Obama ‘Open For Questions’ About The Economy — Ask Him To Support Taxing And Regulating Marijuana

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director March 25, 2009

    WhiteHouse.gov is once again asking the public to pose questions directly to President Obama via its ‘Open For Questions‘ service. The topic of this week’s forum is the national economy, and not surprisingly, many of you have already put forward questions to the President regarding the taxation and regulation of cannabis.

    For example, the most popular question in the category “Budget” is: With over 1 out of 30 Americans controlled by the penal system, why not legalize, control, and tax marijuana to change the failed war on drugs into a money making, money saving boost to the economy?”

    Similarly, under the topic “Financial Stability,” most asked question is: Would you support the bill currently going through the California legislature to legalize and tax marijuana, boosting the economy and reducing drug cartel related violence?”

    Marijuana-related questions also top the “Green Jobs and Energy” category, and are among the top vote-getters on the site overall.

    According to website, President Obama will “answer some of the most popular submissions live at WhiteHouse.gov” on Thursday morning. That means that we only have a few more hours left to contact the White House.

    Please take a moment right now to log on the WhiteHouse.gov/OpenForQuestions and vote for the questions above, as well as others pertaining to the need to regulate cannabis. Let the President know that millions of American voters believe that the time has come to tax and regulate marijuana. Help us send The White House a message our elected leaders can’t ignore.

    356 responses to “Obama ‘Open For Questions’ About The Economy — Ask Him To Support Taxing And Regulating Marijuana”

    1. James says:

      “answer some of the most popular submissions live at WhiteHouse.gov”

      in other words, they are going to ignore cannabis/prohibition reform even if it is the number one topic time and time again. if he does talk about it, you can be sure he is going to be as ambiguous as possible.

    2. Kevin says:

      We don’t want federal regulation of marijuana. It’s not their job. It’s a state issue, and we need to keep it that way. Fight smart, Less federal regulation.

    3. Matt says:

      Done. Look around the various categories; this question has been asked a number of times.

      Can you feel change coming? Come on, folks, we the people have the power to make this happen!

    4. J. Smith says:

      Although we all know what happened during BOTH rounds of “Ask the President”, I remain hopeful.

      Free America. End the War Against the Citizens. Legalize the PLANT God gave us.

    5. brewmaster says:

      All the top questions pertain to taxing/regulating marijuana. Not a surprise… it’s time to legalize! This is no longer a controversial issue… do it Mr. President!!

    6. Jeremy says:

      Keep the questions rolling folks, doing awesome so far and hopefully he can answer for us!

    7. SAINT RICO says:

      I was impressed with some of the questions….not just the Cannabis related ones. SPEAK UP fellow potHEADS.

      “Immortality is yours!! TOKE it!!”

    8. High East says:

      I think they may be having some web issues over there. I can’t seem to log in to vote.

    9. Jakub says:

      Hopefully this time he’ll answer some greener questions.

    10. J Maiz says:

      Think he can dodge these again? Hope he can answer some questions in more detail, now that his feet are wet.

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