Apr 292012
 April 29, 2012

As many of you have heard by now, Jimmy Kimmel called Obama out on marijuana at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner last night. Kimmel asked, “What is with the marijuana crackdown? Seriously, what is the concern? We will deplete the nation’s Funyun supply? Pot smokers vote too. Sometimes a week after the election, but they vote.”

Kimmel’s comments were funny, and of course it’s always good to see celebs bringing attention to the movement, but what happened off stage is tremendous news for the medical marijuana movement.

Last Thursday, I reported on Obama’s response to a question during a Rolling Stone interview on why his administration is cracking down on medical marijuana. Here is what he said:

“I can’t nullify congressional law. I can’t ask the Justice Department to say, ‘Ignore completely a federal law that’s on the books.’ What I can say is, ‘Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage.’ As a consequence, there haven’t been prosecutions of users of marijuana for medical purposes.”

Eric Holder

US Attorney General Eric Holder

The Huffington Post reported a comment by Attorney General Holder that everyone who supports medical marijuana needs to hear:

“Attorney General Eric Holder was a guest of The Huffington Post at the correspondents’ dinner. Before it began, a HuffPost reporter noted to Holder that Obama’s reference to “congressional law” was misleading because the executive branch could simply remove marijuana from its “schedule one” designation, thereby recognizing its medical use. “That’s right,” Holder said. After Kimmel’s speech, a Holder deputy told HuffPost that there was no coordinated war on medical marijuana, but that some individual clinics were breaking both state and federal laws.”

Did I read that correctly? Did our Attorney General admit that Obama could stop the war raging over medical marijuana at any moment, and that Obama’s comments to the contrary in Rolling Stone were misleading? Folks, the time is now to demand that President Obama immediately direct Attorney General Eric Holder to reclassify cannabis, or that Attorney General Holder do it himself as the Controlled Substance Act allows. All of the excuses about the FDA, Congress, and the Institute of Medicine are smokescreens. Obama or Holder could end the war on medical marijuana at any moment. We’re talking about an action that over 70 percent of Americans support. What are you two waiting for? Just push the button already. AG Holder: roll yourself a fatty, walk into the Oval Office, light that sucker, pass it to Obama and ask him,”Are you in?”

Here is an excerpt from Section 811 of The Controlled Substance Act where the Attorney General’s authority to reclassify or remove drugs under the CSA is defined:

Section 811. Authority and Criteria for Classification of Substances

(a) Rules and regulations of Attorney General; hearing

The Attorney General shall apply the provisions of this subchapter to the controlled substances listed in the schedules established by section 812 of this title and to any other drug or other substance added to such schedules under this subchapter. Except as provided in subsections (d) and (e) of this section, the Attorney General may by rule

(1) add to such a schedule or transfer between such schedules any drug or other substance if he–

(A) finds that such drug or other substance has a potential for abuse, and

(B) makes with respect to such drug or other substance the findings prescribed by

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subsection (b) of section 812 of this title for the schedule in which such drug is to be placed; or

(2) remove any drug or other substance from the schedules if he finds that the drug or other substance does not meet the requirements for inclusion in any schedule.

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About TJ Green

I'm an Attorney, Activist, Chef, and Gardener--poking holes in the media filter that obscures the truth about ganja in this country daily.
  • Peter Gatliff

    My wife who was a die hard Republican and dying from cancer while taking Chemo. I talked her into smoking pot to help off set the effects of Chemo. It was the only thing she stated that helped.

  • Dan King

    People keep acting like the crack down is a big mystery. Pres. Obama has taken campaign contributions from Big Rx, the liquor industry, etc… all who want cannabis to remain illegal. The way they are playing the game will work. Pro-cannabis crowd thinks if Obama gets reelected he will finally do something and the anti-cannabis crowd know they bought and paid for Obama and he will do as he is told. Stop voting for the lesser of two evils. Gary Johnson 2012!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dgsparks Donna G. Sparks

    Way to go Jimmy!Â

  • Makete_51

    I will bet that they will do something about this “after” the elections, if, hopefully he gets re-elected. So that means our, thats yours and mine, vote will be that much more important. So vote!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Dan King

      You know the definition of insanity?  Both corporate parties have been anti-cannabis for 70 years now. Neither party is going to change until their corporate sponsors allow them to change. Your bet is a losing bet and it is time to stop hoping the lesser of two evils will bring hope and change.

  • Annebonnie

    Dan King who commented is right, no, he/they will not do anything after elections due to reasons Mr. King stated – big pharma owns them.  A candidate like Gary Johnson is the only solution and he will not get enough votes. People are scared to vote for third party, but Gary has my vote too!!  People are deluding themselves once again with wishful thinking such as “after the election” – nothing will change, nothing at in this administration many others.  Big Pharma controls our politicians and political process. Sad but true.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Bryant/100001215134687 James Bryant

    they are using cannibis an its many users to steal hard working americans money  an suppress  the lower class take their liscence that will help them pay there bills.also the war on drugs is a front to dump large amounts of money from the federal level into state an local police . thus this is illegal without an act of war. thus a war on drugs gives them a reason to steal more tax payers money  to hire more cops , prosecuters , an build theyre privately owned jails  theyre building a private  ignorant  army of cops . the county i live in  with all the state, local an sherrifs probly has 1000 cops or more an the criminals are drug users or child support. now thats fightin terrorism isnt it

    • Nichole

      I believe they target pot smokers because their minds have been expanded and they are harder to force back into the group-think mold they want us in.

    • Delphi1

      You must live in Tennessee…

  • daddy

    in the weed blog or high times say any thing about maryland please help us o’bama I don’t want vote republican
    I want ron paul

    • jake.

      hey im from maryland too and it’s on the books for august but i think that there need to be a bigger impact on the Governor. he vetoed it last time. im from md and i use this medicine every day for my heart and ptsd i picked up after 3 yrs of combat tour after combat tour in afghanistan.Â

  • Mike

    Seems to be a lot of hypocrisy here…Obama cant have it both ways..he always seems to cater to the right wing..or independent voters..
    in Eugene Oregon we have a medical marijuana clinic that is acting within the law to get patients the OMMP card, oregon medical marijuana program card..there are no dispensaries so why are the DEA agents still raiding medical marijuana farms in southern oregon?   If you are in Eugene check out http://www.ommpcard.com know your rights and get your medicine.

  • Grannie B

    There are those who are in bed with Drug company’s, those who are to ignorant and closed minded to get it. I’m 70 yrs old and hope to live long enough to see the day I can fire up a bong without being arrested.

  • kimmie0

    Yes..! Yes! Yes! I’ve been dancing up and down pointing at my computer screen for days!!!!  I’ve posted the following frequently:  REALLY?!!! The Executive Branch can just “remove it” from the Schedule I Controlled Substances designation? Why are we sending all these petitions to Congress and everywhere else then? Let’s focus the effort to stop ruining the lives of people with stupid criminal charges and convictions for possession of cannabis where it can make the most difference. AND, as supporters for Cannabis Reform, let’s stop calling it marijuana… I, for one, don’t care for the history behind our use of that nomenclature – nice blog on that topic http://furthurtothefuture.blogspot.com/2011/05/why-pot-supporters-shouldnt-use-term.html

  • DarkerMatter

    So, wait, there is a drug that is safer than alcohol, less addictive, and it will not destroy your body if you do abuse it.  And the government does not want you to use it?  Whats the catch 22, or are they just retarded?Â

  • Jean Marlowe

    So, why doesn’t Obama just do this for the suffering citizens of this country? Or why doesn’t he order Mr. Holder to do so, or why doesn’t Mr. Holder do it himself?Â
    The medical community has publicly called the government’s stand on medical marijuana as “scientifically absurd” so why doesn’t our government stop this.
    I will tell you right now, I will never again vote for Obama because he lied to us over this issue to get our vote and he will never get it again. Keep your word, Mr. President, or get voted out!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.gunner420 Jack Gunner

    Holder should have that picture embossed on his business card.

  • Bhutch101

    its been too long over due its now shamful how government thinks so old thinking

  • JWLaberdee

    The scheduling scheme that we’re saddled with currently was the Nixon administrations answer to Dr. Timothy Learys victory over the OLD so called “machine gun tax” model.
     The placement of cannabis at the very top of that list was done for no other reason than to make members of the anti war movement easier to silence. Any law, or set of laws, designed to do nothing more than impede free speech is by definition, unconstitutional.

  • JJ McDubie

    How much longer does Obama get the benefit of the doubt from his supporters before they accept he is just another sleazy politician?  You can’t take him at his word.  It goes with the job title.

    • plaguebeast

      we get to find out in November….

  • http://www.facebook.com/IllSacred Zemma Sullivan

    People lie to save face all the time, but the president took it to the “Douchebag Almighty” level with this crackdown fiasco.  Politicians will never get it: if the people aren’t happy, they’re not gettin’ our votes.  Then again, that’s been rigged for years….

  • Mills

    Yes, because letting the black president decriminalize marijuana would go over SO well with his detractors. There’s only so much he can do, and I think if he were to move too soon, it would only strengthen the racially charged rhetoric of his opposition (Grover Norquist would probably have a grand time with it). I think Obama would rather it appear that his hand is being forced, so we may have to wait it out a little bit.

  • http://www.schoolanduniversity.com/ schoolanduniversity.com

    I cannot believe those in this community will continue to support this penis