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Obama To Rolling Stone: We’re Not Going To Legalize Weed Anytime Soon

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director April 25, 2012

    From Politico:

    President Obama clarified his position on medical marijuana in an interview with Rolling Stone, telling publisher Jann Wenner that he can’t “nullify congressional law.”

    “What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana. I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana – and the reason is, because it’s against federal law. I can’t nullify congressional law,” Obama said.

    “I can’t ask the Justice Department to say, ‘Ignore completely a federal law that’s on the books.’ What I can say is, ‘Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage.’ As a consequence, there haven’t been prosecutions of users of marijuana for medical purposes,” Obama said.

    Obama also said in a late night TV appearance Tuesday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, that he didn’t expect Congress to change that law: “We’re not going to be legalizing weed … anytime soon.”

    124 Responses to “Obama To Rolling Stone: We’re Not Going To Legalize Weed Anytime Soon”

    1. scott says:

      It doesn’t matter that he can’t change it alone…no shit, thats not the point..don’t let him distract you with that. If he was a real man and a patriot he would say what he feels. All we’re asking is for a debate, just admit you know it should be legal..thats it, then you have your opinion..and as a leader of our country some people will take that opinion seriously and do some research..then they realize the law is flawed and wrong.

    2. BigPerk says:

      When will you ppl realize its US against THEM? Republicans arent going to fix it, nor are Democrats, or liberals or conservatives or any flavor above. Its all divide and conquer and this thread is proof of it. We ALL agree we would like some legalization of marijuana yet we continue to disagree as to who did what and what someone has done or not done to make it happen.. So, divided we FALL. Both parties have been in office at one point or another and neither has done diddly to advance what WE THE PEOPLE have clearly stated and the STATS show that even those who are not advocates, agree it makes NO sense to put someone in jail at an average cost of $40-60grand a YEAR for simple possesion or even dealing in small amounts. This being the case, we have to take from each lemon (government official) we squeeze what we can and continue to take babysteps forward if need be. I also am dissappointed in Obama and the ONLY reason I voted for him was because I thought, just maybe this black man will do something different then the many wealthy white men ahead of him did and make a stand. Well, I didnt count on him being so concieted and thinking he was the golden child and could make both parties play nice when he had the house and senate in his hands. Now that he doesnt, NOTHING is getting done, accept they are still collecting their checks, still getting cost of living increases and low and behold even were able to be friends long enough to pass a law that THIER kids do not have to pay back their student loans even! Wake up and smell the coffee ppl. Get out and VOTE for those who have the courage to say, ON THE RECORD that they oppose criminal consequences and ON THE RECORD that they dont actually agree with it, but, jailing ppl for it makes no COMMOM SENSE. When you sit here and birate ONE GUY and think he is the cause of all this and not the system thats broke (on purpose) then you show your ignorance and they have won.. again. BTW. I am long term pain management, am prescribed 120mg of methadone/day and 40mg of Hydrocodone and yet just recently my doctor who IS not against my self medicating with marijuana as it hasnt proven to be a problem in the 7yrs he has treated me, was just sent a letter by my comp carrier asking that I be urine tested. Since I have always been honest with MY doc, I told him it was a setup and he was naive and told me they were just looking for coke or heroin. I agreed to take it for HIM and that I would test pos for MJ. Well, I did, and next thing he knows, the Ins Carrier is pressing him on what he plans to do about my ILLEGAL use and poppin off article such and such of the National Pain Management guidelines and in short threatening his license if he doesnt take appropriate action. I am on day 14 of being “clean” so in another 30 days I can give him a “clean” test that shows ONLY my current hard core prescribed drugs. So, this while thing is near and dear to my heart. I have 2 kids in college another teen on the honor roll, been married for coming up on 30 yrs. Refused full disability and retrained for computers so I could show my kids I didnt need a hand out until I could REALLY no longer make a living. I do work for police depts, banks and lawfirms and have many good clients who work with me and my bad days.. Yet here I am, having to take a month off because without my little bit of smoke to help with nausia and deep nerve pain, I cant get it together enough to do much of anything.. so, please, if you can offer any info or GOOD advise, I would appreciate it. The only reason the Ins carrier did this, and by the way this is the second time, the first they were successful in getting me expelled from a diff doctor I was otherwise good with, is so they dont have to pay the small bill I cost them each month. I dont do a ton of doctors. Just the one I need to carry on with life, pain management. Once again.. its US vs THEM.. and anything other then that is but a diversion of whats important and does more harm to the cause then good. Keep it focused ppl and have a great day!

    3. David762 says:

      While Congress does need to get involved to “free the plant” and it’s users legislatively, the combined DEA / IRS raids that have occurred under Obama can be changed administratively. All Obama needs to do is to command, by Executive Order, that the DHHS & DEA follow 2 separate DEA Administrative Law judicial decisions that would shift cannabis (the plant) into the same or lessor CSA Schedule classification that Big Pharma has been granted for their synthetic THC “products” to provide relief for medical marijuana patients.

      But for Obama to do that, he would have to be willing to surrender a close and mutually beneficial relationship with the Medical Industrial Complex and the Prison Industrial Complex. He would also be signaling to the Bankster Cabal that their free ride with laundering $100′s Billions of drug cartel profits per year. Obama is an authoritarian who is always trying to grab more Executive power, not yield any of that power back to We the People.

      Obama needs to go — either by impeachment or by defeat at the ballot box. So does every Congressman and Congresswoman, Democrat or Republican, that continues to support cannabis prohibition AND the police state. They have all violated their oaths of office, willfully and repeatedly.

    4. Temple of Zion says:

      Shouldn’t be a legal anyways since Religions are Invovled. Its Freedom of Religion Right.And Technichally What does the Constitution say if the goverment commits treason

    5. Don M says:

      I think we all know that President Obama can’t, by himself, make marijuana legal. He could use his power to get the ball rolling in the correct direction. I am disgusted by his stance on this subject and feel betrayed; as I’m sure many millions of us that voted for him feel.

      It is truly sad that the Republican party is just as bad or worse regarding ending this idiotic prohibition.

      As I approach age 60, my hope for ever seeing justice and real freedom in America during my life is rapidly dwindling…

    6. BigPerk says:

      “Obama needs to go — either by impeachment or by defeat at the ballot box. So does every Congressman and Congresswoman, Democrat or Republican, that continues to support cannabis prohibition AND the police state. They have all violated their oaths of office, willfully and repeatedly.” David 572

      Amen.. I couldnt have said it better. THAT is where the focus needs to be placed and in a unified way. Ousting JUST Obama wont do a thing. Romney will be no better and may not even concede the VERY little Obama has been FORCED to. The problem goes further then party lines and even beyond marijuana reform for that matter. The Police State that is happening on an alarming incline is what should scare the bejesus out of you and at some point we may loose the abilities we NOW have to unite and move forward on the issues. btw, sorry to have babbled on about my own problems, I just wanted people to know how to the heart this entire thing goes and give some perspective that there are some of us who’s quality of life and our families are truly at stake and its not just a matter of tokin up here.

    7. Dave Evans says:

      The Supreme court wrote that, ‘the federal government is currently blind to the wisdom of medical marijuana, but this may change sooner than later’.

      I take this as admission the supreme court *does see the wisdom* of medical marijuana and just wanted to pretend they don’t have the authority to send the law back to congress and have them fix it now. Failing that, declare it null and void.

      Earn your money folks. Pretending marijuana isn’t important is a pipe dream. Do your jobs and provide for the people.

    8. Ozlanthos says:

      VOTE RON PAUL!!! When are you guys going to get it???? The only way he doesn’t get elected is IF YOU DO NOT VOTE FOR HIM! He is the only candidate you are likely to see in your lifetime that has stated plainly and clearly that THE DRUG WAR has to end, and that he would do everything in his power to end the federal war on drugs. Obama has shown that he wants to, and WILL CONTINUE to prohibit the American people from smoking Cannabis! The president has far more jurisdiction over drug policy than he would have you believe.

      If you really do want to end the war on drugs, you need to do everything possible to help Ron Paul get elected!

      Ps. If you want to understand where he really stands on the issue, and would like to know everything he has had to say about it, go to Youtube and watch a few of the videos people have put out. Many have Ron Paul speeches and interviews that will eliminate any doubts you may have about him, or his policies.

      -Oz

    9. dave says:

      Why not? Those are poor excauses and just a waste of time and money. then again tha’s the goverment, a waste of time. If you good make money of something and great jobs won’t you?

    10. Dee says:

      There’s no way he will work towards legalizing it during an election year. It can make him seem vulnerable toward mid-right leaning voters. I think there just MAYBE a chance that after the election is over, he will ease up on the federal crackdowns or maybe even use executive power to move it down to schedule II. Even if he doesn’t we really don’t have a choice, because what do you think Romney will do? According to him drug dealers are “Narco-Terrorists” and he may use the same rules for weed dealers and possibly users as he would for Al Qaeda and lock them up indefinitely without a trial. We can’t vote our way of this either. It has to be beaten like the Alcohol prohibition was by mass civil disobedience.

    11. mass civil disobedience. i like it. so simple

    12. Mark says:

      Obama doesn’t care who’s live are ruin because they smoke a little weed. This great Nation would be out of Debt in a few years as long as our government don’t send our tax money to other Countries or for Illegalls. Now they go after Richard Lee in Oakland, CA who has done wonders for the City of Oakland. Wow!! Eric Holder, what a joke..if he worked for any company he would have been FIRED long ago. They don’t want to go after the real Threat. The Mexican Cartels or other illegal drugs. Why buy it from people that you don’t know where it is grown or packaged from the black market and keep them rich. Stay away from the synthetic pot products, too many people having bad experience. The Cannabis that is grown in Harborside is safe. Great organization, keep it going Steve.We the people need to end the Drug War. We vote the People in Office…there is over 75% of Americans that would want Cannabis legal for the people who are in PAIN & Suffering & then there’s Hemp that we can make rope,lamp oil, cloth to make clothes. There is so much farmers can do with HEMP. I don’t understand our Government the Money that could be Made with Hemp. George Washington, our First President grew it on his plantation. Why are w letting Canada grow Hemp and not us? We could have so many Jobs behind this. If we the Peolpe want to stand up for something, this should be One…plus drill in our own Country. We have so any resources here in America & our Big Gov’t is keeping this from us. I think they want us poor so we have to depend on them like Russia & China. I say HELL NO!! They want us hooked on those big pharm drugs like Oxycontin, Percocet, & other hard narcotics that will kill your kidneys & liver over time. I would rather smoke or eat cannabis for my pain then to have to fill my liver & kidneys with all those hard pain medications. We need to keep Cannabis users out of Prison. That is no place for people who just smoke the weed. Ty

    13. richardb says:

      Pres Obama can change weed from a schedule 5 drug to a schedule 2 drug without congress. That will give the states the right to allow and control it.

    14. Big Smoke says:

      We’re not going to see marijuana legalized in the US in our lifetime. Just look at the war FDA is currently waging with tobacco now that it falls under their oversight. No new tobacco products have been introduced on the market in the last 3 years b/c other than whats currently on the market, everything else requires FDA approval first now. And guess who sits in control of the Centre for Tobacco Control at FDA…a bunch of anti-tobacco public health figures. So what makes any of you think that marijuana is going to get legalized?

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    17. stone Malone says:

      Based on the unalterable proviso that drug use is essentially an unstoppable and ongoing human behavior which has been with us since the dawn of time, any serious reading on the subject of past attempts at any form of drug prohibition would point most normal thinking people in the direction of sensible regulation.
      By its very nature prohibition cannot fail but create a vast increase in criminal activity, and rather than preventing society from descending into anarchy, it actually fosters an anarchic business model – the international Drug Trade. Any decisions concerning quality, quantity, distribution and availability are then left in the hands of unregulated, anonymous, ruthless drug dealers, who are interested only in the huge profits involved.

      Many of us have now finally wised up to the fact that the best avenue towards realistically dealing with drug use and addiction is through proper regulation, which is what we already do with alcohol & tobacco –two of our most dangerous mood altering substances. But for those of you whose ignorant and irrational minds traverse a fantasy plane of existence, you will no doubt remain sorely upset with any type of solution that does not seem to lead to the absurd and unattainable utopia of a drug free society.

      There is an irrefutable connection between drug prohibition and the crime, corruption, disease and death it causes. If you are not capable of understanding this connection, then maybe you’re using something far stronger than the rest of us. Anybody ‘halfway bright’ and who’s not psychologically challenged, should be capable of understanding, that it is not simply the demand for drugs that creates the mayhem; it is our refusal to allow legal businesses to meet that demand.

      No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safer; only an end to prohibition can do that. How much longer are you willing to foolishly risk your own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution?

      If you still support the kool aid mass suicide cult of prohibition, and erroneously believe that you can win a war without logic and practical solutions, then prepare yourself for even more death, corruption, terrorism, sickness, imprisonment, unemployment, foreclosed homes, and the complete loss of the rule of law and the Bill of Rights.

      The only thing prohibition successfully

    18. EchoJ says:

      What does he mean he can’t change the law? He has told the Border Patrol to stop deporting illegal immigrants. THAT is in direct violation of a federal law
      He hides Holder behind the vail of “privilaged information”.
      Obama is breaking one law after another. If he wants to do something that is against an existing law, he just uses his executive privilage to shape the law to suit him.
      Washington DC, a few blocks from Pennsylvania Ave., is opening medical marijuana dispensaries. Why are they so different than the rest of the country?

    19. LEGALISEWEED says:

      IM SO STONED RIGHT NOW LEGALISE IT :DD:egrgrgrgrkgj;tnqgnt oq3t55qyq45y54qyg5q4g4qgh PLEASE? ;)

    20. Pro -canabus!!!!!! says:

      If canabus could just be legalized there wouldn’t be all this money going out on trying to catch people and arrest them for having it and they could tax it and there would be so much more money put into the government ….. I mean it’s legal in Washington d.c !!!and colorado already for recreational use I mean really come on now people its just a natural plant nothing but mother natures gift to us ….

    21. 420 says:

      U never hear of people getting high and fighting, killing, or causing any kind of bad behavior like people do on alcohol . I think it’s way safer .

    22. swerve says:

      i think that if one man can do it legaly than the whole USA should be able to we are all made equal right?

    23. neal says:

      look the govt is messed up any ways look at tis how they gettin payed $250000 a year for wat sayin no to tis an that. wat has the govt done good latley ill wait for a answer????? nothin at all. we have no jobs like our parents an grandparents had they graduated highschool mgo work some where for 20 years an retire. we dont have that privalage best job now a days is walmart haha. just legalizing weed would create jobs revenue and who knows wat else. just like tis bamboo is a resource that grows back within 7years it takes a tree double that if not longer. bamboo is stronger than wood so why not use bamboo ill tell u why the govt’s wallet is backed by timber companies an oil companies until shit changes up at the top nothing will get better. the richer get richer while the poorer get poorer. i know there is a bunch of garbage surronding the legalization of weed they (govt) saywell the mexican cartel will attack an we will have problems like the people in california. the reason people r dying over weed out there is cause u goin to legalize it in one state but not others. of course people r goin to attack. now if u legalized nationally all at once an all stores open at once u goin to solve 2 problems wit one stone. no more weed dealers an no attacks. the govt has taxes on tobacco an alchol which kill more americans dailey than bad weed deals thats the only way a person dies from weed bad deals. but in my mind if the govt wants to SAVE AMERICA they have to legalize weed. weed its the only thing we have left that can make a profit for the govt an solve a bunch of issues at once.hey they can even use weed to get people off of mental meds that r bad. but in my mind the govt will never legalize weed cause they are more worried about their (govt) money then the american people they could care less about us. but dont know where it says the american people have no rights and the politicans have all the rights. the american people are slaves and the politicans are our owners. nothing like being the govts bitches. all well life goes on peace out yall

    24. No yall need to legal weed. In ever state. And how is it against the law , if it a plant that grows on the ground. It was put on this earth for a reason, cause if it wasn’t here,then how did it get here on earth.you dont know were it came from. Cause you know god didn’t put it here on this earth.
      Now in my opinion why have guns if there here to kill people. An all you do is smoke weed and relax. An chill and word.cause you kno cops smoked weed an the gorerments to some were in line.and as in kids you should be only allowed to have two to 3kids and thats its.and out there to all them girls out there layin on your back get ****** by ever dude and having kids for noreason. Thats not kool thats i believe is a *****.that is stupid as **** why do you wanna have some many damn kids..about that baby thing after the girl haves two to 3kids tie her tubes and make it were she cant have anymore kids. Then they would be able to **** an not have no kids.
      As in you obama, have you ever smoked weed before if not or if so i want to smoke weed with you and see why you hate weed so much. And why what do the government has says in it OBAMA your the president. Why is that you got the government sayin you cant legalise weed. When your the president anit. That saposte to be the kind of the world . I dont understand why yall make it so hard for people in life . LOOOOk weed =money and you know what that means more money an it will get all that **** taken care of.

      I had wrote more down but its getting late so if yall wanna know more from. Me look me up on fb dooley bowman. Do you not kno how much the earth would be much more prettier. Im one for right now so write me on facebook. Cause i can keep on writing an telling you things. Ill try to make weed legal… Og Dooley Bowman

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