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Federal Senator Schedules Hearing To Review President Obama’s Marijuana Policies

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barack obama marijuana patrick leahy hearing senateBarack Obama is considered by marijuana activists to be the worst President ever when it comes to marijuana enforcement. The math definitely backs up that claim. For a guy that once loved to consume marijuana, President Barack Obama certainly hates marijuana now. Why else would he crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries so hard? Why does Barack Obama spend so much money fighting state marijuana laws?

These are questions that Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) often wonders himself I’m sure. Which might be why Senator Leahy scheduled a Senate hearing dedicated to the subject of President Obama’s marijuana policies.The hearing is titled Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws. I can’t wait to see what the White House has to say for themselves, and I know I’m not alone.

I first saw the announcement of the Senate hearing on Fire Dog Lake, which stated:

“It will focus on Colorado’s and Washington state’s new laws that legalized recreational marijuana as well as the numerous state medical marijuana laws enacted across the country. Currently, both medical and recreational marijuana are illegal under federal law. The Obama administration refused to move cannabis from Schedule I under the Controlled Substances Act, which legally defines marijuana as having no ‘accepted medical use.'”

From RollCall.Com:

“The Vermont Democrat’s inviting Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Deputy Attorney General James Cole to testify at the Sept. 10 hearing. Presumably expecting a large audience, Leahy has scheduled the hearing in the oversized hearing room in the Hart Senate Office Building that is used for major events such as Supreme Court confirmation hearings.”

“It is important, especially at a time of budget constraints, to determine whether it is the best use of federal resources to prosecute the personal or medicinal use of marijuana in states that have made such consumption legal,” Leahy said in a statement. “I believe that these state laws should be respected. At a minimum, there should be guidance about enforcement from the federal government.”

From Politico.Com, a quote from one of my marijuana heroes Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority:

“Tom Angell, the chairman of Marijuana Majority, an organization dedicated to pushing “common sense” marijuana regulation solutions said he is pleased that Leahy is bringing up the issue again with the Obama Administration but that Leahy’s focus on individual use is not quite the direction to go.”

“While President Obama generated headlines in December by saying his administration has ‘bigger fish to fry’ than prosecuting individual users, it’s never been a federal priority to bust people just for using a little marijuana,” Angell told POLITICO in an email. “The real issue is whether the president wants states to continue implementing voter-approved regulations to control and tax marijuana sales, or if he wants to stand in the way and force these individual users to buy marijuana on the black market from violent drug cartels and gangs. During the 2008 campaign Barack Obama pledged to respect state marijuana laws, and we need lawmakers like Chairman Leahy to give him the encouragement he still sadly needs to fully follow through on that promise.”

I would imagine that the hearing will go something like the video below:

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  1. The truth can no longer stay hidden in the information age. All that has been done in darkness is now coming out in the Light ;)

  2. Swim drinks cough syrup (DXM) since marijuana is illegal. Swim finds it ironic that man-made chemical is legal while natural plant growth is against the law. Swim is 31 years old and continues to do the legal option to avoid getting in trouble with the law.

  3. I’m glad this is happening. I hope it gets some press coverage. We can petition our lawmakers until we are green in the face, but unless the media chooses to take a story and run with it.

  4. Abolish Holders OftheLight on

    Never been a priority to prosecute individuals who use small amounts of marijuana?, for one an individual has rights. And secondly by going after anyone growing it how would anyone be able to use a little of it? And third with Echelon spying on the whole god damned world how could people except for those that the MAN is friends with be able to ever grow Cannabis and not get stopped immediately.

  5. I hope prediction will come true in on or about 2016 based on numerology of 9 as delta thc
    2+1+6=9 that will legalized federal marijuana & descheduled!

  6. I wonder what Holder’ll say when asked about the Administration’s and DOJ’s position on CO and WA. Do you think he’ll tell them, “I would say, and I mean this, that you’ll hear soon”?

    (That’s what he said when asked back in February.)

  7. I will have to drink a lot of strong coffee to make it through the day, but I want to watch Holder and the rest of those weasels squirm.

  8. Robert Dewayne King on

    What I want to know is what the feds will respond with when the 26th state (one more than half of the union) legalizes marijuana !
    That was the tipping point that ended alcohol prohibition !!

  9. both Obama and Holder talk out of both sides of their hypocriical asses. Then use DEA who is in it strictly for the money to be their acting nazi brownshirts. Hoping Leahy and Cohen use this to embarrass the hell out of them

  10. stellarvoyager on

    85% favor legalizing medical marijuana. I’d say that is a very large majority. What other political issue can you name that has 85% support or more?

  11. Lee Roy Sanders, Jr. on

    It will take a very large majority to change the US Government laws concerning Marijuana and demand legalization.

  12. Lee Roy Sanders, Jr. on

    It will take a very large majority to change the US Government laws concerning Marijuana and demand legalization.

  13. I think this is definitely a step in the right direction. Thank God Leahy has the balls to call BS on the indecisive Obama admin stance and try to finally bring a common sense discussion to the senate floor. At least someone has some guts. I’m so sick of these chickenshit politicians running from this issue. Anyone with half a brain can see the current policy doesn’t work and destroys lives, but the special interests keep the same policies in force. Time for this shit to change. It’s way over due!

  14. Obama and his team takes the floor and they will say marijuana isnt that bad I guess. Still won’t change anything about the DEA and wont get legalized. That’s what he is gonna say. Not even gonna watch it. If he does say anything good then maybe I will be very surprised. Just my opinion

  15. You may be the first person, ever, to say the words “Definitely staying home and watching CSPAN that day,” completely free of sarcasm. ;-)

  16. Oh my God. The end might be in sight. Definitely staying home and watching CSPAN that day.

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