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Senator Cruz Attacks Obama For Not Arresting Marijuana Users In Colorado

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barack obama ted cruz marijuana coloradoI always find it ironic when Republican politicians try to paint United States President Barack Obama as some type of drug reform hero. Republican Senator Ted Cruz from Texas recently tried to attack Barack Obama during his keynote speech at Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation. During the speech Senator Cruz suggested that Obama should be sending marijuana users to jail in Colorado because marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, but that Obama isn’t because he is trying to help marijuana consumers by circumventing the democratic process and letting drug users commit crimes with no penalties.

“You can go to Congress, you can get a conversation, you could get Democrats and Republicans who would say, ‘We ought to change our drug policy in some way,’ and you could have a real conversation, you could have hearings, you could look at the problem, you could discuss commonsense changes that maybe should happen or shouldn’t happen. This president didn’t do that. He just said, ‘The laws say one thing’ — and mind you these are criminal laws, these are laws that say if you do ‘X, Y, and Z’ you will go to prison. The president announced, ‘No, you won’t.'” Senator Cruz said, according to Raw Story.

Number one – President Obama does not like marijuana consumers and reform supporters. Ask any marijuana consumer how they feel about Obama’s policies towards marijuana, and they will be very upfront that he is horrible in this area. Obama has enforced federal marijuana laws on a a level that even George W. Bush couldn’t match.

Number two – Does Senator Cruz really want to to see Obama or anyone else go to Congress with a marijuana reform bill? Or is he just pretending like he wants to ‘have a real conversation’ with hearings, etc because it fits his rhetoric at that particular point in time, for the particular audience he is talking to? Because last I checked there were multiple United States Representatives that were trying to do that very thing, but they got zero help from the Senate…Does this mean that Senator Cruz will back up his empty rhetoric with some action?

Number three – Why do so many Republican politicians want to enforce federal marijuana laws and throw Colorado’s marijuana consumers in jail? I thought Republicans believed in state’s rights, limited government intrusion, and responsible fiscal policies? Yet when it comes to marijuana, all that gets thrown out the window. When it comes to marijuana, politicians like Senator Ted Cruz want to trample on the rights of states and their voters, want to have federal agents investigating millions of citizens simply because they consume marijuana, and want to fill federal prisons with marijuana consumers instead of reserving those prison beds for real criminals.

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  1. itwasadarkandstormynight on

    The divisiveness in D.C. during his last term and this one proves that Congress cannot be trusted to tie their own shoes. Obama would have never got anything done through them. You see how paralyzed most of our politicians are on the issue. Damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

    After the lies perpetrated by the government for 75 years about marijuana, someone had to make a quasi-decisive move on the law. Obama’s seeming reversal of policy, at the DEA’s hand (via Michele Leonhart, a vicious holdover from the Bush administration) in January 2011, shook the American public, as it well ought to. The number of American people for legalization of cannabis has increased steadily since the late 80’s and reached bare majority in 2011. Since then a clear majority has emerged. Public opinion is obvious and unassailable.

    By bringing it to a pustular throbbing head, and then ‘allowing’ states to make their own decisions is perhaps the only thing Obama could do in the short term. I believe that America’s first black president ‘allowed’ the law to be rabidly enforced by the DEA, which predictably and decisively turned the national tide. I doubt that the wholesale destruction of lives over a herbaceous plant is something that Obama supports.

    But, being the first black president AND the president who legalized marijuana would make him a joke in the history books forever. Not a legacy anyone would want about anything. Not to mention Obama has two teenage daughters, which is a whole ‘nother kettle of fish.

    I see what you did there, Prez. Fist bump.

  2. In his defense, he IS the son of a Baptist Minister. He knows NOTHING about cannabis and really doesn’t CARE to know. He’s speaking clearly on his inability to understand that JAIL is doing us more harm than good. That’s not an excuse for his statements, is just REALITY! However in order for him to avoid sounding like an IDIOT, he should educate himself!

  3. In his defense, he IS the son of a Baptist Minister. He knows NOTHING about cannabis and really doesn’t CARE to know. He’s speaking clearly on his inability to understand that JAIL is doing us more harm than good. That’s not an excuse for his statements, is just REALITY! However in order for him to avoid sounding like an IDIOT, he should educate himself!

  4. Yes, Rand Paul is someone for whom I have unique sympathy. He says all kinds of things I don’t agree with — lots of things I don’t agree with. But he honestly *believes* what he says — he speaks with conviction because he’s not being dishonest. He talks sense about civil liberties and the drug war because he’s NOT like Ted Cruz, whose political speaches are nothing more than performance art for an audience. Again, on 19 issues out of 20, Rand Paul and I do not agree, but that doesn’t make him dishonest. He’s fallen into too many terrible gaff-situations to be the sort of person who could keep secrets and tell half-truths and bald-faced lies. He’s like Joe Biden that way — someone else I don’t agree with 100%, but for whom have unique sympathy.

  5. stellarvoyager on

    This is spot on. The drug war really is an offshoot of the racist “culture war.” In fact, I am beginning to see things less along traditional liberal/conservative lines and more along antiauthoritarian/authoritarian lines. There are both liberals and conservatives who are authoritarian, and likewise for antiauthoritarian, though in the United States, it seems that more authoritarians identify with the right (particularly, the “religious right”). On the other hand, libertarians are conservative fiscally, but also antiauthoritarian. Rand Paul might be a lot of things I dislike, but at least he talks some sanity when it comes to civil liberties and the war on drugs.

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