Obama To Rolling Stone: We’re Not Going To Legalize Weed Anytime Soon

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director April 25, 2012

    From Politico:

    President Obama clarified his position on medical marijuana in an interview with Rolling Stone, telling publisher Jann Wenner that he can’t “nullify congressional law.”

    “What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana. I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana – and the reason is, because it’s against federal law. I can’t nullify congressional law,” Obama said.

    “I can’t ask the Justice Department to say, ‘Ignore completely a federal law that’s on the books.’ What I can say is, ‘Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage.’ As a consequence, there haven’t been prosecutions of users of marijuana for medical purposes,” Obama said.

    Obama also said in a late night TV appearance Tuesday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, that he didn’t expect Congress to change that law: “We’re not going to be legalizing weed … anytime soon.”

    124 responses to “Obama To Rolling Stone: We’re Not Going To Legalize Weed Anytime Soon”

    1. freedom1776 says:

      Weed is already legal. Just because the corrupt politicians say a plant is illegal, it doesn’t make it so. They can pass a law to roast children on the whitehouse front lawn, but that does not make it legal. There is no constitutional amendment banning weed, as there was needed for alcohol prohibition.

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    3. Dylan K says:

      Obama has turned out to be the biggest presidential fraud in American history. I wish I would have lived in Canada the last four years.

    4. Sarah D. says:

      We’ve got almost HALF the country allowing medical marijuana…congress and the feds are going to have to throw their hands in the air sooner or later and give up…you cant say no to a WHOLE country.

    5. terry ford says:

      he said “I can’t nullify congressional law,” did he not run his whole election campaign on “change”? there is no legit reason he can’t push congress in the right direction

    6. THE INDIVIDUALS says:

      He is right! People need to take the constitution tests over and learn about the 3 branches of Government

    7. Sherri says:

      An un-Constitutional Law is not a law…

    8. Tom P. says:

      Well I better get the hydro fired up. Keep it illegal and there is money to be made and all that cash is TAX FREE!!!
      Folks are going to buy it, legal or not…

    9. anon says:

      He has to do what he has to do… in election year with this country faceing the chalenges it has recently, to worry about stuff like this is trivial. He is doing his best with the appropriate balance of power.

    10. MatterofLiberty says:

      So forgive me if Im wrong, but cant the President essentially pressure the DOJ to de-schedule Cannabis? Isn’t that the easiest way that the Presidential Administration could remove Federal penalties for Cannabis? Obama is a constitutional scholar, its kind of disingenuous for him to pretend that he has no power.

      [Paul Armentano responds: Scheduling is controlled by the US Health and Human Services administration and the DEA.]