Yet Another Chance to Ask Obama About Marijuana Laws

So far, Obama's favorite thing about being president is getting to read all the marijuana-related questions on his website. If it weren't, then he'd surely have stopped inviting us to submit questions, right? He loves you. Each and every one of you.

That's why is now accepting your questions on the economy. It's broken down into several categories, but multiple sections are utterly dominated by marijuana reform questions. Apparently, Americans' #1 economic concern is that marijuana is illegal.

As we've done several times now, let's make damn sure the new administration sees the potency of our movement by keeping drug policy reform questions in top position. The site also encourages you to vote against questions you're less interested in, so feel free to do that too.

The point isn't that marijuana laws are necessarily the top economic issue right now, but rather that the drug war went over budget a long, long time ago. It's one bad program that needs to go immediately if we're serious about making responsible decisions in tough times. Filling our prisons with non-violent drug offenders was bad enough when we still had the money to do it. Those days are behind us and no excuses remain for the political culture that has long championed the grand fiasco that now festers before our eyes.

At this moment of grave economic uncertainty, the obligation of our leaders to justify their programs and expenditures has never been greater. Unless or until Obama can come forward and confidently defend every damn dollar that is poured into the war on drugs, these questions will continue to dominate every public forum he holds.
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He can't ignore us forever

We will be heard. Louder we grow each and every day. This atrocity shall be seen for its true horror. Putting people in cages? What were we thinking? We will not stand for it any longer. Prohibition is seeing the largest opposition since its inception. From the economy to civil rights and religious freedom, our reasons are many and I am very glad that people are beginning to see that prohibition was a waste.

No Guts

Sure they are all about our opinons, while the DEA raids another medical Marijuana Clinic in California. Maybe Obama can dodge the question for a couple of years.

thanks for the heads up

I forgot to vote against the questions above the marijuana questions, when I went back there were very few questions above ours.

Obama 'talks' taxing and regulating marijuana


Obama just 'answered' the question to yuk, yuks... (at about the 38 minute mark)

"I don't know what this says about the online community..." (laughs)

"The answer is 'no.' I don't think this ('would ... legalizing marijuana
improve the economy and job creation') is a good strategy to grow the
economy." (applause)

Also, not the topic of marijuana popularity was cited ahead of the Town Hall
by CBS, Wired, CNN, etc.

Legalization needs a serious look

I too was disappointed at how he avoided specific questions on Marijuana regulation by thinking that his sidestep was adequate. Disappointed that no one in the audience seemed to care. Such a cheap one word answer to a question that wasn't really asked by any one person...

The audience

The audiences on these things are thoroughly vetted to make sure each and every one (but for a few for-show "opponents") supports every word Obama speaks.

I'm pro-choice on EVERYTHING!

Drug Warrior 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

Kicked in the Balls with a Smile

Enough said, another sad day.

Robert Hutton


Why are we only free to do what the government says we can do? This is not freedom! How long must we live with this atrocity? I thought Obama really wanted to fight for justice not the same ole' crap we've been fed over and over agan. God help us please.

President Lincoln quote

President Abraham Lincoln (December 1840):
"Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control mans' appetite through legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not even crimes... A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our Government was founded"

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