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The White House Opposes Congressional Attempts to Hinder DC Marijuana Reform

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director July 14, 2014

    In a Statement of Administration Policy, released today, President Obama’s administration took a firm stance against recent efforts by Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) to restrict the District of Columbia from using any of its funds towards reducing the penalties for, or legalizing, marijuana for recreational use.

    The memo states that “the Administration strongly opposes the language in the bill preventing the District from using its own local funds to carry out locally- passed marijuana policies, which again undermines the principles of States rights and of District home rule. Furthermore, the language poses legal challenges to the Metropolitan Police Department’s enforcement of all marijuana laws currently in force in the District.”

    “It is encouraging to see the White House stand up for DC’s right to pursue the reformation of their marijuana laws,” stated NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri, “Prohibition is a failed policy and we are pleased to see President Barack Obama beginning to act in accordance with the view of an overwhelming majority of Americans that states and localities should be free to pursue new approaches to marijuana, free from federal incursion.”

    You can read the full text of the memo here.

    You can click here to quickly and easily contact your elected officials and encourage them to oppose this amendment.

    32 Responses to “The White House Opposes Congressional Attempts to Hinder DC Marijuana Reform”

    1. The biggest takeway? Marijuana politics and abortion rights in the same paragraph and given equal gravitas.

    2. Dave says:

      Finally, Obama at least does something to support marijuana reform. Though his support is mostly support of states and DC making their own decisions. I hope he actually sticks to his guns

    3. Cup says:

      Obama is not a friend of the marijuana legalization movement. He is a coward who refuses to take action to eliminate federal laws prohibiting marijuana. Instead, in order not to totally alienate the progressives, he throws out a small bone from time to time. If Ron Paul had became president, marijuana would be legal federally by now.

      [Editor’s note: “Obama is not a friend of the marijuana legalization movement. He is a coward who refuses to take action to eliminate federal laws prohibiting marijuana.”

      Analytically speaking, this supposed statement of fact is not at all correct. What other president in US history has issued more memos allowing greater state autonomy to actually legalize cannabis? Is Obama’s presidency over?

      “If Ron Paul had became president, marijuana would be legal federally by now.”

      Dreamers can dream about what never was and never is going to be. Ron Paul never polled more than about 5% from Republicans, so he was never going to be president of the US, he was never going to get the chance to legalize cannabis.

      This president is allowing cannabis legalization to move forward, and you pine for a political loser.

      The ol’ saying in politics that ‘not everyone can be satisfied’ is indeed a truism.

      NORML is non-partisan, and one can dislike Obama and Co. for any number of political reasons, but one would have to be an ingrate or political doofus not to recognize the socio-cultural-business sea change under way in favor of mass cannabis law reform that this executive branch is shepherding (had either McCain or Romney prevailed against Obama, there very, very likely would be no medical or adult access at all to cannabis in the country as both men totally opposed any cannabis law reforms whatsoever).]

    4. Julian says:

      Wow. Obama defends marijuana and now Democrats are supporting State’s rights? Looks like Republicans missed the marijuana wagon and got picked off the road ti November… even after their own voters warned them not too.
      Great job Mr. President! Cant help but wonder though if President Obama isnt thinking about walking the dog with the Secret Service one night for some Maui Wowy… “Yeah, uh… Michelle… I’ll be right back, baby, I’ve got to go walk the dog.”
      And we wouldn’t blame you if you did Barack.

    5. Mike says:

      Why has it not been removed from schedule 1? What is the damn delay???

    6. Dee Worth says:

      I just hope he sticks it to Michele Leonhart, ASAP.

    7. Don B. says:

      The paranoia regarding all things cannabis is beginning to fade from officialdom. This new attitude is gaining momentum…nearing the tipping point where even realistic rescheduling can occur.

    8. Miles says:

      Thank you President Obama for doing the right thing!!! :)

      God Damn you would be dictators like Republican Andy Harris. Why in the hell does he think his idiotic way of thinking overrides the will of the people? And then there’s Kevin Sabet and his ilk that want to force cannabis consumers into his rehab clinics… Screw you Sabet! 99% of cannabis users only problem is people like you and Harris.

      Forgive my language but the dirtbags in office that continue to cling to the reefer madness mindset need to be thrown into the streets on their butts!

    9. j dogg says:

      [Editor’s note: “Obama is not a friend of the marijuana legalization movement. He is a coward who refuses to take action to eliminate federal laws prohibiting marijuana.”

      Analytically speaking, this supposed statement of fact is not at all correct. What other president in US history has issued more memos allowing greater state autonomy to actually legalize cannabis? Is Obama’s presidency over?

      “If Ron Paul had became president, marijuana would be legal federally by now.”

      Dreamers can dream about what never was and never is going to be. Ron Paul never polled more than about 5% from Republicans, so he was never going to be president of the US, he was never going to get the chance to legalize cannabis.

      This president is allowing cannabis legalization to move forward, and you pine for a political loser.

      The ol’ saying in politics that ‘not everyone can be satisfied’ is indeed a truism.

      NORML is non-partisan, and one can dislike Obama and Co. for any number of political reasons, but one would have to be an ingrate or political doofus not to recognize the socio-cultural-business sea change under way in favor of mass cannabis law reform that this executive branch is shepherding (had either McCain or Romney prevailed against Obama, there very, very likely would be no medical or adult access at all to cannabis in the country as both men totally opposed any cannabis law reforms whatsoever).]
      – See more at: http://blog.norml.org/2014/07/14/the-white-house-opposes-congressional-attempts-to-hinder-dc-marijuana-reform/#sthash.4KpcFhlz.dpuf

      Though I agree in part, memos are not laws and will not protect us in the future. We need laws.

      [Editor’s note: Who passes federal laws? The Congress or the president? Want laws? Does your elected member of Congress and both senators support cannabis legalization? Citizens who want cannabis legalized should actively be lobbying their elected reps to pass reform legislation and not look for executive fiat to provide one’s freedom and liberty.]

    10. Joe Nickelsack says:

      Wow!!! great response Norml!!! It’s so hard to understand why anyone would vote for Republicans ever again. They are so against the movement of marijuana reform!!! They are obviously against us being totally free. There are some really stupid brainwashed idiots out there that vote Republican.If people would throw the sourgrape Republicans out of office this next election, we would really see our country make some more major gains, lets do away with drug testing for the common man and sue the bastards that forced drug testing on us in the first place. and you’ll see our country’s economy explode,nobody wants to take a drug test!!! screw you assholes…Put a mainstream Republican for president in there next time and they’ll be calling out the National guard in Colorado and Washington state to overturn states rights when it comes to marijuana legalization.

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