Obama Explains: Recreational Pot Use Not High On His 'To Do List'

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“It would not make sense for us to see marijuana as a top priority… as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal,”

 

President Obama’s tired old mantra is back again. Remember back in 2008 when he said that medical marijuana was not a “top priority” of his administration… only to come and do more damage to the mmj community in four years, than Bush did in eight. Well its back – and this time it’s the recreational pot smokers in Washington and Colorado that are being offered the same vague assurances that left the medical marijuana states in shambles.

In a recent interview with ABC News’ Barbara Walters – President Obama notes of weed smokers in Washington and Colorado “We’ve got bigger fish to fry.”

“It would not make sense for us to see marijuana as a top priority… as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal,” The Prez. gave Bab’s  pretty much the same verbiage used to sooth the mmj world, just before he unleashed  Gil Kowalski and his DOJ goon squad on same medicinal marijuana states that helped to elect him.

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Bab’s exclusive shot at the president, is Obama’s first post-election interview since his public trouncing of Mitt Romney back in Nov…(tonight on “20/20” at 10 p.m. ) Obama troughs down some presidential logic on the highly controversial weed topic. Now that Colorado and Washington voters’ have fired up recreational marijuana use with their approval of two Nov. 7 ballot measures, which have since legalized the recreational use and sale of weed, despite the current federal prohibition.

Weed, Pot, Marijuana, Cannabis… whatever you want to call it, is still classified within the CSA (Controlled Substances Act) as a Schedule I narcotic. And do to that classification, the cultivation of weed, distribution of pot, possession and use of marijuana are all still considered illegal acts. For some perverse reason, marijuana is still shoved into its ill-fitted category, lumped in with the likes of heroin, LSD and Ecstasy. Deemed to destructive for society, with a high potential for abuse, which as most know – is laughable.

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Obama goes into some detail with Bab’s, explaining that – “at this point” – he’s not in support of the general legalization of pot. Rather, the president cited the shifting public attitude, in conjunction with the limited resources at the feds disposal as his rational to find common ground between a simple pot offense and punishment.

“This is a tough problem, because Congress has not yet changed the law,” noted Obama. “I head up the executive branch; we’re supposed to be carrying out laws. And so what we’re going to need to have is a conversation about, how do you reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and stat laws that say that it’s legal?”

Obama stated that he has requested U.S. AG Eric Holder and the DOJ to scrutinize the current legal conundrum. Searching for a resolution in the growing conflict between state law vs. federal law – and seeking to end the confusion, giving clarity to what recreational marijuana smokers can expect from his administration.

“There are a number of issues that have to be considered, among them the impact that drug usage has on young people, [and]we have treaty obligations with nations outside the United States,” Holder noted, when asked about the current review of both the CO and WA laws… Source

  

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  • ScrogBetty

    Looks like Steve DeAngelo is hoping for the same kind of understanding… I’m not so sure he’ll receive it though.

    Statement of Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director of Harborside Health Center, in response to comments about state cannabis laws made by President Obama to ABC News.

    “I welcome President Obama’s comments about the Colorado and Washington initiatives in his interview with Barbara Walters tonight. However, at the same time President Obama has publicly recognized the will of voters in adult use states, his Justice Department is doing all it can to close licensed, regulated and state compliant medical cannabis dispensaries like Harborside Health Center. In the past year, US Attorneys have forced the closure of over 600 medical cannabis dispensaries in California, and over 1000 nationwide. Harborside Health Center, the most reputable and legally compliant dispensary in California, will be in court December 20, to defend ourselves against federal efforts to close our doors forever. These actions are not consistent with the President’s most recent–or past–statements about federal enforcement priorities in states which have reformed cannabis laws. In light of the President’s comments, the Department of Justice should immediately freeze all pending enforcement actions against state-legal medical cannabis providers, and review them to make sure that state legal cannabis users and providers have not been targeted. Harborside is ready to sit down with federal officials and reach a mediated solution to the outstanding legal actions, and we ask them to do so at the earliest possible time. We have already invited US Attorney Melinda Haag to visit Harborside for an in-depth tour, so she can see for herself what Oakland’s elected and law enforcement officials already know: Harborside has developed and implemented the gold standard for safe, responsible, and legally compliant distribution of cannabis. The federal government should study Harborside, not close us down.”

  • http://777denny.wordpress.com/ 777denny

    Call your Representative and ask them to CHANGE the law in a vote in Congress addressing this issue. They already have a bill, if I am not mistaken, that has co-sponsors that would take care of this issue.

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