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 September 23, 2011

marijuanaA proposal to legalize marijuana is the first idea on the White House’s online petition site to gather enough signatures to break the threshold required to receive an official response.

The idea behind “We the People” – as the program is called – is that anyone with an idea or cause can go to the White House website and make a public pitch for support. If the idea gets 5,000 backers within 30 days, a “working group of policy officials” will respond.

The first proposal to reach that limit asks, “Isn’t it time to legalize and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol? If not, please explain why you feel that the continued criminalization of cannabis will achieve the results in the future that it has never achieved in the past?”

Here’s the text from the petition:

Legalize and Regulate Marijuana in a Manner Similar to Alcohol.

We the people want to know when we can have our “perfectly legitimate” discussion on marijuana legalization. Marijuana prohibition has resulted in the arrest of over 20 million Americans since 1965, countless lives ruined and hundreds of billions of tax dollars squandered and yet this policy has still failed to achieve its stated goals of lowering use rates, limiting the drug’s access, and creating safer communities.

Isn’t it time to legalize and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol? If not, please explain why you feel that the continued criminalization of cannabis will achieve the results in the future that it has never achieved in the past?

Currently, the fourth and sixth most popular petitions on the site also advocate legalizing marijuana.

The White House has not yet issued a formal response to the marijuana legalization petition.

Drug legalization questions have dominated Obama’s YouTube question-and-answer sessions as well.

About Jay Smoker

I have been smoking marijuana for almost twenty years and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. My life was turned upside down in 2009 after getting arrested and tossed in jail for being in the wrong state with legal medical marijuana. I got fed up, and I now devote all my time to ending this insanity.I am responsible for the technical side of this project, but try to chip in when I can, either with syndicated articles or original content.Follow me on Facebook and Twitter.Feel free to email. any questions or concerns. Peace!
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  • Tj

    Overnight the petition climbed to over 16,000 signatures. The site has been active for close to 100,000 seconds. Yesterday the signature rate was holding strong at a new petitioner ever 5 seconds, and even over night that has only dropped to a new petitioner every 7 seconds.

    I’m going to be keeping track of the speed and progress, check it out!

  • Mikey

    Reminds me of an old Godz song, “Gotta Keep A Runnin”….”There’s more of us than there is of them. They can’t stop the machine.”………Hell Yeah……..Sorry Brenda

  • BillBey

    BillBerry Farms is a tissue culture company, what does this mean to you and the cannabis community.

    Tissue culture has been around for 100’s of years and is backed by 100’s of years of science, research and education. So if it has to do with plants then at sometime it was tissue cultured. In tissue culture you research cells, roots, leaf, and meristem, stress of a plant light, nutrients, temperature, and the environment.

    Now we need to know what we are working with, meaning what family of plant we have. So we know about the cell structure DNA, RNA and what works best for this plant.
    … …
    Cannabaceae also known as cannabis or marijuana which is in the representative families of the Fabids (eurosids I) which is part of the Hyoscyamus Niger Niger. The next closes relitive is the Humulus which is Hop’s.

    Learning the knowledge of the cellulose, DNA and the RNA we now know that the primary tissue of the plant is one cell primary which technically means it is an herb. This is different from secondary tissue which is woody plants. Without knowing about the cellulose DNA and RNA you can not know the plants we call cannabis.

    To call cannabaceae or cannabis a true medical plant that can be used for true medication you have to do little to no damege to the fragmenting of cell, DNA, RNA. You have to be able to hold the same genetics and have no contaminants attached to the RNA.

    Fragmenting of cells is no good; it causes genetic drift, nutrient lock up, stress, mutation, mold and fungi problems. What causes cell fragmentation? Answer:
    Cloning, too much/little light, stress, too hot/cold, and etc.

    Your cannabis plant has an internal clock. Scientists of Botany call this Endogenous rhythms or circadian clock control this clock is responsible for hormone, organisms, changes is the environment etc. This is very important for the crop production medication. Cannabis is a huoscyamus which means your plants do not need any more than 14hrs of light a day then 13.6 hrs of light a plant will go into autumn. More light or less light in vegetation will cause cell fragmentation. In autumn your plant does not need more then 9 to 11 hrs of light.

    Cannabis also likes the temp to be between 75 and 85 degrees for vegetation and a little cooler for autumn. CO2 should be 300PPM — 1200PPM humidity should be about 35-70% in autumn when the temperature drops the plant starts to flower or ripen which is a nachol ethylene a small hormone that is sued by the plant for bigger and fuller fruits.

    With Soil and elements the plants need all 16 elements called macronutrients and micronutrients which are all necessary for normal plant development through the full life cycle. Cannabis likes Nitrogen (N) in the form as Nitrate Nitrogen not as much in the form of Ammoniacal Nitrogen. Also need’s to be used all the way through its life cycle and beings it is an herb it likes bacteria over fungi.

    As you can tell your cannabis plant is thinking and learning about its environment. The plant does not want to die. So it will do what ever it takes to live outside of its DNA/biological clock and in doing so this gives you bad genetics. Keep the plants environment as close to it DNA/biological clock requirements. BillBerry Farms Global inc, will be here so you can learn about the plant from top to bottom, inside and outside. There is still so much more to learn!

    Please come and check us out! Sing up and please tell a Friend! Thank You

  • bong_jamesbong2001

    I encourage folks to sign this petition. But it should be clear by now that when Obama says he will “consider the petition”, he means he will give about 0.10 seconds’ worth of consideration to it as it heads, airborne, towards his trashcan.

  • Radical Uterus

    The website was shutdown yesterday. I couldn’t sign, but I will keep trying.

  • Cindy Fecher

    Just legalize it and law enforcement can move on to solving actual crimes, murders, etc.!

  • Steve Trumbull

    Well since we crashed their system,with 16,000 petitions maybe they will get the hint that we want MJ legalized! I’m going to have to check, but I believe that the government can’t tell us what and what not we can put into our bodies. I think it is in the constitution, it is one of our rights. And with that right comes responsibility. If you take something that alters your concsiousness then we should act responsible and not drive a motor vehicle. Of course everyday people drive after drinking, even the people in our government. Are they hypocritical or what? I really hope this petition helps.

  • help me help us

    please support my petition,
    i think it’s worded well and addresses the whitehouse’s response to the earlier cannabis petitions.
    they only give you 800 characters so i had to trim but i think it covers important talking points.
    it takes 100 votes before it shows up on their site for public viewing so we have to spread it around and get 100 before it can really take off and get a response.

    please check it out and vote and share it everywhere!!