Why Obama May Legalize Marijuana

Why Obama May Legalize Marijuana

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“Radical Islam! Radical Islam! ”

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#1 Dec 24, 2008
Famously, Franklin Delano Roosevelt saved the United States banking system during the first seven days of his first term.
And what did he do on the eighth day? "I think this would be a good time for beer," he said.
Congress had already repealed Prohibition, pending ratification from the states. But the people needed a lift, and legalizing beer would create a million jobs. And lo, booze was back. Two days after the bill passed, Milwaukee brewers hired six hundred people and paid their first $10 million in taxes. Soon the auto industry was tooling up the first $12 million worth of delivery trucks, and brewers were pouring tens of millions into new plants.
"Roosevelt's move to legalize beer had the effect he intended," says Adam Cohen, author of Nothing To Fear, a thrilling new history of FDR's first hundred days. "It was, one journalist observed,'like a stick of dynamite into a log jam.'"
Many in the marijuana world are now hoping for something similar from Barack Obama. After all, the president-elect said in 2004 that the war on drugs had been "an utter failure" and that America should decriminalize pot.
In July, Obama told Rolling Stone that he believed in "shifting the paradigm" to a public-health approach: "I would start with nonviolent, first-time drug offenders. The notion that we are imposing felonies on them or sending them to prison, where they are getting advanced degrees in criminality, instead of thinking about ways like drug courts that can get them back on track in their lives -- it's expensive, it's counterproductive, and it doesn't make sense."
Meanwhile, economists have been making the beer argument. In a paper titled "Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition," Dr. Jeffrey Miron of Harvard argues that legalized marijuana would generate between $10 and $14 billion in savings and taxes every year -- conclusions endorsed by 300 top economists, including Milton "Free Market" Friedman himself.
And two weeks ago, when the Obama team asked the public to vote on the top problems facing America, this was the public's No. 1 question: "Will you consider legalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and a billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?"
But alas, the answer from Camp Obama was -- as it has been for years -- a flat one-liner: "President-elect Obama is not in favor of the legalization of marijuana." And at least two of Obama's top people are drug-war supporters: Rahm Emanuel has been a long-time enemy of reform, and Joe Biden is a drug-war mainstay who helped create the position of "drug czar."
Meanwhile, in 2007, the last year for which statistics are available, 782,000 Americans were arrested for marijuana-related crimes (90 percent of them for possession), with approximately 60,000 to 85,000 of them serving sentences in jail or prison. It's the continuation of an unnecessary stream of suffering that now has taught generations of Americans just how capricious their government can be. The irony is that the preference for "decriminalization" over legalization actually supports the continued existence of criminal drug mafias.
Nevertheless, the marijuana community is guardedly optimistic. "Reformers will probably be disappointed that Obama is not going to go as far as they want, but we're probably not going to continue this mindless path of prohibition," NORML executive director Allen St. Pierre tells me.

“Radical Islam! Radical Islam! ”

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#2 Dec 24, 2008
Some of Obama's biggest financial donors are friends of the legalization movement, St. Pierre notes. "Frankly, George Soros, Peter Lewis, and John Sperling -- this triumvirate of billionaires -- if those three men, who put up $50 to $60 million to get Democrats and Obama elected, can't pick up the phone and actually get a one-to-one meeting on where this drug policy is going, then maybe it's true that when you give money, you don't expect favors."

Another member of that moneyed group: Marsha Rosenbaum, the former head of the San Francisco office of the Drug Policy Alliance, who quit last year to become a fundraiser for Obama and "bundled" an impressive $204,000 for his campaign. She said that based on what she hears from inside the transition team, she expects Obama to play it very safe. "He said at one point that he's not going to use any political capital with this -- that's a concern," Rosenbaum tells me. And the Path to Change will probably have to pass through the Valley of Studies and Reports. "I'm hoping that what the administration will do," she says, "is something this country hasn't done since 1971, which is to undertake a presidential commission to look at drug policy, convene a group of blue-ribbon experts to look at the issue, and make recommendations."

But ultimately, Rosenbaum remains confident that those recommendations would call for an end to the drug war. "Once everything settles down in the second term, we have a shot at seeing some real reform."

Still, a certain paranoia prevails. Rumors about Obama's choice for drug czar have lingered on Republican Congressman Jim Ramstad. "He's been a standard anti-drug warrior for the whole time he's been in Congress," says St. Pierre. Another possibility is Atlanta police chief Richard Pennington, who raises fears in the legalization community of more of the same law-enforcement model. Another prospect stirring the bong waters is Dr. Don Vereen, the chief drug policy thinker on the transition team. "He's really a believer in prohibition and he can excite an audience," says Rosenbaum, who says a friend on the transition team refused to hint at final contenders for the drug czar pick. "I'm joking with him,'I'm going to have to open up the New York Times for this, aren't I?'" His answer: "We're going to send out smoke signals."
NRA

Caruthersville, MO

#3 Dec 24, 2008
Why not legalize it? Think of the tax and revenue the govt could profit from it being legalized. Its a plant, just like tobacco and tobacco is legal where as this plant is not? Tobacco has harmful side effects as does Marijuana. Tobacco is a drug as is Marijuana. Both are grown from mother Earth, me personally I've never smoked marijuana, couldn't stand the smell but I don't see a difference other than one is legal and one is not.
NRA

Caruthersville, MO

#4 Dec 24, 2008
Comrade, are you still whining over the election?
pothead

Saint Louis, MO

#5 Dec 25, 2008
Well i agree with NRA it is a plant and it should be legalized There is nothing wrong with smokeing pot the only thing is that it gets u high and there is definatly nothing wrong with being high is fun acctually So Oboma is going to be a hipocrite who says smoking pot is bad when hes probley getting high right now so i say Legalize it whats the worst that could happen if i were pres. i would deffinatley legalize it!!!!!!!
pothead

Saint Louis, MO

#6 Dec 25, 2008
God Made weed
Man Made Beer
In God We Trust
Right?

“GOP Redistribution is Fascism”

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#7 Dec 25, 2008
Q. What’s the difference between Ross Perot and Barack Obama?
A. Ross Perot is crackpot with big ears; Barack Obama is a pothead with big ears.

Obama said "NO" to drugs, but they must not have heard him.

Q. Why will President Obama bulldoze the Rose Garden?

A. He doesn't want any bushes at the White House.

Q. What will President Obama replace the rose bushes with?

A. Opium poppies.

As a precaution for the Obama presidency, the White House copy of the Constitution is being removed. It's made from hemp.

Q: What will the band play at Obama's inauguration?

A: Inhale to the chief.

“Dont Take Me Seriously”

Since: Oct 08

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#8 Dec 25, 2008
and as Bush leaves the White House you will hear the tune of,....Na na na na,...na na na na....hey hey heyyy GOOOOOOODBYE!
CHEECH

Milan, TN

#9 Dec 25, 2008
Cant we all get a BONG??????
tigers never die

Caruthersville, MO

#10 Dec 29, 2008
the legalization of pot could get us out of all of our financial problems. It is not a drug, it is a weed. Don't believe the refer madness bull they showed you in school.

All hail to obama and his mama if he can get pot legalized or at least de-criminalized.
Funny As Hell

Wiggins, MS

#11 Dec 29, 2008
It just goes to show that no matter how much power or money a black mangets, he will always rely on government housing.
bssouth2008

Roy, WA

#12 Dec 29, 2008
You cannot "legalize" anything, you can only decriminalize it. Check out NORML. It should be decriminalized and taxed.
bssouth2008

Roy, WA

#13 Dec 29, 2008
CHEECH wrote:
Cant we all get a BONG??????
A hooka might be better with so many involved.
tigers never die

Caruthersville, MO

#14 Dec 29, 2008
have ya seen the new herbal vaporizer's , nice. http://www.gotvape.com/index.php...
guest

Saint Louis, MO

#15 Dec 29, 2008
WOW..!
J Nelson

Wiggins, MS

#16 Dec 29, 2008
Look here you idiot morons Obama ain't from Caruthersville, ain't never coming here, never even heard of us, don't care bout us. Plus I don't think that many citizens in this town even smoke marajuana. So end this discussion right franky now!
J Nelson

Wiggins, MS

#17 Dec 29, 2008
Nelson again, what Obama is going to do is try and take our bloody casino from us. Worry bout that not the damn old pot OK, get it straighter.

“GOP Redistribution is Fascism”

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#18 Dec 29, 2008
J Nelson wrote:
Plus I don't think that many citizens in this town even smoke marajuana...
Ummm...
tigers never die

Caruthersville, MO

#19 Dec 30, 2008
J Nelson wrote:
Nelson again, what Obama is going to do is try and take our bloody casino from us. Worry bout that not the damn old pot OK, get it straighter.
dude, i bet I can name 200 people off the top of my head that smokes weed in c'ville and another several thousand that would if it were legal.

you , need to roll a big fattie and burn her up, you'd feel alot better and your attitude would certainly be better.
Jerry H

Stroudsburg, PA

#20 Dec 30, 2008
Well Marijuana was used as a pain killer before aspirin was invented AND Hemp was the major source for rope, Also if it were Legalized which I'm All for we could TAX the crap out of it and Help the Govt Get out of this Hole were in. As of know this is the number one cash crop in America, Even though it's Illegal.. go figure how much tax money we could get if it were Legal??

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