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Listen To Voters President Obama, Not The Vice President!

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director December 12, 2012

    According to Rolling Stone: “There are not many friends to legalization in this administration,” says Kevin Sabet, director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida who served the White House as a top adviser on marijuana policy. In fact, the politician who coined the term “drug czar” – Joe Biden – continues to guide the administration’s hard-line drug policy. “The vice president has a special interest in this issue,” Sabet says. “As long as he is vice president, we’re very far off from legalization being a reality.”

    Really?!

    We’ve got a decidedly baby boom president and former leader of the Choom Gang as the so-called elected leader of the free world, but reform of cannabis prohibition is supposedly being held up by the World War II era-influenced, and current self-described “drug warrior” Joe Biden?

    Let’s send a clear message to President Obama to sensibly pay attention to public polls and election vote totals regarding the tenor of America quickly moving away from the failed eight decade-old federal cannabis prohibition and embracing logical public policy alternatives–notably taxing and regulating cannabis products in a manner similar to alcohol and tobacco products–and NOT to his stodgy, longtime prohibitionist and disconnected Vice President.**

    Please sign this White House petition here.

    **Joe Biden, when he was a Senator from Delaware, led the Democrats’ efforts in the 1980s to try to rebuff longtime and successful Republican efforts to paint Democrats as ‘being soft on crime and weak on drugs’ by helping to create the Office of National Drug Control Policy (AKA Drug Czar’s office) and inserting into its mission statement one of the most anti-democratic and anti-free market charters of all time in a government bureaucracy.

    According to Title VII Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998: H11225:

    Responsibilities. –The Director– [...]

    (12) shall ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form) that–

    is listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812); and
    has not been approved for use for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration;

     

     

    58 Responses to “Listen To Voters President Obama, Not The Vice President!”

    1. Bren says:

      And the beat goes on!
      MOMENTUM!!!
      Onward Ho!

    2. Anon. says:

      SINGLE CONVENTION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS , 1961
      As amended by the 1972 Protocol amending the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961

      Article 28: Control of Cannabis.

      Look it up.

    3. Joel: the other Joel says:

      Vice President Joe Biden is forever intrigued by the schizophrenic letter writings of Joyce Nalepka. Her frantic phobic experiences and fictional sensationalism regarding to her reefer madness of her daily life, helped Joe Biden’s career in the Senate and helped branch out the continuing reefer madness among the democrats in the federal government during the Reagan administration and to this present day.

    4. Dr. Greensleeves says:

      Biden is a backseat puppet and hardly worth getting worried about. Obama is in control.

    5. Dave says:

      Dr. greenie, Please get a clue. Biden is backseat puppeteer, after all Obama is willfully breaking the constitution just to uphold these defective laws. There are thousands of people wasting time in jail thanks to Joe Biden.

    6. Anonymous says:

      It never ceases to amaze me that alcohol is deemed acceptable yet an all natural plant from the earth is prohibited by our government. Thousands of people die each year directly associated to alcohol. On the other hand marijuana is rarely if ever related to acute death. I believe legalizing marijuana will lead to more alternative way to safely experience marijuana for those who enjoy effects.

    7. Support MJ says:

      It never ceases to amaze me that alcohol is deemed acceptable yet an all natural plant from the earth is prohibited by our government. Thousands of people die each year directly associated to alcohol. On the other hand marijuana is rarely if ever related to acute death. I believe legalizing marijuana will lead to more alternative way to safely experience marijuana for those who enjoy effects.

    8. At this point Obama no longer needs Biden much, his purpose has been served and you only get 2 terms. One can hope Bidens advice is now relegated to the mental dustbin where it belongs.

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