6 Things Obama Could Do to Help the Pot Legalization Experiment

By: 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.


Gov. Christie Is Officially Better Than President Obama on Medical Marijuana

By: 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.

Obama Officially Considers This Caring Mother a Dangerous Criminal

By: 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.

Obama Doesn’t Need Congress to Change Federal Law Regarding Marijuana

By: 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.

The Myth of the Toothless President

By: 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.

Americans Overwhelmingly Want Obama To End Crackdown on Medical Marijuana

By: 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.

Obama Lies About Federal Marijuana Law to Rolling Stone

By: 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.

A President Alone Can End the Federal Drug War

By: 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.

VT Gov. Shumlin to Join Petition to Reschedule Marijuana

By: Thursday December 1, 2011 4:02 pm

A spokesman for Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D) told the AP that he will join the recent petition filed by other governors to the federal government requesting marijuana be rescheduled. Yesterday, Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire (D) and Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (I) jointly filed the petition to the Drug Enforcement Agency asking that marijuana be moved from schedule I to at least schedule II.

Obama Doesn’t Need to Wait on Medical Marijuana

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 2:40 pm

As part of his “we can’t wait” initiative, President Obama is announcing a series of actions the executive can take without Congressional approval to help deal with the nation’s economic problems. The concept, however, would also apply to legalizing medical marijuana. All it takes is executive action to reclassify marijuana as a drug that can be legally prescribed and used.

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