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A Weekend for Weed

A Weekend for Weed

It’s official – this year, we’ll see the Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks at the Super Bowl, earning it the affectionate title of “Weed Bowl.” You could say, though, that Colorado has already beaten Washington at that, with their recreational marijuana retailers already up and running.

The “Weed Bowl” concept had the potential to be even more. Had NORML won the Intuit “Small Business, Big Game” contest that promised the winner a coveted Super Bowl commercial spot, we would be seeing a pro-legalization commercial during the Big Game. Unfortunately although they made it through the few two rounds, Intuit cut them before the third “for reasons not communicated.”

More big news for legalization over the weekend – in an interview with the New Yorker, President Barack Obama made some interesting statements regarding his views.

On Colorado and Washington, Obama said that “it’s important for [legalization efforts] to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.”

His reasoning: “Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do … And African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties.”

On a more personal note, he shared, “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol…it’s not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.”

So, Obama’s views on marijuana use are vague and politically correct, but he’s open to moving forward on legalization.

It’s been an exciting weekend for marijuana advocates…who knows what could be next?

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