Marijuana Legalization Question Again Tops Obama Twitter Townhall

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director July 7, 2011

    Update: SF Weekly reviews cannabis consumers’ concerns getting dissed by Twitter and Obama…

    For the third consecutive time in his presidency, when the Obama Administration goes out to the general public seeking input and questions about the economy or government policies the number one topic of concern for the public: ending Cannabis Prohibition and finally re-legalizing the herb!

    From the Raw Story:

    “Would you consider legalizing marijuana to increase revenue and save tax dollars by freeing up crowded prisons, court rooms?” was retweeted 4911 times, according to the analytics service. A question about letting the Bush tax cuts expire came in second place, with only 1800 retweets.

    Although marijuana legalization was an overwhelmingly popular question with Twitter users, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who moderated the online town hall, focused on questions pertaining to the economy, education and space exploration.

    “#AskObama why they will answer Rep. Boehner’s question, but won’t talk about #CannabisJobs! Legalize it, start a new job creating industry,” the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws complained in  tweet, which was itself retweeted more than 100 times.”

    A analytic site, TwitSpout, compiled some fun stats about the tweets from the townhall in general here.

    85 responses to “Marijuana Legalization Question Again Tops Obama Twitter Townhall”

    1. Bob says:

      He was too busy trying to be the first president to “Live Tweet” then to be the first president to do anything smart and discuss legalizing cannabis.

    2. SealthWashington2410 says:

      If President Obama won’t do what’s right and legalize Cannabiswe fire him. I am about to be going to Court in Kitsap County for Felony Posession of Marijuana, I just got my doctor’s note. So I hope they don’t lock me up. I will be making a blog during my case.

    3. Anonymous says:

      weed is good,,, hey bible thumpers it s god grown

    4. todd says:

      i hate his stupid lying face
      RON PAUL for president someone who is not obama!
      An American not globalist.

    5. Dane says:

      How is legalizing marijuana not pertinent to the economy? I mean lets face it, not all of us can grow our medicine and have to go to a collective to buy it. The same holds true for complete legalization. People arent going to go out and spend thousands on an indoor grow setup just so they can grow in their apartments. they are going to go to the station on the corner and get a pack of weedies or whatever the marijuana cigarettes would be called. if anything it would boost the economy and save millions of wasted dollars from illegitimate incarcerations.

    6. Charles says:

      Obmama may not be answering or speaking out about the public’s cries but Gov. Gary Johnson is!

      Gary Johnson 2012! He has gone so far to say he would pardon all non-violent drug offenders on national TV on Stossel. He’s talked about this issue on at least three separate times nationally looked at sources(Hannity on Fox News, Colbert on the comedy channel, and now on CNN). Read the article. He pardoned a woman in New Mexico for prescription drugs. He worked on decriminalization there. Has openly admitted to MMJ use after a bad accident! He doesn’t say one thing and do another. Honest and consistent.

      Look at the talk page on his Wikipedia page… Zero scandal in office. They hated him on both sides of the aisle, but the people in N.M. loved him.(The ONLY GOP candidate with positive ratings in his home state) Ignore the (R), he is the people’s president!

    7. wendell says:

      don’t you get it.obama and his administration are not listening to the people,they are not for the people,and probably believe they are not by the people. they go as far as stateing they don’t need congressional approval for anything they deside to do,he is the most dangerous president we have ever had.he thinks he’s a king, not president and believes he’s above the law.and so far has proven his case.congress fears him to the point that they wont challenge him on anything.so what do we do?

    8. The only reason I can honestly imagine that Mr. Prez is unwilling to confront the issue is because he is already, by extension of the people who pull his strings, in the pocket of Big Biz and is not permitted by his “Benefactors” to do anything about it. Too many pockets are being padded in the White house and the rest of D.c. It’s not in their personal interests to make the change. What do they care they are already rich and have high profile enough jobs were they can do all the drugs and never have to worry about the rest of us. Just another example of the gap between the Rich few and the poor masses.

    9. The American Genesist says:

      Question: Who signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 – H.R. 1308?

      The purpose of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 – H.R. 1308 is to guarantee its application in “all cases” where free exercise of religion is substantially burdened – and – to provide a claim or defense to persons whose religious exercise is substantially burdened by government.

      Answer: Bill Clinton

      The Establishment Clause in the First Amendment of the Constitution worked fine until someone muddied the waters with Prior Competing Governmental Interests – and – Compelling Justification. I wonder who did that?

    10. TheOracle says:

      Jack Dorsey, nerd, and now pussy-asshole extraordinaire, must have been briefed in advance, as he asked questions that had already been announced and addressed days in advance already by surrogates.

      No progess Obama = Nobama.

      Really, Obama. Like nobody would notice. Well, we noticed.

      Next time you and Boehner, you know, your smoking buddy, are firing up a cigarette or firing up a joint, stop thinking about just yourselves for a change and do something for everyone else!

      Get that Dorsey bastard on tv or in an interview to spill the beans as to how he chose the questions, to tell what he was briefed, and most of all why the fuck he didn’t ask about legalization.

      Piss me the fuck off!