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Briefing Book! Obama Dashes High Hopes For Pot Legalization


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organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
The Mexican drug cartels would hardly exist if it weren't for our federal government, Dave. Drug prohibition has given them a monopoly on a product perpetually in high demand. I suppose it's easy to blame the individual drug user, but it hardly gets to the root of the problem. When people bought alcohol during prohibition, they helped to subsidize organized crime. After alcohol was made legal, many crime networks dried up. Mind altering substances will always be in demand. The difference between marijuana and alcohol as far as harmfulness don't justify the extreme difference in laws. These laws, both historically and currently, are in place to subjugate certain groups.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Jill, I'm pretty sure you missed Organic's point. The point (if I may speak for him) is that Obama is not willing to legalize something he willing and repeatedly did. Perhaps if he had been thrown in jail for that victimless crime, he would realize the injustice of it all. But instead, he's almost mocking the people who want to see marijuana legalized. It's really the worst kind of hypocrisy.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"You really think the best use of tax payer money is to throw harmless people in prison for a victimless crime? " That depends on where the pot was grown. If it was out of someone's backyard here in the states, and the money stayed here, then sure it had only one victim (the smoker). If the money made it's way to Mexico, then, they helped the cartels build their armies to what we have today. So congrats, that dope smoler helped enable the Mexican gangs to be strong enough to kidnap and rape almost at will.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"If only Obama had been thrown in prison when he smoked marijuana" You really think the best use of tax payer money is to throw harmless people in prison for a victimless crime? You really think that it would have been a wise move to put an intelligent young man in prison for such a minor thing? I am sorry, but that is just silly.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I'm from MD and I have seen Steele half way hold his own for years. I just fear that the republican machine will just turn him into a sterilized puppet.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
"This means nothing to anyone." What doesn't?
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
This means nothing to anyone. I really couldn't care less about marijuana never had it and not interested. I prefer my poison to be lethal and brutal on my liver lol
Roarman Roarman 8 years
I completely disagree with the President on this. Legalize it already.
moonlight-spice moonlight-spice 8 years
*giggles childishly at the headline* seriously though, it should be legalized. I feel that unless it is laced it is safer and less harmful than alcohol and if we legalized it then there would be monitoring to keep people from getting the laced stuff accidentally. Repressing such things only makes the problem worse in terms of abuse. Why do you think alcohol abuse was so rampant during the prohibition era?
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
It's not Steele making an unsubstantiated claim. Stanley Greenberg claimed to be behind it. Transcript and video at:,2933,510783,00.html
stephley stephley 8 years
I love Michael Steele a little more each day.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
If only Obama had been thrown in prison when he smoked marijuana, perhaps he would be more reasonable and thoughtful.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Someone told me he said "It won't make the economy better but it will make people feel better about the economy." lol
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Well I, for one, am glad that Obama so immediately dismissed the question of marijuana legalization. He's interested in the internet voting community just enough to laugh at their interest in a policy he has no interest in.
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