It is time for Obama to put his money where his mouth is. Obama has often publicly claimed to care about the principles like democracy, minority voting rights, and D.C. Statehood; but has failed to fight for them when it matters. Now he faces a clear and simple test to prove if his word means anything. If he actually believes in the importance of voting rights and the “principle of District home rule,” he should use his power to to make it happen.
|By: Jon Walker Friday December 12, 2014 1:00 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 17, 2014 1:47 pm|
Even though Attorney General Eric Holder has both the power and duty to reschedule any drug based on the latest science, he continues to to claim rescheduling marijuana should be left to Congress.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday January 21, 2014 1:21 pm|
In a far-reaching interview in the New Yorker President Obama expressed real concern about the racial disparity in marijuana arrests as well as the long sentences. He also said that it is “important” for the legalization experiments in Washington State and Colorado to go forward.
The shift in rhetoric is welcome but actions are what matter. If Obama is serious, Congress and the Constitution have vested the Presidency with far reaching powers to advance these issues.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday September 12, 2013 11:07 am|
New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie is not what you would call an ally of the marijuana reform movement. He slow rolled the implementation of the state’s medical marijuana law. He pushed to make it far more restrictive than necessary. He even conditionally vetoed a bill to help serious ill children get access to medical marijuana because he wanted the legislature to add tougher regulations. Despite all this, Christie’s official position on this issue is still better than President Obama’s.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday August 8, 2013 6:07 pm|
A young child who suffered from constant seizures was dramatically helped when her desperate parents, Matt and Paige Figi, turned to to medical marijuana. The child suffered from hundreds of seizures a week before trying medical marijuana.
|By: Jon Walker Friday December 14, 2012 7:47 am|
When it comes to how he has handled the federal/state conflict regarding medical marijuana and he will handle now that two states have adopted full legalization, President Obama has a habit of lying to try to shift responsibility on to Congress. Once again, in an interview with Barbara Walters that will air this evening, Obama heavily implied that he would need Congress to change marijuana’s legal status.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 2, 2012 6:30 pm|
I often read reporters promoting the myth of powerless top government officials, such as the false claim that it takes 60 votes in the Senate to pass anything. Or it’s the insistence that the President wants to do something, but can’t, because he is powerless on his own. This myth of the toothless President is perfectly exemplified by this article about drug policy, where a President actually has broad discretion to act.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 16, 2012 3:30 pm|
An incredible three-fourths of American voters want President Obama to stop using federal resources to crack down on state medical marijuana programs, according to a new Mason-Dixon poll sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday April 25, 2012 12:15 pm|
Apparently unable to find a legitimate or honest defense for his administration’s behavior regarding medical marijuana, President Obama instead resorted to a lie to Rolling Stone about what the law actually says. He claimed he could not change the legality of medical marijuana, but petitions from Governors have told him he can change marijuana’s status under current law.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday January 3, 2012 3:30 pm|
It is often asserted, sometimes in reference to Ron Paul’s views on drug laws, that a President is powerless to end elements of the “war on drugs” without Congressional assent, but our drug laws give the President significant powers to reclassify drugs to change their legality.