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LEAP’s Marijuana Legalization Question Nets 1st Place in White House Video Contest

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obama marijuanaPresident Obama to Answer Top-Voted YouTube Questions on Monday

A question advocating marijuana legalization from a retired LAPD deputy chief of police won twice as many votes as any other video question in the White House’s “Your Interview with the President” competition on YouTube this weekend. President Obama is slated to answer some of the top-voted questions on Monday.

The marijuana question, submitted by Stephen Downing, a board member for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), is as follows: “Mr. President, my name is Stephen Downing, and I’m a retired deputy chief of police from the Los Angeles Police Department. From my 20 years of experience I have come to see our country’s drug policies as a failure and a complete waste of criminal justice resources. According to the Gallup Poll, the number of Americans who support legalizing and regulating marijuana now outnumbers those who support continuing prohibition. What do you say to this growing voter constituency that wants more changes to drug policy than you have delivered in your first term?” The question can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0IpiATxdR4.

 

Downing’s question came in first place for video questions and ranked second out of all questions (with the overall top spot going to a text question about copyright infringement). Many of the other top-ranking questions are about marijuana policy or the failed “war on drugs,” as has been the case every other time the White House has invited citizens to submit and vote on questions via the web. For example, in last year’s “Your Interview with the President” competition, another LEAP member’s question came in first place overall, prompting President Obama to reply that drug legalization is “an entirely legitimate topic for debate.” That exchange can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB7AK76TF-k.

 

Voting in the YouTube contest wrapped up Saturday at midnight EST. In addition to the top-voted marijuana and drug policy questions mentioned above, there were a number of other similar questions that received thousands of votes but were mysteriously deleted after being marked “inappropriate.”

More information about the contest and the top-voted questions can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/whitehouse. The Gallup poll referenced in Downing’s winning question can be found online at http://www.gallup.com/poll/150149/Record-High-Americans-Favor-Legalizing-Marijuana.aspx.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) represents police, prosecutors, judges, FBI/DEA agents and others who want to legalize and regulate drugs after fighting on the front lines of the war on drugs and learning firsthand that prohibition only serves to worsen addiction and violence. More info at http://www.CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com.

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  1. Who cares what BHO says? He’s a hypocrite and a liar. Him and his fast and furious buddy Eric Holder.

    Hypocrisy; is the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have.[1] Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie.

  2. i dont understand why alchohol is legal and the #1 killer in the u.s.a. and other countries…………hummmmmmmmmm

  3. What does alcohol, smoking, and seat belts have to do with legalization of marijuana? Avoiding the question by addressing concerns that has nothing to do with the topic.Alchol is Legal, We know what happens when you drink and drive and don’t wear safety belts. One Big A$$ Mistake America

  4. What does alcohol, smoking, and seat belts have to do with legalization of marijuana? Avoiding the question by addressing concerns that has nothing to do with the topic.Alcohol is Legal, We know what happens when you drink and drive and don’t wear safety belts. One Big A$$ Mistake America

  5. Dear Mr. Chris Hawkes: Consider Googling “irony” and Alanis Morissette, and if you find something that looks like a definition, copy and paste it into a message to yourself.

  6. Obama is now so bought and paid for he will do what ever to please his handlers in spite of all the science and facts. that prove this failed policy

  7. Obama will do what ever to please his handlers in spite of all the science and facts. that prove this failed policy

  8. Dear Mr. Baggins,

    “Although the lyrics present several situations which are said to be “ironic”, it has been noted by some commentators, including comedians and satirists, that these situations were not truly ironic, earning critiques and parodies as well as corrections to make the situations actually “ironic”.

    Copy and paste
    mission accomplished Sir

    May I have another joint.

  9. An appeal to all Prohibitionists:

    Most of us know that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high, ‘no matter what’, so why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Even if we could afford to put Narcs on every single corner, at least half of them would soon become dealers themselves. Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future.

    Why do you wish to continue with a policy that has proven itself to be a poison in the veins of our ‘once so proud & free’ nation? Even if you cannot bear the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and trillions of dollars on this dangerous farce; Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. Do you actually believe you may personally have something to lose If we were to begin basing our drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies?

    Maybe you’re a police officer, a prison guard or a local politician. Possibly you’re scared of losing employment, overtime-pay, the many kick-backs and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks?

    Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem.

    Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

  10. if you think about it marijuana is going through the same prohibition that alcohol went through, its only a matter of time… history repeats its self… and if you listen to all the birdies on the vine, our govt. should love that alcohol kills many.. its a means of population control…

  11. and also to comment above, why would i want to pay taxes on marijuana, when that money goes to failed causes, drug war, ss users that use money for hard drugs (oxys, coke and heroin )im perfectly ok with it being illegal, its uncontrolled. why would we want to give our govt more money.. to build more fema death camps? and half of america is oblivious to t

  12. and the only damaging think in our country is our bully, of a government… there liars, they have aliens and wont tell us, because as crazy as religious ppl already are. if they were to find out there was nothing except your own good/bad moral… theyd all freak out..

  13. So President Obama thinks this issue is worthy of debate. Actions speak much louder than words, his administrations actions speak volumes about where he and his Democratic (what a misnomer) Party stands on the issue of medical marijuana and legalization. I’m sure more soothing hot air will flow in response to Steven Downing of LEAP question.

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