President Obama: Marijuana Less Dangerous Than Alcohol; Legalization in WA and CO “Important”

In a profile published online over the weekend in New Yorker magazine, President Barack Obama continued his softening towards marijuana legalization. In the interview, the president alluded to his own youthful marijuana consumption and clarified that, while he doesn’t believe it to be a healthy pastime and has discouraged his daughters from its use, it is a less dangerous substance than alcohol. President Obama also stated that current moves towards legalization are important experiments that can help end discriminatory arrest practices.

“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.” President Obama stated when asked about the growing public support for ending marijuana prohibition.

When asked to clarify if he thought it was “less dangerous,” Obama replied that he thought it was less dangerous “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.” He continued that “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.”

“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.” he stated, “we should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing.”

“It’s important for it [marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington] 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.”

You can read the full article on the New Yorker’s website here.

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.

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  1. @fireweed there is a lethal dose but the amount is more than 30 people combined could do in a day if they all smoked non stop

  2. does anyone have a e-mail for the white house? so we can flood them with our views about this subject. politicians arent coming around to our way of thinking, they are just running out of revinue. either way win for us

  3. Thank you all for the positive comments.

    Having just returned from Denver I see the end of this – but with some sadness, because it has been a good fight for a just cause and I have made many close friends based at first on our shared liking of this remarkable green, leafy plant material commonly referred to as marijuana, and our shared burden of being considered enemies of society.

    Right now, I could probably sit down with any of these commenters and become friends over a bowl. We share this fight. What will we do for friends, and camaraderie, when it’s all over?

    Maybe when it’s legalized the fight will be to free the drug war prisoners. I don’t know.

    As a Tennessean I am a long way from living free … or maybe not. The ACLU changed everything. African Americans are coming over to our side, and that’s the game changer we’ve been waiting for. The black vote has proven critical in California – when we lost – and more recently in D.C. where it looks like we won. NORML has trumpeted the racial disparity for years. This is not new to friends of NORML but it is more or less new to the majority of folks. It may tip the scales in California and here in Tennessee, where we arrested 3.8 blacks for every white in the marijuana war – where the black population is declining, and no wonder! The rankest Klansman could not contrive a more efficient, bloodless way to rid the countryside of his targets!

    We fight for justice at every turn, friends, and it will be a good day, but I know there may come a time when I miss pot prohibition and the relationships we built railing against it.

  4. @Stanleyj

    My thoughts on Bitcoins is that the federal government does not back them with deposit insurance. Shops can accept payment in Bitcoins, but that leaves a trail. Cash transactions, however, are anonymous, so unless the prohibitionist employer is there in Colorado to observe the employee or has private detectives there on the look out spying the person from, let’s say Alabama, won’t get fired. How much information can employers force out of their employees? They’ve been known to ask for Facebook and Twitter logins and passwords and shit. The feds just simply need to get the fuck out of the way. Banks are huge ass corporations with lobbyists who will be a huge pain in the ass and prevent cannabis banking with Bitcoins if they can’t have the lion’s share of the cash and credit card transactions. Banks will put the kibosh on electronic banking if they can’t. My gut feeling.

  5. You have to reschedule it sir. It will never be done by petitioning the DEA it will have ot be done by Executive Order and should be done immediately. Immediately. It is Un-American to say that and then still allow people in this country to be arrested when you have the ability to stop it. Its Un-American…

  6. The needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few! i’ve read all of the replies and it awalys amazes me as to the real effort and intelligence that comes to this forum. i have backed off writting for awhile as i was getting too radicle. why this is a no brainer for so many, why is it so hard to get the change to happen? lets have yearly votes. make them more accountable. our country is ours, they work for us. there is more of us than them. does this have to go all the way to say a major move like a total shutdown of the country. if all the pot users went on strike just to make a statement i believe everyone would be shocked! that is if everyone could be honest about it! just to openly say i believe in legaligation

  7. Most of the opposition to legalizing marijuana, in CO and WA, was from people who said the legalization proposals did not go far enough.

  8. Reschedule marijuana NOW! People are STILL going to jail for this harmless plant!

    PLEASE Reschedule Cannabis!

  9. This is the smartest thing that has crossed this man’s mind! I hate him a little bit less. Just legalize and get the hell out!

  10. He could end it all with the stroke of a pen by ordering cannabis be removed from the drug schedule, something Gary Johnson would have done in his first week.

  11. @ JC,
    I was just telling my wife that yesterday–that the Super Bowl will be represented by the two states that legalized pot last year. The true Bud Bowl, lol. Let’s see how many sportswriters note that.

  12. Thank you mr president for acknowledging the real fact. It’s time for the people educate them self about the real benefit of marijuana. Safer than any pain killer and alcohol.

  13. We have come so far on this issue, I’m willing to risk my career for the opportunity to have marijuana in my life and to get rid of alcohol and tobacco. I’m going to get a medical marijuana card this week. And enjoy my life never to look back on this bs policy.

    All I want to know is who’s coming with me man! Who’s coming with me?

  14. President Obama: “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

    Everybody knows that, but did you know that if a stoner
    falls in the woods, he still makes a happy sound?

    “Oh, I’m falling. Ahhhhhhh, oof.
    Dude, that was so cool!”

  15. Stop the forfeitures! Stop taking people’s property! It has become like organized crime for law enforcement. They roll up to bust someone, while their buddies are staged around the corner with flatbed trailers and moving trucks, ready to loot the place. I don’t care if they sanctioned the practice by making it a law or not, there’s nothing noble about stealing.No wonder people don’t respect the police any more. The cops demand that they be respected at the end of a gun barrel, when it is actually fear of being killed that is the result. Stop acting like thugs and bullies and act like professional peace keepers and the respect will follow.Legalize weed and see how much easier life is for both sides.Nobody deserves to die or have everything they’ve ever worked for stolen from them over weed.Those laws were intended for major drug dealers and police have expanded the law to include anyone who has anything of value.

  16. Once upon a time along time ago I knew this guy. I saw him everyday. He was afraid of nothing. Ten feet tall and bulletproof he seemed. He would jump blind into the unknown. The pain from the close calls only drove him harder. He always claimed he was different, but never said how or why. In a panic one day I watched him save a life and it left him speechless for a long time. The best drug on earth he said, was adrenaline. But that was a long time ago and I don’t see him much any more. Too many close calls won him wisdom. Too much adrenaline made him age fast. Peace fills the cup these days for him. Telling people in a whisper,”The truth of the world will make you live forever, pass it on”, always made him smile

    Truth is the only tolerated revenge a man can pursue.

  17. I think that we’re getting closer and closer to total legalization. Think about it; on this day last year would you expect citizens of Colorado and Washington to be lining up to legally buy cannabis? There’s been a significant shift in the number of people who support legalization in the last 3 years. A majority of Americans now favor legalization. So although Obama still refuses to discuss federal rescheduling, we musnt lose hope. As Bob Dylan once said, “the battle outside raging will soon shake your windows and rattle your walls, for the times, they are a-changin’.”

  18. On the white house’s website, it says

    “Confusing messages being presented by popular culture, media, proponents of “medical” marijuana, and political campaigns to legalize all marijuana use perpetuate the false notion that marijuana is harmless. This significantly diminishes efforts tkeep our young people drug free and hampers the struggle of those recovering from addiction.”

    The confusing messages are being presented by the government, too.

  19. I’m still waiting for legal cannabis banking. Why am I still waiting? Why are we all still waiting?

    I certainly hope that your remarks (about cannabis not being more harmful than alcohol) in The New Yorker, Barry, were not stalling or a diversion. If it’s stalling while your underlings put something down on paper to allow legal cannabis banking then that nudges things along a notch toward the legalization end of the cannabis continuum, one end being medical, industrial and recreational legalization and the other end being death penalty cannabis prohibition. If these remarks were a substitution for allowing legal cannabis banking and something comes out on paper either re-confirming prohibition on cannabis banking or it is left in limbo I’m gonna be pissed. If it turns out to be a diversion while the dawgz are set on the cannabis community I’ll be even more pissed.

    The transactions are still going to take place. The community wants legal cannabis banking, and since the banks have been laundering drug money–they would say unwittingly and not admit liability–for decades for CIA assets and crime organizations alike–don’t believe that shit for a minute, someone knew–they want their fingers in the cannabis pie. Yum, yum!

    Banks are worried about their image. Make the ratings on banks’ images improve. Hey, why don’t you improve your profits by doing business with the cannabis community. In the age of stockholder capitalism the 1% should love it. Use some of the money from your profits to make good some of the damage caused by the financial meltdown.

    Reminds me of an old prisoner of war chant from when the chow was late sung as: Why are we waiting?

    You know, lots of things associated with cannabis are felonies, and we’ve had how many presidents, vice presidents and politicians who have at least tried marijuana, and somewhere there amongst them that they’re not willing to admit to some of the must have committed some kind of cannabis felonies (quantity, sales) or consorted with known felons solely because of cannabis prohibition which means something so absurd that non-crimes are still crimes. Just because they weren’t caught they could get to where they are but does that really change anything about them? The fact that they didn’t get caught shows that marijuana is so ubiquitous that it simply without further debate ought to be legal.

    I’ll stop ranting about legal cannabis banking as soon as you greenlight it, Mr. President.

  20. Dear Mr. President,
    Have you forgotten, We the people elected you President, based on, your smoking Cannabis or was this a false flag also?

    Do the Right Thing and Legalize it!
    You also had a peek into you future to see yourself become the 44th President, why stop now knowing your your intuition was enhanced by the use of Cannabis to see beyond what’s norml?
    Do you really want to continue to lie to the public? Or take it on the chin; Repent and come clean. We can Respect you more as a Leader and a man among many, that wishes even evil to be the best way ( out of chaos comes change) only that what you can’t create is what you Fear! That’s what created All of us together, One Humanity of Love, Love has always conquered HATE in any shape and or form.
    We want this old system to crash, we also know the Kingdom that will rule lovers us..and you r’s can’t handle it. Neither can we, and we accept this Matthew 6: 33.

  21. Dear Mr. President,
    Have you forgotten, We the people elected you President, based on, your smoking Cannabis or was this a false flag also?
    Do the Right Thing and Legalize it!
    You also had a peek into you future to see yourself become the 44th President, why stop now knowing your your intuition was enhanced by the use of Cannabis to see beyond what’s norml?
    Do you really want to continue to lie to the public? Or take it on the chin; Repent and come clean. We can Respect you more as a Leader and a man among many, that wishes even evil to be the best way ( out of chaos comes change) only that what you can’t create is what you Fear! That’s what created All of us together, One Humanity of Love, Love has always conquered HATE in any shape and or form.
    We want this old system to crash, we also know the Kingdom that will rule overs us..and you r’s can’t handle it. Neither can we, and most of accept this Matthew 6: 33. We die Daily! YahoShua Ben YahuWeH!

  22. We need to sacrifice some Cannabis to our planet for, what she has given us: a Universal Mass Healing ! Let us give back to Mother Earth for what she has given us…She need healing to!

  23. i know, let normal use their site to collect signatures for a petition to the whitehouse! i’ve seen other sites and we need to get a common place and this may work!

  24. @ Vickia52,
    I laughed when you said you stopped posting because you thought you sounded too “radical.” I know my post here went all over the place and made me sound like a hemp nut, but considering what we activists are and have been up against, we must fear the violence of silence, not how we look when were shouting at our president to deschedule cannabis. (hey, I would say we cannabis consumers look relatively healthy… But we wont go into drug comparisons…)
    You mentioned the shutdown. I suppose you may know by now that “they” responsible for that costly blemish to American credit was once again: DING! …the Koch brothers, who funded the State Policy Network who funds the Tea Party. The shutdown happened the same day the Farm Bill expired… You know, the still pending Farm Bill with the hemp research amendment.
    Please dont think I repeat this information because of partisan politics. In order to restrain extremism or sounding like a “radical” it is vital that we all as activists and bloggers refrain from using the word “them,” when refering to the Feds, our opponents, or in any debate. In a green information age we all must search for the answers to “them” or there is no “us.” without names, like the real people who own corporations or the real people who work for the government, we are leaving open targets for our prohibitionists to play a shell game with “think tanks” and fruitless donation facades in order to further conceal their true intentions. We must not accept the purchase of our freedom. We have come too far and lost too much to hand our enemies the camoflauge of think tanks or the unconstitutional authority of the DOJ to write the laws of “government drug research,” allowed by the use of words like “them.”
    It still fascinates me that our government has been in the dirty business of prohibition so long, authorities have to turn to non for profits like Norml to write our legal marijuana policies. Times are changing fast. We have top DEA agents defecting to start Marijuana Investment Firms. How radical is that?

  25. Ending prohibition is the greatest civil rights issue of our time. It is of no mire coincidence the President’s open and positive dialogue about Marijuana happened the day before Martin Luther King Day, then the Koch brothers stalling the hemp amendment by shutting the Farm Bill down the same day the old bill expired. While Koch industries gets fat off of oil and farm subsidies sunce the shutdown they have already managed to turn the EPA policy of increasing corn ethanol (that would cut into their petroleum based profits) into getting tge EPA to say no increase above %10 of ANY celulosic product is allowed.
    That means once hemp finally is descheduled we have another uphill battle to use it as fuel.

  26. @Erik Altieri,

    Good analysis and conclusion. The President could crush both CO/WA and medical cannabis laws if he wanted too. He wants to end “discriminatory arrest practices” and views cannabis as no more dangerous than alcohol and even less dangerous “in terms of its impact on individual consumers.”

    This may indicate that he is close to DE scheduling cannabis and this is what we need most right now.

  27. Mr. President,…Sir
    The possible scenarios of all the tomorrows that lay upon your desk must include an outcome with cannabis being moved from its current schedule 1 classification. Let me give you something to help you find peace. Of my 56 years of living the privilege of being an American, my family has for most of it watched me withdraw from society and become disappointed in my country. From the death of Kennedy to the birth of Big Brother. It has changed not just me but the whole country. This drug war has destroyed freedom, removed liberty, and is clawing away at the vary foundation this democracy was built on. Just as the Civil Rights Movement rattled this country deep in its core, so will the legalization of cannabis. Free people can survive anything. Don’t miss your moment in history. Standing up right now will be that moment, and it will rattle this country like never before, but it will survive and be better because of it. I know it will work. You just step up and jump, we’ll all catch you, I promise. All of our children’s children will speak in great regard of us all. Because it will give back what so many powerful and ignorant people have take from us. Have faith in the American People, …..I do!

  28. And as this sacred time of year comes upon us again…Super Bowl season, let us not fail to recognize these two wonderful states…Washington and Colorado, or better yet Seattle and Denver who have reached the peak in their profession of football. You ask me the verdict is in….Cannabis does a body good!

  29. @chollie…that is some funny shit. wishin I could feel that again.i miss the spirit of cannabis.

  30. I am a firm believer that, it is not only the president who runs this cannot tell me that their are not a ‘group’of suggestive,corporate based individuals who are also helping things along…in their favor of course.obama was able to ‘toss’ it out for us to grab on to but the puppetmasters are helping themselves to the is money, power and greed that keeps us from the gates of freedom. obama knows the truth!government testing was concluded many years ago…

  31. I’m pretty sure the President alone cannot reschedule drugs. It takes either an act of Congress or a motion by whoever heads the ONDCP.

    In the immediate future, with the House under Republican control and the Senate potentially being about to fall under Republican control, it’s pretty impossible that it will be rescheduled. If the Democrats get a majority again in the House and Senate (plus the obvious presidency that they’re almost assuredly going to win) in 2016, there should be a few more medical marijuana states and a number of actually legal states. Basically 2016 to 2018 is one window for Congress to reschedule and a more likely one is 2020 to 2022.

    Democrats, unlike Republicans, will come around sooner or later. But even when they do, Republicans are going to be resisting like mad.

    As for the ONDCP, well, that almost goes without saying. Isn’t Gil prohibited by the terms of office from advocating any positive change in drug law? So that’s pretty hopeless.

    The best we can do is just push for more medical and legal states between now and 2016 or between now and 2020.

  32. live in mi. got card in 09 been smoking on daily ever day my son said the other day that im more healty today than 10 years ago I’m 60 had a stroke years ago

  33. With all the suspicion surrounding the behavior and choices of elected officials, especially motivation toward self-enrichment and further empowerment, it’s no wonder there is such distrust of government.

    Only now does Obama mention cannabis prohibition, yet he has not gotten as far as many proponents of legalization, the understanding that cannabis prohibition is the direct *cause* of many social ills and economic absurdities.

    DEA Administrative Law judge Francis Young wrote that cannabis is unlike any other drug, as the term is used. Cannabis is safer than alcohol, certain public officials are now admitting. Why stop there?

    Cannabis is statistically safer than aspirin, caffeine, nicotine, legal drugs alcohol and chemically enriched tobacco. Tylenol kills accidentally thousands of times a year.

    Cannabis is not like any of those substances. In 1988 he made a plea to remove cannabis from schedule I based on the scheduling system’s rules. Claiming cannabis has no accepted medical benefit and has a high potential for abuse is tantamount to telling deliberate lies.

    In 1988 Francis Young, DEA Administrative Law Judge, made a plea to remove cannabis from schedule 1 based on the obvious misclassification.

    Francis Young’s findings (note the final statement):

    “Findings of Fact:

    Point 3. The most obvious concern when dealing with drug safety is the possibility of lethal effects. Can the drug cause death?

    4. Nearly all medicines have toxic, potentially lethal effects. But marijuana is not such a substance. There is no record in the extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented cannabis-induced fatality.

    5. This is a remarkable statement. First, the record on marijuana encompasses 5,000 years of human experience. Second, marijuana is now used daily by enormous numbers of people throughout the world. Estimates suggest that from twenty million to fifty million Americans routinely, albeit illegally, smoke marijuana without the benefit of direct medical supervision. Yet, despite this long history of use and the extraordinarily high numbers of social smokers, there are simply no credible medical reports to suggest that consuming marijuana has caused a single death.

    6. By contrast aspirin, a commonly used, over-the-counter medicine, causes hundreds of deaths each year.

    7. Drugs used in medicine are routinely given what is called an LD-50. The LD-50 rating indicates at what dosage fifty percent of test animals receiving a drug will die as a result of drug induced toxicity. A number of researchers have attempted to determine marijuana’s LD-50 rating in test animals, without success. Simply stated, researchers have been unable to give animals enough marijuana to induce death.

    8. At present it is estimated that marijuana’s LD-50 is around

    1:20,000 or 1:40,000. In layman terms this means that in order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in onemarijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately .9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.

    9. In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity.

    10. Another common medical way to determine drug safety is called the therapeutic ratio. This ratio defines the difference between a therapeutically effective dose and a dose which is capable of inducing adverse effects.

    11. A commonly used over-the-counter product like aspirin has a therapeutic ratio of around 1:20. Two aspirins are the recommended dose for adult patients. Twenty times this dose, forty aspirins, may cause a lethal reaction in some patients, and will almost certainly cause gross injury to the digestive system, including extensive internal bleeding.

    12. The therapeutic ratio for prescribed drugs is commonly around 1:10 or lower. Valium, a commonly used prescriptive drug, may cause very serious biological damage if patients use ten times the recommended (therapeutic) dose.

    13. There are, of course, prescriptive drugs which have much lower therapeutic ratios. Many of the drugs used to treat patients with cancer, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis are highly toxic. The therapeutic ratio of some of the drugs used in antineoplastic therapies, for example, are regarded as extremely toxic poisons with therapeutic ratios that may fall below 1:1.5. These drugs also have very low LD-50 ratios and can result in toxic, even lethal reactions, while being properly employed.

    14. By contrast, marijuana’s therapeutic ratio, like its LD-50, is impossible to quantify because it is so high.

    15. In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating ten raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death.

    16. Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care.”

    Notice the phrase “therapeutically active substance.” Is that not synonymous with “medicine?” I believe it is.

    As acting oversight of the DEA, he did not say it’s medicine outright but that is essentially that. Not only is it medicine, it’s the safest one known.

    One thing Judge Young also did not do, however, he did not question *the validity of the scheduling system* in the first place, but challenges the definitions used in scheduling in relation to cannabis.

    Cannabis was made illegal (the second time) by R Nixon and AG John Mitchell by starting the CSA drug war, after the Supreme Court deemed the Marihuana Tax Stamp Act unconstitutional and unenforceable.

    Timothy Leary, Harvard professor, had argued that getting a stamp required self-incrimination. Telling them you possessed it, and how much was required to get a “stamp.” If they even followed through with the scam to process the application and then provide a stamp to the applicant, they could just arrest the applicant immediately. They did not intend to give out stamps and it’s no wonder that there is no remarkable record of anyone attaining a stamp, at least without arrest. The SCOTUS decision in favor of Dr. Leary made cannabis legal for a very brief period.

    Just Nixon/Mitchell, one a crook and the other a lawyer, made up the federal rules of pharmacology and the scheduling system, as unscientific and arbitrary as it is, at best it is government paternalism, *to protect you from you, for your own good.*

    The scheduling system itself is an arbitrary, non-scientific sham created by Nixon and AG J.Mitchell. Notice that alcohol and tobacco are not scheduled.

    Come to think of it, tobacco cigarettes have ** no accepted medical use and have a high potential for abuse.** Tobacco cigarettes belong in schedule 1 if they are to be consistent. It is remarked that cigarettes are 9-11 times more addictive than heroin. Alcohol would probably be included in schedule III or IV, with other depressants or tranquilizers. Alcohol has a Therapeutic Ratio of roughly 1:10 to 1:4, based on dosage. The LD-50 and TR for cannabis are incalculably large, which says a great deal, considering how far mathematics has come.

    Yet cannabis, which as Judge Young describes it, is unique, in a class of its own, and should not be in schedule 1. He could have gone further and stated that the scheduling system itself is questionable, if not institutionalized injustice, created by two guys, yet affects everyone. The misclassification is inherently and pervasively problematic–it allows for such absurdities as “paper from trees” (previously unheard of) and clothes from flimsy second-rate fibers like seed-laden cotton.

    Why do people love excellence? Because excellence shows us what is possible. After someone broke the 5-minute mile, many others followed. After Frank Bannister broke the 4-minute mile, others followed.

    Legalization in Colorado and Washington have shown what is possible, and the other states will follow, which is already evident.

  34. This is the response i received from my state senator in Indiana to my support of bill 314…….January 23, 2014

    Dear Mr. Bland,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Senate Bill 314.

    I am still open to the conversation, and have been so for a few years. The issue appears to be a tug of war between personal liberty and personal responsibility. We do have legal drugs (alcohol, pain killers, etc.), whether under doctor oversight or not, that do impair judgment. We also can enhance criminal penalties for a variety of offenses where mental impairment is a contributing factor.

    I continue to be concerned when I see evidence that marijuana is still a gateway drug. Can we yet discern whether this is true because of its nature, or is it because of the illegality of consumption and the contacts created sourcing an illegal product?

    If you have relevant information that tries to address this question, I would be pleased to see it. I am still undecided regarding research identifying any long term cumulative negative effects of usage.


    Greg Walker I sure wish that someone could send them all the research on this gateway drug train of thought. I guess it at least nice that hes open to talk about the matter.

    [Paul Armentano responds: For most people, marijuana is a terminus — not a gateway. Statistically, most people who try marijuana do not go on to use any other illicit substance and by age 30 they also cease consuming marijuana.

    Cannabis as an exit drug:

    Gateway theory dismissed:

  35. Well I think they should legalize marijuana in Tx because ppl say it makes them focus more everyone gets along doing it if they leave it unlegalized they will keep seeing ppl getting locked up ppl dying over that stuff so if they really want to stop all that killing robbing they’ll legalize marijuana and pluse they’ll make it easyer for cop less chases,shooting, and Etc so think about it

  36. pres. obama legilize, all the people (more than 52%), could move to where it’s legal thanks jullian for you’re reply.i’m so inspired by what i’ve read! thanks for f. young! the more that i learn it makes me realize that it’s stupid to keep it illegal. but then the only reason for this, $, and were does it lead? as it is said follow the $

  37. Legalize the shit mr president and let peoe feel the way they wanna feel u did u smoked when u wanted so let us alone andlet us smoke some pot and enjoy are lives here on earth Iiinstead of hidi g something we love legalize it please

  38. Republicans better take their head out of the sands of cannabis ignorance if they want to get into office or remain in their comfortable civil service position. The public is not going to leave healthcare in the hands of law enforcement regardless of its fiscal duress. We are not comfortable killing the non-productive yet. Just relagating their needs to the periphery helps to silence their demands.

  39. Bottom line for me is that I do not need.nor do I want anyone other than myself deciding what I consume with my body and what I choose not to consume.Meaning “my government” is welcome to inform me of potential hazards associated with the consumption of “whatever”,but in the end I decide whether to consume it or not. My consumption is not criminal and as long as does not affect anyone other than myself,then it is nobody’s business but mine.If you want to grow it, sell it,run a store or farm then you are subject to guidelines and regulations of COMMERCE as you are selling to the public,just like a vineyard. If we require the President to decriminalize it ,then so be it, but it seems ridiculous he will in essence be returning our right to choose to use, when he, nor the government ever had the right to assume power over our right of choice.
    No criminal law should be associated with the consumption of pot. Those involved in commerce will be subject to the same laws as similar business’s ,vineyard/pot farm, pot shop/liquor store…etc.
    There are many great arguments for legalization,medicinal reasons, tax revenue,but it still boils down to an individuals choice. I choose whats right for me,not anyone else,you choose what right for you,its that simple

  40. As happy as I am to hear him say this. It is a completely different thing to actually get cannabis off the DEA schedule. Which is what should of been done years ago. Even according to one of their own DEA judges. On the other hand, Let’s be honest. What would the DEA do if it wasn’t for cannabis. We are still just barbarians. We just have electricity and internet now.

  41. Reading through these comments, I have come across people’s concerns that the president truly cannot do this by executive order.. i assure you that he can! Furthermore, HE doesn’t actually have to be the one to officially do it… the Attorney General of the United States has the power to it on his own. Holder will do as his president wishes, so I firmly believe that an executive order is coming in the near future. The AG has stated that he’s concerned with the lack of banking options in CO and WA and promises help in that area. Then the president of the American Banking Assoc. comes out and says that regardless of any federal guidlines submitted, American banks will turn down marijuana business as long as it’s illegal federally. The next and only logical step is to executively order it’s reclassification federally to fix the problems with all of this. Just wait, it’s coming soon. Obama’s PR people will use it to spin him as the hero of the overwhelming majority who wish it legalized. Fine by me… although I’m not overly-fond of Obama, the ends justify the means.

  42. “The President is wise and thoughtful in what he says and not biased on the subject of legalization of medical marijuana. And since he has already made it clear that he doesn’t encourage marijuana consumption and keeps discouraging his daughters from using it, the decision of legalization of medical marijuana is clearly a statutory matter and can’t be linked to his personal life or propagandized as his personal opinion.
    The decision will help overcome the situation of people breaking the law for marijuana, mainly because only a few of those who break the law get punished at present!

  43. What can the president do? Hmm, well if he wants to be a pussy and not issue executive orders ending stealing by police/DEA, then he could very well sue his own DEA for lying under oath. He could at least order them to stop fucking lying about marijuana all the time? What that is too much??? I’m pretty sure lying while being law enforcement isn’t legal in court rooms nation wide, lying by police is only allowed just while you are performing an active investigation.

    Just led prohibition end. People want to grow their own, the only reason we buy bud from Mexico is because they are selling it the USA has evil laws that force you onto the black market instead of heading to the farmers market. End the Evil bullshit. What is there to “think about”???

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