Obama 'Open For Questions' About The Economy — Ask Him To Support Taxing And Regulating Marijuana

WhiteHouse.gov is once again asking the public to pose questions directly to President Obama via its ‘Open For Questions‘ service. The topic of this week’s forum is the national economy, and not surprisingly, many of you have already put forward questions to the President regarding the taxation and regulation of cannabis.
For example, the most popular question in the category “Budget” is: With over 1 out of 30 Americans controlled by the penal system, why not legalize, control, and tax marijuana to change the failed war on drugs into a money making, money saving boost to the economy?”
Similarly, under the topic “Financial Stability,” most asked question is: Would you support the bill currently going through the California legislature to legalize and tax marijuana, boosting the economy and reducing drug cartel related violence?”
Marijuana-related questions also top the “Green Jobs and Energy” category, and are among the top vote-getters on the site overall.
According to website, President Obama will “answer some of the most popular submissions live at WhiteHouse.gov” on Thursday morning. That means that we only have a few more hours left to contact the White House.
Please take a moment right now to log on the WhiteHouse.gov/OpenForQuestions and vote for the questions above, as well as others pertaining to the need to regulate cannabis. Let the President know that millions of American voters believe that the time has come to tax and regulate marijuana. Help us send The White House a message our elected leaders can’t ignore.

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  1. He joked about it and felt that the poulation of internent users were suspect? We need to show up at the steeps of the White House, or put it on paper and create a “chain letter” from person to person to create a list. Or,use my web site that i will donate to put your picture on to create a mass post of real people looking at him with a soild presentation. One question or statement with detail. The web site is only sitting there emty called LetsSeeAa@godaddy.com? Let the man see us!
    peace, Hersh

  2. I was terribly disheartened at his response, so I wrote him this email:
    Dear Mr President,
    An extraordinary amount of the people who gave you as much as their time as possible to bolster you into the white house are personally affected by marijuana prohibition.You have, no doubt, disheartened many of those people today with comments you made during the online town hall, regarding the large number of questions related to marijuana prohibition:
    “I don’t know what this says about the online audience.”
    Given the current climate surrounding this issue, this isn’t a tasteful joke. An extraordinary number of your constituents want marijuana prohibition lifted. Sadly, however, we are perceived simply as stoners (a fire that is fueled by plenty who argue from bias rather than logic), when our reasons are quite based in logic and the reality of our lives and the current state of our nation. You can see how it’s frustrating? You let everyone in the country watching know that you think we are a bunch of pot heads spamming your website.
    The least you could have done, is give as detailed of a response to the prohibition concerns as you did to other questions. We deserve your respect!
    Certainly, there are a lot of issues to be dealt with in our country, and obviously marijuana prohibition is not at the top of your list.
    However, how can you ignore the impact that marijuana prohibition has on our economy, our criminal system, our neighbors in Mexico, and the lives of millions of American’s who, in the best case, use marijuana as an exceedingly healthier alternative than alcohol and cigarettes, and in the worst case, need marijuana to relieve them of horrible pain.
    You have made it clear (and this is why we love you), that you believe that things will only get better if we make real change from the bottom up, throwing out ideals that are not leading us into a brighter future, and, most importantly, throwing out ideals that aren’t based in rational thinking.
    As your constituents, we deserve an honest and candid response as to why you have chosen to avoid this issue.
    Sincerely,
    Disheartened

  3. Obama laughed at the idea of legalizing marijuana saying he doesn’t know what kind of people are on the internet and then simply stated no, he is not in favor of legalization. And denied us any reason as to why. He only wanted to push his agenda once again focusing on the topics that concern his outrageous budget.

  4. I am extremely dissatisfied with the token remarks Obama made this morning, as well as the media’s opinion that special interest groups “hijacked” the questions. Come on now, there are as many anti pot/drug special interests out there as there are supporters, why can’t they see that they had as much opportunity to vote as we did? Was that just another excuse not to answer some of the most important and popular questions in the whole poll? Chime in if I am sounding dumb or something, but it sure makes no sense to me.

  5. Well, that was a waste of time. Obama was very dismissive towards the idea. I’m really let down.

  6. Also notice how for the first time ever the Government is not outright dismissing Legalization (only because they want the tax revenue) and people on this site are ALREADY bitching about the Taxes.
    Let’s say they did legalize marijuana. And Mr. X. grows his own pot in his back yard. Groovy huh !
    Then one day two 14 yr olds down the street jump the fence and try to pinch a little for themselves. AND MR. X SHOOTS THEM BOTH DEAD. Now honestly what would happen next.

  7. I just knew they would avoid the questions, I’m not surprised they did. I hope people don’t lose faith in this new Q&A thing and stop going there and asking about this. Maybe next time?

  8. Can you believe he just laughed us off and shut us down like that? Whatever happened to the Obama who once said, “I inhaled frequently. That was the point!”?
    I don’t get it, Bush was allowed to aggressively push his republican agenda on us with banning stem cells, and the patriot act, but Obama can’t even represent his own party at all?? WAKE UP OBAMA. WE ARE MILLIONS. YOU CAN’T LAUGH US OFF.

  9. Ok I dont know if anyone has seen the latest news, but the government is still against it. So this issue will never get solved.

  10. well, its 2:30 … did he say anything about it? missed the live showing. can’t find updates.
    can somebody post a link to the video?

  11. Marijuana was the top subject of 3 seperate categories, and that asshat sat up there and made a passing joke about what “stoners” we all are. All 80 million of us, what a funny laughing joke. Didn’t take the question seriously, referred to it as “ranked near the top,” when it was infact the top 4 voted on questions involved marijuana. This whole thing was a sham. They wouldn’t recognize even the most voted on questions from each category. What good was the point of us voting if you weren’t going to take it into account? Politicians are obviously disconnected with their constituents on this one.

  12. He gave about 3 seconds to say no to our 1400+ votes/questions… What a let down- Fox news just covered the growing violence in Mexico and how the US is preparing for the worst in terms of total loss of government there to drug cartels. Will he ignore us when we have thousands of refugees crossing our borders? Will he continue to ignore the obvious- that this war is a product of our own doing. It’s time to take the power back. Enjoy you’re one term Obama. Your fucking out.

  13. Yeah. So anyways, he pretty much bashed legalization. Whatever. Help us California and Massachusetts! Blaze the trail!

  14. #86 SoloPocono Says:
    March 26th, 2009 at 6:46 am
    FOLKS!!! John Q is RIGHT in an important respect!! CNN commented about 30 minutes ago that these forums “MUST” be “Fixed” somehow because “Marijuana has taken over every one of the topics”!! YES we need the votes and questions NEED to be asked, but we may well be wearing down our welcome at whitehouse.gov!! PLEASE just be reasonable!!
    RE:
    SoloPocono,
    I agree.
    – – The polling would’ve carried much greater VALIDITY
    IF the cannabis-specific questions asked and voted upon had been posted DIRECTLY-RELEVENT to each category,
    (i.e. “Expenses of the War on (some) Drugs” posted in the BUDGET category, not in EVERY category);
    Industrial Hemp ONLY posted, voted upon in categories SPECIFIC to it;
    The WORDING of Cannabis-Law reform, regulation, taxation questions FINE-TUNED to each category they’re posted to.
    (Instead of flooding EVERY category with the same, exact questions as the others!) .
    🙁 🙄 🙁

  15. In response to all those worried about us having asked “too many marijuana questions,” are you afraid that if we bug the government too much, it’ll run away and hide again?
    Possibly, but are you really ashamed of trying? We didn’t break any rules, and the topics matched the questions. Marijuana IS a budget topic. marijuana IS a green work topic. Marijuana is a financial stability topic.

  16. I was insulted by the laughter.
    I thought he was smarter than that.
    We will have to march now, we have no choice.
    Start writing the letters, I just did. Lets see if they laugh when we march to their doors.

  17. Was just watching MSNBC and they recapping Obama’s response to these ‘legalization for the economy’ questions….and all I have to say is FUCK YOU OBAMA. He proposed the question in the most joking way, even laughing to encourage the press audience in their chuckles.
    He went on to comment ‘I wonder what that says about our online audience’….Ill tell you what this fucking means about our audience! When we finally get the chance to interact directly with your cabinet through a public poll (not through politicians with their tails between their legs, scared to even mention marijuana and legalization together for fear of losing their jobs) – we tell you whats on our mind! I don’t know what this is going to take anymore!
    We thought we had a president that was rational, and even smoked pot, and hoped he would consider the factors of violent drug cartels, the billions spent on useless incarceration, and the millions of lives ruined with a simple ‘misdemeanor possession’ charge…OUR PRESIDENT SAYS HES PARTIAL TO UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY, quoting Lincoln time and time again, BUT FORGETS AN IMPORTANT FACET THAT INFLUENCED OUR NATION TO THIS DAY – Prohibition reform.
    I am just about to give up on Obama, I really am. He doesn’t need a committee to show him the facts…type in NORML.org into a fucking web browser and the facts are overwhelming….

  18. After watching the Presidents response to our question of legalization I must say that I was disappointed in the lack of respect the question received. But on a positive note he did acknowledge the popularity of the question. As a politician he can not take an online pole as a main source for legislative action. The open for question site has no checks and balances in place to ashore that the posted questions or votes are actually coming from registered voters. What we need to do is stay on top of our local officials. Politicians care about money and votes, if you cant bring them money then you need to show them that you have the votes to keep them in office. Call you representatives.

  19. He laughed off the marijuana questions, even though they topped every list. What an open-minded individual!

  20. Remember the story from the Henry Fonda film “My Name is Nobody”. There was a little chick in the barnyard, a Cow seeing a wolf comming dropped a pie and the chick. Still the wolf pulled the chick from the pie and ate the chick. LESSON: Everyone who dumps on you (John Q.) is not your enemy. Everyone ( Deputy Greg Willims) who pulls you out is not your friend. DON’T MAIL ANYTHING YOU WOULD NOT ALSO MAIL TO YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF. We have a secret ballot (the true way to reform) in this country. It would be very easy to engineer marijauna reform if we would only do it.
    CONGRESS MAKES THE LAW NOT THE PRESIDENT.
    By the way the police also encourage you to use their ANONOMOUS TIP LINE to turn in your neighbors and former girlfriend for drugs. If it’s good enough for them it’s good enough for me.

  21. Obama said one of the most popular questions posed was whether legalization of marijuana could contribute to economic growth. “I don’t know what this says about the online audience,” the president joked, before turning serious and saying it would not be a good idea.

  22. oh so CNN can report on how they need to “fix” it? So why can’t CNN report on the issue itself instead of reporting on how we need to stop asking the question? Why can’t they report on how a huge thing on everyones mind is being blown off and ignored? How bout that? Just like the media! The questions are all relavent to the categories to which they are posted under from what I’ve seen. If they want to “fix” it then ANSWER THE FUCKING QUESTION!!!

  23. Well, Obama has officially laughed off our questions… all of them. I would cry if I didn’t think there were other political issues at stake here. If the man keeps pressing for good quality education our cause should get there eventually. Keep up the pressure.

  24. Again I wish my man could have been President. Ron Paul has no problem with this discussion. Everyone always says that you are throwing your vote away voting for a third party, I say you all throw yours away when voting for the Republicans or Democrats. The Republicans and Democrats want the same thing, just in a different form. They have been in bed together since I have been alive. If you are not registered to vote, please go register now. Lets be ready in 2 years when it is time to look at the candidates running in various Senate and House races. Ask them and do not vote unless they are for at least having a discussion openly about it.

  25. We should demand he be jailed on drug charges, he has confessed to cocaine and cannabis use!

  26. Wow, I can’t believe he blew us off again. I don’t care if we wear out our welcome, or annoy him, or everyone else in Congress. This is a democracy, not something to be laughed at.
    Although, something in my mind tells me that Obama agrees with us, and just is too afraid or embarrassed to confront all those “professionals” in suits and ties. It’s simply a stigma issue he wants to avoid, I think, in the back of his mind he agrees with us.

  27. Maybe if we all vote for Ron Paul, we can get him to run on the Republican ticket? That way we could have him running against a libertarian. Ron Paul isn’t afraid to confront this issue, and I think if Obama ran against Ron Paul, he wouldn’t be embarrassed about it either. Obama versus Ron Paul in a debate could be a pretty interesting dynamic, especially since it would force Obama to confront this issue, knowing what happened when he opened up for questions.
    I still don’t dislike Obama, and think he agrees with us on this issue. I just feel like he’s caving in too much from the pressure at Washington to be “tough on drugs”.

  28. legalization would never be the purest approach anyway. seriously, who didn’t see this coming?
    anyway, there’s bigger things to worry about. like the inevitable impending tinfoil-hat nwo imf american union clusterfuck.
    save your seeds and stay vigilant, ppl 😉

  29. How can we take the whitehouse forum seriously when our concerns are met with ridicule? The moment has come; how shall we move? Are we organized enough? Do we take it to the streets? Retreat is not an option!

  30. Well he can laugh all he wants.What an idiot! Glad I didn’t vote after all. Some “change”! Hopefully California will legalize it and start a chain reaction once everyone sees what a good idea it is. Then when it starts being legalalized in more states then what? What will they do then? Arrest us all? They’d have to give it up eventually.Then we will have the last laugh. That would be nice. Of course this might take some time, and this is only if california isn’t too chicken shit to stand up and do it…Soooo now we wait.

  31. WHAT WE NEED NOW IS TO START RALLYS IN ARE HOME TOWNS CALLING FOR CHANGE THE LOCAL GOV WILL TAKE NOTICE AND IF THEY DON’T WE SHOULD VOTE THE OLD NARROW MINDED OUT AND PUT IN THE NEW POSTIVE MINDED IN.REMEMBER THEY HAVE THE GUNS BUT WE HAVE THE NUMBERS

  32. Everyone needs to come in off the ledge. Obama’s trying to pass a budget with the biggest reforms this country’s seen in seventy years, he can’t pick this fight yet. He’s already shown he’s open to reform, but it would be HUGE news in the media if he openly discussed outright legalization. Health care? buried. Education? buried. Energy? buried.
    He does take this seriously. But he’s going to leave this up to the states for now, which is the right thing to do. I was disappointed at first too, but I didn’t take it personal like so many of you seem to have. By the end of his second term I’m confident the prohibition against marijuana will be over. Keep writing your elected officials and enjoy the ride until then.

  33. He can’t risk it for his re-election. Keep up the pressure everywhere. States are going to have to open it up first I think. I’m moving to Cali. Once the feds see all the tax money they are missing out of then we will see. Feds are another gang, and money is $. Push your states hard we need get as many legal as we can, which will put pressure on other states bordering them to get in line.

  34. If we had as many people get behind a pro-cannabis candidate for the presidency, then I think we might have a chance at getting our way. Ron Paul?

  35. Thinking way out of the box here – perhaps we can take some comfort in the way Obama said no. He did so very narrowly, by saying he didn’t think it would solve our economic problems. And that was it.
    People must note Obama has a steely resolve to follow his specific plan to a new America. It’s hard to believe marijuana reform is not part of the plan because this monstrous fraud of prohibition is holding the country back in so many ways.
    But, I think it’s possible Obama has this reform scheduled for year two or year three, when he has demonstrated success in areas he considers more critical. Then he will have much more political capital to be able to effect it – or let it be effected – without powerful opposition.
    Call me a cock-eyed optimist, but I still hold much hope Obama wants to be a great president. No such office holder can be considered great if they do not attempt to bring down the prohibition beast that spawns so much corruption, violence, destruction of Americans’ potential and respect for its institutions.
    If this is Obama’s plan, he cannot tip his hand now. This could explain why, when he is pressed for an answer, he just says “no” in the briefest way possible.
    If this is true, what we should be working on is a way to give voice to the 30 million Americans, their friends and family, and those who believe in justice and freedom.
    How about a semi-anonymous petitition – where the names are confidential, but any one of them can be verified with the promise that absolutely no reprisal – through law enforcement or through loss of employment – would happen to any person subjected to scrutiny and verification.
    Just an idea. There must be SOME way to unite and wield the power of the people.

  36. OBAMA! IF YOU AND YOURS ARE READING ANY OF THESE COMMENTS OR INFORMATION ON THE NORML WEBSITE THEN LISTEN UP.
    I’m calling you on your word during your campaign trail and your ceremony speech. WE THE PEOPLE. CHANGE. I believe you said you could not do this with out us. Well here we are. Now lets CHANGE! The writing is on the wall. Don’t wash it away this time.

  37. Obama is nothing more than another corporate shill dressed up to look like everyone else. He’s indebted to his corporate masters. Why in the world would he let abondon the pharmacutical companies in favor of a majority of people who hold no power?
    He’s a goddamn lackey. I believe by the end of his presidency he will be as hated as bush43 was.

  38. No more money from the internet crowd for Obama, or any of his cronies, BANKSTERS, WALL STREET,THE USUAL SUSPECTS. IF WE ALL STICK TOGETHER AND WITHOLD DONATIONS AND REFUSE TO HELP HIM PUSH HIS AGENDA, WE CAN PUT THIS ISSUE FRONT AND CENTER. HOPE AND CHANGE OBAMA STYLE, HOPE THEY DONT THINK I AM GOING TO KEEP MY PROMISES, CUZ IT’S ALL GOING TO CHANGE WHEN I GET IN OFFICE, TYPICAL WASHINGTON INSIDER. MAYBE SOMEONE NEEDS TO DRESS UP LIKE A BIG JOINT AND ATTEND ALL HIS RALLY’S IT DID WONDERS FOR THE TOBACCO FIGHTERS.

  39. I don’t smoke it but I think policing it costs too much. I would rather that money go towards veteran’s programs, or anything but incarcerating some pot head who was smoking in his own home reading my NORML posts.

  40. The Goverment NEVER Gives Up Power (laws)
    We The People give Up Freedom For Protection!
    Untill we need protection from our protectors!!!
    We need to stop them now!!!!! If their is still time????
    Vote ALL the BUMS out!!! NOW!!!!
    TY mp

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