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Old 12-14-2012, 07:41 AM  
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Toke up, brahs. Obama makes the right call on pot.

Pretty much the call he had to make.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/...ry?id=17946783

Marijuana Not High Obama Priority
By DEVIN DWYER (@devindwyer)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2012

President Obama says recreational users of marijuana in states that have legalized the substance should not be a "top priority" of federal law enforcement officials prosecuting the war on drugs.

"We've got bigger fish to fry," Obama said of pot users in Colorado and Washington during an exclusive interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters.

"It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it's legal," he said, invoking the same approach taken toward users of medicinal marijuana in 18 states where it's legal.

More of Barbara Walters' exclusive first joint, post-election interview with President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama airs tonight on "20/20" at 10 p.m. ET on ABC stations.

Obama's comments on marijuana are his first following Colorado and Washington voters' approval of Nov. 7 ballot measures that legalize the recreational use and sale of pot in defiance of federal law.

Marijuana, or cannabis, remains classified under the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule I narcotic whose cultivation, distribution, possession and use are criminal acts. It's in the same category as heroin, LSD and "Ecstasy," all deemed to have high potential for abuse.

Obama told Walters he does not – "at this point" – support widespread legalization of marijuana. But he cited shifting public opinion and limited government resources as reasons to find a middle ground on punishing use of the drug.

"This is a tough problem, because Congress has not yet changed the law," Obama said. "I head up the executive branch; we're supposed to be carrying out laws. And so what we're going to need to have is a conversation about, How do you reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and state laws that say that it's legal?"

The president said he has asked Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to examine the legal questions surrounding conflicting state and federal laws on drugs.

"There are a number of issues that have to be considered, among them the impact that drug usage has on young people, [and] we have treaty obligations with nations outside the United States," Holder said Wednesday of the review underway.

As a politician, Obama has always opposed legalizing marijuana and downplayed his personal history with the substance.

Obama wrote in his 1995 memoir, "Dreams from My Father," that he would smoke pot regularly with his high school buddies who formed a "club of disaffection." The group was known as the "Choom Gang," says Obama biographer David Maraniss.

"There are a bunch of things I did that I regret when I was a kid," Obama told Walters. "My attitude is, substance abuse generally is not good for our kids, not good for our society.

"I want to discourage drug use," he added.

While the administration has not prioritized prosecutions of marijuana users and small-scale distributors in states where it's legal, it has not ceased prosecutions altogether. The Justice Department has continued raids on pot providers – including in states where they are legal – in an approach that experts say is more aggressive than Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush.

"I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana – and the reason is, because it's against federal law," Obama told "Rolling Stone" in an interview earlier this year.

It "is a murky area," Obama told the magazine, "where you have large-scale, commercial operations that may supply medical marijuana users, but in some cases may also be supplying recreational users. In that situation, we put the Justice Department in a very difficult place if we're telling them, 'This is supposed to be against the law, but we want you to turn the other way.' That's not something we're going to do."

Obama and the Office of National Drug Control Policy say the negative impacts of widespread marijuana legalization loom large.

Legalization would lower the price of "weed," thereby fueling its use and triggering more widespread negative health effects and subsequent costs of care, the administration says in its official policy position. Officials also say legalization would do little to curb drug violence or eliminate cartels.

"When you're talking about drug kingpins, folks involved in violence, people who are peddling hard drugs to our kids and our neighborhoods that are devastated, there is no doubt we need to go after those folks hard," said Obama.

"It makes sense for us to look at how we can make sure that our kids are discouraged from using drugs and engaging in substance abuse generally," he said. "There's more work we can do on the public health side and the treatment side."

Colorado and Washington are the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana, presenting a fresh challenge for the Obama Justice Department to navigate in a second term.

While public opinion has shifted toward legalization over the past few years, Americans remain divided about the personal use of pot.

Fifty percent of American adults oppose legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, while 48 percent would support such a measure, according to a November ABC News/Washington Post poll. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 points.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who personally opposed legalization, on Monday formally approved the voter-backed amendment to the state constitution legalizing recreational use of marijuana.

The measure will allow individuals to possess one ounce of pot and up to six marijuana plants and licensed stores to sell marijuana starting next year.

Washington State last week officially became the first to allow recreational use of marijuana when a voter-approved ballot measure took effect.

In both states, pot use remains illegal in public. Eighteen states have approved the use of marijuana for medicinal use with a doctor's order. Federal law still prohibits all use and sale of marijuana.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:34 AM   #2
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:42 AM   #3
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Too bad Obama won't make the same decision about Internet Poker.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:45 AM   #4
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He did? "It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it's legal,"

I don't see this as the right thing at all. He just made some wisshy washy statements. He may prosecute, he may not.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:51 AM   #5
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:53 AM   #6
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Not a "top priority," and MJ free-for-all...are not the same thing.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:03 AM   #7
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:04 AM   #8
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"This is a tough problem, because Congress has not yet changed the law," Obama said. "I head up the executive branch; we're supposed to be carrying out laws. And so what we're going to need to have is a conversation about, How do you reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and state laws that say that it's legal?"

The president said he has asked Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to examine the legal questions surrounding conflicting state and federal laws on drugs.




Meh. I think he is doing what he is allowed to do. It's not groundbreaking, but it's just about what you should expect at this point.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:56 AM   #9
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Not really.

The feds have not gone after individual users seriously, in pretty much a generation. This is not a big change in federal policy at all. The question is whether they'll go after medium and large producers and sellers, and the answer to that is probably still yes.
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:10 PM   #10
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Not really.

The feds have not gone after individual users seriously, in pretty much a generation. This is not a big change in federal policy at all. The question is whether they'll go after medium and large producers and sellers, and the answer to that is probably still yes.
Just like the do in California. They bust them and clean out there bank account, whatever cash they find, shut down their store. Later they drop the charges. Nothing more than a shakedown~
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:15 PM   #11
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Is this like where Obama's hand gets played and he's forced to make the political announcement that he believes in gay marriage, only to do abso****inglutely nothing to change policy in that direction?

I understand there are only so many things he can do. If that's the case, then success and "victory" should not be attributed to him when he's making these calculated political gains at little cost.

Basically, who ****ing cares?
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:46 PM   #12
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It's not the call he had to make....he's not going up for re-election here.

He can basically do what he wants at this point. In this case he's going to approach this the same way he did with NDAA.

He will claim one thing and do another....just watch n see.
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Just like the do in California. They bust them and clean out there bank account, whatever cash they find, shut down their store. Later they drop the charges. Nothing more than a shakedown~
Yup he made the same comment about medical MJ use...and then proceeded to the ATF go buck wild on all of the medical MJ providers around.....
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:56 PM   #14
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Yup he made the same comment about medical MJ use...and then proceeded to the ATF go buck wild on all of the medical MJ providers around.....
yup....that's exactly what he will do here.

The big banks make Billions of dollars on laundered drug money yearly. Obama works for these giant banking corporations, the same ones that tanked this economy by design...but the libtards praise this idiot like he's some savior that can do no wrong.

They will make sure they keep it illegal on the federal level so that the banks can make large amts of $$ in the black markets. This has been going on for at least 30-40 yrs and the banks can just literally tell our govt to F-u
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:05 PM   #15
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yup....that's exactly what he will do here.

The big banks make Billions of dollars on laundered drug money yearly. Obama works for these giant banking corporations, the same ones that tanked this economy by design...but the libtards praise this idiot like he's some savior that can do no wrong.

They will make sure they keep it illegal on the federal level so that the banks can make large amts of $$ in the black markets. This has been going on for at least 30-40 yrs and the banks can just literally tell our govt to F-u
The banks are too big to fail. And too big to punish. We should just curl up into the fetal position whenever the banks want to do something and then wait for them to tell us when they are done.
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