President Obama recently doubled-down on his harassment of the 17 states who now make medical marijuana available to adults with medical need. The president seems to think he can rest on his progressive laurels — figuring no liberals will vote for Mitt Romney. That may be true; but a significant number of voters are either going to sit this election out or support the Libertarian party candidate – former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson. Most significantly, the groups that are most opposed to Obama’s drug war include those groups he most needs to motivate and mobilize again (e.g., young people, minorities, and those concerned with civil rights.)
Like many others, I was turned-off by the president’s flippant and condescending attitude he displayed during his recent Rolling Stone interview. He then grew even more sarcastic during the White House Correspondence Dinner and on his appearance on Jimmy Fallon (where he was trying to woo young voters.) The president we thought would be reasonable and fair, has become a “holier-than-thou” hypocrite who even admits to having smoked marijuana regularly while he was young. In fact, the Obama administration has greatly accelerated the drug war way past George Bush – ruining millions of people’s lives and wasting billions of public dollars. You will learn all about that here.
Now he is shifting the blame to congress which is a lazy cop-out. As you will read, Nancy Pelosi and other congressional leaders are urging him to get real and end this stupid war on weed. In this article, you will learn all about the special interest groups that are pulling the president’s strings on this important public policy and public health matter (e.g., lobbyists representing the pharmaceutical industry, alcohol companies, prison guards, police, and private prisons.) You will also learn about some positive initiatives – including how Anonymous is getting involved in this vital issue. Click below to learn the truth!!
Progressives are disappointed with a number of the policies and practices of the Obama administration. However, I and many others are most concerned about the fact that President Obama is backing off his earlier promises to end the unfair, wasteful, and ineffective war against medical marijuana patients. Given our severe budget crisis it is unethical and unwise to keep wasting scarce federal, state and local resources waging war against American citizens. We already imprison more of our own people than any other country – with the vast majority being non-violent “drug offenders.” Opinion polls show that most Americans oppose the war on medical marijuana.
President Obama has just called upon the political establishment in Arab countries to “Lead or get out of the way.” He needs to take his own advice with regards to Medical Marijuana which is legal in a growing number of states (at least until his administration got in the way!!) In this article I have collected the latest news about the growing protest against the Obama administration’s medical marijuana policies and practices. President Obama needs to recognize that this is a large and popular social movement that includes all demographic groups. Medical marijuana advocates and activists have spent over three decades to make the progress we have so far in a third of our states. As a true progressive and community organizer, Barack Obama needs to either get in step with our movement – or get out of the way. In fact, true conservatives and libertarians (like Ron Paul) have opposed the drug war for decades. Click Below for more about the Obama administration’s failures, fumbles, and fallacies in the losing war on weed!!
Most news from Portugal has been negative as their economy sinks faster than other nations. One bright spot is the widely recognized success of their progressive policy on “illegal” drug use and abuse. Portugal is one of the most beautiful and least developed countries in the European Union. One of their chief attractions could become drug tourism and marijuana production – which would significantly bolster their troubled economy (just ask the Netherlands and California.) Clearly, there are lessons for the failed US approach of criminalizing the use of recreational drugs.
By treating the use of hard drugs (heroin, cocaine) as public health problems, Portugal has reduced a number of major social costs (health, crime, and more.) Picture on right shows which drugs are socially acceptable (tight) and which are not. This article provides all the necessary background information needed to help reform the antiquated American drug policies and war practices. Click below to get the facts – share these with your friends and our “leaders.”
The upcoming vote on an innovative California ballot initiative will have profound effects on marijuana policy and availability. This will ultimately spell the end of the failed war on marijuana. Once passed, adults in California will have basically the same rights to use marijuana for recreational use they now have to drink alcohol. Other states will soon follow suit to cash in on the green gold. What happens in California has always been a forerunner of national trends. This is important given that California-grown “medical” marijuana is already available in most parts of the country.
This article provides details on Proposition 19 and discusses the wide range of impacts that will likely arise from its passage. Learn about the broad coalition that supports Prop 19. I also provide an overview of how marijuana has transformed the city of Oakland, California. This includes acknowledgments to Richard Lee (Prop 19 champion and founder of Oaksterdam University); as well as details on the city’s support for “industrial” marijuana production. The demand for high quality marijuana both in California and nationally will keep growing – leading to more public and political support for legalization.
One of the first things FDR did when he became president in 1932 was to end the failed prohibition of alcohol. This single act freed up resources for needed public works programs and added lots of new tax revenue. That also dramatically improved public mood as promised by his 1932 campaign song “Happy Days are Here Again.” Another benefit was the dramatic drop in crime and fewer prisoners. We will see these and other major benefits once the wasteful weed war ends.
President Obama has the same chance to restore a sense of freedom and happiness in our country. One easy thing to do is end the unethical and ineffective war on medical marijuana. This will also improve how the rest of the world views the United States. Read all about what we all can do to persuade and pressure our new president to “Do the Right Thing” for millions of medical patients and recreational users across the country and around the world. The US is the only country standing in the way of global ganjah legalization.
Federal pot prohibition programs will end – at least if Barack Obama becomes our president. As I wrote here on February 3, 2008 – Obama Should be willing to legalize marijuana. I recently received a response from the Obama campaign that basically supports my early prediction. Start asking him questions in public. After that I present some shocking revelations about the extent to which Old McCain is beholden to the booze industry (particularly BUSH beer). Finally, is analysis of the recent House Bill that would make even recreational use no longer a crime.