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

  • by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator January 26, 2011


    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 Responses to ““Ask Obama” Top 100 Questions About Ending Drug War, Legalizing Marijuana”

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    2. Lee Johnson says:

      It looks like the list has been edited, and cleaned out of canmabis questions. At least I could not find them at 9:46 am pst.

    3. AfraidinCt. says:

      We got to keep pouring it on, let him know that we are Serious about this. STOP THE WAR

    4. AfraidinCt. says:

      I made over 700 Votes.

    5. Don says:

      I want to thank you Russ Belville. You are a TRUE American!!! I can hardly wait to see if he dodges this question again but I predict that he will. I have a theory that he is ashamed of having sold us out and has chosen to hide rather than face it. The only other alternative I can think of is that he really believes that it is a good thing to continue arresting hundreds of thousands of otherwise innocent people…

    6. james says:

      Why not decide based on scientific facts since the evidence speaks for itself? Justice is blind.

    7. Thanks. I love this article because it sorts everything out, saving us all a lot of time and giving us the opportunity to see the sort for ourselves if we want and didn’t know how to do it on YouTube.

      Legalization means money above the radar that you didn’t have before. Talk about cutting the size of government to reduce expenditures. If we could only get them to lay off cannabis.

    8. Allen says:

      vidio does not work

    9. Ben says:

      Obama is crap on this issue, he is the most cowardly of the cowardly politicians. When have you ever seen him take a leadership role on a controversial issue?

    10. Tom says:

      Hi, as a European following up on this, I wonder at what time he will be answering these questions?
      ( well, Avoiding them or laughing them away.. )

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