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Obama Does Not Have Any Marijuana Reform Plans On His 2016 Agenda

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barack obama marijuanaI remember when Obama was elected in 2008. From a purely marijuana activist standpoint, I had a lot of hope that he would do big things when it came to marijuana policy in America. I remember thinking that anything was possible while he was in office, including the end to federal marijuana prohibition altogether. One thing that I thought for sure was going to happen while Obama was in office was changing marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, or at the very least, a very strong push for it by Obama.

But instead Obama has always pushed the task of changing marijuana’s classification status onto Congress. He hasn’t touched it, and his administration has even gone out of its way to testify against such a move. Obama is in his last year in office, and after seven years of largely punting on marijuana reform, Obama plans on doing more of the same in year 8. Per a recent article in The Washington Post:

At a briefing Friday, White House press secretary John Earnest said any progress on marijuana reform would need to come through Congress. President Obama had signaled his position a day earlier at the House Democratic retreat in Baltimore, saying marijuana reform is not on his list of end-of-term priorities, according to Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.).

Obama was specifically asked about rescheduling marijuana by Representative Cohen, but Representative Cohen said that the answer he received was ‘disappointing.’ The article quoted the always hardworking activist Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority:

Obama’s approach to the issue has long frustrated activists. “This isn’t the first time President Obama has unnecessarily tried to pass the buck on marijuana rescheduling to Congress,” Tom Angell of the pro-marijuana group Marijuana Majority said in an email. “It’s unacceptable and frankly embarrassing for a president who has so nonchalantly acknowledged his own marijuana use to allow the federal government to continue classifying cannabis in such an inappropriate category.”

Rescheduling marijuana via an Executive action is not easy. There’s a ton of bureaucracy involved, so I can somewhat understand if the President wasn’t able to achieve the end goal without involving Congress. However, to not even try, and to act for two terms like it’s not a priority and that it’s Congress’ job to push for such reform, is very disheartening. A federal judge once referred to the Obama Administration’s banking guidance for the marijuana industry as a ‘nothingburger.’ I think that term largely applies to Obama’s entire tenure as President when it comes to marijuana policy.

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  1. You must be getting all the freebies from the government .. That is the only reason someone thinks what is happening is ok

  2. If I had a wife, and she were a POLITICAL FIGURE, as is the case here, I would not only expect her to be the subject of potshots and satire, but I would also expect her to be thick-skinned enough to take it.
    I’m sure your panties are much more in a bunch about that comment than hers ever would be.
    By the way, what is it you hate about transvestites so much that being compared to one qualifies as “hate speech?”
    That’s awfully uncivil of you…
    And, speaking of civility, where was that high-minded decency of yours when you were dinging the guy for his minor spelling error?

  3. As a veteran myself (Beirut, 1983, by the way), I’d have to say that respect for the Commander-in-Chief has to come first from his being an actual Commander, not just a guy who might, maybe, possibly one day be called upon to act as such.
    You of all people should despise Obama’s lack of military service.
    We should never, ever, have a President who hasn’t stood a watch, and this election cycle is going to be a nightmare for that very reason.
    In any case, you over reacted to a joke. A joke.
    And in that over reaction you resorted to using the standard liberal playbook, invoking the phrase “hate speech.”
    Man up and own it.

  4. In the Military I learned to respect the uniform, regardless of my personal views of the man wearing it. And I extend the same respect to the Commander and Chief, even though I disagree with his policies. I’ve made no political statements here, only advocated civility, and decency. As a conservative, Christian I believe I can make my political points on policy alone. And I believe in the sanctity of marriage, I would have objected to such an ugly personal attack, regardless of who’s wife was the target. If these Christian values strike you as “liberal”, then what does that say about you?

  5. You can claim to not be a liberal all you want, but if you over react like one to what was a freakin JOKE, people will draw their own conclusions, oh noble one.
    You want to rush, unasked, to Obama’s wife’s defense, then people will rightly conclude you’re just another one of those Obama worshipers, who get all bunged up when anyone says anything negative about him, or, yes, his family.
    btw: only liberals sling around the phrase “hate speech” about every little insult.
    Read: “The Rape of the Lock”

  6. I’m not a liberal, nor did I miss your “point”, because you have no point. When I talk politics, I speak on the issues. When I fight, I fight the man, not his family. I don’t hurl personal attacks at a man’s family while hiding behind a screen name. There is no honor, or political gain in such a cowardly, personal attack.

  7. OK, but the point you missed is that, like most liberals, your are WAY too fucking sensitive and ready to be offended – even when it’s not about YOU.
    Like Presidents, first wives become fair game when they step on to the world stage.
    I mean, seriously, calling an unattractive woman out on her mannishness qualifies as “hate speech?”
    How are things down on Sunnybrook farm?

  8. It was not a “jab” at the President. And it has nothing to do with politics. And I have said nothing about his policies. It was an ugly, personal attack on the man’s family. Are you really incapable of making this distinction?

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