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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. Galileo Galilei says:

      “..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…”

      I despise this kind emphasis of ideology over science. It’s reminiscent of the stories about Galileo and Darwin or the more recent head-in-the-sand attitude toward climate change.

      This language shows a calculated effort to thwart the advance of medical science. This is NOT just another political trick. This is a crime against us all.

    2. claygooding says:

      “”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?””

      Need some history refresher courses,,Biden was on the committee that wrote the ONDCP Re-Authorization Act,,you know,,the one that requires the drug czar to lie and do anything necessary to keep marijuana schedule 1.

      So he IS a drug warrior and as evil a son of bitch that has ever walked on 2 legs.

      When the Democratic Party put him as VP it was to keep Obama from changing anything and I suspect in the same capacity the Johnson had with Kennedy,,in case he tried anything.

    3. Galileo Galilei says:

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think Biden did eventually come around on the disparity in sentencing on powered cocaine versus crack. Of course in the intervening years drug warriors decimated the black community, saddling people with criminal records that preclude employment and guarantee more reliance on the welfare state.

    4. johnny d says:

      Marijuana is teribbly dangerous…but apparently necessary in the presidential resume,as the last three presidents partook…and went on to be leaders of the free world…President Balack Obama is a liar

    5. Jeanne says:

      I think Vice-President Biden, should back off,just because he is against legal marijuana, dosen’t mean cannabis should not be legal! We want legalizion and we want President Obama to tell Congress to leave us alone. I would like to have all of Congress get the boot at the last election, but they are still there. Voters keep voting for the same asses.

    6. bud says:

      “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.”

      Tell us now after the election. Obama, you screw this up and your party will end up like the Republicans. Go ahead, make our day.

    7. Steve says:

      You have to wonder about a man who says he won’t crack down on medical marijuana and then perpetuates more busts in four years than his predecessor did in eight years. The same man is the one who picked Biden to be his vice president. I would advise keeping your eyes and ears open.

    8. James Tasoulas says:

      Quit wasting our taxes by failed policies. Legalize marijuana now!

    9. Anonymous says:

      Why arent we all dead anyway???I

    10. Jon Rutledge says:

      IT’s pure and simple. Leave pot and the users alone, and concentrate on IMPORTANT THINGS helping the poor, and balancing the budget, give us jobs and uphold God as the supreme ruler..everything else is useless.

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