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Obama: Marijuana a 'bad habit and a vice,' no more dangerous than alcohol
The Hill ^ | January 20, 2014 | Justin Sink

Posted on 01/20/2014 7:39:50 AM PST by Biggirl

President Obama said in an interview published Sunday he does not believe marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol and that it was “important” that the legalization of the drug in some states to “go forward” because it would prevent unfair penalties for some users.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: marijuana; obama; potheads; states
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1 posted on 01/20/2014 7:39:50 AM PST by Biggirl
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To: Biggirl

Does anyone think the Choomer in Chief would think any different...


2 posted on 01/20/2014 7:41:02 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Biggirl

This expert analysis from one who misspent his youth sucking on cannabis, among other things.

Bongo, bongo!


3 posted on 01/20/2014 7:41:28 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Biggirl

So sayeth the First Citizen! And as he sayeth, so shall it be ....


4 posted on 01/20/2014 7:41:56 AM PST by Ken522
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To: Biggirl

All Potheads think that way


5 posted on 01/20/2014 7:42:08 AM PST by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: Biggirl

Smoking marijuana robs a person of the willingness to work and arrests emotional development. Obama is a prime example.


6 posted on 01/20/2014 7:43:09 AM PST by abclily
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To: Biggirl

Studies suggest that even light marijuana use causes long-lasting changes in the brain. Past use has also been shown to have an effect on offspring, even if they are born long after the marijuana use. Marijuana also precipitates psychotic disorders, although it is not clear (to me, at least) whether it causes people who are already predisposed to become psychotic, or if it can happen to anyone.

Bottom line, marijuana use is not comparable to alcohol.


7 posted on 01/20/2014 7:44:23 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Biggirl
Nobody really believes this sh!!.

It is just a way to get the Democrat base out. It worked in Colorado, so they are trying it nationwide.

8 posted on 01/20/2014 7:44:37 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Biggirl

and Fast Food is Deadly ,LOL


9 posted on 01/20/2014 7:46:13 AM PST by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: Biggirl

a guy on Fox just said the Demonuts will use the legalization of the drug to bring young voters back to the Demo Party(Cult)


10 posted on 01/20/2014 7:49:09 AM PST by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: exDemMom

“Bottom line, marijuana use is not comparable to alcohol.”

I agree. That said, the way things are going, it might be time to invest in companies that are going to market devices for checking drivers etc. for the THC content in their bloodstream.


11 posted on 01/20/2014 7:49:44 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Biggirl

First step in ending the rights-stealing WOD.


12 posted on 01/20/2014 7:51:35 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: molson209

A. George Soros.. has put millions behind marijuana legalization for years now.

B. George Soros.. has put millions behind Barry Soetero ...

C. Your prediction rings all too true!


13 posted on 01/20/2014 7:54:20 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: Biggirl

Truthfully, alcohol is damned deadly stuff. It is in the same class as automobile accidents as far as mortality goes, so comparing it with other things, even drugs, will most always be wanting.

Mortality associated with marijuana is both indirect and indeterminate, after a quarter century of research. At most it is a fraction of a percent, within the margin of error of other conditions.


14 posted on 01/20/2014 7:56:06 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: Biggirl
Yeah. Great. A stoned populace who are too lazy to work and too stoned to care they are being deceived.

Who benefits?

15 posted on 01/20/2014 7:56:44 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Biggirl

The unthinkable has happened! I finally agree with Barack Obama about something.


16 posted on 01/20/2014 7:57:10 AM PST by Maceman
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17 posted on 01/20/2014 7:58:11 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Biggirl

Pot is waaaaaay less dangerous than alcohol. Way.


18 posted on 01/20/2014 7:58:28 AM PST by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: Biggirl

also, juggling hatchets is no more dangerous than Russian Roulette...

Obama is no Einstein, and not all things are relative.


19 posted on 01/20/2014 8:07:22 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Biggirl

“...because it would prevent unfair penalties for some users.”

My, my, my.... that Barack is pretty racist.


20 posted on 01/20/2014 8:11:43 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: molson209; Last Dakotan

Post #10, meet post #8.


21 posted on 01/20/2014 8:14:10 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: Biggirl

Finally, after yakking mindlessly for five or six years, the a$$wipe says something true.

Broken clock and all that...


22 posted on 01/20/2014 8:19:07 AM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: abclily

Huxley’s SOMA. Keep the masses sedated.


23 posted on 01/20/2014 8:19:47 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Biggirl

...even a stopped clock...


24 posted on 01/20/2014 8:20:19 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Biggirl

Spoken like a true pothead.


25 posted on 01/20/2014 8:34:46 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: Biggirl

Yeah, and the Mexican Drug Cartels will stand by and do nothing, while watching billions of $’s if not trillions of $’s disappear from their yearly take disappear.


26 posted on 01/20/2014 8:40:55 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda will fail 24/7/365!)
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To: All

As reported on Drudge: The Pot Bowl.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/01/16/214755/pot-backers-cheer-for-a-seattle.html


27 posted on 01/20/2014 8:48:18 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: exDemMom

See the posted news article in post 27, and take a good look at the comments, I could not believe what I had been reading, even on poster cited Bible sources on pot!


28 posted on 01/20/2014 8:50:10 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Jack of all Trades
Pot is waaaaaay less dangerous than alcohol. Way.

Every pot smoker I have ever had this conversation with told me that, since I have never tried marijuana, I am not qualified to comment on it. That said, I do enjoy certain adult beverages in moderation and have never been in trouble for anything associated with my imbibing of libations.

Color me biased.

29 posted on 01/20/2014 8:52:11 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (Liberals can afford for things to go well, to work, for folks to be happy. They'd be out of work.)
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To: Biggirl

My biggest protest to the legalization of marijuana is that we can test for its residues in your body, but we can’t test for recent use, or current specific levels, as we do now for alcohol. So, it’s legal to drink, but we can prohibit drunk driving. If we could as a practical matter detect and punish those who drive stoned, I’d be more comfortable with its legalization for use when not driving.


30 posted on 01/20/2014 8:54:51 AM PST by MWFsFreedom
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To: Biggirl

Promoting pot is just another tool for Obama to make people comfortable with reduced expectations for their lives — meaning the 9 million more able-bodied people out of a job since November ‘09, the “end of the recession”.

The nation is going to pot.


31 posted on 01/20/2014 8:56:04 AM PST by zipper ("The Second Amendment IS my carry permit!" -- Ted Nugent)
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To: Biggirl

WOW, Obama has evolved on this just like he did on gay marriage.(Dems are big on legalized gambling here too)

Our liberties just increase under his rule.
Long live the King!


32 posted on 01/20/2014 8:57:25 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: Tenacious 1
Of course you're qualified to comment! Do some research. Find out how many auto accidents and deaths are connected to pot-stoned drivers, and how much domestic violence, typically men beating their wives and kids, is connected to cannabis use ...

... vs. the same types of cases directly connected to alcohol.

Of course you're qualified to comment! It doesn't mean your comments come from an informed POV.

33 posted on 01/20/2014 8:59:02 AM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Texas Eagle

“Yeah. Great. A stoned populace who are too lazy to work and too stoned to care they are being deceived.

Who benefits?”

Jail free marijuana and ready available marijuana and probably soon, free “medical marijuana” will suck in millions of those who don’t want to really work and remove them from the work place.

Businesses will seek out the non users with functioning brains and the will to work for a living. Businesses will hire them, treat them well, and pay them well to keep competitors from hiring them.

Again, who will benefit from the upcoming flood of legal and free marijuana?

Answer: Those of us, who don’t use it, our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, who don’t use it.

About a decade ago when I turned 65, I stopped fighting the abortion war and now the marijuana war. Hopefully, my DNA gene pool will realize how suicidal and harmful for any gene pool group, abortion and legalized and non legal mental alternating drugs are.

The same DNA survival genes hope that our country grows up, stands aside and lets the Islamo fascists go at each other and allow Allah to sort it out between them.


34 posted on 01/20/2014 9:04:00 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda witholl fail 24/7/365!)
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To: Tenacious 1
That said, I do enjoy certain adult beverages in moderation and have never been in trouble for anything associated with my imbibing of libations.

And if you HAD gotten in trouble with something associated with your imbibing of libations, would you then be questioning the right or wrongness of said libations being legal? Would the trouble be due to the libations, or to YOU?

And if you hold the drinker rather than the alcohol responsible for the accidents and violence and harm connected to alcohol use ... why would you hold a literal weed that can grow wild nearly anywhere, responsible for the trouble a lazy, hedonistic, poorly-disciplined amoral person gets into after smoking it? Or do you think it was the weed that made the person that way?

So if you want to outlaw weed, fine -- but isn't it supremely hypocritical not to call equally for outlawing alcohol? And isn't it supremely hypocritical not to outlaw guns and booze for all because some people abuse them, but to enthusiastically outlaw, on the same premise, a weed that will grow all by itself in a friggin' abandoned vacant lot?

35 posted on 01/20/2014 9:10:27 AM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Grampa Dave
About a decade ago when I turned 65, I stopped fighting the abortion war and now the marijuana war. Hopefully, my DNA gene pool will realize how suicidal and harmful for any gene pool group, abortion and legalized and non legal mental alternating drugs are.

AMEN, Dave. You've got it right.

36 posted on 01/20/2014 9:11:27 AM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Finny

Thanks Finny.

I still really like to read your home page how you rebelled against your teacher with your “singing”.


37 posted on 01/20/2014 9:21:03 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda witholl fail 24/7/365!)
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To: abclily

I would not have such a problem with him pushing this if he was lifting the country up on other fronts, but he is not. He has turned America into a ghetto, complete with this nonsense.


38 posted on 01/20/2014 9:24:47 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: MeshugeMikey
And now Soros' guy, John Podesta, will be top advisor to Obama.
39 posted on 01/20/2014 9:30:32 AM PST by what's up
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To: Finny

I don’t know if I care near as much one way or another as I used too. I know two types of pot users. So my opinion is based on life observations of folks I know starting back in college.

One type has tried it and may do it every rare now and then but rarely to never “buys” it. The other keeps it stocked and spends a good amount of time and energy finding it, using it and hiding it. The latter of the two types would be the equivalent of alcoholics I suppose. I’m not suggesting one is better than the other. But I have never known an individual in the latter category that restricted their drug use to marijuana. And I’ve known several. The most ambitious of these folks seem to get “into the business” to support the their own use. Acid, cocaine, heroin, opiates, prescription drugs, rufies, etc.

I don’t want my kids dabbling. They might like it. I avoided it and will advocate the same. I worry about the influence (same as misuse of alcohol) it has on society. I counter the influences with aggressive and loving parenting. Otherwise, I think the devolution of our society helps reduce the competition to succeed in America. Personally, there are a great many more important things that need to be debated. Whether or not to waste time prosecuting pot sales and use is not my most important political topic. It’s easier for me to just be against it.


40 posted on 01/20/2014 9:31:11 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (Liberals can afford for things to go well, to work, for folks to be happy. They'd be out of work.)
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To: what's up

They NEED the young..the Stoned, the Ill Informed... and Podesta will hone in on getting that support.


41 posted on 01/20/2014 9:32:04 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: Biggirl
I never understood the attraction for marijuana, except maybe as a sleep aid. I am introspective, paranoid, introverted, lacking in motivation and struggle with procrastination enough, I don't need something that emphasizes these traits.
42 posted on 01/20/2014 9:35:10 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Mortality associated with marijuana is both indirect and indeterminate

Pot use opens the door to other drugs, many of which are instantly addictive... unlike alchohol. And those drugs have killed plenty.

43 posted on 01/20/2014 9:35:42 AM PST by what's up
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To: Grampa Dave
Thank you kindly! As for me, I really like reading posts like yours where common sense and reliance on SELF and MORALITY take precedence over emotion. In my life, I have seen many, many lives destroyed and much misery caused because of the abuse of alcohol, and it doesn't even remotely compare to the misery (yes, I've seen it) caused by pot. Emotionally, I "think" America would be a better place if it had zero alcohol because I have experienced a few of the very negative, destructive effects of alcohol abuse. But like you, I kind of figured a few things out over the years. It ain't the substance, it's the user.

Modern Americans invest way, way too much power in the substance. The current popular trend is to relieve individuals entirely of any responsibility for the actions they take while under the influence of such drugs, whether it's pot, booze, or "legal" antidepressents. It is a victicrat mentality, and all too often it masquerades as conservatism!!!!!!!

It's why the Founders wrote the Constitution the way they did.

44 posted on 01/20/2014 9:38:50 AM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: MeshugeMikey
and Podesta will hone in on getting that support.

Yes, an attempt to get the potheads to sign up for ACA by voicing their support for their habit.

What a President SHOULD in fact do is not pontificate about which drug is better or worse than another (alcohol vs. pot) but send a message to kids to not indulge in either one.

Of course our adolescent President doesn't think that way.

45 posted on 01/20/2014 9:39:37 AM PST by what's up
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To: Biggirl

Zero brings to mind that commercial ‘This is your brain on drugs’. Probably the reason he is supporting ACA.


46 posted on 01/20/2014 9:40:54 AM PST by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: Tenacious 1

Your observations of the two types of pot users squares almost exactly with my own. WELL SAID. Good post.


47 posted on 01/20/2014 9:43:17 AM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: what's up
our adolescent pres is addicted ...to ,,in addition to LYING....several substances of note..


48 posted on 01/20/2014 9:46:42 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: what's up
Pot use opens the door to other drugs, many of which are instantly addictive ...

Done much in the way of dabbling with addictive drugs? My guess would be "no."

As one who experimented too much with a few of the so-called "instantly addictive" drugs in my wanton youth, and as one who has had literally DOZENS of friends who did likewise, I can tell you with certainty that "instantly addictive" is a semantic trick it behooves the medical community to push, because it means a lot of dough for them from people who invest power in the substance rather than in the mind. VICTICRAT mentality is enabled by the "addiction is a disease" myth.

It's a behavior. Any "disease" whose symptoms can be made to disappear by a simple change in behavior, is a "disease" in wish only.

For what it's worth, I've been "addicted" by any definition to three things: booze, pot, and tobacco. Of the three, pot was BY FAR the most difficult to break, but break it I did, many moons ago. But the reality is that an unhealthy addiction is actually a bad habit. For me, breaking the bad habit of daily habitual pot smoking was MUCH more difficult than breaking the bad habit of drinking (and being tossed in jail or waking up in strange places multiple times with no memory of how I got there!!!!) or smoking cigarettes. Just an interesting observation.

49 posted on 01/20/2014 9:54:19 AM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: what's up
Pot use opens the door to other drugs, many of which are instantly addictive... unlike alchohol.

You're kidding, right? Instantly addictive? What kind of babble is that. You sound like those self righteous Know(nothing)-it-alls who claim smoking a single cigarette immediately makes you an addict.

50 posted on 01/20/2014 10:24:23 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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