Obama Says No To Legalizing Marijuana

In a speech in Mexico City on Friday, President Obama shut the door on any possibility that he'll support efforts in his second term to legalize certain recreational drugs.

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“I’ve been asked, and I honestly do not believe that legalizing drugs is the answer,” the president told a large gathering of young Mexicans at the city’s Anthropology Museum.

Polls show that more and more Americans favor ending the federal ban on pot. A handful of states in the U.S. have lifted legal restrictions on the drug in recent years — including Colorado and Washington — putting Obama in an awkward place. A pot smoker in his younger days, he must decide whether to instruct his Department of Justice to challenge those state laws, or to simply let them be.

The president likely felt it necessary to touch on drugs in his speech today since marijuana is a chief import from Mexico to the United States. It is also largely to blame for the rising swell of cartel violence that has killed thousands in Mexico over the years, and has occasionally spilled over into the southern U.S.

Obama said that his administration must focus on an all-encompassing strategy to deal with drug users at home, as well as figure out a way to reduce demand for drugs.

“We understand that much of the root cause of violence that’s been happening here in Mexico, for which many so Mexicans have suffered, is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States. And so we’ve got to continue to make progress on that front.”

He added that fixing the problem will require “a comprehensive approach — not just law enforcement, but education and prevention and treatment.”

Those words reflect the latest plan put forth by Obama’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, which essentially considers recreational drug use to be a public health issue. Rather than advocating for reforming drug users through jails and prisons, the plan calls for blending strong prevention techniques with effective rehabilitation programs in order to curb future drug use.

The Obama administration’s strategy, though, is somewhat controversial since it technically defines regular pot users as people with brain diseases — addiction, the administration says, is a brain disease. Scores of marijuana defenders, however, say that there is no proof that the drug is addictive.

Geoff Holtzman
Geoff Holtzman is Talk Radio News Service's Deputy Bureau Chief. As one of TRNS's primary correspondents, he helps cover the White House and Capitol Hill. Geoff also covered the 2012 presidential campaign, following the candidates to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and elsewhere. In the process, he learned that not all Motel 6's are created equal. Follow Geoff on Twitter @Geoff_Holtzman.

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  1. Kirkmuse May 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    In other words, Obama is on the payroll of the Mexican drug cartels.

    • Kevin Hunt May 4, 2013 at 10:42 am #

      Fast and Furious!

    • Mr.V. May 6, 2013 at 12:24 am #

      Yes

    • windy city May 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

      …doesn’t seem to be any doubt about, at least it has NOT been proven otherwise. He WANTS marijuana illegal here so it can be sold by the cartels, NOT legalized as in Colorado and Washington state, or so it would appear…

    • Janice Russell May 6, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

      I don’t think we can draw any other conclusion. He tries to hide behind a wall of bullshit – but it just seems very obvious to me that it is the only reason.

    • Donald May 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

      You’re right! Good Point. Take it from a retired Fed. Obama is on the Organized crime conspiracy to keep Marijuana illegal. I know who these very wealthy men are Here in U.S. who own/ operate prescription Drug Center, BDA Associates, drug screening millions in there company and was Nixon’s first drug Czar.

  2. LaughAtPanic May 3, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    President Obama,

    You Sir, are a real spineless hypocrite!

    The “War on Marijuana” is been a complete and utter failure that has cost our country over a trillion dollars. Instead of The United States wasting Billions of more dollars fighting a never ending “War on Marijuana”, lets generate Billions of dollars and improve the deficit! It’s a no brainer.

    It has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. Sending our loved ones to prison and giving them permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

    Marijuana is way safer and healthier to consume than alcohol, yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink? Marijuana is the safest and healthiest recreational substance known to man. It is also safer than tobacco, caffeine, even aspirin.

    Even The President of the United States himself has used marijuana. Has it hurt his chances at succeeding in life? If he got busted during his college years, he may have very well still been in jail today. Beyond that he would then be fortunate to even find a minimum wage paying job that would hire him with his permanent criminal record. Let’s end this hypocrisy now!

    The government should not attempt to legislate morality because it simple does not work and costs us a fortune.

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

    • Jose May 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

      Then why do the Democrats want to elect Hillary Clinton as the next president? She is worse on marijuana than Obama.

      • John Austin May 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

        Their just as stupid to make the same mistake.

        • uhhhh lol? May 6, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

          they’re** stupid.

      • Reggie Anderson May 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

        Let’s please not fall into the tired and old trap of pointing fingers.

        we’re all, in a sense, to blame for this.

        Democrats for being fooled by the glitz and glitter (and in some cases with some voters, blatant racism since i know some people voted for him purely based on the color of his skin) and Republicans for allowing such a bad, bad candidate as Rmoney being nominated whom would have fared better as a regular congressman and letting someone with some real teeth take the nomination.

        and the rest of us for failing to make our voices heard on capitol hill (no, not “asking” to have our voices heard, “demanding.” those people in congress are supposed to represent all of us, not just those whom fill their pockets.)

        • plaguebeast August 12, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

          Capital Hill does not want to hear our voices. They want the status quo.

          • Reggie Anderson August 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

            That may be so for a lot of them but there are more than enough representatives that truly do want to hear from their constituents.

            Thing is, they’re human just like the rest of us and I’m sure they face much, much more hostility… So, if you do want to reach out to your representative, be calm, be kind and try to engage them.

            We can choose to be cynical, dejected and uninvolved… and in a sense that would also be the status-quo (this all started near the end of Reagan’s tenure) but we really should be hopeful and engaged with enough optimism to keep us going. Yes, congress works very slowly but if none of their constituents try to reach out and contact them, how do they really know that they’re not doing the best job they could?

            … Yes, I’m an optimist (most days.) I hope I can help spark the flame of optimism in you as well!

      • Dreamr OKelly May 6, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

        I would never, repeat, NEVER vote for her.

      • Young Shane May 6, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

        i don’t know, when im on marijuana hillary clinton is positively hilarious……you ever try to watch obama? on weeeeeeeeeeeeed?

        this is all bullshit..if every american stood up and marched , all at once, across the us, there wouldnt even be an argument…there would be an instant recognition of the will of the people. and honestly? we’d find out how free we are right then and there…whaddya say people , can you put down the bong for a few and stand up together? im pretty sure the NUMBER of stoners in america is so high (LOL), thered be no arguement

        • Ed May 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

          You are right about marching, but there is still enough of a stigma around it that people are afraid that they might be fired if they are outed for smoking. I would at this point be happy just to have medical marijuana here in Pa. The work on recreational.

        • I May 7, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

          Lol I’m down if u r. But you kno cops would be shooting women and children down in the streets. Ps I really like how you said “then we would kno how free we r”. They would never let every body stand up like that they would call them terrorists n blow em away

        • plaguebeast August 12, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

          Some 70% of the country believes in legalization. Why doesn’t Obama give in to the will of the people? Because a great percentage of those people are Republicans. The belief that voting for either Obama or Romney would lead to legalization is just plain wrong. Look past the rhetoric put up by Fox and the MSM and learn about the other candidates, some of them will surprise you if you do your own research instead of being lazy and just taking what is spoon-fed to you.

          As long as we keep allowing Obama and the GOP to play us against each other, nothing will change.

      • Common Sense May 7, 2013 at 10:23 am #

        Because marijuana legalization is nowhere close to the top priority for people when looking for electing a president, nor should it be

        • cmon May 7, 2013 at 10:25 am #

          Yes it should be it is something the public needs. the only thing keeping it from happening is the 1% corporate elite who dont want the 99% the common people to be happy.

        • Real common sense May 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

          You should change your name cuz it’s common sense that the government has been using weed or saying something smells like weed combined with their racism to illegally search and arrest millions of coloured people and oppress the masses. Because most intelligent people smoke weed they can’t stand up and say anything or they could be put In jail and have their kids taken away. Weed may not be of concerns to you, but people who need it for pain and all kinds of diseases depend on it or the would be poppin 20 pills a day pills that destroy you mind and body whereas weed only makes you healthier and prevents and cures cancer. So yea oppression is oppression weather it affects you or not.

        • Gary Adams May 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

          Maybe it should then . Science always gets better and the medicinal uses are continually being proven effective and helpful, What about the people being arrested for this, you can destroy a career before it even starts, ties up police, courts and jail resources, which gets very expensive serving no real purpose ( non violent crime ) and what about industrial marijuana, illegal although it wont get you high but do you know how many things can be made from it. Industrial marijuana could create a whole new industry that does not not exist with large volumes of raw materials ready to use in 4 months and alot more. As i said, maybe it should be .

        • Barry June 19, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

          Perhaps it should be. The government can break into your house at gunpoint, and take you to prison or even kill you in an effort to protect you from you. The rest of us get the bill for encarcerating you and we get to take care of your children while you are there. You will be exposed to some of the most dangerous crininals in the world. We call that rehabilitation. Oh, and when you get out of prison, good luck finding a job as a convicted fellon. Thank God they are protecting us from us. It’s moronic. These laws protect the drug cartel’s monopoly.

    • #SayNOtoweed June 1, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

      No. Weed is also bad. Makes your brain cell gone. and you be so stupid and prob wont understand what question people are talking about. Your statement mean’s nothing but Retardness.

      So if American soliders go on the war even though they’re into weed 24/7 next thing they know. they wouldn’t understand a clue why are they in the War and they’ll die because of that. America would be the dumbest country and ruled by other countries like who know’s? china Korea,europe or any country. and while you “weed-smokers” supporting marijuana watch how americans act like. you would wonder why and it’s your fault you made this country into disater just like last year what happen to that “eating face guy” in miami but they found NO bath salt in him but Marijuana. that’s how thing’s get when it comes to disater in this country. So i am proud of obama doing this. Smoking is bad same with drug’s and alcohol. Get a life and live with world then making your body messed up and killing yoursefl.

      • processitgood June 2, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

        goddamn you’re a dumbass! 0/10 for making me reply, you dumbass

      • Marcus M. June 7, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

        Wow people like you who are unbelievably ignorant about marijuana should just shut the hell up! You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about.

      • Brian Kelly B Bizzle June 11, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

        SayNOtoweed,

        Judging by the 214 people who have agreed/liked what i wrote so far and the zero that have agreed with you, it is apparent that your view is that of a very small percentage of Americans.

        Besides that, it is very hard to comprehend what you are trying to get across in your writings with all that incorrect use of grammar and punctuation.

        You see how fluid my thoughts are compared to yours, and I’m the “retard”?

        You must be either an alcoholic or have a very low I.Q. judging by your anger filled ramblings.

        Apparently, marijuana isn’t that bad for people. I’m 40 years old and have I have 24 years of experience with marijuana and never use alcohol. I’m successful and blessed with a wonderful family and life.

        A little live and let live goes a long way in assuring a stress free, long, and anger free life.

        You don’t like marijuana? Then by all means, don’t use it.

        The rest of us are capable of making our own choices about marijuana and we don’t need the government’s or your approval.

        The government should never try to legislate morality because it simply doesn’t work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

        You must either be an alcoholic or have a very low I.Q. judging by your anger filled ramblings.

        Peace and Love towards all,
        and Have a wonderful day.

    • Thomas s. Wisniewski August 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

      Funds saved by decriminalizing weed could be used to rehabilitate ,and train to get back to work, meth and heroin and crack cocaine addicts. This would reduce prison overcrowding. We need to not sweat the little stuff and target the major crises in today’s society.

  3. Rah Lam May 4, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Publican or democratE I am so fuccin happy i didnt vote for this guy…there was no way crazy ass Romney was getting it…but i’ll be damned if im gonna help put a hypocrite and an out right liar in office. Give me a candidate who deserves my vote and not one who is simply the best of 2 bullshit choices (republican or democrat)…

    Oh but im sorry obama and the rest of you constituency…. is that why you dont want pot legalized?…cause pot heads think too much?….not willing to fall in line with rest of the sheeple?

    If was regan who said “these damn kids, all they want to do is sit around…smoke pot…read books…and talk”…

    I wonder why that would be such a problem for government?……..?????……

    • rah lam May 4, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      I meant republican or democrat*

  4. Hardrock1a May 4, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    How the hell is this country supposed to advance when our leadership is still spewing this 70 year old bullshit, and this from a man that admits to have been bogart with weed. STUPIDITY!! Colorado and Washington are the only ones yet to get it right. We need to stuff this issue down their throats, hopefully they will choke on it!!

    • windy city May 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

      …NOTHING stops an idea whose time has come. He may be slowing it down some but the freight train has already left. Medical Marijuana and its residual/recreational siblings is a REALITY and its prohibition was a shameless money-grabbing FRAUD by an elite cabal headed by William R. Hearst et al. People get wiser and learn more everyday, however, and time tears down those lies and distortions eventually. Time, indeed, has come.

      It is too late and the clock will NOT be pushed back. The money makes the difference and this will be good for jobs and the economy as well as health. Industrial hemp, Medical and recreational marijuana, welcome to the 21st century.

      Best thing we can do is educate and SPREAD THE WORD of the benefits of the innocuous plant. It’s a happening…

      • plaguebeast August 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

        we had two choice last election, neither of which was going to even listen to us.

  5. Mark May 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    All Obama wanted was votes…now that he won the Election he wants to screw things up more…he is NOT LISTENING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LIKE I SAID BEFORE THAT THE PRISON ARE IN THIS FOR THE MONEY. CANNABIS SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN PUT ON THE SCHEDULE I LIST WAY BACK IN THE 70’S. ALL they care about is passing obamacare…no one can afford insurance unless you are making over $750,000…Obama, Holder, Reid & Pelosi are hypocrites. CANNABIS NEEDS TO BE LEGAL SO PEOPLE WHO NEEDS THEIR MEDICINE DON’T HAVE TO LOOK OVER THEIR SHOULDERS. GIVE ME LIBERTY (CANNABIS) OR GIVE ME DEATH!!!

    • TheWhyteMaN May 4, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

      Obama-care is smoke and mirrors.

      The real agenda is a police state.

  6. Clifton Ratcliff May 4, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    The prohibition of marijuana is an act of treason, it was steam rolled through the house and senate after showing films and hyped reports of violence. PLEASE READ ” the emperor has no clothes”

  7. CommonSense May 4, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    I wish I could say that hearing a politician spew such ignorance as this surprised me, but due to the increased amount of this happening lately, I can only muster a slight shrug. It baffles me that this government can say that cannabis has no medicinal properties, but, at the same time, own a patent for the medicinal properties of certain cannabinoids that are components of cannabis. Look up patent #6630507 as it states, ” Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated
    to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids
    useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation
    associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and
    autoimmune diseases.”

  8. Reggie Anderson May 5, 2013 at 12:15 am #

    So, Then if you (Obama) feel that the laws in place are good enough, does that mean you’re going to sign yourself into the nearest prison to serve time for your own admitted drug possession? sentences from both cannabis and “a little blow?”

    Oh, yeah… you weren’t caught… So, consider the message you’re sending. You’re essentially saying “it’s okay to break the law as long as nobody catches you.”

    You are quickly becoming a more divisive president than even George W. Bush. That isn’t something to be proud of.

    • plaguebeast August 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

      you might be correct but making it racist just isn’t the way to win support.

      • Reggie Anderson August 12, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

        If you would be so kind as to let me know why you feel it’s racist, i would appreciate it (and no, i’m not being smarmy, i genuinely would like to know how you came to that connection.) I might have a response to that or I might not but I would like to engage you in this so that I can be sure I don’t make a mistake a second time. :)

        Best regards!

        • Hb August 20, 2013 at 12:06 am #

          It’s racist because you say Your People.

          • Reggie Anderson August 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

            … ok, so, if you’re going to argue on a detail I don’t know if I really should respond.

            Take the message for it’s intended message… try not to read your own agenda into it because politically that’s like putting words in someone’s mouth and that’s kinda rude.

            Cheers.

  9. Sakilus May 5, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    You bastard, You piece of crap! I’ve lost SEVERAL school days because people got MURDERED in front of my house and I couldn’t go out without military forces asking me questions.

    Do you know what it’s like to see someone’s brains hit the floor? I do. I hail from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, you piece of… I’ve seen cars rigged with C4 explode in my streets killing policemen and doctors.

    My friends have lost family members because of this. I’ve gunmen fighting INSIDE schools and using CHILDREN as cover. I’ve seen headless bodies hanging in the side of bridges because some people wanted to make a statement to their competitors.
    Massacres have occurred in parties for teenagers because some fucking coke-heads wanted to make some bold statements.

    And all because YOU, YOUR PEOPLE pushed the WORLDWIDE prohibition that gives these animals the chance to make a profit with murder.

    Innocents are dying but you don’t care. Why would you? You’re getting paid.

    • Scott Watkins May 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

      My sentiments EXACTLY!!!!!

    • Janice Russell May 6, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

      Totally understand your fury. This man cares about nothing – and yet I see him idolized by some. Sometimes I could tear my hair out because some otherwise intelligent people can not see this man for what he is. Many of us do abhor this senseless war – which is actually a war on innocent people.

    • Young Shane May 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

      i care. but i think the drugs like heroin and cocaine, which by weight are worth soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much more than weed are what are causeing this warzone issue…..nobodys blowin anybody up for weed in america….if thats going on in mexico that sounds like propaganda thats being steered towards marijuana ….mexican weed is worth nothing…brown flat compressed weed goes for 20 bucks an ounce and the people buying it are usually so poor the spend 5 bucks at a time. to blame anybullshit on mexican weed is ridunculous

      • ComeOnMan12354 May 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

        You are right that there are other drugs that would still help cartels profit, but if the US legalized marijuana, it would be a HUGE hit to them. Marijuana is used by way more people than the other drugs mentioned. Also, all of the marijuana from south of the border is not “worth nothing”. There are serious grow operations that bring in a significant profit.

      • tired of rednecks May 7, 2013 at 10:09 am #

        damn 20$ oz thats dirt cheep its 80$ per oz in oklahoma lol

        • Time to legalize May 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

          Yeah, it’s around $300 an oz for some good stuff in Texas.

      • austyn June 27, 2013 at 10:01 am #

        Umm? What? Not true its wearth alot to the cartel

    • plaguebeast August 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

      tell barry, he won’t listen to us.

  10. anon May 5, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    they are going to make it hell to be a person who does drugs. basicly using bordeom to make people not want to do drugs/get caught.

  11. disappointed in Obama May 5, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    I am so disappointed in you. I have been a defender of you and your administration l now see that you lied last year on how you felt about marijuana to gain further votes. There is a true need for marijuana to be rescheduled and legalized. So manypeople suffer needlessly when marijuana is the cure for them. Shame on you. I can no longer say l support you.

    • plaguebeast August 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      The only candidate that would have helped the cause was Gary Johnson, in the general election. If Ron Paul had won the primary, you would have had a candidate that would have listened to the people….but no one voted for Ron Paul or Gary Johnson because the media told us all that they were crazy…and everyone was too lazy to learn the truth.

  12. Mark Hollamon May 5, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Usually a President doesn’t become a lame duck until his last year in office. So sad that he has a chance to be the one to end the insane failure known as the war on drugs. He and every politician needs to realize the people are calling for this and the people run this country, not him. A rude awakening is coming for some obtuse politicians.

  13. ricosauve15 May 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    This is sad that politicians don’t care about our rights to choose. They care about making money. They don’t care about the ppl that die over the war on drugs. They care about making money. Isn’t funny how the top 5 interest groups that pay off the politicians all make money off of it. 1) police unions. They make money both from the property they take when they make drug arrest but the federal govt gives them money for the war on drugs. Ever see those shows on tv that show the fight against marijuana. Isn’t funny how a small county sheriff’s dept can afford its on drug force, their own helicopter, all the latest tools despite the fact im sure that county is broke. 2) companies that run private prisons. The more prisoners the more money they make. 3) alcohol companies. Weed is compition to them. 4) drug companies. They don’t want cheap medicine that you can grow yourself. They want you to keep buying their products. 5) prison guard unions. Less prisoners means our jails are really over staffed. They would start to get laid off. Well they can’t have that so they to pay off the politicians. Funny how the national media won’t tell the ppl the truth.

  14. Bushdidit May 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Sorry I suported him. Now he doesnt give a rats ass about the people he claimed to want to help. What a complete failure of a once promising man.

    • mikey-p May 6, 2013 at 11:46 am #

      to be fair it was either him or romney i cant see it going well at all with the latter regarding drugs

      • Heather Sebald May 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

        I don’t know so much. Ann has MS.I messaged him about MMJ and its use for treating MS. He might have been willing to look into it for her sake.

        • plaguebeast August 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

          they asked Romney “do you agree with the use of industrial hemp”, his response, “what is that?”

  15. Nathan Molloy May 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    It’s funny how a little propaganda from the 30’s has skewed public opinion for over 80 years, has federal legalization even gotten a congressional hearing in the last decade?

  16. Connie Guy May 5, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Dear Mr President. I stood up for you. I have taken on the Obama hater’s and stood in your defense. I Voted for you and ask everyone I knew and many I didn’t, to vote for you. They did, because they believed you.. and they believed in me when I said you would do right by us .. by ALL of us. If you truly feel, you now can no longer stand in support of the masses .. the millions~ who Know that Cannabis IS NOT and never should have been, classified along with more dangerous substances… that it is in fact a mere plant, native to this earth.. then you sir, have failed us miserably. And I can no longer stand in support of you. You have disingenuously let us down as a nation. We turn our backs on you one by one.. as you buy into and are paid off by the hype that writes your paycheck. There is still time to save face… but your time is running short. You may find yourself in the history books as “having not done right by the people who put you into office.” You Owe us too Mr. President.

    • sisterlauren May 6, 2013 at 9:12 am #

      The prohibition of cannabis is a religious prohibition. It is based on the Doctrine of Discovery. The prohibition of cannabis is unconstitutional per the first amendment because no exemption is allowed for religious use.

      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

      Instead of allowing for our religious use, they just declared it non-white and non-christian and called on the Doctrine of Discovery, stare decisis. This is the same papal law that made black people into slaves. It basically says that Native Americans are animals with no human rights.

      It is a 500 year old religious law, I think we can ask the pope to repeal it. The supreme court is obviously very corrupt to use a law like that to deprive us of our basic civil and human rights.

    • Hairy Potter May 7, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

      He’s sitting in the oval office smokin a blunt with mit romney laughing at your ass for not voting for Ron Paul.

      • plaguebeast August 12, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

        wish I could upvote this a few million times.

  17. LeoSense May 5, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    With each of these arguments all I am hearing in my mind is ‘well people are going to continue to use the substance, so why not.’ I do not believe it is okay to make something legal to benefit from it because those that do it are going to anyway.
    A conversation I had with my mom sticks with me regarding this topic. She too had this same idea, “It’s going to become legal eventually so we might as well reap the benefits sooner rather than later.” Just because something may or may not happen does not mean we should just follow the norm and give in.

    • sisterlauren May 6, 2013 at 9:17 am #

      So you think growing, selling or possessing a harmless plant is a reason to deprive someone of their freedom?

      Why? Why does the fact that a few corrupt politicians and newspaper owners passed a stupid, unconstitutional law decades ago justify ruining so many people’s lives with prison?

      What advantage does that have for society? It is costing us a fortune. What justifies it? I think your attitude is heartless.

    • not.patrick.kennedy May 6, 2013 at 11:25 am #

      So beer should be outlawed again? How well did that work the last time?

  18. Mr.V. May 6, 2013 at 12:36 am #

    Is no one concerned that Obama is Indonesian not American? And that he has multiple Social Security numbers ?

    • sisterlauren May 6, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      No, I don’t care about that. I also don’t believe it.

      What I do care about is his use of drones to commit mass murder and his failure to have the Bush era crimes investigated. He is in on the cover up of 9/11 and most people are too chicken to even admit it. That is what I care about.

  19. Occupy The Truth May 6, 2013 at 12:48 am #

    the drug war is too profitable to give up just like oil wars and he’s just another player in the Amerikan Mafia

    • sisterlauren May 6, 2013 at 9:21 am #

      You betcha!

  20. Benny Acosta May 6, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    And this is why it’s necessary for the peoples of individual states to keep voting for legalization. If the federal govt won’t act out of fear of disturbing the arms markets, then citizens can force the federal govt to change its position by increasing the number of states that are applying pressure against drug prohibition.

    Addiction of any sort is a medical problem and should be relegated to the health community. Government’s responsibility here is only to ensure that people have access to the healers they need to get them well again. But government can only control money and weapons/force. So it is no surprise that the President is loath to give up any power to weild either.

    • sisterlauren May 6, 2013 at 9:21 am #

      ‘Addiction’ is a religious choice.

  21. Sam Zendik May 6, 2013 at 2:41 am #

    Last I checked this was supposed to be a government run by and for the People not a People run by and for the government. It’s not what you believe Mr. Obama it’s what we believe and what we want. You have proven yourself to be a hypocrite and a liar. You are a corporate puppet, bought and sold us, the American People down the road. How you can sleep at night is beyond me and if you do sleep well, if you do not hear us in your dreams then you are truly a soulless individual and a disgrace to the office you hold.

    • sisterlauren May 6, 2013 at 9:25 am #

      Don’t forget, the president has access to the very best of drugs. The CIA is the biggest illegal drug dealer in the world and they like to keep their presidents happy and under control …

      Personally, I suspect he is dipping into the cocaine. It would help explain the upbeat, heartless attitude he is displaying towards the suffering of others.

  22. Derek Williams May 6, 2013 at 4:05 am #

    Obama is in the pocket of the prison industrial complex as well as the drug cartels. If anyone thought this battle against the evil of prohibition was going to be easy it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee, we’re up against some powerful and well funded opponents.

  23. George May 6, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    I do honestly believe that Obama’s administration is handling this like many other issues. Staying back far enough until popular opinion overwhelms opposition. I think they are doing this with Syria right now, waiting until there is popular condemnation for using nerve gas and waiting until Israel is attacked until the US moves in. And that that is the plan from the start. Similarly, he is going to wait until enough states move on their own to legalize matijuana and then will join in. This way, we avoid the super-politicizing of the issue. Come on, Obama, and everyone else not blinded by propoganda and fanatacism knows that prohibition will end.

    • sisterlauren May 6, 2013 at 9:40 am #

      He has to be careful. It is not as easy for them to get away with the lies as it used to be.

      For example, I think the war is Syria is being stirred up by Israeli false flag operations. If most Americans start to think that, then the Israelis are going to be sunk politically. If America turns against the zionist imperial experiment, I don’t think Obama will be out there defending them.

      I think the Israelis are making a BIG mistake to be depending on help from Obama if they openly start another war in the middle east with more false flag operations. Too many of Obama’s supporters are End Times Christians looking for an Armageddon.

      I think the Israelis are in deep denial about what the End Times plan for them is, so they are like, “Bring it on.” I think that is shockingly stupid.

      • Heather Sebald May 6, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

        Give me a break. NONE of Obama’s supporters are end times Christians. None of his supporters are REAL Christians at all. The only part of your statement that is true is that we are expecting an Armageddon. But we aren’t expecting to still be on the planet when it happens.

  24. WhatThePeopleWant May 6, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    This prohibition on marijuana is going NOWHERE. The only thing that’s happening right now is we’re losing millions on petty marijuana possessions, or anything small relating to marijuana. Don’t those people see how much money Colorado and Washington are making off of the legalization? MILLIONS. If marijuana was legal, there wouldn’t be such a large amount of money being wasted carelessly on stupid things.
    LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE!

  25. Thomas Bowers May 6, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    One way or another it’s happening, Mr President. With or without you, we are gaining our freedom from being prosecuted just for using a f*cking plant. While you sit there at night and use the DRUG alcohol to drink away your stress, I’ll be chilling out with some good bud.

  26. Choom Gang May 6, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    The feds will not allow Brick and mortar stores in Colorado . Its time to rethink the business modle in CO.

    And I don’t trust Oblamer as far as I can throw him.

  27. Cheddar May 6, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Al Capone called. He said thanks for making a million Mexican Al Capones. If you support the prohibition of anything, you support the violence and vulgarity of it as well. Technically, our laws put drug dealers in business. So our laws are breaking our laws.Go figure.

  28. Juanmarco May 6, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    poor thing…

  29. Tim Carrasco May 6, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Which lobby paid you to say that?

  30. token420 May 6, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    The problem here is that Obama is treating me like a non-adult who is incapable of making my own decisions. I smoke marijuana, and I love it. I have no plans on quitting outside the occasional break. If Obama wants to call me an addict and keep my weed illegal he will not earn my respect, ever. Why won’t he ADMIT that his continued anti-marijuana policy is costing people their lives?

  31. Jose May 6, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    I would say impeach Obama but Bitme is worse.

  32. chuck May 6, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    That’s OK, we’ll do it without him….

  33. mikey-p May 6, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Regardless of what the president may think, the US states will continue to legalise one by one. i’d like to se him try and stop that.

    • plaguebeast August 12, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

      we need to reign in the federal gov’t and start applying the 10th Amendment!

  34. Alexander Sippel May 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Obama does not care about the people :(

  35. Mich Hurst May 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    then why do they prescribe cannabis they grow to a very few people as medicine…..what about patents the us has for cannabinoids?hummm smells fishy

  36. Meow May 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    just throwin this out there….Michael Phelps has won the most gold medal in the olympics….and he’s smoked pot and got caught.

  37. Michael M May 6, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    I really wish this worthless DISGUSTING HORRIBLE man(Obama) could have seen the video that spread through facebook of those scumbag cartels straight cutting off a womans head (not fake it was real). She was (like many others) decapitated because you are in office right now making poor decisions such as this one. R.I.P to everyone that has lost their lives because people in the drug cartel are missing a screw and people like Obama support the people missing screws. R.I.P to anyone who hasn’t died yet but will die soon because Obama lets the drug cartel control the marijuana business.

  38. Jose May 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Hillary is more against marijuana than Obama, yet the Democrats seem to have already ordained her as the next Minister of Prohibition.

    • Michael Richard May 6, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

      Maybe…but depending on how the recent situation with the whistle-blowers concerning the Benghazi debacle (that is putting it very lightly) turns out, any political aspirations or plans she has for the future may be done, like her.

  39. windy city May 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    …I guess his “right” solution would be having Americans buy unknown potency marijuana that comes from the cartels in Mexico.

    THAT solution he appears comfortable with. After all, he supplied them with a lot of weaponry a la “fast and furious” so he may be serious about accommodating the cartels in this business after all. He IS fighting the majority of Americans that KNOW that marijuana is safer than alcohol…

  40. Wonka Zonka May 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Only a tyrannical government would make and keep the smoking of God’s flowers illegal. Totally this is against Genesis. The Government is worst than a tyrant- it is playing and doing the bidding of the Devil here.

  41. Scott Watkins May 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    “I’ve been asked, and I honestly do not believe that legalizing drugs is the answer,”
    What a scum bag. There, I said it. This man knows the truth. He is supposed to use his office wisely. He has the chance to save millions of lives. And, he says no in Mexico City, of all places; the country hit the worst by cartel violence due to American drug needs.The irony is far from lost. I’m sure Mexicos President is sickened by this man, along with the rest of South America and North America for that matter. He makes me ashamed that I voted for him the first time. Glad I didn’t a second..

  42. MikeParent May 6, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Dems and Reps, different pages from the same bad book! They’re all on the Prohibitionist Payroll.

  43. TheRambler2000 May 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    It’s seem’s as though the prez. has the drug companies back; and not one of the Only REAL medications AKA drugs that don’t need a company to survive as they where given to us not by a gov. a company or glorified-merchant, but from the Great Creator. How Dare these “educated” fuckers I think they figured WIZDUMB and not WISDOM! Grow a fucken soul Mr. President where is your heart Profit or Prophet, God or Gold Salvation or Sold? I’m not religious but I feel any why you can find !TRUTH! what ever floats your stool, I AM Energized (animated) by ————-. That said that said Mr. President where is your faith in fools! is it true your all a bunch of actors and tricksters. You can’t take the money you make with you, or the demons that advise you, just the will, or lack there of inside you.The joke is really on who;)Now is yours good or bad? we already know it’s definitely Not Wise. And If I could describe you and your policies on Mary J. in Two words ASSHOLEISH and DICKHEADED; and in one EVIL….. Peace ONE LOVE.

  44. Michael Geoghegan May 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Obama proves his hypocrisy knows no bounds, he was a regular pot head in high school was lucky enough not to get busted (especially being a visible minority in the US) and now wants to keep destroying people like himself while enriching the Mexican drug cartels. Just think if Obama had got busted back in high school today he would now just be a community worker in Chicago.

  45. RadicalRuss May 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Uh, no, the president’s drug control strategy does not “consider recreational drug use to be a public health issue.” The drug budget is still tilted 3:2 in favor of incarceration and interdiction as opposed to treatment and prevention. They are just changing the rhetoric away from a “War on Drugs” that only 7% of the population supports.

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Any society that allows adults to govern their use of Bacardi 151, cigars, AR-15’s, fireworks, Prozac, Oxycontin, mace, and porn, but considers the safest recreational drug on the planet to be an imminent danger, is hypocritical beyond measure.

  46. BoxingCannabyte Epicurus May 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    *sigh*….I have nothing else to say at this point.

  47. Skip Jones May 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Does he consider domestic citizen grown cannabis a drug?? It is a plant with some psychoactive compounds that is non lethal.

  48. Toni Ann Hanskett-Mills May 6, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    There is no such thing as a hopeless situation. Every single circumstance of your life can change! Please feel free to share my story~ It is time for a change! I worked in the health care for over 28 years, the last 3 years of it I had the pleasure of volunteering at a Medical Clinic that helped Medical Cannabis Patients In Washington State. I not only watched patient’s lives IMPROVE on medical cannabis I saw them decrease MANY Synthetic medication’s with harmful side effects. I am now Medically disabled due to Pharmaceutic Synthetic Medication’s and the damage done to my organ’s Medical Cannabis Advocate and now Patient! Documented in my medical records, and listed under CURRENT MEDICATIONS~ There are THOUSANDS whom share the same! May I lastly add this, As a Health Care Worker With 28 years experience with direct Patient care I tell you this. There has been no known death associated with Medical cannabis, I can still tell you the name of the first patient I lost to Accidental overdose on Prescribed Synthetic Medication. I AM NOT A CRIMINAL!

  49. Greg A Matson May 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    you’re a bum obama. You smoked dude! Further more, you can’t get reelected! Why don’t you have more of a backbone?!

  50. Michael Richard May 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    And yet, this is the SAME guy who made a marijuana referenced joke at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner stating, “Buzzfeed? I just thought that was something I did in college around 2:00 a.m.”.

    Really?!? This President can talk about his “Choom Gang” past and smoking copious amounts of weed, make lighthearted jokes referencing cannabis at a VIP event that was covered by every major network and news outlet, and when the subject of legalization comes up he shuts it down with no discussion or reviewing of the facts. Nice job. Bravo. A majority of the American public…you know, the one’s who who voted for you, support full legalization and think the prohibition against this plant is a non-issue and needs to be repealed. Glad we have a government for the people, by the people… (heavy on the sarcasm)

  51. LaughAtPanic May 6, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Gary Johnson For President in 2016!

    Surely, he will do the right thing.

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Effort!

  52. Michael Novak May 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    kissmyAss opie-bama

  53. Doug Mlyn May 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    His comment about “legalizing drugs is not the answer, ” is way off the point. It’s not an answer to our problems, but keeping something illegal that has been proven time and time again to have medical benefits, because congress says it has no medical benefits, is a lie and they know it. If the Marijuana lobbyists had as much money and as much balls as the pharmaceutical and alcohol lobbyists do then weed would be legal in one second.

  54. Dreamr OKelly May 6, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    If a republican, independent, or libertarian promises to make this a state issue next term I will vote for that candidate. I have always voted dem or green.

  55. Michael Yates May 6, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Look at what prohibition did back in the 20’s it just made the mafia rich. Mr. Obama do the right thing and stop all this madness and repeal the antiquated ideals. Let adults choose for themselves.

  56. John Douglas May 6, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    and vomit tastes good

  57. Crystal Harrison May 6, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    You all find some way to blame something or someone for your own lack of protection to the people. I dont understand why you blame something that shows no proof of violence because someone is high on weed, or act out of theft or murder . the greed comes from the money not weed you want to call a drug. the other drugs like crack or pain pills that come from hospitals that over time they do become addictive and show violence, or someone shows signs of actions of theft, and murder. but yet those drugs are the drugs you want to give our people. beer does not help people when they drink it, but yet it is okay to have at the age of 21 in some locations. cigarettes can cause lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy, but yet that is okay for our people at the age of 18 in some locations. why is it okay for us to have alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs from hospital that show signs or bad influence. but yet weed that you call a drug is blamed for actions of others but shows no proof of violence when used, or addiction……. in one location a bunch of people gather and smoke weed but yet i hear nothing of shooting’s, or theft, or even murder, and this is a event that happens every year i mean thousands of people show up to this. last but not least it helps people with cancer and other diseases. alcohol had a act of violence when it was banned, people was selling it under the table like drug dealers. but is wasnt banned for long we though of a way to slow down crime and still have it. why cant we do that with weed treat it as alcohol and cigarettes you have to be 18+ or 21+ and smokers have to be at home, and places that allow it. from my understanding they are creating or trying to create something that will slow down the to high drivers and the to high street walkers, so hopefully they will find something soon. that but not least i wounder how many drunk drivers there are that are driving somewhere right now not getting stopped by a cop.

  58. Trykhomestead So Cal May 6, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    Lock up heroin and coke producers …gets some balls mexico military. handle your business.

    • Hotspaghetti May 7, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

      Yeah, grow some balls! The guns fights aren’t enough!1 Drop some nukes!

  59. Gary Schor May 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    If President Obama isn’t willing to consider ending marijuana prohibition then it is incumbent upon us to find leaders who will. He’s only got a few years anyway.

  60. Hux Leary McShulgin May 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Being gay used to be illegal too, until gay people stood up for their rights. Drug users need to do the same thing already. NO ONE deserves to lose their freedom for non-violent drug offenses.

    As long as we keep voting for these 2-party corporate shills, we will never see true change. Stop falling for the election season brainwashing and vote your conscience. Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Jill Stein and other 3rd party candidates deserve our consideration.

  61. hamase May 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    I voted for Obama twice, believing him to be the voice of reason. I will be voting for Gary Johnson in 2016.

    • plaguebeast August 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

      if you were really aware of what is going on, and who stands for what, you shouldn’t have voted for him even once. You should have voted for Ron Paul!

  62. Chelle Viceroy May 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    Allow the States to vote if they want it legal for use and sale by voter desision…I dont want to make anyone mad but…if you can free up money to fund the people killing our troops..bombing our america..allowing immigration to anyone that walks over the border,,allow same sex marriage…have a hemmorage about gun rights..for petes sake…free the leaf…we are going to need it…

  63. Mactd1 May 6, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

    He is avoiding the real question… When asked about legalizing pot. He switches to drugs in general.

  64. Weedbay Guy May 6, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    He ran out of failed policies to endorse from the George Bush administration now he’s working back to the failed policies started by Rchard Nixon. when are we going to listen to the Shafer commission and remove the penalties on Marijuana.

  65. Robert May 7, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    It is time all Americans said “no” to the parasites who dare to try to usurp control over our own bodies. Those who support the drug laws are traitors to our founding ideals, and responsible both for violence abroad and for turning the supposed “land of the free” into the world’s leading jailer. They are far more dangerous to our society and its freedoms than all the other terrorists combined.

  66. Philo Van Kempen May 7, 2013 at 12:20 am #

    Can we just vote to have NO government? I can’t wait until they start trying to use current research to defend prohibition of cannabis. I’m so utterly disappointed with our current President, as I’m sure 90% of the people who voted for him are.

  67. Al Longley May 7, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    Wait, the violence in Mexico due to the demand for illegal drugs?
    Legalise cannabis, one less illegal drug to be fought over

    PROBLEMO SOLVÉDO

  68. John KingofthePaupers Turmel May 7, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Jct: Barry “Shroomer” dancing to the tune set by his back-room masters. What a hypocrite. What a shame. What a stain on history.

  69. Robert May 7, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    if we legalize it we will safe money,it take out the cartel root to there money,the will make less to push hard drugs and america can profit from the biggest bought crop next to corn…..thats just a start crime will go down think about it people with logic not just taught believes.

  70. THATCHILDISHGAMBINO May 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    LMAO RAGE MOARRRRR/

  71. Joe May 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    If we can’t have marijuana legal at least be consistent and make alcohol and tobacco illegal as well. Both are more harmful and result in more deaths.

  72. Jordan F May 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    The president makes jokes about how he used to smoke pot while innocent people are in jail for doing just that. Then he turns around and says its not the “answer?”

    Tell me, Obama, What is the answer to a large majority wanting something done? Not doing it? Where’s the logic here?

  73. Michael Gray May 7, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    You keep paying taxes right on time.

    You keep remaining silent except online, in highly influential places like Facebook or Twitter.

    You keep allowing your ignorant, bigoted friends and family members to spew bullsh*t about cannabis and addiction and the gateway effect.

    You refuse to protest or speak out or STOP PLAYING THE GAME BY THE RULES OTHER PEOPLE MADE UP.

    You keep deluding yourself that the next administration won’t be able to turn back the clock with a few hundred raids by a few hundred thousand riot cops and Rush Task Force members armed with a few million bullets who stuff you into all those brand-new prisons the past two Presidents’ campaign contributors have built and invested in, while confiscating your homes and guns and vehicles and bank accounts to pay for their War on Americans.

    You wonder why nothing seems to change…

    You’re a special kind of stupid, aren’t you?

    Baaaaa….

  74. TransformDrugPolicy May 7, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    The headline is misleading – He actually says he doesnt agree with legalising all drugs, not marijuana.

    • madashellron May 7, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

      How do you know doesn’t mean marijuana?

      • TransformDrugPolicy May 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

        He refers to ‘drugs’ ie all drugs – not marijuana specifically or marijuana alone. Many peple are opposed to legalising all drugs but suppot legalising marijuana. Im not claiming to know his views – just highlighting that the statement is more ambiguous than the headline suggests.

        • madashellron May 8, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

          Maybe he is leaving the door open just slightly!

  75. MoonstoneWolf May 7, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    Good for you. Keep up the good fight. They may legalize it for medicinal purposes but who’s to say that then they’ll be petitioning for recreational use. It’s very dangerous and many homes have been destroyed by this plant. I hope I’m long gone from this Earth before this stuff is ever made legal.

  76. Honest Goodman May 7, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    He is a right wing War Hawk in Liberals clothing.

    All politicians are thieving dirt bags, vicious parasites that leech off hard workers and destroy liberty.

    If only the founding fathers realized the government would actually literally announce a waged war against its own citizens, over a simple plant.

    Of course cannabis can have some harmful side effects when used irresponsibly but no one with half a brain would argue it is worse than alcohol and tobacco.

    Even sugar is directly linked to several diseases, and openly advertised towards children

    Government can never give you rights you were born with them.
    The government only takes away liberties, never grants them

    Good luck free people.

    • plaguebeast August 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

      not even the right wing wants war.

  77. johnnycoyo May 7, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    i sincerely regret supporting him in his first run for President …what a useless tool he has become ! He has NO principles that i can detect …he is a real pathetic individual with a nice smile ! we have been been bought and sold …America is finished !

  78. Wayne Walton May 8, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    Psychopath bankers control each political party and are warring on humanity. Our food, water, air and minds are being poisoned. Beautiful Bud helps us to realize this truth and create a vision for a better way. The “war on drugs” is a war on our consciousness. Solution? hourMoneyJubilee monetary reform.

  79. blinky May 8, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    so if we made it legal here, so people can grow it themselves. There wouldn’t be any need to go to a shady dealer. or support mexican cartel? I guess it makes sense. Take away peolple self defense, and force them to supply modern mafioso. Congratulations you gigantic turd on a stick

  80. Storm May 8, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    Maybe next time Gary Johnson will win and this ludicrous bullshit will end.. Obama is worthless

  81. Clairvoyant May 9, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    Mr. President (like you’re actually reading this),

    You need to lead. To wake up and realize the potential gains this country can have by an outright legalization of marijuana.

    1) Tax revenue: Your crazy spending habits and pipe-dream Obamacare will actually have MONEY to support it.

    2) Slash cartel and gang violence: Do gangs and cartels kill people over cigarettes or beer?

    3) Free up law enforcement to fight REAL crime: Making our society safer overall

    Do it. Make the executive order. Change our country, for the better.

    Sincerely,

    Every single American with common sense.

  82. EffOff May 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Why not start with Big Pharma. Or are they not “drugs” because they funded your campaign?

  83. frostyfreeze May 9, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    well, at least he’s “been asked” … =D

  84. Ådne Aschehoug Aadnesen May 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Obama is not a man,but a puppet who looks like a man,and is paid by Guinnes ale.

  85. Donald May 12, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    The FDA, DEA and AMA have been in bed together over this issue for decades now. Google Nixon’s first drug Czar who started this and where this man is today and the huge drug screening money making scheme supported by Obama and very much so from Biden (French connection man). This is in Obama’s statement when he says screening, caught you kids, send to rehab, then more education., AG Holder who was a defense attorney for a huge Pharmaceutical company that produces Oxycontin. So neither Obama, Biden or Holder will re-schedule marijuana which has Never met the criteria for a schedule 1 rating.

  86. Donald May 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

    Rand Paul for next President….I am NO LONGER A DEMOCRAT, and ashamed I ever was. Obama is showing his true Colors. Best President, VP and AG Peter Bensinger of BDA can buy!!!!!!!!!!!!! See now why Obama administration is for keeping this Herb illegal and now promoting drug screening, education and rehab but also Obama wants law Enforcement to get much more money for fighting this 44 year old ill-fated drug war costing us Trillions and thousands of lives.

    Penalties for possession of any drug should never be

    more damaging to the person than the drug itself.

    You can never regulate/control anything that remains illegal!

  87. Franma May 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    With all due respect Mr. President Obama, I Do not agree with you. I am 66 years old, have been smoking pot on and off since the 60’s, have never smoked much (but did have somewhat of a problem with alcohol. It’s really funny now, white rabbit is playing from the Jefferson airplane on tv. Anyway, the Feds want their job, the politicians want to make noise, and law enforcement want numbers. I want relief, I have had cancer, glaucoma, high blood pressure; pills are eating my stomach away and I cannot get help from my government who enjoy playing mommy and daddy with my life. They are finding more and more positives than negatives. I also believe people have become more and more complacent instead of the government being made of of my leaders to represent me, now they only represent me during the time they run for their political future and their perks. This would be a much needed passage of law. C’mon Mr. President, I KNOW you are one of us.

  88. Franma May 15, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Wow, can’t believe this web site totally deleted my message. Freedom of speech? Didn’t like what I said? AM I A 66 year old threat

  89. ziggypop May 31, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    It is not Obama’s decision. It is up to the people of the US to decide.

    He was hired to put forth the people’s agenda, not his. As soon as Americans wake up to the fact that they have abdicated their responsibilities, as citizens, and it is partly their own fault that the country is in the shape it is in, the better life will become for them. Rolling their eyes and throwing their hands in the air in apathy, is what damn near bankrupted America.

  90. Worst president ever May 31, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    As long as Obama is in office the country will continue to fall deeper in debt because his ideas of economy growth are piss poor instead of legalizing marijuana which would obviously help or economy instead of the Mexican economy but yet he rather go fight a drug war that’s hurting our economy and killing innocent people Damn O-debt-ma give us a break.

  91. Amber June 12, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    This country has completely gone down hill and the current President seems to be helping shove it that way. The lack of true freedom in America has led me to want to move to a different country all together. I am not proud to be an American anymore, and I think our founding father’s would be ashamed of the way things are being done here now. No wonder we didn’t make the list on the top 10 happiest countries.

  92. J N June 23, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    ‘Obama said that his administration must focus on an all-encompassing
    strategy to deal with drug users at home, as well as figure out a way to
    reduce demand for drugs.’

    Here an idea… Stop allowing the Pharmaceuticals to run ads that play on TV every day. They did it for cigarettes. Big Pharma pills that cost pennies to produce are then marked-up 1,000% – 2,000% at CVS. There is your real drug user problem (at home)…

    But lets ignore the real drug threat and continue to blame this wonderful, natural herb for all that is wrong. The only dangers that come with marijuana are overreaching, overreacting law enforcement. Period!

  93. T174 June 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Do they not realize that if we legalize it there will be no need for shitty Mexican brick weed in America! We need to legalize to cut off the hand that feeds the cartel.
    The Feds seem to forget we the American people make the rules not them.

  94. Jonathan Hughes June 29, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Obama being for the gay being against a plant does not make any sense.

  95. Michael July 24, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    the biggest con, is thinking, Republicans and Democrats are really that different…same old BS

  96. Brian July 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Hypocrite!!!! Lied to get us to think he was on the voters side. If Romney had a clue (he doesn’t) & stopped with the “gateway drug crap”, he propbably would have been elected.
    There’s a huge pro marijuana vote out there ( especially medical marijuana).Hillary take note. If a canadate comes along that that gets that people’s positions have changed & is moderate in other important issues, that person will be elected. I voted against Romney because he rolled over to Tea Party positions.
    I won’t vote for anyone that lies or is hypocritical on the marijuana issue.
    !3.7 billion spent on marijuana enforcement every year. It’s not going away. The genie is out of the bottle. The majority of Americans get that the gov. has lied about marijuana.

  97. jason_darrow July 27, 2013 at 1:28 am #

    Big Pharma (who controls Obama) and the DEA will likely fight to the death to keep cannabis illegal. The DEA gets what, 15 billion of our tax dollars a year and then they have the right to seize people’s assets. What kind of a joke of a country has Amerika become?

  98. Twoatejuan August 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    My fathers been a drug addict my whole life. Full of false promises and extremely dependent on hydrocodine. My mother has over 15 years clean in a program which I also grew up in. I would say since I was very young I had a very good understanding about addiction. Myself being 22 with a son of my own I work and provide for my son and yes I smoke daily. Living in texas the laws are harsh exspecialy for minorities. I can’t even fathem how much it could benefit my father an are future relationship if he could just smoke and drop the pills. Can’t even understand the fucker anymore.

  99. Margedalina December 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    Need proof its addictive?? They should meet my family, ive got proof HAHA

  100. Pete stockard January 15, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    He may not think this it better to have happy people then angry ones.

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Friday, January 30

● 2014 election cost over $3.8 billion

● Super Bowl brings super seizure

● Georgia’s debtor prisons under fire

● Alabama jurist’s advice is worthless

● FOIA suit pierces PATRIOT Act secrecy

● Puerto Rico cops go on a crime spree

LISTEN: The Day Ahead – January 30, 2015

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Ukrainian peace talks kick off in Minsk and African Union leaders gather to discuss plans to confront Boko Haram.

Senate Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

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However, prospects of the Keystone XL pipeline being approved are grim as the White House has already issued a veto threat, and the Senate does not appear to have the 67 votes necessary to override that veto.

Graham Laying Groundwork For Potential 2016 Run

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“What I’m looking at is, is there a pathway forward on the ground in Iowa and New Hampshire for a guy like me? I don’t know until I look,” Graham reportedly told reporters on Thursday.

FCC Votes To Increase Minimum Broadband Internet Speeds

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According to the FCC, more than half of all rural Americans are currently unable to access the updated speeds set forth today, and hopes that this move will fast track that progress.

LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – January 29, 2015

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A new report challenges the economic, environmental and humanitarian case for biofuels.