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State Of The Union Rhetoric Rings Hollow To Marijuana Activists


obama medical marijuana enforcementThe 2015 State of the Union speech is in the history books, and television news shows and social media are all over it with reviews and opinions. I think I’m with most marijuana fans in that I’m disappointed that there was no mention of marijuana at all. I wasn’t expecting there to be a lot of marijuana references in the President’s speech, but I was expecting at least one mention.

There was a lot of other principles and quotes that resonated with me though, and I have included some of them below in bold, with my thoughts below them. If you watched the State of the Union speech, what did you think? I look forward to reading your responses below:

“That’s what middle-class economics is – the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. We don’t just want everyone to share in America’s success – we want everyone to contribute to our success.”

Banking for the marijuana industry and 280e were two things that instantly popped in my head. There are a number of states that allow for a legal marijuana industry, but the White House has done little to none to help them, and has tried to stunt the industry in numerous ways. Entrepreneurs in the ‘Cannabis Space’ deserve a fair shot because they do their fair share and deserve to play by the same set of rules as other legal, respected industries.

“So no one knows for certain which industries will generate the jobs of the future.”

A recent estimate has the marijuana industry adding upwards of 200,000 jobs in 2015. Not a game changer, but not exactly a drop in the bucket either. And that number is only going to grow as the industry expands with reform victories…

“When what you’re doing doesn’t work for fifty years, it’s time to try something new.”

This was by far the most significant quote to me from the speech, and I guarantee activists’ heads almost exploded across the country. Um, how long have we been enforcing cannabis prohibition? And how’s that been working out?

“As Americans, we have a profound commitment to justice.”

As can be seen on our sidebar, Jeff Mizanskey is serving life in prison for non-violent marijuana offenses. How is that justice? African Americans are almost four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana even though consumption rates between races is close to the same. How is that justice? I could go on and on.


If Barack Obama truly believed in the words he spoke above, he would give a solid effort towards meaningful cannabis reform at the federal level during his last two years in office. In a perfect world he would get it passed, but I realize there are political constraints since his party is not in the majority in Congress now. However, a solid effort is all I’m asking for. Rescheduling, and/or banking reform, and/or 280e reform, and/or ‘fill in the blank that is long term reform.’

The realist in me knows that Obama will likely drag his feet and count the days til his Presidency ends. But the optimist in me will always hope that we see the President try something bold during his last two years. Public opinion would be on his side, which last time I checked, was a significant thing in politics.


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  • Sinclair

    You keep saying you done but here you are again. As for your stock options. Salery.Com As with any type of investment when you realize a gain (when you sell a stock that has a profit) it is considered income. Income is taxed by the government. (No matter who is in office ) How much tax you pay depends depends on the stock options.

    These are the 3 types of options

    EMPLOYEE EXERCISE OPTION (ISO = no tax) (NQSO = ordinary income tax 28% to 39.6%) (SUPER STOCK OPTION = no tax)
    EMPLOYER GETS TAX REDUCTION (ISO = no deduction ) NQSO = tax deduction when employee exercise )(sells) SUPERANTISPYWARE STOCK OPTION = tax deduction when employee exercise )
    EMPLOYEE SELLS OPTION AFTER 1 OR MORE YEARS (ISO = long term capital gains tax at 20% )(capital gains = income )(NQSO = long term capital gains tax 20% )(SUPER STOCK OPTION = long term capital gains tax 20%)…
    The bottom line is when the stocks sell if there is a profit taxes get paid just like a 401k this money is taken out before tax and taxes paid when you use it. Fidelity says interest is taxed as ordinary income then there is a long list of taxables. Some or exempt from taxes like municipal bonds ,private activity bonds but my be taxed under AMT
    Fixed-income like IRA OR 401K taxed when you use.
    Or let’s say a Person gets paid half Salery half stock you pay income tax on the pay check half and you pay tax on stock when you sell it. No matter what you pay a tax at some time.
    I WOULD ALSO POINT OUT I HAVE ALWAYS SAID INCOME defined by http://www.law.cornell.education gross income means all income from whatever source derived, including but not limited to
    compensatin for service. Property. INTEREST. rent. royalties . DIVIDENDS. alimony. ANNUITYS. life insurance. PENSIONS. Income from discharge of debt. DISTRIBUTED SHARE OF PARTNERSHIP GROSS INCOME. Income from Interest in a estate or trust.

  • Sinclair

    Your right this is the weed blog. I also figure you do not remember that you attacked me first. Yes media matters is favorable to Democrats so I figured it would irritate you and you would just drop it. You keep saying you want to drop it but here you are again starting right back up.
    So here it is…. What about the data from money magazine is that wrong to? Are they not neutral? Are they lies also or maybe they do not know how to analyze the economy. All I did is type in my browser was compare compare U.S economy 2008 to 2015 and looked at the first couple heading and copied whst they said word for word are they wrong. Maybe only you and your superior intellect can do this. Maybe you should become the next Presidents economic advisor. What I can tell you is this when Clinton was in office my service made money, when Bush was on office I made less. Now my income has increased. My service only can make money when people are working. Oh yeah I own one of those small business.

    Also I have numerous times on the weed blog gave praise to any and every REPUBLICAN that has openly supported anything that had to do with any kind of support for legalization. I also have looked up those same Republicans email and sent them emails in support I would also say that maybe only 1of them was from my state. But I said thanks anyways. I also have posted any link I have come across showing their support. Also when I vote I pick republicans and democrats I never pick one single party. I only chose by what they stand for and who I believe the most.
    So you have your views and I have mine and others have theirs that’s life I understand this and I didn’t attack your views you came at me.

  • Jetdoc

    You don’t know that! Many CEO/OWNERS of company’s DON’T TAKE a salary. Just b/c he’s got a JOB, doesn’t MEAN he takes a salary. Many of them MAY take stock options in lieu of CASH! Many CEO’s of Small businesses don’t take a salary and just REINVEST the money back into the company.

    I’m sorry man, I said I was DONE and I am!

  • Jetdoc

    BTW… GDP in Q1 was +0.05%… This economy’s ROARING! (That’s UNTIL they’re adjusted downward AGAIN!) Which they DO EVERY month b/c they’re just throwing out numbers that SOUND good to people. KNOWING full well they won’t pay attention when the numbers are revised. They’ll release the adjusted numbers on a FRIDAY evening when no one’s around to pay attention to the revised numbers.

    I’m not arguing with you anymore! If you KNEW how to arrive at the TRUE Unemployment rate, you wouldn’t be saying the things you say. Honestly bro, all you’re doing is reciting Obama’s talking points. That’s fine too! Just don’t try to say you’re NON PARTISAN when you’ve not said ONE, NOT ONE good word about a Republican since we’ve been talking! But my credibility goes down b/c I tell the TRUTH and say “media matters” is NOT a “Bi-Partisan entity”?

    You’ve NOT proven anything! I see a bunch of talk but NONE of it actually SAYS anything.

    Look dude, it’s obvious that we disagree. We’re NOT gonna agree EVER! So just drop it! This is TheWeedBlog and NONE of what you brought up deals with that. I’m here to talk about marijuana legalization. Not to teach people how to read Economic indicators!

  • Sinclair

    Yes no particular party I have always in 30 years over voting voted republican and democrat on every single ballet. It all depends on who I believe and what the politicians stand for. So any politician that is for legalization will get my vote no man the party. Yes media matters a non profit progressive research and information Center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation. How about Bureau of labor statistics Jan 9 2015 employment rose 252,000 in Dec.unemployment is at 5.6% or time July 3 2014 the U.S economy added 288,000 new jobs in June.sending the lowest unemployment rate to the lowest since 2008. Or money.cnn.Com sept.5 2008 unemployment rate hits a 5 year high. Or money 2014 was Americas best year of job growth since 1999 -Jan 2015. Clinton was president then. There is your credibility since you didn’t like media matters.

  • Sinclair

    First of all give Obama a lot of shut feel he could do much more for legalization and he has not done shut as far as I am concerned. I have also given a lot of praise to some courageous republicans for their views for legalization. As for my political views I will vote for any person no matter what part they belong to if they are for legalization. If I believe them. I got my data from fortune mag. You can find a lot of information online and some of it is true….As for Simon he came at me first. Mr. Buffett is not a hero I would never give any person that title. But I will give him credit when credit is due. Just like Hine giving away 99% of his money when he dies. There is a lot of charities that will benefit from this.
    According to Washington post 5.1 million jobs was created after Obama took office, Bush had a a Hyde drop in employment around years 8 job losses worse then Eisenhower. Clinton Had THE Most Steady Growth. This chart shows only highs and lows nothing between. This chart is base on private jobs no government jobs listed

    As for when Obama took office correct but the economy was already trashed by the end of 2008 plus you can not fix over night what has been broken for 8 years (Bush). I am not a fan of Obama care. But I do believe in that insurance companies should not drop you. I believe that people being turned down for insurance because of prior illnesses is bullshit. I agree with you on the deficit but if we did not have to bail out the greedy bankers who gave bad loans to people. The same bankers who gave themselves raises with the bail out Money. As for the insurance my cost went up, I agree with you and it pisses me off that my insurance is so high but that extra $20.00 a week that I pay because of Obama care does not make me a part time employee.
    As for the GNP no companys hire more people if they can not supoort those employees. If companies make money they hire mire ss needed if they lose money they fire employees. So pubic hiring is up so companies are making more money to support the highering.
    Correct the weed blog is not a place to discuss politics. But you gave your point of view to me and I had to defend mine. I also did not bring up Obama care because I had nothing good to say About it besides the prior illnesses. Good day

  • Jetdoc

    Dude, you’re trying to tell me that I don’t KNOW these numbers. I’m VERY aware of these numbers. That’s why I threw out the fact that the Koch Brothers were NOT even in the TOP 50 political donors in America. You’re preaching to the choir. The Koch Brothers are #56!

  • Jetdoc

    There goes your “no party choice” again. Trying to write “Media Matters” add a credible, UNBIASED source is funny! It’s MORE than funny, it’s SICKENING!

  • Jetdoc

    Quit plagiarizing and use your BRAIN to tell you what it says!

  • Jetdoc

    So for 6 months out of 6 YEARS he’s done well? That’s GREAT! Your standards are pretty low for the leader of the WORLD! Secondly, you sure pointed OUT a “party choice” when you started on M Simon for what YOU PERCEIVE are his political choices.

    The Warren Buffet argument’s a lil OLD! Even Warren Buffet pointed out the disparity in using HIM as an example for taxes. Warren Buffet may be your hero, but even HE knows the inane attempts to compare him to his secretary are way off base.

    I don’t know WHERE you’re getting 2.7 Million jobs have been created in the PRIVATE sector? He MAY have created that many in GOVERNMENT, but NOT the private sector. But I’ll even give you the benefit of the doubt on that one. How many of these JOBS are “Low wage, unskilled workers? How MANY of those jobs are PART TIME? Considering that’s what ObamaCare has done to America. We’re NOW a Part time workforce. Just remember that for every ACTION there’s a equal and opposite REACTION!

    You’re TRYING to put lipstick on a PIG, yet it’s still a PIG! Why not bring up the fact that you’re kids and THEIR kids, KIDS, will be paying for the DEBT he’s piled upon them for their ENTIRE life? In just 6 LONG years, HE’s added more debt upon this country (with little to no results) than EVERY PRESIDENT COMBINED from George Washington to George W. Bush!

    He tells STUPID people he’s “…reduced the deficit!” But stops SHORT of telling you he’s STILL running a $500,000,000,000.00 deficit to a budget that he’s NEVER HAD to live up to! For 5 years Harry Reid NEVER PASSED a budget. He could spend as much as he wanted, and he HAS. The problem is, he KEEPS doing it. He just keeps on campaigning, telling people about all the FREE SHIT, he’s gonna give em and YOU fell for it!

    A 2% growth of GDP doesn’t even keep up with inflation. This country SHOULD be running 5% gains in GDP per year.

    Question for you here and it’s a simple one, What DAY did Barack Obama officially take office? I’ll help you out… Jan 20, 2009. G.W. Bush was in office in 2009 for a measly 19 DAYS! So 09 was OBAMA’S! Trying to say different is just NOT the truth. If you wanna put 09 on Bush, then we should put 9/11 in Clinton’s administration eh?

    I’m done commenting on this issue from here on out! This is TheWeedBlog and doesn’t belong here. If you wanna discuss this further, go to “Media Matters”. They’re definitely an UNBIASED source.

  • Sinclair

    The point is I was copying from a source word for word but sometimes auto correct gets it wrong when I hit two letters at once and when I miss a word.for that I apologize. But the sources I quote are correct and can be verified. What I said about the data can be verified. As for your Koch brothers correct they are not the top 50 donaters. Just #56 and donated $25.073,442 76%went to republicans, 6% Democrat the remainder going to 3rd party donaters. Which went directly to PACs. The top 20 donates are unions given by member donations to Democrats. Just so you know the AFL-CEO gave $45,099,817 to Democrats. This is a non profit labor protection union protecting American people from poor and unsafe working conditions And fair wages. I would also point out that I do not nor have I ever been a union member. according to this chart I am reading unions like Democrats and major corporations like Republicans

  • Jetdoc

    I couldn’t even READ your post! So how would I know what it’s SUPPOSED to say?

  • Sinclair

    All you do is complain and don’t back any thing up with credible unbiased facts. Just your opinion with out any proof. At least what I put down I got from credible sources and not republican lies.

  • Sinclair

    Mr buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway which means he has a job. It may be his company but he makes a income this is taxable or I and every other person who has a job need to stop paying taxes. Second I was and only been talking about income tax. I also am not talking about the crazy proposal of 38% that is nuts. If I buy a house and sell it for more I have to pay a tax on this profit. This is no different than interest gains.I do agree with you if Mr Buffet lived off only his dividends yes that should be tax free,but he is the active CEO of his company and getting paid. I should also point out that Mr Buffet has told congress that he wants to pay more taxes and that all the super rich should be required to do also. Which is why I brought up his name in the first place.

  • Jetdoc

    YES he SHOULD if he doesn’t take a salary from his company. If he’s living off of dividends, you’ve already taxes the money once! WHY should you get a second bite at the Apple? If he’s already paid taxes on that money he should pay the rate that dividends are taxed at. Anything else is double taxation. Get YOUR facts straight.

  • Jetdoc

    Again dude you sure say a lot without really saying anything.

  • Jetdoc

    Learn how to write dude YOUR post doesn’t make a lick of sense!

  • Sinclair

    Per, Open secrets.org. unions top the lists of democratic doners. Business like At&t donate to republicans. On this site (Open secrets.org ) is a list of the highest contributors for boyhood parties.

    According to media matters for America Aug 37,3014 ” Charles and David Koch brothers and the oil Barrens who are already shaping the 2014 midterm elections according to recently leaked audio recordings are often portrayed as environmentallyrics responsible advocates of the free markeThe that are unfairly targeted by by Democrats (what was you saying? )How ever their political influence, which bent he fossil fuel industry and their own bottom line.” “Top GOP Candidates cite the Koch Brothers for their succesthis is republicans candidates not democratic. Get your facts straight

  • Sinclair

    First of all the economy was sit before Obama took office Ineed 2010 . Which was Bush from 2001 to 2009. So let’s do a time line.
    Per Fortune mag December 5,2014 “Job growth in 2014 has been the best since 1990s”. Also in the past 11 months U.S employers have added 2.7 million jobs. That is the best growth since 1999. “Yes employers have added more jobs in 2014 than they did in 2005″( A Republican )(Bush)(in office ). Being this you can judge the economy by job growth because only a strong economy provides job growth.as for your Gross National Product (GPD) according to statist and studies of 18000 sources the GPD was –.29% in2008. -2.78%in 2009. Positive 2.53% in 2010 +1.6% in 2011. +2.32% in 2012. +2.22% in 2023.+2.15% in 2015 and projected to be as strong or stoner in 2015 and 16.
    so maybe you should get your facts straight and stop using the same republican scare tactics as every republican does. Also if any person makes more than $150,000 yearly and pay less taxes than the person making $50.000 or less than you can pay a little more in taxes it won’t fucking kill you. I would also point out I do not have a party choice I just believe that everyone should be there fair share of taxes and nothing more or less. So if your a Warren Buffet and pay less income tax than your secretary than you should pay more.

  • Jetdoc

    The Koch Brothers huh? They’re not even in the “Top 50” of Political donors in this country. Yet DEMS spout off about them all the time! 90% of the “Top 50” political donors give MORE money by FAR to the DEMS than to the GOP! But I guess THEY don’t count b/c they don’t fit with what you’re trying to say!