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HOPE AND CHANGE: Obama uses racial politics to justify marijuana legalization
Daily Caller ^ | 01/20/2014 | Neil Munro

Posted on 01/20/2014 7:56:14 AM PST by Rusty0604

President Barack Obama says he backs limited marijuana legalization because it could help reduce the number of African American and Hispanic men who are jailed for drug offenses.

“African American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties,” Obama told the New Yorker’s top editor

In his interview, Obama softened the racial angle by wrapping it in economic rhetoric. “Middle class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do,” he said.

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1 posted on 01/20/2014 7:56:14 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Rusty0604
President Barack Obama says he backs limited marijuana legalization because it could help reduce the number of African American and Hispanic men who are jailed for drug offenses.

I had to check to see if this was satire. Nope. This is the mind of our President. Since blacks are arrested at proportionately larger numbers than others, we need to lower the bar for them to make it fair. THAT's his answer. No facts about effects, medical opinions, cost for policing or even revenue from taxation and collection. NOPE! He wants pot legalized so fewer black people get in trouble for it.

My head is going to explode!

2 posted on 01/20/2014 7:59:58 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: Rusty0604

Let’s call Obama out for being the RACIST POS that he is. The same thing can and should be said of everybody that supports this worthless bag of human debris.


3 posted on 01/20/2014 8:01:50 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: Rusty0604

Why not? The Democrats said that black men were using cocaine and raping white women in order to get the WOD started.


4 posted on 01/20/2014 8:01:58 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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5 posted on 01/20/2014 8:02:05 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Rusty0604

Race and class warfare in a couple of sentences. What a guy...


6 posted on 01/20/2014 8:02:30 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Rusty0604

Virtually nobody if any color gets locked up for “smoking marijuana.” They get jailed for selling pot, which furthermore is usually only one of the drugs on offer from these poor oppressed minority drug salesmen.

Bambi’s sure on a race roll all of a sudden, isn’t he? That’s one thing that always works for him, and I guess he’s run out of other excuses for his complete failure of an administration.


7 posted on 01/20/2014 8:02:43 AM PST by livius
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To: Rusty0604

Obama will be using marijuana legalization to bring young people back to the Demonuts


8 posted on 01/20/2014 8:04:43 AM PST by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: Rusty0604

If they are so damn poor, how can they afford to buy pot?


9 posted on 01/20/2014 8:05:21 AM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: livius

“...for his complete failure of an administration.”

...for his complete failure as a human being.

There, fixed it.


10 posted on 01/20/2014 8:05:47 AM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Tenacious 1

I wonder what he proposes to do about the fact that more minorities are locked up for murder BECAUSE THEY COMMIT MORE MURDERS!


11 posted on 01/20/2014 8:05:57 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Rusty0604
Middle class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do

White kids don’t get locked up for murder, and black kids do. Middle class kids don’t get locked up for murder, and poor kids do. Soon, you'll get homicide sentences being commuted for race and class reasons. And the weird thing is that blacks say whites commit crimes at the same rate as blacks except whites don't get caught or are punished with a slap on the wrist. I can't tell if they're serious or just being contrary.

12 posted on 01/20/2014 8:07:34 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Tenacious 1

Rand Paul made a point about race and drugs a while back that I hadn’t thought about before that makes some sense.

He said that rate of use is high among minorities and they tend to go to court without an attorney. In my experience, public defenders are mostly just as bad as no attorney. Police also go for the easy prey that brings convictions.

Unfortunately the only real good answer is to cut down on the drug use. It contributes nothing of value to the individual or to society.


13 posted on 01/20/2014 8:12:57 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Tenacious 1

Obama smoked a lot of pot in his day and we suffer the consequences


14 posted on 01/20/2014 8:13:01 AM PST by KSCITYBOY
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To: Rusty0604
I wonder what he proposes to do about the fact that more minorities are locked up for murder BECAUSE THEY COMMIT MORE MURDERS!

Based on the intelligence of our Commander In Chief, I bet you could sell him on the idea of reduced sentences or a 1 time forgiveness law for a minority if they happen to murder another minority. This might help the stats that show minorities are arrested at extreme disproportionately higher numbers than European Americans. Without thinking about the racial implications (as he didn't think through on this articles issue), he'd proudly run to a podium with the idea.... in the name of fairness and justice of course.

Obama isn't just "not smart". He is a positive fraud. He never worked in the private sector because he wasn't qualified. I doubt he has a triple digit IQ. I doubt he legitimately got accepted, attended and graduated from the universities he attended. Obama is an affirmative action elected stooge.

15 posted on 01/20/2014 8:17:55 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: Rusty0604
Yeah. Great. More brain dead, lazy, unemployable Americans.

What could go wrong there?

16 posted on 01/20/2014 8:22:29 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: Zhang Fei

From the article:
“A November 2011 report by the Justice Department said that young African American men comprise only one percent of the population, but commit 27 percent of the nation’s murders. (RELATED: Obama blames racism, guns for Zimmerman acquittal in emotional, rambling surprise speech)

But the ACLU report claimed the disparate arrests shows “staggering racial bias,” and urged marijuana legalization.”


17 posted on 01/20/2014 8:29:25 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Rusty0604
Middle class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do

True, but not comprehensive.

Well over 90% of convictions in USA are from plea bargains. When a person, of whatever color, is arrested for committing a crime, quite often they are found to be in possession of illegal drugs.

Since the possession charge is a slam dunk legally, the other charges are very often dropped or reduced and the person goes to jail on a plea bargain for "possession."

Since more "minorities" and poor people get arrested for other crimes, more of them are found to be and prosecuted for possesion as a result.

Cops do not, AFAIK, aggressively purse otherwise non-criminal, non-dealers for pot.

But I could certainly be wrong about that. If you get the cops mad at you for some other reason, all bets are off.

BTW, the real scandal here is the plea bargain system and the immense and unchecked power it gives prosecutors.

18 posted on 01/20/2014 9:20:16 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Rusty0604

Zero once again trying to bring the races together. Especially on MLK day.


19 posted on 01/20/2014 9:38:40 AM PST by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

“If they are so damn poor, how can they afford to buy pot?”

Even while illegal, pot is cheaper than booze on a “per night” basis (the amount needed to stay wasted for an evening of partying).

Legalization definitely has the alcohol companies worried.


20 posted on 01/20/2014 10:11:54 AM PST by varyouga
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To: Rusty0604
"Obama says he backs limited marijuana legalization because it could help reduce the number of African American ... who are jailed"

He supports limited Freedom, in this case, because it helps blacks. He does not support Freedom in general.

21 posted on 01/20/2014 10:32:15 AM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
"If they are so damn poor, how can they afford to buy pot?"

Food stamps and other "free" money. They have no expenses.

22 posted on 01/20/2014 10:36:22 AM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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