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Fri Jan 31, 2014, 11:11 AM

Obama Says He’d Support Easing Marijuana Restrictions

Obama Says He’d Support Easing Marijuana Restrictions
By Zeke J Miller @zekejmillerJan. 31, 2014


President Barack Obama says in a new interview that he would support efforts to remove marijuana from the federal government’s list of the most serious narcotics, but that Congress must act to make the change.

In an interview with CNN that aired Friday, Obama was pressed on recent remarks he made to the New Yorker that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol, and on whether he would push to remove pot from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of so-called “schedule I” narcotics.

“First of all, what is and isn’t a Schedule I narcotic is a job for Congress,” Obama said.

“I stand by my belief, based, I think, on the scientific evidence, that marijuana, for casual users, individual users, is subject to abuse, just like alcohol is and should be treated as a public health problem and challenge,” Obama added. “But as I said in the interview, my concern is when you end up having very heavy criminal penalties for individual users that have been applied unevenly, and in some cases, with a racial disparity.”

The DEA is required to make determinations, Obama said, but based on laws passed by Congress. A spokesman for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy tweeted Wednesday that the attorney general can reclassify marijuana after a scientific review, but that it was “not likely given current science.”

But Obama said he would support congressional action to remove the schedule I classification for marijuana.

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http://swampland.time.com/2014/01/31/marijuana-obama-decriminalization/?iid=sl-main-lead

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 11:34 AM

1. "The Incredible Shrinking Presidency"

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/opinion/blow-the-incredible-shrinking-presidency.html



If it's Congress' job to lead the Nation, we are truly fucked.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 11:46 AM

2. Oh BULL SHIT Barack> “First of all, what is and isn’t a Schedule I narcotic is a job for Congress”

The DEA has placed things on the list without consulting Congress. That is FACT!

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 11:59 AM

4. At least he's finally admitting it's political, not based on science.

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 12:03 PM

6. Congressman Blumenauer seems to believe

that the AG can act.

Making the banking system marijuana friendly

In some parts of the United States, it is now legal to sell marijuana to adult consumers. But an unforeseen problem recently popped up that hadn’t received much attention before: businesses that sell pot can’t open a bank account.

Because federal law still classifies cannabis as a “Schedule I” illegal narcotic, federally regulated banks don’t want to do business with pot retailers or dispensaries, even when they’re legal. Indeed, they can’t – banks would be subject to criminal penalties under money-laundering laws.

For policymakers, there are a couple of options. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), for example, wants to reform the Controlled Substances Act so that marijuana is no longer a “Schedule I” illegal narcotic and banks won’t have anything to worry about. Since that would require congressional approval, it’s unlikely we’ll see this change anytime soon. (See the correction below.)

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* Update: I heard from Blumenauer’s office this afternoon, which said congressional action on reforming the Controlled Substances Act may not be necessary – the Attorney General’s office can act unilaterally without lawmakers’ approval. With this in mind, it would appear Holder can declassify marijuana as a “Schedule I” illegal narcotic at his discretion and without congressional input.

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/making-the-banking-system-marijuana-friendly

Originally posted here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024397961



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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 11:49 AM

3. "Not likely given current science"?

I wonder what that means?

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 12:01 PM

5. It means some in the administration still can't let go of the lies.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 01:37 PM

7. Congress is too full of idiots to do the right thing

Holder should reschedule in order to make it possible for parents to access cannabis for children with life-threatening illnesses.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 01:38 PM

8. I'll believe it when I see it

with my own two eyes

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 01:40 PM

9. It needs to be descheduled. I don't need a doctor to tell me I can smoke pot. Thanks.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 01:47 PM

10. I don't really want Congress to dictate what should be considered medicine or narcotics

Most of them don't have the training to make these decisions. And even the ones that do, don't have the best interest of the nation as a whole.


But at least it is starting to be discussed!





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