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Response to Dr Fate (Reply #121)

Fri May 4, 2012, 02:52 PM

125. Contacting John Conyers would be a really useful thing to do

Since he could use his position on the committee to pressure Smith - but voters need to give him a reason to make this an issue.

However, I don't think you can really make a strong argument that Obama must push this issue because every President makes decisions about what to pay attention to and thus make an issue.

The Clinton administration went after cannabis more than Bush I. Now the Obama administration policies have resulted in more arrests regarding this issue than Shrub. Ashcroft made a big p.r. arrest with Tommy Chong, tho, to kick that dog for the right wing.

The Time magazine article posted here seems to have some pretty good insight - the Obama administration responded to people who were concerned about the proliferation of cannabis-based businesses.

The DoJ worked with state Attns. General to force some federal restraint - to the point of overkill in too many ways, imo,

I would rather see the DoJ and Attns General focus on more substantial issues, rather than trying to shut down something that already has the support of the majority of voters. That's why this doesn't play well - too many people disagree with the federal position. There are several remedies when various branches of the federal govt. do not have the capacity to change bad laws, tho.

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