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Obama Expressed Support For Medical Marijuana, But Will He Do Something About It?


Yesterday while I was sitting in my cubicle at work looking at social media, a huge buzz was going around the interwebs talking about the upcoming episode of ‘Weed3’ with Sanjay Gupta on CNN. Apparently on the episode President Barack Obama is going to be interviewed and the interview will have him expressing strong support for medical marijuana, and alternative treatments for drug addiction. Below is a graphic that the Drug Policy Alliance put out:

obama medical marijuana

A bipartisan Senate bill that would do amazing things for medical marijuana at the federal level was discussed in the interview as well, with Obama saying that he would have to ‘look at the details.’ That line to me pretty much sums up what is really going on. President Obama is throwing around rhetoric, but at the end of the day, doesn’t plan on doing much. If he did, he would already be familiar with the CARERS Act. But instead, he has to ‘look into the details’ of it, which is a line I expect to hear over and over.

Barack Obama doesn’t really support medical marijuana. If he did, he would back up those words with actions. He would have done so a long time ago. But raids are still occurring, people are still being prosecuted by the feds in states where medical marijuana is legal, and President Obama has done nothing to try to reschedule marijuana and instead acts like only Congress can do it, despite the fact that he can actually do something about rescheduling. Below is a quote from Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority, via the Daily Caller:

“If the president means what he says about following science, then there’s no question he should support legislation to move marijuana out of Schedule I, a category that’s supposed to be reserved for substances with no medical value,” Tom Angell, chairman of the Marijuana Majority, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“And, since it’s so hard to get anything through Congress these days, he should even do more than that. He should exercise his power under the Controlled Substances Act to administratively reschedule marijuana right away,” Angell added. “The only thing stopping him from doing that is his own reluctance to follow through on his stated principle of letting science dictate policy.”

When it comes to President Obama and his comments about medical marijuana, take it from Flavor Flav, “Don’t believe the hype!” Every time Obama or someone from his administration makes comments like this, a lot of people get excited and get their hopes up, just for the Obama Administration to go about ‘business as usual’ and nothing significant ever happens. If and when something actually does happen, that’s when it’s time to rejoice. Until then, hold off on any celebrations.


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  1. PatriotPuffer on

    Fuck Democrats! I know exactly whats going to happen. Obama says yes now, Hiliary Cuntion will approve it, it will be in the DNC platform and fucking kids and liberals will vote in stampedes. They will paint Republicans as racists for not wanting Obamaweed. No, fuck you, I want weed legal because the US Federal Government needs to step the fuck off my lawn. I don’t care about mi norities or social justice or any of that bullshit. People like Radical Russ and other liberal shits will not detract legalization into the true conservative value it is. Stop the liberalification of weed. Don’t vote Clinton in 2016.

  2. I didn’t know that about Bush, that would be an encouraging sign of the way things are moving.

  3. Yeah, I got one single reply from a letter a sent my Federal and State Congressfolk( * :my comments)

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts regarding the use of marijuana for medical purposes. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

    I believe this issue deserves serious consideration and debate, and I understand the policy positions on both sides of the argument. For me, it is crucial that we continue to research and understand the benefits and consequences of medical marijuana. I understand that, in some cases, there may be medicinal qualities to marijuana and cannabidiol (CDB) oils. As Speaker of the House of Representatives in North Carolina, I supported giving some of North Carolina’s teaching medical centers the ability to conduct research on CBD oils.( * it was killed in committee)

    As you may know, on March 10, 2015, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act (S. 683). If enacted, S. 683 would extend the principle of federalism to state drug policy, provides access to medical marijuana, and enables research into the medicinal properties of marijuana. This bill was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, where it awaits further consideration. If S. 683 comes to the Senate floor, I will carefully consider everything you have said in making a decision on what is best for North Carolina and the rest of the country.( * 2014 state-wide voter referendum on mmj garnered 70% support…again killed in committee)
    Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. It is important to hear from citizens on issues that affect the state and the nation. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me again about other important issues.

    Thom Tillis
    U.S. Senator

  4. Hillary will be WAY to the left of any Republican on marijuana. That means should could still be a prohibitionist, but she could reschedule if Obama doesn’t, or she could push more decriminalization, or she could come out in support of medicinal only.

    Anyway you look at it, that’s way to left of your warmongering culture warriors.

  5. Design isn’t needed. A prediction market (like Predict It) is. But if $50 is too much, I’ll bet $20 that the scheduling of marijuana will be changed from schedule one before he leaves office (Jan 20, 2017). Loser pays winner’s charity.

  6. Most of the Republican field is moving to a States Rights position. Including Bush, Perry, and Paul. Some are holding on to “Prohibition forever” like Christie, and the Huckster.

  7. So Hillary is going to be running as a Prohibitionist? Or is she going to be an anti-Prohibitionist so she needs Prohibition in place? How does that work exactly?

  8. I think the drug cartels own him.

    “The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It’s possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government.” – William Colby, former CIA Director, 1995

  9. Well I can’t match your 50 bucks. But I do electronic design – former aerospace engineer – so tell me what you would like designed. And If I like your request I’ll take your bet.

    This administration will not reschedule before the Nov 2016 election and probably not after. .

  10. Hey, I agree. That’s why I think this administration just might reschedule before it’s over. wowFAD is probably right on the timing, too. If they had a market for this question at Predict It, I’d put a few bucks in at even money.

    Thing is, no pro-pot Republican will win the GOP nomination. So, we best start hoping Hillary continues to evolve on this issue.

    I’ll probably be voting for Bernie Sanders in the primary.

  11. It’s on reruns now watched it last night on CNN also reruns of Weed 2 and High Profits

  12. I understand well that U.S. politicians lag behind the public on drug war related issues. But this far behind??? Support for medicinal cannabis is up to about 85%. If I’m naive for being surprised that’s not enough to get the job done, then I’m naive.

  13. Ok man. a VERY good response..The reality is religion has some good. BUT not on grass. Grass is God send…..

  14. Wild swings hitting nothing but air, leaving you off balance and off topic.

    Must be really hard for someone who’s used to having people follow the orders he barks at them to have someone stand up to you.

    ” intellectual honesty”

    You’re the one who refuses to admit that Democrats are much better on the weed issue than our other choice. You’re the one who refuses to admit that by voting Glibertarian, you helped Voldemort retain the Governorship. You’re the one who won’t use his real name, or agree to bet on what you say won’t happen.


    I have consistently said you should vote for Democrats if you want to move toward legalized weed. I’ve been so consistent about saying that that you start taking wild swings at me with anything can find that’s off topic.

    ” barest shred of integrity”

    I stand up, using my own name, to call for legalization. I stand up and tell people to vote for Democrats because they are, by far, the best hope for legalization.

    You hide behind a fake name and insult people by bringing their kids into arguments you can’t win.

  15. Look at how the little caged animal lashes out… trying desperately to find something to hurt me with–anything, as long as it has nothing to do with the points at hand.

    I made an inaccurate prediction and admitted to it. And yet you lie and say I did not.

    You straight up lied about no democrats supporting A2. You tried to brush it off by saying you were wrong. You weren’t wrong. You said something was true without caring whether it was or not. That makes you a bullshitter.

    And now, rather than fessing up, or stating how much you will bet on whether the administration reschedules, you bring my kids into it.

    Pitiful. Even by your standards.


    “…bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant. Frankfurt concludes that although bullshit can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner’s capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.”

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