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Presidential Debates Should Address Marijuana Prohibition

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director October 2, 2012

    The Brownie Mary Club Democratic Club of California is hosting an online petition to be presented to the chairman of the Presidential Debate Commission to include at least one cannabis-related question in the presidential debates.

    MARIJUANA IS A MAJOR ISSUE AND NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

    Seventeen states and the District of Columbia representing over a third of the U.S. population have legalized the use of marijuana when recommended by a physician, six states have marijuana initiatives on their November ballots (three legalization and three medical), $20 billion taxpayer dollars are spent every year enforcing marijuana prohibition ensnaring over 850,000 Americans in the criminal justice systems and thousands are killed along our border over illegal importation of marijuana into the United States. There is no other issue that costs so much and directly affects the lives of millions of Americans yet is so totally ignored.

    It is time that this issue is given the attention it deserves. We respectfully request that one or both of the following two questions be asked in one of the three presidential debates.

    1. Colorado, Oregon and Washington have initiative measures on their ballots that will legalize the sale and distribution of marijuana for any purpose. If one or more of these states pass a legalization measure, as polls indicate is likely, what will be the response of your administration?

    2. With seventeen states and the District of Columbia representing over a third of the U.S. population having legalized the use of marijuana when recommended by a physician, there is a direct conflict between federal law and state law. Three states have medical marijuana initiatives on their ballots in November and several more states are expected to enact medical marijuana laws over the next two years. Will you do anything as President to help reconcile the differences between federal and state law?

    Sign petition here.

    71 Responses to “Presidential Debates Should Address Marijuana Prohibition”

    1. […] Presidential Debates Should Address Marijuana Prohibition The Brownie Mary Club Democratic Club of California is hosting an online petition to be presented to the chairman of the Presidential Debate Commission to include at least one cannabis-related question in the presidential debates. MARIJUANA IS A MAJOR ISSUE AND NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES Seventeen states and the District of Columbia representing over a third of the U.S. population have legalized the use of marijuana when recommended by a physician, six states have marijuana initiatives on their November ballots (three legalization and three medical), $20 […] […]

    2. Morningwood says:

      Not like it would make a difference. They can say whatever they want and it still wouldn’t matter. Just like how Obama said he would be more lenient on marijuana policy, yet he never fulfilled his end of the bargain.

    3. The people says:

      Yeah….and let’s not forget Romney this Presidential election http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lTbAI4sP0M&feature=player_embedded#!
      Better yet let your vote be heard . Vote for, Gary Johnson .

    4. jill hass says:

      Just do it!!!! Too many people can benefit and get off prescription medication! But that is one big government scam anyway!
      Would benefit all of us who will loose Medicare in the future!!!!

    5. Gary says:

      Read sign and share this new White House Petition to legalize Marijuana in all 50 states and reduce the national debt to zero!…. http://w?h.gov/BAua

    6. jeffrey morrison says:

      an issue that needs addressing

    7. MARIJUANA IS A MAJOR ISSUE AND NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

    8. mikelwallacejr says:

      it’s satanic to have alcohol as a legal recreational drug which causes addiction, insanity, & costs america billions from it’s repercussions then meanwhile spend billions of tax payer dollars arresting marijuana users since marijuana is a non-addictive sedative.

    9. carol cansler says:

      Its time now!

    10. Janice says:

      It’s time for change, so lets get this changed and legalize.

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