Sep 062012
 September 6, 2012

weed vs beerResponding to an online petition, the Obama Administration this weedend released the formula used to manufacture ethanol in what is believed to be the first active drug lab at the White House.

Ethanol, a psychoactive drug implicated in the deaths of almost 25,000 Americans per year, is the most popular mind-altering substance in the United States. Over half of all adult Americans  use the drug regularly and 15% of those – about 14 million people – do develop serious addiction problems.  Ethanol is also implicated in most domestic abuse, violent crime, and motor-vehicle accidents as well.

Word of the White House drug lab first leaked in 2011, but details of the drug manufacturing have remained a closely-guarded secret until today.  But during a recent appearance on’s “Ask Me Anything”, the president was asked about the methods used to manufacture his particular blend of ethanol. Pressured further by a “We the People” online petition signed by over 12,000, the White House last week explained the process of manufacturing its “Honey Ale” and “Honey Porter” versions of ethanol.

In other drug news, President Obama completely ignored questions on the medical use of cannabis and the War on (Certain American Citizens Using Non-Pharmaceutical, Non-Alcoholic, Tobacco-Free) Drugs in the Reddit forum while taking the time to let us all know Michael Jordan is his favorite basketball player and sending soldiers into battle is really hard.

This forum marks the tenth time President Obama has solicited questions from the public, which always seems to vote on the marijuana legalization and drug war questions as most in need of the president’s attention. In every forum, President Obama has ignored, mocked, or demeaned the question of marijuana legalization save one: when responding to LEAP Officer Mackenzie Allen’s query, Mr. Obama said the war on drugs is “an entirely legitimate topic of debate.”

Except on Reddit, apparently.

About Russ Belville

Executive Director: Russ Belville has been active in Oregon marijuana reform since 2005, when he was elected second-in-command of the state affiliate, Oregon NORML. After four years with Oregon NORML, Russ was hired by National NORML in 2009, working as Outreach Coordinator and hosting the NORML Daily Audio Stash podcast until 2012. Since then, Russ launched the 420RADIO marijuana legalization network and is the host of The Russ Belville Show, a live daily marijuana news talk radio program. Russ is also a prolific writer, with over 300 articles posted online and in print in HIGH TIMES, Huffington Post, Alternet, The Weed Blog, Marijuana Politics, and more.
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  • Deborah Morgan

    He’s not listening… He is NOT LISTENING!!!!!!!!
    Why would he continue to ignore us?! It’s not like there are 117 of us in some dusky little abandoned church, rollin up joints and complaining that we have to hide.
    There are MILLIONS of us who hold voter registration cards! What the hell is this guy doing?!

    • legit

      its called pandering.

    • laffingrass

      He knows you’ll end up voting for him anyways because there’s a chance he won’t be as bad as Romeny.

      In short, they just don’t give a shit.

  • Kate Kovach

    I say we release Marc Emery from prison and make him President. If we all get a bong, we’ll all get along.

  • Alown

    I think it’s important to remember that after 30 minutes of questions that reddit pretty much crashed from all the page views. Also noted that Obama only answered 5 questions out of 12k. I’m not defending his policy or question dodging. Just putting thing in perspective.

  • Zach

    I don’t know, but I’m hoping that Obama is avoiding cannabis discussion until he gets re elected. Think about it, anyone supporting the end of prohibition is probably already voting for him, and he could lose the support of liberal leaning families. I imagine that he will do something about this after being re elected in November. I know historically a president’s second term is usually marked with more social policies being enacted. Just my thoughts (and hopes) though.

  • jontomas

    Okay. Someone needs to force a Michele Leonhart moment on Obama.
    He must AT LEAST answer this question to get my vote:

    “President Obama. Which do you personally believe is more harmful – marijuana or beer? – Why?”

  • Steve in Oakland

    I’m shocked! Shocked I tell you to find hypocrisy in the White House. Who would’ve imagined?

  • Sterpy

    You guys realize that this is just a cleverly worded article about obama releasing the white house beer recipe right? Ethanol is just alcohol…

  • Tyler

    The two party system is a dictatorship, plain and simple. The only things they argue on are abortion. They have the same opinion on marijuana, foreign policy, they don’t want to cut anything ( they talk about it but look at both parties voting records, neither actually vote for cuts unless it’s cuts for education or social services ) , they both gave overwhelming support for the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act, which effectively kill any of the “civil rights” you think you have, neither of them care about the environment, our foreign energy dependence, or contaminants in our food and water and neither care to put more regulations on our so called “safe” pharmaceutical drugs which kill 100,000 plus people each year. They’re the same fucking party, they literally couldn’t be any more similar. Think about it. If you and a friend only disagreed on one or two things, people would view you as twins, or very, very similar-minded people. The fact we have two parties that have a stranglehold on the American political landscape who have almost identical political views should disturb people. It’s one big oligarchy hidden under the ruse of a democracy.

  • Thinking Clearly

    If the legalization of marijuana does not enter the presidential debates this entire election is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.
    Gary Johnson will ensure the issue is debated. Vote for him. Choose him in the polls.

    Demand a change you can believe in. The swing States matter and this is going to the wire.

    Support the legalization of marijuana. Obama is a bum if he can’t get off the fence. He lied, lied, lied about not using Federal resources in medical States and let the DEA and Justice Department run wild FOR FOUR YEARS. Romney busts potheads on the beach for fun. I am all for making this election one for the record books.

    Vote for Gary Johnson.