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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:30 AM

Obama's Pot Problem

Now that states have started legalizing recreational marijuana, will the president continue the government’s war on weed?





When voters in Colorado and Washington state legalized recreational marijuana in November, they thought they were declaring a cease-fire in the War on Drugs. Thanks to ballot initiatives that passed by wide margins on Election Day, adults 21 or older in both states can now legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana. The new laws also compel Colorado and Washington to license private businesses to cultivate and sell pot, and to levy taxes on the proceeds. Together, the two states expect to reap some $600 million annually in marijuana revenues for schools, roads and other projects. The only losers, in fact, will be the Mexican drug lords, who currently supply as much as two-thirds of America's pot.

Drug reformers can scarcely believe their landslide victories at the polls. "People expected this day would come, but most didn't expect it to come this soon," says Norm Stamper, a former Seattle police chief who campaigned for legalization. "This is the beginning of the end of prohibition."

But the war over pot may be far from over. Legalization has set Colorado and Washington on a collision course with the Obama administration, which has shown no sign of backing down on its full-scale assault on pot growers and distributors. Although the president pledged to go easy on medical marijuana – now legal in 18 states – he has actually launched more raids on state-sanctioned pot dispensaries than George W. Bush, and has threatened to prosecute state officials who oversee medical marijuana as if they were drug lords. And while the administration has yet to issue a definitive response to the two new laws, the Justice Department was quick to signal that it has no plans to heed the will of voters. "Enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act," the department announced in November, "remains unchanged."

A big reason for the get-tough stance, say White House insiders, is that federal agencies like the Drug Enforcement Administration are staffed with hard-liners who have built their careers on going after pot. Michele Leonhart, a holdover from the Bush administration whom Obama has appointed to head the DEA, continues to maintain that pot is as dangerous as heroin – a position unsupported by either science or experience. When pressed on the point at a congressional hearing, Leonhart refused to concede any distinction between the two substances, lamely insisting that "all illegal drugs are bad."

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morningfog Dec 2012 OP
musiclawyer Dec 2012 #1
AnotherMcIntosh Dec 2012 #4
musiclawyer Dec 2012 #11
JaneyVee Dec 2012 #2
ReasonableToo Dec 2012 #10
MichaelSoE Dec 2012 #3
Comrade Grumpy Dec 2012 #5
progressoid Dec 2012 #6
2naSalit Dec 2012 #7
Egalitarian Thug Dec 2012 #8
Blue Owl Dec 2012 #9
Voice for Peace Dec 2012 #13
Voice for Peace Dec 2012 #12

Response to morningfog (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:40 AM

1. The resolution is obvious

If the Feds makes even one stupid move, litigate !

Lets see The DEA and their "evidence" regarding schedule 1 and the States' army of expert witnesses regarding medical and economic efficacy of the Bud.

Even republican appointed district court judges take their job very seriously.

That's why POTUS won't die on this hill.
His legacy is at stake. He makes one stupid move and poof ! His goodwill gained is gone and so are the chances of a democratic house is '14 .......

The young people and activists and minorities will tune him out ....

They are the ones who gave him a second term. Make no mistake.

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Response to musiclawyer (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:59 PM

4. "His legacy is at stake"? The guy who gave de facto immunity to war criminals? The guy who won't

 

go after banksters and otherwise participated in giving hundreds of billions of dollars to them? The guy who continues endless wars in the Middle-East? The guy who extended the Bush tax-cuts for the super-rich? They guy who adopted the Republican plan to compel the purchase of health insurance from private companies instead of pushing for single-payer health care? The guy who signed three let's-send-more-jobs-to-foreign-countries "free trade" agreements and is preparing to sign another one?

His legacy is that Romney was worse. As was Insane McCain.

His legacy is that most voters did not want McCain or Romney.

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 03:42 PM

11. Unfortunately yes. Weed is pivotal

Young people don't think they have any privacy They figure big brother is watching and shrug. Most young people are NOT impacted by war. They think drones strikes are what we do. This war on terror mentality is normalized in them. Civil liberties to them means freedom to enjoy weed and freedom to love whoever they want ...... So uuum. Yeah. Weed does impact POTUS' legacy far more than most can fathom

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Response to morningfog (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:44 AM

2. No difference between pot and heroin?! HEROIN?!

ZERO: The amount of people that will die from marijuana today

ALOT more than zero: The number of people that will die from heroin today.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 03:39 PM

10. Exactly. As I understand it...

Marijuana is the gateway drug OFF the hard drugs.

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Response to morningfog (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:49 AM

3. About time, eh?

"People expected this day would come, but most didn't expect it to come this soon," says Norm Stamper, a former Seattle police chief who campaigned for legalization. "This is the beginning of the end of prohibition."


I thought they'd legalize it in 1969. But then again I was really stoned.

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Response to morningfog (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:03 PM

5. Don't fuck with your base, Obama.

Liberals, Democrats, independents, young voters--all support marijuana legalization.

So does a majority in this country now, according to three polls in the past week.

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Response to morningfog (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:36 PM

6. Now that he supports State's rights for marriage equality, he should do the same or pot.

There is a lot more $$$ and influence involved in pot than in gay marriage. We shall see.

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Response to morningfog (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:39 PM

7. And as long as big business can't have a death grip on it...

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Response to morningfog (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:56 PM

8. Obama's Pot Solution;

 

A TV interview with Joe Biden.

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Response to morningfog (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 03:37 PM

9. Can someone tell me how CO and WA have "gone to hell" since legalizing?

Has there been a single negative or criminal incident in the past week directly related to someone using "Marihuana"?

If there's been zero problems -- then what is the problem, exactly?

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 06:52 PM

13. are you kidding? haven't you see this?





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Response to morningfog (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 06:50 PM

12. most bad drugs are legal.. she has it all mixed up.

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