they are really talking about? You know, mopery, aimlessness and worker absenteeism…. The raids in California and other states are not aimed at individuals using pot for medical reasons. Rather they are directed at those who profit from the growing or selling of pot – and who extend those sales way beyond “medical” use. This is amazing for a couple reasons. First, if the DEA shuts down places where sick people can obtain “medical” marijuana, how are they not victims of this? What logic is being used here? Secondly: “way beyond” medical use? I have to laugh here. What do these Christians prudes envisage as “way beyond” acceptable use?? What specifically are they talking about? Malingering again?? Ok. Folks is this funny or not? Funny on the one hand when we look at their myopia and fear of change, but not funny for the fact that people’s lives are getting trashed en masse as a result of the seriously myopic, reactionary and Neanderthal laws the CSM champion, not funny at all.
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Dispensaries should profit

Our entire medical profession in the United States of America is run for profit. Federal efforts to ensure dispensaries do not profit from the sale of medicinal marijuana (because they are selling a Federally prohibited drug) must be seen for what it is - an entirely non sensible action undertaken to suppress a legal business. Drug testing and War on Drugs participation from every branch of the Federal Government are the weapons.

Local providers are drug dealers. Medical patients, being drug abusers in Federal eyes, are the ultimate target. I didn't make the law. It needs changing. Until then, its the "Roaring Twenties" all over again. G-men and all.

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CSM has taboo subjects

I posted a large comment on CSM that was removed. The topic? Latin America, the war on drugs, and Eisenhower's warning on the military and industrial complex. I suspect some politics afoot besides keeping the Christian community informed.

military - industrial - *

what Eisenhower initially set out to say in that presentation, was :

Military - Industrial - Congressional Complex

Not surprisingly, that was deemed a bit much, and so the phrase was toned down.

All this talk of how if only they knew the truth.

The truth is known. They know. It is deliberate.

No Mistakes Are Being Made.

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Do something about the displaced jerks that live off our pain

Stopping the prohibition against marijuana is like shutting down the auto industry.  A lot of people make their living off of the drug wars.  You know who I mean.  People that need the drug wars to survive.   If the fear of drugs is gone, they lose their jobs.  Prisons will empty, undercover cops will get laid off, the anti-drug movement will go broke, and the Dare kids will enjoy their lives instead of being treated as potential criminals.  Military funds to foreign countries disguised as anti-drug funds will have to find another way.  Anslinger's drug war birthed a monster that has to be addressed, we need to find a way to transition this industry into a profession that will be a benefit to our society.  The prisons could become grow houses, police would have to spend their time on violent crimes, undercover cops could concentrate on terrorists, we have to deal with these displaced jerks living off our pain, or they will hang on for dear life to their precious drug laws.

Legalize marijuana

As a preacher I must stand against the Christian science monitor and stand firmly on God's word Genesis 1:29 clearly state God Himself saying I give unto you ALL green leaf sead bearing plants! God said ALL! Not this plant or that plant but ALL ! I'm a preacher and find nothing wrong with marijuana as a matter of fact I find it quite spiritual . I admit I smoke marijuana and it does help me with my Bible studies as well as my arthritis. Stop the anti Christian monitor from twisting the truth and put them in their place. Legalize marijuana and world peace will follow.

legal weed

Imo Obama will stiff the weed faction, since they dislike his other deeds anyway. O has nothing to lose there and everything to gain from his large black church lady vote. 

Ah, 'church lady' : black

Ah, 'church lady' : black ladies who go to church. Not Dana Carvey on SNL.

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Black Church Ladies have sons in jail

Discriminatory arrests and convictions. Need I say more?

$2.9 billion

prisons filled up 86% with victimless crimes -- expensive for taxpayers. But: really nice if you are a cop, judge, attorney, prosecutor, parole officer, prison facility owner. 2010: Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group — made over $2.9 billion in revenue. Join the winning side?

Yeah, but...

Obama is going to be forced to address the issue during the campaign. And Romney has mostly stayed away from this issue, so he might be able to use it against Obama, especially if he is able to say that he had to do it to make Ron Paul happy.

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Blind mans bluff or pin the tail on the donkey?

Three presidents have smoked marijuana, and thank goodness none progressed to the harder stuff. That's proof enough to throw out the gateway drug theory. The Department of Health and Human Services has US Patent 6630507 titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” and in the patent it describes their opinion of cannabinoids having medical value. Mayo clinic has requested Federal changes that would allow scientific and medical research into benefits (anti tumor activtivity being one). Most American's have tried pot or knows someone who has. The list goes on and on.

While Washington prepares for the big event in November, several branches of the Government are busy destroying patients access to a plant that provides treatment and relief for thousands in the same way it has for the last 5000 years. Good people are losing their livelihoods and patients and providers alike that follow their own States laws are being prosecuted and incarcerated. People are going to jail and prison. A war on home soil against Americans by Americans the likes of which history has never seen is being waged by almost every branch of the Federal Government.

There are no secrets here. Nero watched while Rome burned then blamed it on the Christians.

By the time November arrives without some relief for the many thousands involved, the game might change from "blind mans bluff" to "Pin the Tail on the Donkey". Who will Obama blame then?

Great comments! Just say

Great comments! Just say know!

Google the following

Google the following terms:

Obama June 6 2008 Chantilly Virginia

Bite the (bankster) hands that lifted him to the throne? Of course not!

The truth

Two words - pharmaceutical lobbying


And thats about it folks.

And after the election...

He said in 2008 that he wouldn't raid medical marijuana clinics, then raided them and used a tactic Nixon once considered using, Use the IRS to harass them.

 

Now he says he won't oppose legalization during the 2012 campaign. But after the election, he'll let the DEA loose.

 

He should fire the DEA head and get someone who knows how stupid the war on drugs is. It lasted longer than Vietnam and Iraq combined.

He didn't say he wouldn't oppose legalization.

I'm just predicting that he'll keep his mouth shut about this in order to avoid alienating voters. The point of the piece is that CSM is stupid and out of touch if they think the President is going to run a reefer madness campaign in 2012.

He really doesn't have to say

He really doesn't have to say anything, even after the election, Scott. He had the DOJ, the States Attorneys and the IRS to do his dirty work. He hasn't owned the crackdown and he doesn't  have to. He has flunkies for that.

Yes, enforcement continues,

Yes, enforcement continues, but it merely drives public support for reform. That's why CSM wants Obama to speak up and actually defend prohibition.

Addicts?

Did the CSM call medical marijuana users "addicts"? Just goes to show you they don't know much about marijuana or it's medical benefits.

Addicts?

This just points out that CSs, as most of the country, have no idea what real addiction is!  It is not a simple use of a medication that can cause withdrawal symptoms.  If that were true, many patients on anti-depressants, or beta blockers, or a myriad of other uncontrolled drugs, would also be classified as addicts.  Addiction is much more complicated than that. 

By claiming what they do, they show they are not scientists and are not compassionate, like the Christian that I am!

Check out the site Christians Against Prohibition CAP!

Write to the president

If everyone reading this wrote to the president, and urged him to support legalized marijuana it could help if the response was overwhelming.

 

You can write him here:

 

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

 

 

Writing the pretender in

Writing the pretender in chief is a waste of time. All you will get in reply is a generic form letter full of flawed and outright fraudulent "scientific" data showing that cannabis is MORE deadly than heroin.

Something To Consider

After the Prohibition of alcohol was made a constitutional amendment and all the lovely, LOVELY times that followed (the uptick in organized crime being one of the major ones), it was conservative women that originally pushed for the prohibition, and it actually ended up being a conservative woman who turned to middle of the road democrats that carried the next amendment through the public ratification process, abolishing the prohibition.  Also, much like the current marijuana prohibition, what was illegal was the manufacture and distribution, never the use.  Also like this time, the big arguments they used to help end prohibition:  much needed tax revenue during the Great Depression, weakening the stranglehold of organized crime by taking out a major source of revenue for them, and righting the social hypocrisy that many Americans lived with:  alcohol was illegal and people went to the streets saying it should stay that way, then many of them (politicians and big players included) would go straight home to the bottle.  Stop me when these two start to blend together for ya.

Point is, the American government doesn't really care what you put into your body (just look at the side effects of the first five pill bottles you find in your dad/grandpa/whoever's medicine cabinet), the only thing they care about is who is making the money off of this stuff.  To be more specific, they don't want you, the little guy, making money off of this in an honest way.  That's why we have to go the public route, state by state, and literally show them again and again that we do want this and we're tired of them pretending to act like they know what's best for us when any dolt with two seconds of research can see how counter-intuitive that argument is.

Christian "Scientists" on our side?

Thanks but no thanks. There really are certain people and cohorts of people that I just don't want on our side of the table. The loony tunes that call themselves Christian Scientists are an excellent example.

Christian

The Christian Science Monitor isn't being very "Christian" in their positions about pot, pot consumption, and pot prohibition.

There is a certain contrasting quality between judgments within the world view of the proponents of the war on cannabis and Christian theology.
The "everything is toxic" philosophy embraced by the ONDCP toxicologists and controlling offices such as the FDA and DEA is the exact opposite of sound Christian theology [1,2], and the corollary truths built upon it are not Biblically founded, and can be proven to be Biblically incorrect. -And if it's not Theologically true, if it's not true in the Bible, than it isn't true at all [3].
No Bible believing Christian can accept any "toxicology" studies or reports from the ONDCP in good conscience, when they consider the axioms that were used to build their studies. Do Christians adhere to "scientific" theories about big bang and evolution? No, and we can also reject the observations of the ONDCP about cannabis on similar grounds when all things are considered in a clear systematic theology. One must "Test The Evidences" that come from outside Scripture.
Scripture, tradition, and reason imply that all things are good, and that substance (such as foods and drinks) only becomes toxic in it's misuse, that is, in the uses that are not in order with the purposes God created them [4]. The Scripture's warnings against these philosophies are traditionally viewed as warnings about the Gnostics of the second century. It was a blending of Jewish, Greek, or Eastern philosophy with Christianity. These Gnostic errors are widespread, they appear century after century, and shows itself in many forms of religion, not merely in distorted forms of Christianity. In life application today, we can see that same Gnostic germ resurface in our society in the influence of modernism and postmodernism.
The war against cannabis is a frightening illustration, in that it is successful in stifling Evangelism within the local Church, and not many Leaders recognize what's going on, despite the fact that it devastates the lives of millions in perdition. This ascetic teaching is unnatural, contrary to the constitution of the world as that has been arranged by a holy and wise Creator, and it is also subversive of Christian liberty. Nothing can be esteemed common or unclean without throwing a reproach upon the Creator. [5] To further discover the long term consequences of these unnatural teachings, we can observe the characterizations and acts employed in the war on pot have a resemblance to the warnings in Scripture regarding the signs of false teachers (which are directly linked to signs of the coming Rapture of Christ's church). The war on cannabis shares at least 2 key qualities as the Gnostics. In the presence of the negative implications of statements such as "there is no way to teach this to you in a brief, " and, "everything is toxic, there is no harmless substances. ", the Christian should be reminded that encouraging formalism and asceticism as the result of false teaching is traditionally known as the activities of demons [6]; and the acknowledgment of liberty of conscience in a free moral agent is the formation of evangelical theology- for this very reason the Reformers left the Roman Catholic Church! [7]. The binge drinking phenomena we see in the just say no generation, as well as the licentious rebellion in the 60's, is evidences of the "fleshly indulgence", or antinomian development that results from these ascetic teachings. [8,9,10]

To summarize; The Christian world view and the ONDCP world view can be sharply contrasted. In the ONDCP world view, the Truth is "everything is toxic" and application is "just say no". In the Christian world view, the Truth is "God's creation is good" and application is "be ye sober". The Scripture provides us a sharper, more accurate understanding and response to the subjects of cannabis use in society than the secular drug use prevention community. And as Biblical passages are weighed and discovered as this more accurate Truth, it should bear witness that the Gospel message of Jesus Christ is Truth. We should lend thought to this greater spiritual Truth for which the Bible is compiled as evidence of; That Christ made atonement covering and salvation for our souls. "For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that he world through him might be saved. God publicly displayed him as the mercy seat accessible through faith, all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, but by grace are you saved through faith, and it's not of yourselves, it is a gift from God. For whosoever believes in Him will not perish. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." 
 

long live the zombie king

long live the zombie king

Christians have been burning

Christians have been burning people at the stake for nearly 2,000 years for using plants to get in touch with nature and their gods. Don't act like Christianity has any answers for the drug war because it doesn't.

This is classic Christian conservative revisionist history at work.

Church History 101

My readings revealed that it was a Pope in the 15th century that determined cannabis was "sinful".   That means the prohibition, by the church, is only less than four hundred years,not 2000, as stated in your comment.

Nothing of it was biblically based, but only pontificated by another human, who had the strange belief he was better than any of the rest of us Christians, because he was elected by the Holy Roman Church!  Educated Christians know the only thing prohibited in the old and new testament was the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden.  Since man failed God in that, He saw the futility of prohibiting anything!  The Psalms warn of the danger of strong drink and drunkenness.  That does not mean there are any prohibitions to alcohol.  The first miracle of Jesus was to take water and make the best wine at the party!  Konobos, thought to be cannabis. was used in anointing oil, in the old testament. Drugs are not mentioned.  Christian Scientists seem to be neither of what their name implies!

Yup!

 

Yep!

The only thing that was prohibited in the Bible was a big failure (fruit of the tree......)  Alcohol and drugs are not prohibited in there!  But, still, most of the country is brainwashed into believing this because THEY LACK KNOWLEDGE! 


It says in the bible "My people perish for the lack of knowledge"  Amazing, isn't it!  The "Christians" don't, apparently, believe their own Bible!

 

The fact that the first miracle was when Jesus turned water into (completely alcoholic) wine, is completely lost on them (sorry Baptists)!

 Please Obama has done more

 Please Obama has done more to harm the movement than any sitting President since Nixon.

He Doesn't Have To

He's already said it's a legitimate topic for debate.  And if he has to, he'll continue to say that forever.  Meanwhile the DEA, Justice Department, IRS, ATF and other feds are actively "opposing" legalization.  I'd say it's getting opposed pretty well right now without any (apparent) involvement of the president. So why would Obama have any need to oppose legalization?

Really?!?

Huuummmmm! I think I've herd this out of this man before... Oh yes that's what he PROMISED last time, thene higherd George Bushes guy to head the DEA.. Are you really going to fall for his lies again?? My trust is going to go to Dr. Ron Paul and end Obamanation.

Ron Pauls son Rand Paul a

Ron Pauls son Rand Paul a self proclaimed liberatarian also lied. Soon as he was elected he turned against medical marijuana. Uber-libertarianism isn't the answer.

Lied?

Before he was elected, as a Republican, Rand Paul stated that he did not support medical cannabis.  He and his father do not share all of the same views.  Thing is, Rand is intelligent enough to see s reasons, he should recant his position, if logic is to ensue.  He did not lie.  He would not have been elected if he had called for the legalization of cannabis in Kentucky in 2010.  Plain and simple!  Now that Pat Robertson has announced he is in support of changes to the cannabis laws, maybe the Christians in Kentucky, and Rand Paul will change their minds.

What about Christian Science...?

If I read "Christian science Monitor" I remembered my time in this Christian-Science sect. Yes, it's (just) a sect, that became a big influence in America, rather in Europe. They prohibit EVERYTHING totally, that has any influence to consciousness (without their prayers) or body and adjudge everybody who likes something like that.

Their rules there are worldly innocent and not to realize at all for really deseased people... And those rules are to neglect by sane thinking and feeling people. They never will become something relevant to population.

So - Christian Science Organisation remains to be a sect. Not more, nor less. And Christian Science Monitor remains to be their overdimensioned whisk... Not to take really too serious...

Legalization

What do you expect from a group of people who base their entire existence around religion.  I can not think of anything more braindead than that.  Religion ruins everything.

morons?

What intelligent idea would you suggest?  Throw the Christians to the lions and to hell with them?  You might want to rethink your attitude, if you expect us to support legalization, not just decriminalization.  United we stand divided we fall.  No man is an island!

CSM bigots should be careful what they wish for

If Obama tried to make a case against weed, all it would do is intensify the debate on the subject and that's the last thing those CSM clowns should want, they don't have a prayer if the proper status of cannabis is debated fully and honestly.

We need a safer alternative to alcohol, and cannabis is far safer than alcohol to life, limb and fetus. The public health community is fully aware of this and is being very derelict in not pointing out all the ways alcohol is far more likely to lead to catastrophe than cannabis. 

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I figured it out!

One thing that has struck me as odd. Since becoming a medical patient, I really feel that the biggest fear of marijuana smokers by the Government is the idea of having thoughtful voters.

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there is a difference

There's a world of difference between not opposing and supporting.

This legalization effort is in that world now. We are in the discussion stage. That's what our debate is over.

I need to hear a definite statement of support or opposition. If Obama wants to ride the fence, ok with me - more power to him. I want to know if another 4 years will see him riding that same fence. Its a mind reading job right now unless your vote is going 3rd party.

I need to know before November.

Don't bother.

I'll save you the wait. No, he won't be for re-legalization, for exactly the same reasons he isn't now: his bankster buddies were only able to ride out the storm they created because of the dirty drug money they laundered and sat on...until we bailed them out.

Obama is a bankster tool. Don't think so? Then why did he meet with them in secret on June 6 2008 in Chantilly, Virginia? Just like Lil' Georgie did in 1999, and Clinton in 1991.

Banksters don't want legal drugs, and exert every influence they have to prevent that. Party affiliations don't matter; as the greatest banksters of them all said hundreds of years ago:

"Give me control of a nation's money
and I care not who makes the laws."

Republicans VS. Democrats.

The refusal of either party to take up marijuana legalization when 50% of the country would support them just shows who they really work for. Without the War on Drugs,  they can't justify the billions of dollars that taxpayers spend on the DEA and other law enforcement branches. If all that money is gone, the jobs will be gone and all the people that work there will have to look for work in the private sector. But if the taxpayers aren't paying each other for jobs, who will? The rich 1% would have to of course, or risk violent revolution. The rich elite that run the two major parties want to keep their money of course, so they'll never support legalization.

It's like a ponzi scheme: the old investors are the government workers and those on government assistance, and the taxpaying middle class are the new investors. This is why we have a national debt that just won't go away.

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Criminal JusticeAsset Forfeiture, Collateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Court Rulings, Drug Courts, Due Process, Felony Disenfranchisement, Incarceration, Policing (2011 Drug War Killings, 2012 Drug War Killings, 2013 Drug War Killings, 2014 Drug War Killings, Arrests, Eradication, Informants, Interdiction, Lowest Priority Policies, Police Corruption, Police Raids, Profiling, Search and Seizure, SWAT/Paramilitarization, Task Forces, Undercover Work), Probation or Parole, Prosecution, Reentry/Rehabilitation, Sentencing (Alternatives to Incarceration, Clemency and Pardon, Crack/Powder Cocaine Disparity, Death Penalty, Decriminalization, Defelonization, Drug Free Zones, Mandatory Minimums, Rockefeller Drug Laws, Sentencing Guidelines)CultureArt, Celebrities, Counter-Culture, Music, Poetry/Literature, Television, TheaterDrug UseParaphernalia, ViolenceIntersecting IssuesCollateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Violence, Border, Budgets/Taxes/Economics, Business, Civil Rights, Driving, Economics, Education (College Aid), Employment, Environment, Families, Free Speech, Gun Policy, Human Rights, Immigration, Militarization, Money Laundering, Pregnancy, Privacy (Search and Seizure, Drug Testing), Race, Religion, Science, Sports, Women's IssuesMarijuana PolicyGateway Theory, Hemp, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Marijuana Industry, Medical MarijuanaMedicineMedical Marijuana, Science of Drugs, Under-treatment of PainPublic HealthAddiction, Addiction Treatment (Science of Drugs), Drug Education, Drug Prevention, Drug-Related AIDS/HIV or Hepatitis C, Harm Reduction (Methadone & Other Opiate Maintenance, Needle Exchange, Overdose Prevention, Safe Injection Sites)Source and Transit CountriesAndean Drug War, Coca, Hashish, Mexican Drug War, Opium ProductionSpecific DrugsAlcohol, Ayahuasca, Cocaine (Crack Cocaine), Ecstasy, Heroin, Ibogaine, ketamine, Khat, Marijuana (Gateway Theory, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Medical Marijuana, Hashish), Methamphetamine, New Synthetic Drugs (Synthetic Cannabinoids, Synthetic Stimulants), Nicotine, Prescription Opiates (Fentanyl, Oxycontin), Psychedelics (LSD, Mescaline, Peyote, Salvia Divinorum)YouthGrade School, Post-Secondary School, Raves, Secondary School