"Ask Obama" Top 100 Questions About Ending Drug War, Legalizing Marijuana

Dear President Obama,
Once again you have asked us about changing American policy and the direction this country should take.  Your “Ask Obama” forum sponsored by YouTube promises to take questions from the American people on the issues they find most important in terms of national policy.
When you did this in 2010 you heard from us loud and clear about marijuana law reform.  We asked about re-scheduling cannabis to allow medical marijuana to flourish, decriminalizing marijuana to end thousands of arrests, legalizing pot to raise tax revenue, ending prohibition to cripple Mexican drug traffickers, regulating cannabis to keep it out of kids’ hands, reforming drug laws to re-prioritize police resources, embracing industrial hemp as a truly green energy source, and using science, not politics, to dictate our drug policy.
And you flat-out ignored us, despite those questions dominating in both quantity and popularity.
When you did this in 2009 you got the same response from the public.  That time you didn’t ignore us; you just laughed at us (see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLFmGu57jLI).
We know you’re a busy man and there are many pressing issues facing this country.  So we took the time to review the Top 100 questions on the “Ask Obama” site just now and condense each one into a few words so you could get an idea what the country is voting on.
Understand that this is not the list that appears when one clicks on the site.  This list is compiled by choosing “All Questions” and then choosing “Sorted by popularity”.  When one first visits the site, one of seven random topics including Jobs & EconomyForeign Policy & National SecurityHealth CareEducation, Immigration, Energy and Environment, and Other, is presented in “Sorted by what’s hot” order, so it isn’t as if a certain topic becomes popular and then gets more popular because more random visitors are exposed to it.
So here they are, out of 97,344 people who have submitted 77,551 questions and cast 826,973 votes, these are the Top 100 Questions (as of Tuesday, 10pm Pacific).  I’ve taken the liberty of color-coding questions about the Drug War in white, questions about you ignoring our questions about the Drug War in yellow, and questions that are not about the Drug War in red.
Wait, make that the Top 101 Questions, so I can have at least one red question… Click the graphic above to read the full-sized version… or continue reading for all the questions…

The Complete Top 100 Questions (click for full size graphic)
Questions #1-#50 (click for full size graphic)
Questions #51-#101 (click for full size graphic)

106 thoughts

  1. A government that ignores it citizens is a government that doesnt care for its citizens.
    Its time to abolish this government and institiute one that will listen to the people.

  2. President Obama won Colorado by less than 200,000 votes. We have 100,000 registered patients and 500,000 annual recreational users. How many of us can he afford to alienate?

  3. “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”
    – Thomas Jefferson

  4. “The Reformation.”
    Genesists are a body of mass distinction.
    As a body of mass distinction, Genesists declare a clear sense of why we must move forward to abolish the prohibition of our Holy Sacrament. “A clear reason why [is] the clear and present danger of the loss of our freedom and its liberties.” We declare that the religious liberty guaranteed us in the Constitution, as an unalienable right, endowed by our creator, supersedes all other authentic reasons for the abolishment of our Sacrament’s prohibition.
    Genesists are well defined and unmistakable.
    From sea to shining sea, each and every county, in each and every sovereign state, of these United States of America, is a “Genesist colony [3141 colonies],” and bears the name of that county. Our colonies are abundantly immanent with our brethren [those who believe in God and God’s Sacrament]. This includes our brethren throughout the world. The Genesist Faith transcends all boundaries. We are children of God’s world, and not so minute in the vast flow of life. It’s a small world after all, and Friends find each other.
    The Genesist Prayer.
    Lord, we assemble to supplicate in our Faith, and appeal to you, the supreme judge of the world, for the rectitude of our intentions, collective consciousness, and determined unity. We, in the name, will, and authority of the good and free people of the Genesist Faith, solemnly publish and declare, that our United Genesist Colonies are, and of right, ought to be recalcitrant to government’s discriminate acts against our Faith, Holy Sacrament, and our Constitution. We pray – show us the way. Take us to the top of the mountain and shine your light on us. Take us to the river and wash our souls clean. Support the rock upon which we stand at your altar. Give us strength to carry on – amen.
    It is the Genesist’s objective, intent and purpose for brethren throughout the world to find each other and stand as one continually, acting formidably, as one unified religious family, to protect the rights of us all, as individuals, and to act against aggression directed at our Constitutional, God given, unalienable religious right of Holy Sacrament. Our strength is in the unity of our purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.
    The Genesist Faith does not attempt to convince anyone to believe in God, honor our Holy Sacrament, or proselytize them from their chosen religion, denomination, or ism. If however, any individual does, by their own admission and volition, believe in God, and God’s gift of Holy Sacrament, the Genesist Faith offers that individual an affirmative religious use defense which becomes increasingly more defendable by it’s congregation’s aggregate of believers [brethren] – standing as one continually.

  5. There isn’t a chance in Hell that Obama will actually address this issue, except to dismiss or blow it off as he has done in the past.
    What he seemingly fails to realize is that the government’s war on cannabis prevents a large number of our citizens from trusting, believing or respecting their government.

  6. Replying to Sethopolis 22-
    Legalizing marijuana isn’t really a turn-off to conservative Christians (like me). Conservative Christians know that Jesus said to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I know I wouldn’t want my child sent to prison or my parents to have their house sold by the police if they used a little marijuana. It’s the people who WANT to put kids in prison and WANT to steal people’s houses that are pushing to keep marijuana illegal. It’s the people who make money by keeping mj illegal that push to keep it that way, not the conservative Christians that I know.

  7. well we all have a question for obama but now i have a quesion for Norml, say obama did make marijuana legal for people to buy and it became taxed and regulated like alcohol and cigarettes what would happen to norml i realise we would have wont but what about this i love comign to this site

  8. Question: Mr. President, Is this yours? Your Attorney General, Drug Czar, and new appointment to the DEA must have been asleep when you ordered it.
    Office of the Press Secretary
    For Immediate Release March 9, 2009
    SUBJECT: Scientific Integrity.
    Science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of my Administration on a wide range of issues, including improvement of public health, protection of the environment, increased efficiency in the use of energy and other resources, mitigation of the threat of climate change, and protection of national security.
    The public must be able to trust the science and scientific process informing public policy decisions. Political officials should not suppress or alter scientific or technological findings and conclusions. If scientific and technological information is developed and used by the Federal Government, it should ordinarily be made available to the public. To the extent permitted by law, there should be transparency in the preparation, identification, and use of scientific and technological information in policy making. The selection of scientists and technology professionals for positions in the executive branch should be based on their scientific and technological knowledge, credentials, experience, and integrity.
    By this memorandum, I assign to the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (Director) the responsibility for ensuring the highest level of integrity in all aspects of the executive branch’s involvement with scientific and technological processes. The Director shall confer, as appropriate, with the heads of executive departments and agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget and offices and agencies within the Executive Office of the President (collectively, the “agencies”), and recommend a plan to achieve that goal throughout the executive branch.
    Specifically, I direct the following:
    1. Within 120 days from the date of this memorandum, the Director shall develop recommendations for Presidential action designed to guarantee scientific integrity throughout the executive branch, based on the following principles:
    (a) The selection and retention of candidates for science and technology positions in the executive branch should be based on the candidate’s knowledge, credentials, experience, and integrity;
    (b) Each agency should have appropriate rules and procedures to ensure the integrity of the scientific process within the agency;
    (c) When scientific or technological information is considered in policy decisions, the information should be subject to well-established scientific processes, including peer review where appropriate, and each agency should appropriately and accurately reflect that information in complying with and applying relevant statutory standards;
    (d) Except for information that is properly restricted from disclosure under procedures established in accordance with statute, regulation, Executive Order, or Presidential Memorandum, each agency should make available to the public the scientific or technological findings or conclusions considered or relied on in policy decisions;
    (e) Each agency should have in place procedures to identify and address instances in which the scientific process or the integrity of scientific and technological information may be compromised; and
    (f) Each agency should adopt such additional procedures, including any appropriate whistle blower protections, as are necessary to ensure the integrity of scientific and technological information and processes on which the agency relies in its decision making or otherwise uses or prepares.
    2. Each agency shall make available any and all information deemed by the Director to be necessary to inform the Director in making recommendations to the President as requested by this memorandum. Each agency shall coordinate with the Director in the development of any interim procedures deemed necessary to ensure the integrity of scientific decision making pending the Director’s recommendations called for by this memorandum.
    3. (a) Executive departments and agencies shall carry out the provisions of this memorandum to the extent permitted by law and consistent with their statutory and regulatory authorities and their enforcement mechanisms.
    (b) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
    (i) authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or
    (ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
    (c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity, by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
    4. The Director is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
    P.S. February 9, 2009 Barack Obama “The president believes that federal resources should not be used to circumvent state laws, and as he continues to appoint senior leadership to fill out the ranks of the federal government, he expects them to review their policies with that in mind,” White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said. Zero Tolerance Policy is in effect on medicinal cannabis.
    Mr. President,
    Just how much can we believe? Is your word any good, or is your word just a bunch of balloon
    juice. Please advise.

  9. What is wrong with Obama The president?
    Why does he not hear the voice of the people?
    This world looks up to the Leader of the most prosperous Nation, Cannabis Dreams has for ever been the dream producer, do you dream?
    In my dream

  10. Folks, Obama’s just a figurehead, big business (re: oil) runs this country and what they say goes! It doesn’t matter who runs, the elections are fixed, remember what happened in 2000! It’s not going to happen until the U.S. gets its government back from big business!

  11. What it comes down to is people are trying to stand up for their rights and freedom and to fight for what they believe in. As I see aren’t the facts and statistics enough. People are slowing comming forth and standing up for what they believe but some are scared because of the fact that this passion is still illegal. So what do you do? Take a stand and fight for what you believe in, tell the truth in your side of the matter. We will win if you do!!!

  12. lol @ #5…How could he not laugh at doing something that is impossible at this time? I will tell u what, if you want a serious response wait for a few more percentage points of old timers clock out…then ask that question. Any presidential prospect will not favor the legalization position (public) if they want to actually accomplish anything. Any reasonable person knows what must be done but that they cannot do it until the old emotional positions are worn to tatters and exposed for what they are.

  13. and that question wasnt worth a shit folks!i dont think that legalization should include the suggestion of all drugs.in safetys mind, cannabis is the “most benefitting” of any of the others, is mild compared to the rest of them and, provides a great , all around buzz compared to the other illegal drugs.he needed the question about cannabis and hemp and, the benefits of them in comparison to the rest that are man formulated.our government needs called out for the real reason cannabis and hemp is illegal.
    thing is, i also understand that a person is entitled to live as he or she wishes as long as it doesnt endanger anyone.i would like to think the if cannabis and hemp were legal, a portion of the population would stop harder drug use. wouldnt that be great. to use cannabis to treat forms of harder or, prescription drug use…..alcohol as well.hell, we would be a healthy nation if cannabis/ hemp were legal. our government knows the facts….and we who consume know the facts..peace to you all.

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  15. I always believed America was 1 for all, but nowadays why do we have 15 states with medical marijuana and the rest without, if fair for 1 state, I say fair for all

  16. This is getting absurd! Just legalize marijuana use for medicinal and recreational use and tax it like we have with Cigarette or smokeless tobacco sales. Seriously, it should be this big of a deal. It’s a harmless herb that brings some people a little bit of joy and/or relief.

  17. CENSORSHIP – no matter who does the censoring is just plain evil – period! Who in the hell,in their right mind, can be proud of evil with an evil agenda? Well!!! someone’s proud of it. Someone said to me – “If – they didn’t censor our questions they might hear some good old common sense.” Well!!! “If – gramma had balls – she’d be grampa.” Let’s get real!!! Medical use is protected in Compassionate Use States – abused by the Justice Dept. for sure – but protected nevertheless. Recreational use is – well!!! guess what? We can piss and moan until we turn blue in the face – but – guess what? Right – we’re going to do it no matter what, and pay the price! Religious Use is the only way to get in their jeans – but – not everyone is religious. Let’s get into a federal court and fight them with our Constitutional Right. No!… O.K. let’s just give up. Right!!! you can’t fight someone that doesn’t have a conscience.

  18. President Obama on Thursday called drug legalization “an entirely legitimate topic for debate,” but quickly added “I am not in favor of legalization.” my response is simply, Put Up or Shut Up Mr. President! The debate you claim is “an entirely legitimate topic for debate,” is long over due. We the People have been a……sking this Government to give us this debate and debate this issue like reasonable human beings. The government’s response has “shocked the sense of fair play,” they have openly lied and mis-informed the general public for since 1937. Mr. President we want this debate! We dare you to set this in motion and since you clearly stated, “not in favor of legalization”, you and your party should put up or shut up and defend Prohibition. We the People will bring it on, set the ground, we’ll debate who ever you send. All we ask is that it be live and transparent to the public.

  19. This is not news but a matter of record about what made our country strong..it was MANDATORY to grow a CASH crop of hemp because of its usefulness in countless catagories,issues that face us with our dwindeling resources, chemical and medical poisonings,
    and our right to that which God has created for our use. And like the wine created by Jesus we take what is given and max it out to any and all purposes both good and bad..we find our limits and demand the right to do so..even God reconized this fact(and undoubtly gave us the desire for this knowledge)that we want and need the ability to learn and benefit from all this WORLD has to offer. Anything less is tantamount to unwanted government control that is not to our best interest nor to our economy NOR to our unity as a people.Let us be proud of our own self control and pro-
    gress. Unless you want us to stay drunk with our own worthlessness, angered with the control of others; and
    fight against ourselves for the right to feel some unity and joy with our own accomplishments.who r u 4??

  20. 82 renee
    You speak the words of all Genesists. Are you a Genesist?
    Genesis I:29,30,31. What county [colony] and state are
    you in? We wish you will continue your words to the world.
    Genesis the Faith
    San Diego, Ca. Colony

  21. Now is the time to inundate our elected officials with letters, phone calls, and emails regarding this issue.
    It is important to remember that the President of the U.S. does not have the power to make or change the law. Even though it seems that the President can do whatever he wants, it is not so. The only branch of the Federal government that can make (and change) law is the Legislative branch, i.e. the House of Representatives and the Senate. Therefore, when it comes to changing marijuana laws, it matters more that we tell our Representatives and Senators what we want done.
    When I write to my elected officials (who all happen to be Republicans), I tell them that they should become very aware of the fact that their constituency has changed a great deal in the past ten years. I make sure they understand that we, the generation currently in power in business and government (I call us “Junior Baby-Boomers”—ten years younger than the boomers), are NOT of our parents’ generation, that we do not feel tied to any one political party, and that we WILL vote differently during the next election if they do not pay heed to what we want done.
    I also make certain they understand that the fact that there are tens of thousands of non-violent people in prison because of our country’s draconian marijuana laws makes me more angry than I can possibly state. Most of these people would be hard-working, productive members of society with no criminal records at all, if the laws were fair.
    I also like to mention that laws against industrial hemp are robbing our nation, and our farmers, of a safe, environmentally-friendly crop that could save us billions of dollars and tens of millions of trees annually. With all the ravages of pollution and climate disruption, we urgently need every single tree to remain in the earth, growing and eating carbon dioxide. When strong, perfectly usable paper products can be made from hemp, it is obscene that we continue to rape our forests and woodlands, slaughtering perfectly good trees to make everything from furniture to toilet paper.
    One word to the wise about writing to your State and Federal officials: PLEASE use spellcheck AND grammar-check before you send your letter or email. If your correspondence is filled with spelling and grammatical errors, your rep will most likely never see it. It will be deleted by some assistant or another and your efforts will be wasted.
    Writing to your elected officials is one of the most powerful things you can do to participate meaningfully in the political process. It allows you to exercise your freedom of speech and make yourself heard by the people who are there to serve you (don’t be afraid to remind them that they are servants), and to be booted out of office if they refuse to heed the call of the people who voted them into office.
    Check on NORML’s home page—you can find out who your Representative and Senators are, and you can even send your email through their website. There is nothing to fear; no one can hassle you for exercising your First Amendment Right to Free Speech!

  22. 86 EV Madsen
    You must have been banging around in my mind. I couldn’t have said it better than you have stated it. Excellent post!, excellent advice! I hope everyone follows it!

  23. The DEA should be brought up on criminal charges before an International court or tribunal! In 1974 the DEA commissioned a study that found that THC shrinks tumors in laboratory rats. As a result of that finding the DEA destroyed almost all copies of the study/report and quashed the entire incident. One could assert that because of this criminal act against all humanity the DEA is responsible for every cancer death in the World since 1975. Sometime I believe after 2000, this exact finding was independently discovered by Spanish medical researchers. Ya get that everybody? Let me repeat:
    IN 1974 THE DEA KNEW THAT THC SHRINKS TUMORS IN LABORATORY RATS AND QUASHED, BURIED, SUPPRESSED THAT MONUMENTAL INFORMATION. Do we all know how much has been spent over the past almost four decades trying to find a cure for cancer. The DEA had it in their hands in 1974 and suppressed it.

  24. 90 Sweetclarissa
    1974! What a year – Nixon! Old Tricky Dick really messed things up by federalizing cannabis with the Controlled Substance Act – CSA, and creating the DEA. Nixon! trashed the Shafer Report as well. What perhaps you should remember is “who put” Tricky Dick in office. David and Nelson Rockefeller, and I’m sure DuPont, who all hated Cannabis with a passion, and still do. Cannabis prohibition is much bigger than any of us know – or – perhaps will ever know. It’s the Mother Load of ulterior motives – the enigma of power.
    “Know your enemy – be prepared.”
    Genesis, Los Angeles Colony

  25. how would i obtain factual study results on things like the difference the sales taxes might have increased the state budget’or the amount of money saved on not imprisoning pot smokers.the things the general public wants to over look.i want positive proven tests,as to present to my state senators and representatives.did it boost city funds,or was it used to fund any programs.if farmers grew pot what would that produce.thanks

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