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The Hill Blog: Legalizing Marijuana Tops Obama Online Poll

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director December 15, 2008

    Capitol Hill is talking about cannabis, again!

    Earlier today The Hill‘s influential Congress Blog posted my commentary:

    Legalizing Marijuana Tops Obama Online Poll
    via The Hill

    Last week, the website Change.gov — the official website of the Obama Transition Team — asked the public to provide them with a list of the top public policy questions facing America. Visitors to the site were then asked to vote on which questions should take priority for the incoming administration.

    According to the website, “participation … outpaced our expectations. … Since its launch … the Open for Questions tool has processed over 600,000 votes from more than 10,000 people on more than 7,300 questions.”

    Ironically but perhaps not surprisingly the top question for the new administration — as chosen by the general public — was one most politicians seem utterly unwilling to talk about.

    “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.?”

    … So will Obama’s team respond to the demands of the electorate and initiate an honest, objective, and long-overdue review of U.S. marijuana policies? Or will the incoming administration — like the outgoing one — hide their collective heads in the sand?

    As we’ve noted before, The Hill is widely read by lawmakers and by the national media; it is vital that we demonstrate the popularity of the marijuana legalization issue by commenting prolifically. Please post your feedback to The Hill and make a point of disseminating this essay to your friends and colleagues.

    (Note: Comments to The Hill are moderated. That means that there will be a delay, sometimes a significant delay, between when you post and when your comment appears live online. That said, all comments will eventually be published. As you can see, my last Hill essay received over 200 comments, one of the highest totals ever received by The Hill on any topic!)

    Finally, please take a moment to drop a note to your local news outlet highlighting the results of Obama’s online poll. Currently, this issue is reverberating throughout the blogosphere, but with your help, we can make this a mainstream news story as well.

    84 Responses to “The Hill Blog: Legalizing Marijuana Tops Obama Online Poll”

    1. Dan says:

      Q: “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.?” S. Man, Denton

      A: President-elect Obama is not in favor of the legalization of marijuana.

      …wtf

    2. Q: “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.?” S. Man, Denton

      A: President-elect Obama is not in favor of the legalization of marijuana.

    3. Joseph says:

      Q: “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.?” S. Man, Denton

      A: President-elect Obama is not in favor of the legalization of marijuana

      This is from change.gov

      What does this mean for Marijuana legalization?

    4. H20420 says:

      The results are in and it’s a swift dodge! The most popluar question on the site gets quickly swept under the carpet because it pertains to *gasp* marijuana! A twelve word response to a question about restoring financial security to the country and bettering the lives of everyone. I also like how it appears 4th on the list of replies.

      Boo to the typical political one-liner blow off.

    5. Derrek Landauer says:

      The Obama administration has replied regarding Marijuana legalization: http://change.gov/newsroom/entry/open_for_questions_response/

      Q: “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.?” S. Man, Denton

      A: President-elect Obama is not in favor of the legalization of marijuana.

      ——-

      “So will Obama’s team respond to the demands of the electorate and initiate an honest, objective, and long-overdue review of U.S. Marijuana policies? Or will the incoming administration — like the outgoing one — hide their collective heads in the sand?”

      Signs point to the latter scenario.

    6. Kelli PT says:

      I am very disappointed in Change.gov

    7. Jason Dwyer says:

      Yeah the government does not like to listen to the people who voted them into office. I do not get why though more then half of the population agrees with marijuana law reform. They do not listen and CHANGE.

    8. luckydaemon says:

      Obama is just another politician. Change is only a word used to enthrall the masses. Real change isn’t possible with him regarding drug policies. The only way to make the change possible is by the state level. State Rights trump federal. Viva la revolucion!

    9. Steven says:

      it means president-elect obama in dodging the question. a one line response? c’mon now, that is just rude. especially seeing it was the number one question. just another politician out to push his own agenda with deaf ears.

    10. PSYOP says:

      To add insult to injury, the #1 question is placed fourth on the list, hidden at the bottom of the page. These politicians NEVER SEEM TO GET IT!!! Can they honestly say they “work for us?” 99% of what comes out of their mouths is lie after lie after lie…

      This just gets more and more frustrating by the day. When are WE going to make OUR government DO what we want it to do? If we don’t get control of them soon, they are going to run us all into the ground.

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