President-Elect Obama, The People Have Spoken; Will You “Answer” Their Question?

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director December 12, 2008

    Marijuana is #1.

    To follow up on yesterday’s post, change.gov (the website of President-Elect Obama’s transition team) has now closed the webpage “Open for Questions.”

    NORML wishes to thank all of you who took the time to visit the website and demanded the incoming administration to reform America’s marijuana laws.

    Your message got through loud and clear.

    After receiving nearly 100,000 total votes on more than 10,000 separate public policy issues, the most widely voted on question for Obama is:

    Will you consider legalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and create a billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?

    (Equally impressive, 16 of the top 50 overall questions posed to the new administration pertained to drug law reform. Now do we have your attention?)

    According to the latest update on the Change.gov site, “Over the next few days, some of the most popular questions selected by the Change.gov community will be answered by the Transition team, and their responses will be posted here on the site.”

    So does this mean that the Obama will post a response to the public’s outcry for tangible marijuana law reform? Or will the incoming administration choose to remain silent on the one progressive issue that the American public, but not their elected official, is ‘buzzing’ about?

    Meanwhile, over at the website Change.org (which is not affiliated with the Obama administration), your votes (Nearly 2,500 of them as of this morning) have made the question, Should we legalize the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana? the top rated idea on the website!

    According to the site, there will be a second round of voting (this first round ends on December 31, 2008) in January to determine which top 10 ideas are presented to the Obama administration on Inauguration Day.

    Finally, over at the highly popular website Digg.com, over 2,500 visitors have added their support for making marijuana law reform a key platform of the incoming administration. You can join the discussion here.

    It was just over a month ago when statewide marijuana law reform initiatives in Massachusetts and Michigan prevailed with more votes than America’s soon-to-be 44th President — once again reaffirming the widespread popular support for changing our nation’s antiquated and punitive pot laws. It wasn’t clear that either the national media or the incoming administration was listening then. Are they listening now?

    46 Responses to “President-Elect Obama, The People Have Spoken; Will You “Answer” Their Question?”

    1. hasufel says:

      Which congress man or woman can we write to that will create the biggest splash for us? How can I contact Obama’s representatives or cabinet members to express my 20 years of use and discontent with being ‘black balled’ by our society, and made a criminal by our government? I’ve been complacent fort 20 years and I believe it is time for me to wake up and write some letters to a greqat number of individuals.

      Thanks in advance!

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    3. Bob says:

      Well, the big answer has been posted. “Obama doesn’t support the legalization of marijuana”… that’s it. Practically not even a sentence. Of course, all the other questions have a whole paragraph dedicated to answering them.

      Seriously, though, did anybody here actually expect anything different? He said he wasn’t in favor of it to begin with. This is the reason why I didn’t vote for Obama – he’s a typical politician. There will be no “Change”. Just like how he voted for FISA last year, it will be more of the same crap. If people want change, they should vote 3rd party.

      Oh well, at least it shows that the public is interested in drug law reform.

    4. Kerry Whaley says:

      We are delusional. It will never become legal. No one has the political guts. We are now and forever screwed.
      Welcome to the land of the free.

    5. Hoam Rogh says:

      I want to see some real ORGANIZATION. Obama won because he had it, the NRA wields more power than it should because it has it.

      The motivation behind organizations that achieve their goals requires dead-set belief in their purpose. If we do not believe that marijuana should be legalized to the point that we go off on rants on the same scale that members of the NRA go on rants about their 2nd Amendment rights, marijuana will never be legal. You have to want it so much that it keeps you working and fighting.

      NORML and other marijuana activists must come together with a level of purpose, dedication and tenacity not yet seen if prohibition will finally end.

    6. Jim Lunsford says:

      The drug war addiction is on both sides of the party line. Actually, anyone thinking there is more than one party is nuts. There is no significant difference between them, they are both owned by by the large corporations and banks. The drug policies will get worse in this administration, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fight them on this issue. It is because we’ve believed the system works that we have always failed. We’ve believed the thieves would not steal our inherent rights, and we act surprised when they do. Having said that, I’ve put 26 questions up myself. Because I believe we can win if we all stand together. But it will take far more activism than just sitting in front of a computer screen to do it. Peace, Jim

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