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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.

  6. small amounts of all narcotics should be allowed.the realization of a safer addiction is easy to cure.then the prison system can replace its poupulation with baby raper murderers. hate crimes ect.but as a whole nation.not some dumb ass from texas.texas should be embarrassed of that .

  7. I don’t think Cruz actually wants arrests but is using this issue to point out all of the shit Obama selectively enforces. And this has more with laying the groundwork with the upcoming immigration push which Obama also does not enforce those laws on the book.

    Personally I just wish every politician would just fuck off and let people make their own choices even if it leads to our own demise.

  8. All these pot haters coming out of the woodwork all of a sudden is pretty ridiculous!! Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame. You all want to be the person to stop legal marijuana. How embarrassing for all of you!! Senator Cruz, you should go to jail for being an idiot!!

  9. Harold, you’re correct — only the article was about Ted Cruz, not any given Kennedy. Liberals are, indeed, fans of over-regulation. Most lefties like to think that, when conservatives criticize over-regulation, they’re only talking about corporate interests like big polluters wanting to strip all power from the EPA and the NRA wanting to prevent any/all firearm restrictions.

    That’s just not the case. Fact is, regulations from lettered agencies like the USDA and FDA are used like a hammer by “big agriculture” to decimate small farms. Where I live, we’re not even allowed to possess raw milk, even if we milk the cow, ourselves. If you put a carrot you grew into a plastic bag to keep it from getting dirty, suddenly that carrot is a “food product” subject to so many regulations that only large producers can pay several employees to fill out the paperwork necessary to avoid being shutdown by the FDA and/or USDA — simply because you put that carrot into a plastic bag before going to the farmer’s market.

    I’ve seen video of state troopers and police acting at the behest of these agencies destroying food from small farms that usually feed hundreds in the local community. The regulations we have to supposedly keep consumers safe, in fact, are skewed heavily towards large producers who use petrol-based fertilizers, GMOs, and industrial processing — and liberals think those regulations are keeping people from getting sick. They don’t. Remember the kids poisoned by tainted milk in China, back in 2008? That wasn’t raw milk from a healthy, grass-fed cow — it came out of a milk processing plant where bacteria are free to breed and make it into the milk, post-pasteurization. Over-regulation is the reason there is so little food in our food, why small farmers are being pushed to extinction, and why our food is less safe, not more. Industrial food production is disgusting. That’s where all food-born illness originates, not small farms.

    Over-regulation of the cannabis industry will bring similar ruin. Right now, when cannabis is at the state level, there’s no interstate commerce, so there is not yet any federal regulation. That means local, small producers only have to meet the requirements of local, small government. Mom & Pop cannabis producers can actually make a living, for the moment. We all want prohibition to end at the federal level, but as soon as that happens, people with deep pockets will swoop in to set “safety” and “quality assurance” regulations designed to eliminate the competition from small producers by making small production, essentially, illegal should they not follow the regulations set by lobbyists in Washington, DC. There will be a Walmart (and Monsanto) of cannabis, and many will welcome it with open arms as smaller growers and dispensaries are muscled out of existence.

    I anxiously look forward to an end to federal prohibition — but I can’t help shed a tear for the cannabis pioneers who will fail because federal regulations always always always favor whoever *already* has the most money. Coincidentally, the US Congress currently has more millionaire representatives than ever, and that’s true in a bipartisan way.

    It’s not that liberals love to restrict the things they don’t like. It’s simply quite easy to manipulate any given bleeding-heart liberal by telling them someone, somewhere *might* suffer if we don’t restrict _____ (fill in the blank). Sadly, most liberals aren’t half as smart as they purport, because they don’t often pay attention to where these urgent “concerns” actually originate.

  10. trust this you can bet on this,, Im sure Big Pharm has lined Cruz pocket to bring this up

  11. Sounds like Cruz is grasping straws. Hopefully the political era of ignorant politicians over reaching into civil liberties and medical necessity, especially over voter-rights is OVER. Cruz doesnt respect the voter…. he has no business representing them.

  12. wowFAD, you nailed it exactly with your post … “many conservatives are conservative in name only. The reason they absolutely *LOVE* huge, wasteful, invasive government is that they *LOVE* outlawing and criminalizing the stuff they don’t like, personally.” … with one small exception. You need to add that many liberals do the exact same thing by espousing freedom yet restricting everything that they don’t like. To many liberals jump on posts that single out conservative flaws and use that as justification to continue on their own path of destruction of our rights and liberties.
    I have had to change my “label” from liberal-conservative to libertarian (and even that bothers me with the likes of O’Reilly cluttering up the idea with personal bias) because I cannot support either of the 2 party failures. I had hoped the influx of “new” young conservative representatives would bring rational thought to the democratic process but just like the Obama hope and change, all I can hope for is that they don’t continue to change things and make them worse than before. You also nailed the truth about politics in general, Cruz only cares about what he gets out of the process, not making the process better for the rest of the country.

  13. Not true—the President or AttorneyGeneral, with currentmedical evidence, could remove cannabis’ schedule 1 status with a simple Executive Order. Read the definition of schedule 1 and it’s clear cannabis is scheduled wrongly

  14. More strange is that the executive branch doesn’t truly have the power to modify the law. The old law will still be “the law of the land” – it will literally take an act of congress to change it otherwise.

    I truly believe this might be one of the few things that Republicans and Democrats could come together on: Change the drug laws and give choice to individual states!

  15. That headline is misleading – I don’t think that’s exactly what Cruz is saying. Obama is the executive branch which is charged with executing the law. I hate the federal laws, obviously, and I am for freedom of individual states, but instead of cherry picking what to enforce on the books (which is arguably a failure of the executive branch), Obama should be pushing vigorously to change the federal law. But the President doesn’t… For me, the latter is the only acceptable solution, because right now we’re in a bizarre legal limbo where no Marijuana users (medicinal or otherwise) are truly safe from the tyranny of the state.

    My personal theory as to why Obama chooses not to declaw the DEA is that it directly compromises the larger federal state that he does love…

  16. That headline is misleading – I don’t think that’s exactly what Cruz is saying. Obama is the executive branch which is charged with executing the law. I hate the federal laws, obviously, and I am for freedom of individual states, but instead of cherry picking what to enforce on the books (which is arguably a failure of the executive branch), Obama should be pushing vigorously to change the federal law. But the President doesn’t… For me, the latter is the only acceptable solution, because right now we’re in a bizarre legal limbo where no Marijuana users (medicinal or otherwise) are truly safe from the tyranny of the state.

    My personal theory as to why Obama chooses not to declaw the DEA is that it directly compromises the larger federal state that he does love…

  17. Attack? All he said was that obama ignores the law, and chooses what to enforce and what not to enforce, and the president doesn’t have that power. That includes drug law, immigration law, purgery. Regardless of how much we like or don’t like laws, the ONLY argument he has is if a law is unconstitutional, then he is bound by his oath to protect and defend The Constitution, to not enforce it. But there is not ONE single sane individual who would ever believe that obama is remotely attempting to uphold his oath to The Constitution. The fact of the matter is that every federal drug law, that does not have to do DIRECTLY with interstate commerce, are unconstitutional and shouldn’t be enforced. I don’t think THAT is what Cruz is saying either, but don’t try to make him saying ‘obama chooses which laws to enforce’ mean that he’s saying ‘obama should arrest weed smokers’.
    And by the way, if any feds DID try to arrest anyone in Colorado for smoking cannabis, the Sheriff and/or State police are duty bound to arrest those federal agents.

  18. Attack? All he said was that obama ignores the law, and chooses what to enforce and what not to enforce, and the president doesn’t have that power. That includes drug law, immigration law, purgery. Regardless of how much we like or don’t like laws, the ONLY argument he has is if a law is unconstitutional, then he is bound by his oath to protect and defend The Constitution, to not enforce it. But there is not ONE single sane individual who would ever believe that obama is remotely attempting to uphold his oath to The Constitution. The fact of the matter is that every federal drug law, that does not have to do DIRECTLY with interstate commerce, are unconstitutional and shouldn’t be enforced. I don’t think THAT is what Cruz is saying either, but don’t try to make him saying ‘obama chooses which laws to enforce’ mean that he’s saying ‘obama should arrest weed smokers’.
    And by the way, if any feds DID try to arrest anyone in Colorado for smoking cannabis, the Sheriff and/or State police are duty bound to arrest those federal agents.

  19. Maybe us Americans should put the politions in federal prison cell. And see how they like being locked up for just breathing lol

  20. Maybe us Americans should put the politions in federal prison cell. And see how they like being locked up for just breathing lol

  21. Here’s the thing. The medical and legalization issues have already been talked about, like to death. I see no benefit in continuing the discussion at the federal or congressional level, and obviously, neither do the states. We await only the scheduling change at the federal level, nothing else.

    And I really don’t know what Senator Cruz could be thinking (not surprising), or what the make-up of his audience was, that would convince him of taking this stance. Sounds like he’s having problems finding current issues to talk about (geez, Obamacare again?), along with more of the usual Obama-hate rhetoric.

  22. What I find crazy is that they are going to modify federal law, allowing banks to process & subsequently profit from, money from marijuana sales, yet, at the same time, keep the possession, sale & use of marijuana illegal.

    To me, that just seems incredibly bizarre, allowing banks to profit from the sale of something that is illegal to sell, posses & use for consumers.

  23. Just so we’re all on the same page — the comment I posted was removed for no apparent reason, and yet comments from scammers get a free pass.
    Disqus, you suck.

  24. If we’re ever going to permanently end the Drug War, we *NEED* legitimate conservatives. The Drug War is certainly one of our most obvious examples of big government, fiscal waste, intrusion of privacy, and infringed personal liberties — you know, CONSERVATIVE ideals. Ideals that are up for interpretation whenever “conservatives” like Ted Cruz continue this travesty of a “culture war.”

    Two things happened when the Civil Rights Movement absolutely crushed public racism: the Dixie-crats (racist Democrats) split from the Democratic party and the Republican Party began what’s colloquially called “The Southern Strategy” to absorb those disenfranchised bigots. Racism was forced to go underground. The ambient energy that was once open racism was retooled and rebranded as a “culture war” with a new hook — don’t go after the people you categorically hate directly, but instead, demonize and criminalize things those people you categorically hate all have in common. “White America” became the self-righteous “Silent Majority” championed by Richard Nixon, out to purge this nation of whatever they deemed immoral. Thus, the modern Drug War began as an arm (or more aptly, a tentacle) of this “culture war” waged almost exclusively by white conservatives.

    In my opinion, that answers the question of why many conservatives are conservative in name only. The reason they absolutely *LOVE* huge, wasteful, invasive government is that they *LOVE* outlawing and criminalizing the stuff they don’t like, personally.
    — Government shouldn’t be intrusive (unless you have a uterus).
    — Government should stay out of your bedroom (unless you’re gay, then criminalize sodomy).
    — Government should stop wasting money (unless they’re jailing liberals and minorities for non-violent drug offenses).

    Personally, I have a lot of conservative ideals — I believe the government needs a valid warrant if they want to go into my bedroom, blood stream, or browser history. I believe the ONDCP’s annual budget of $26 billion is a disgusting waste of tax dollars to fight a drug war no one wants. But I can’t identify myself AS a conservative because I believe in marriage equality, a woman’s right to choose, the dire reality of climate change, and the separation of church and state. And, of course, I don’t get a secret, sadistic thrill seeing people I don’t like imprisoned, unjustly.

    That’s why I’ll never identify as a conservative as long as Ted Cruz identifies as one. Conservatives like him have no real ideology. Like most politicians and pundits, they have ulterior motives and surreptitious agendas. Ted Cruz doesn’t give a flip about privacy, big government, or fiscal responsibility. He wants to be President! He simply thinks manipulating the subtle prejudices on the Right is easier than manipulating bleeding-heart sympathies on the Left. End of story.

  25. Okay…. NOW you’re starting to sound like a WHACK JOB! It was the Democratic process that voted it in. We’re TIRED of waiting on you guys to DO SOMETHING about these draconian laws. We’ve been trying to get you people to start the conversation about this but people like YOU choose to JAIL our children & RUIN their futures over this. You Wouldn’t get off your assess so WE did! And I’m a Republican.

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