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Say what, Obama?

Say what, Obama?

Remember how Obama made some comments about marijuana over the weekend? Yeah, about that. When important elected officials make statements about controversial issues, there tends to be a flood of voices in response.

(In case you don’t remember, over the weekend Obama declared his support for the legalization of the drug, but shared it with the following discretionary statement: “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, who has been talking back?

1. Anti-drug groups.

The Drug-Free America Foundation (among many other anti-drug groups) wasn’t a big fan of Obama’s views:

“His laissez-faire attitude about legalization has drug policy and prevention experts scratching their heads in confusion as to why the President will not give clear guidance on this important issue…President Obama is surrounded by a myriad of experts who have voiced serious concerns about the harms of marijuana and rejected legalization, so either he is seriously ill-informed about the issue or is completely ignoring warnings from his highly-esteemed advisers.


In their report on Obama’s statements, NORML noted the following:

“Perhaps President Obama will continue to evolve and find himself on the right side of history when it comes to marijuana legalization. It would take just one simple Executive Order to deschedule marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and help institute some real lasting change in our nation’s failed war on cannabis. At a minimum, these statements show just how far we have come from the ‘Just Say No’ era of American politics.”

Is deschedule a word? Who cares.

3. All of the media. It’s blowing their minds.

No, like they really don’t seem to know what to do with it – maybe because the statements seem incredibly contradictory to federal policy…and even to themselves. It seems that everyone publishes different facts about the drug, but CNN is trying to sift through to the truth. Thank you, CNN.

Their article covers everything from addiction to weight gain, comparing and contrasting the effects of alcohol and marijuana. Check it out here.


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