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President Obama To Answer Online Questions Thursday: Will Marijuana Legalization Be A Top Question Again?

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director January 24, 2011

    This Thursday, President Obama will field questions submitted from the world of social media during a live-streamed YouTube interview. NORML supporters can send their questions to the President at youtube.com/askobama, or via Twitter, by using the #askobama hashtag.

    Obama will answer the top-rated questions when the interview kicks off at 2:30 p.m. EST on Thursday.

    Update: Many marijuana questions are appearing in the Other category.

    In two prior online question-n-answer sessions with the American public since taking office over two years ago, the question of ending America’s failed Cannabis Prohibition was a top question both times–which speaks to the importance and urgency of the public’s want to actually control cannabis via taxation and regulation. However, regrettably, President Obama has dismissed ending Cannabis Prohibition in no uncertain terms.

    If you’re interested in asking President Obama about reforming America’s 74-year-old Cannabis Prohibition laws, you’ll have to send in your question by midnight, Tuesday, January 25th.

    Be concise! White House staff says each question “should be about 20 seconds long.”

    Suggested short questions for President Obama:

    • Wouldn’t finally legalizing marijuana in America end the terrible Prohibition-related violence in Mexico. If not, why not?
    • You claim you want to be the first ‘green jobs’ president. In a green economy, why does your administration continue to oppose American farmers growing industrial hemp. Governments in Canada, France and China allow their farmers to prosper from industrial hemp cultivation, why not American farmers?
    • Though you say you support medical access to cannabis, why does your drug czar (Gil Kerlikowski) and DEA chief (Michele Leonhart) continue to publicly lie claiming that cannabis has no medical use or value?
    • If Jamaica (or Mexico), for example, wanted to legalize and tax cannabis, would your administration oppose their efforts to end Cannabis Prohibition in their country?
    • As a person struggling with tobacco addiction, do you think the criminal justice system works better than health services to ween drug abusers from self-destructive behavior? Is the decision to stop using a drug, like tobacco, or marijuana, a personal or governmental decision?

    You can check out a great question to President Obama from our friends at LEAP here.

    [Russ adds: You can see the video questions I submitted to President Obama via The Stash Blog at http://stash.norml.org/youtube-ask-obama-forum-dominated-by-marijuana-legalization-questions]

    112 responses to “President Obama To Answer Online Questions Thursday: Will Marijuana Legalization Be A Top Question Again?”

    1. Weed Smokers says:

      […] http://blog.norml.org/2011/01/24/pre…uestion-again/ Once agian he will be taking questions from the internet and you can help. Follow the Norml link […]

    2. sherri Watson says:

      You say you want to put americans to work. Why will you not let us grow industrial hemp? WHY will you not legalize , decriminalize, tax? Put us to work. Put your money where your mouth is…

    3. brett says:

      what a surprise. the popular questions are already dominated by marijuana themed questions. im betting he will ignore us… again…

    4. CDXX Communion 01.23.11 4:20 says:

      “The Reformation”
      Genesis I;29,30,31

      Genesists have a right to take account of the facts, and the right to an open mind and a conscience.

      “Genesists reject imprisoned minds.” We stand for the salvation of free thinking, and the ability to act on those thoughts and beliefs. The free ground Genesists stand on is tapped solid by the feet of individual action. So then! The fate of religious freedom [individual freedom] depends entirely upon a Genesist’s individual defense of it. “Everyone is the protector of their own rights.” God helps the individual who helps him or her self through the practice of faith, conscience, and conviction.

    5. pissedoffveteran says:

      Obama is a one term president so it really doesn’t matter what he says. Our next president will likely be someone like Palin, Romney or Huckabee and I can promise you they will be on the side of law Enforcement and the DEA. They will preach the same ol Bullsheet. America is going down the crapper and I blame the Republicans. They are the ones who support this drug war which has ruined Mexico. THey are the ones who start wars in the Middle East and spawn groups such as Al-Queada and The Taliban. They are the ones responsible for China becoming the greatest country on the face of the earth. They are the ones who could care less about impoverished Americans and are more concerned with keeping the wealthy rich.

    6. Nic says:

      I Pray for Obamas soul, how will he feed the children?

      Hemp

    7. Chris Barnstable says:

      Hope & change? All I see is more of the same. You claim you want to be the first ‘green jobs’ president, in a green economy, why does your administration continue to oppose American farmers growing industrial hemp. Governments in Canada, France and China allow their farmers to prosper from industrial hemp cultivation, why not American farmers? Again President Obama:
      Hope & change? All I see is more of the same….

    8. brian says:

      im sure marijuana will be the #1 question again, and im sure he’ll blow it off just like the last time… fucking bastard

    9. Looney says:

      before the marijuana prohibition hemp was used for over 150,000 textile products in America, legalization could help us with our debt to other countries, and be a big revenue for our country itself.
      Support the cause, go green!

    10. Ron Combs says:

      We already know what will happen. Youtube will pull ANY cannabis realated questions before Obama sees them.Thats exactly what happened the last time and i’m sure Youtube still answers to the same masters.

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