It’s Time for Obama to Have His “Marijuana Moment”

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director May 26, 2012

    The internet was ablaze yesterday with talk of President Obama’s youthful pot use. Which is odd, considering the only thing atypical about Obama’s high school years is how common and relatable they seem.

    Recent polling has shown support for marijuana legalization growing exponentially. Just this month, 56% of people responded in favor of legalization in a survey from Rasmussen Reports, with only 36% opposed. This is just the latest in a continuing trend of polling data demonstrating majority support for regulating cannabis. In October 2011, a Gallup poll had 50% support amongst those polled. Ending the war on cannabis consumers is no longer a political liability, it is a political possibility. President Obama should use this opening to embrace reforming our country’s marijuana laws and encourage Congress to pass laws to facilitate ending the arrest of 850,000 American citizens a year.

    It is time for Barack to get in touch with his inner “Barry” and advocate for ending this country’s war against responsible adults who choose to consume cannabis. The majority of this country is waiting for your opinion to “evolve” on this issue, this could be your chance.

    We encourage you to make your voice heard as an American voter and let the White House know this is an issue you consider to be of importance in this election. It is time those in Washington realize supporting rational reforms to our country’s marijuana laws can win them support at the ballot box.

    RT!: @BarackObama: It’s time to have your “marijuana moment” #LegalizeIt2012 #DescheduleMJ – http://bit.ly/Kb3EAk
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    150 Responses to “It’s Time for Obama to Have His “Marijuana Moment””

    1. Kirk Perry says:

      D.C. Senate and Hemp Tour, from the office of 5th District Brian Bilbray (R) October 24-27 2012:


    2. Kirk Perry says:

      Well done! The public has all the facts they need to know to make a rational decision.

      Key statement from Colorado’s Pot Czar, Ex-Narc, turned positive thinking believer, when asked by Steve what the impact-outcome of Marijuana was on the State of Colorado?

      “Nothing!, replied the Ex-Narc.


      Thanx Steve Kroft and 60 Minutes.

    3. Kirk Perry says:

      Sunday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7:00 p.m. PT

      Correspondent Steve Kroft starts us off Sunday with an eye-opening report on the status of medical marijuana in the U.S. He goes to Colorado’s “green rush” to see some of the state’s 537 medical marijuana dispensaries. Colorado is one of 17 states where it’s legal to grow and sell medical pot. But there’s one hitch: it’s still illegal in the eyes of the federal government.
      Finally, a voice! :)

    4. Kirk Perry says:

      The “new marijuana reform” hand-out circulating throughout my fellow Republican party incumbents is the, “marijuana only to the terminally ill” boilerplate, and only available through DEA chosen pharmacies, with prescriptions filled out in (narcotic) triplicate copy recordings.

      San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith penned a Union Tribune article, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2012 that suggested so, taking credit for being one of three who originally fought for prop. 215, only to now side with this ridiculous republican solution to ending MMJ dispensaries. Grandstanding, Jan used “fake” MMJ i.d. cards” in the past as part of the problem. Hardly. He’s grasping at any hand-hold he can, to remain in the political spotlight. His narrow focus on MMJ now is to keep his job and stay aligned with the new Romney righteous.
      I wrote the Union Tribune editor yesterday asking him/her what about the other 5,000 people in San Diego that use marijuana daily? What about those people? Do you think they will just stop medicating with marijuana? Or, do you think that they will return to the underground market and reverse all the progress we’ve made towards regulation?

      I’ll get no answer from the editor at the UT. All of the news media is locked. All the republicans are in lock-step with the MJ for the terminally ill only. What will happen?

      How many DEA agents are there in the USA devoting their time to eradicating Marijuana?

      What is the base salary for a DEA agent?
      I think there’s one agent too many, and the DEA needs to have their projected “drug focus” brought out into the daylight. How about you?

      Let’s open up the closed doors at OUR DEA.
      Who are these guys and what are they doing about Bath Salts and precursor chemicals TODAY…. and TOMORROW?
      The DEA needs GUIDANCE from the public.

      Where’s Bob Filner in all of this? :) Trying to win an election for Bob that’s where.
      Haven’t heard an MMJ word from BoB to date.

    5. Kirk Perry says:

      Contact your representative now through this petition. It only takes a minute to register and there’s a “remember me” box for pre-filled out petition forms in your future.


    6. Kirk Perry says:

      Rep. Bilbray Has No Position On Industrial Hemp

    7. Kirk Perry says:

      Last night’s debate was the “hand-off” from Obama to Romney. Obama is through, unless the United States goes to conflict overseas.

      NORML’s report of a hoped 15,000 letters of petition are puny, compared to actual marijuana users in California.

      Petition Eric Holder absolutely, but he’ll leave as A.G. after November.

      SDDC dispensary on Midway is closed.
      Delivery is the only “tested-menu” option in North County.

      L.A. dispensaries were sent DEA notices last week.

      What happens when Mitt gets his mitts on marijuana?

    8. Kirk Perry says:

      The hemp act is sending the DEA into a mad scramble this morning. It’s been 75 yrs. since the federal government made the (5) leaf plant an evil symbol.
      Hemp looks too much like marijuana, and the DEA does not want the serrated (5) leaf plant to become commonplace, much less an energy savior for the USA. That’s a big plate of CROW to swaller’.

      DEA jobs are on the line in November 2011. If even one (1) state like Colorado legalizes marijuana, other states will follow and the DEA is sweating over it. Big time.

      If you have a moment to send A.G. Eric Holder a message we would all benefit from your effort in the future.
      Not since the Vietnam War has their been so much muted public upheaval about a social lie.
      Imagine, (9) retired DEA executives attempting to persuade Eric Holder to “cancel out” pro-voters ballot decision by federal decree.

      Help win the 37 year battle today, if you haven’t already on this secure petition site:


    9. Kirk Perry says:

      ~ H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act ~ At House Energy & Commerce

      9-24-12 Thank you for taking the time to contact me about H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.

      As you know, HEMP is a variation of cannabis sativa with low-grade tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) strains. Today, hemp is used for industrial purposes such as paper, clothing and bio-fuel. Earlier this Congress, Representative RON PAUL (Texas-R) introduced H.R. 1831, the INDUSTRIAL HEMP FARMING ACT.
      This piece of legislation AMENDS the (75 yr. old) CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ACT to EXCLUDE industrial hemp from the DEFINITION of “MARIJUANA”.

      H.R. 1831 also defines “industrial hemp” as any part of the Cannabis plant that meets the THC concentration limit of NO MORE than 0.3 PERCENT.
      If a person grows or processes it for purposes of making industrial hemp THIS WOULD BE in accordance with state law.

      H.R. 1831 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

      Please rest assured, should this or similar legislation comes to the House floor for a vote, I will keep your thoughts in mind. Thank you for contacting me. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or my office at (202) 225-0508. – Congressman Brian Bilbray (R), 50th district, California

      Please Americans!(and the world at the same time)..Hemp for Fuel/Clothing..Corn for Cattle.

    10. Kirk Perry says:

      DeMaio (R) & Filner (D) On Same Page in Push for Marijuana Dispensaries” – Union Tribune, Monday 9/24/12.

      “For now, the two candidates are asked about medical marijuana at nearly EVERY debate.” – Union Tribune, Monday, September 24, 2012

      Great! Nice job NORML

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