TPJ: Despite it being one of the most popular questions in his "virtual town hall meeting", President Obama firmly and convincingly said "no" to marijuana legalization. All this even though it would help our sagging economy, reduce crime overnight (especially on the border where the majority of the drug trade is due to pot) and increase resources available to fight the real drug problems of meth, cocaine/crack and heroin. Plus it would relieve prison over-crowding so that the real criminals such a rapists and child molesters don't get reduced sentences because of their being no room in our correctional systems.
I think Obama is bowing to pressure that isn't really there. A vastly growing number of Americans are for medicial marijuana and decriminilization of small amounts of pot. He seems to be worried more about what that would mean to his own political future than what it would mean for America and its economy. The only real people against pot legalization are those would probably didn't and won't EVER vote for him. At the very least we should let state's rights trump federal law when citizens of a state decide via an election to decriminilize/legalize and/or allow medicinal marijuana.
TPJ: Here is a great reply by Andrew Sullivan to Obama's "answer" and his laughing off the question:
The chuckle suggests a man of his generation. The dismissiveness toward the question of ending Prohibition as both a good in itself and a form of tax revenue is, however, depressing. His answer was a non-answer. I'm tired of having the Prohibition issue treated as if it's trivial or a joke. It is neither. It is about freedom and it's deadly serious. As for your online audience, Mr president, have you forgotten who got you elected?TPJ: I love you Barack but you're wrong here. There are many, many people who responsibily smoke marijuana--doctors, lawyers, accountants and business people. It's vastly uninformed and old talking points to say that the marijuana legalization movement is just a bunch of stoners. It's ironic that Obama wanted to tout and brag about his legions of cyber warriors and his successful exploitation of the internet in his victory when those legions want him to legalize pot and he laughs us off. Thanks B.