Skip to comments.Marijuana Not High Obama Priority
Posted on 12/14/2012 6:49:59 AM PST by John W
President Obama says recreational users of marijuana in states that have legalized the substance should not be a "top priority" of federal law enforcement officials prosecuting the war on drugs.
"We've got bigger fish to fry," Obama said of pot users in Colorado and Washington during an exclusive interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters.
"It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it's legal," he said, invoking the same approach taken toward users of medicinal marijuana in 18 states where it's legal.
More of Barbara Walters' exclusive first joint, post-election interview with President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama airs tonight on "20/20" at 10 p.m. ET on ABC stations.
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Destroying religious liberty, for example.
Too bad for the Big Government control freaks.
Federalism for states ignoring federal Obamacare laws: The power of every branch of the US government must crush that freedom.
I always had the impression that Obama was a crack cocaine kind of guy.
About time he said somethinmg that makes sense.
Whats next? Ignoring recreational viewers of child pornography? After all, no one is harmed in just looking at children being raped?
If we don’t want big govt in our faces, why should this be a high priority for the POTUS? I would think we would want it to be more of a state issue.
Maybe so, but, it highlights what a total hypocrite this poser is.
You nailed it. Keep the masses stoned. Sigh.
Why would something with his name attached to it, not be a higher priority than fed mj laws?
Pretty good friday morning stretch...
What politician isn’t?
Whats next? Ignoring recreational viewers of child pornography?
I’m guessing that alcohol will soon be legal for people to manufacture and consume.
Even after knowing that alcohol kills millions more people than a wild weed found in nature.
Do you really think the masses are stoned or will be?
What that means is that folks who get high in Denver and land in DIA or DCA for example, are going to come down in Virginia.
Times are tough. Revenues are short. Every toker busted coming off a plane is good for $5,000 minimum just for the fines, to say nothing of the thousands of dollars in the pockets of the defense lawyers.
Obama didn't do that!
Dollars to doughnuts the dope sniffing dogs are already being rescheduled to hit the passenger reception lounges ~
Much more comfortable than sniffing around the luggage area all the time ~ warmer too!
Not a big priority?
Then why are the feds shutting down all dispensaries in California and arresting people?
Why are the feds arresting people and jailing them for years for less than an ounce?
Why are they demanding dispensaries in Colorado be prohibited from setting up checking and savings accounts and arresting people?
Why can the man never tell the truth about anything?
He’s trying to cut back...
Stretch? How so? Do you think I was being too hard on child porn viewers comparing them to stoners?
Yea. I can see how MJ users and child porno wack-os are just the same.
Yea, I can how see you can equate something one does to ones self as the same as doing something (or participating in) to a child.
Like those homophobic boy scouts.
Dirty little secret: Obama has cracked down on the states with medical MJ harder than any privious Republican President. Especially the growers.
Hey. I’m just using libertarian logic here. Sorry if you don’t understand it.
But I’m not taking about raping a child (participating as you called it). I’m talking about downloading it and watching it. Its legal in Japan.
So. If smoking a joint in the privacy of your own home is OK, then so is watching some boy getting Sandusky’d.
Just like Soma in “A Brave New World”.
Always follow the money.
Just how big do you think the bribes are from the cartels to the various pols, law enforcement officials, and judges?
I would guess the total is at least billions per year.
I don’t really know how many stoners there are since I “graduated” from that demographic a long time ago. But when I saw a clip from a quiz show where the moderator asked “Name something you pass around” and the guy said “a joint”, well....pretty telling.
Obama wants government regulation, medical and recreational. And I am willing to wager he will get it during these dreadful next four years.
Ironicly, I know something about this. I work 60 hours a week, havent had a vacation in years and I smoke regularly. Not a lazy loafer by any means. That said, I travel at least twice a year by plane for work and my luggage is searched EVERY SINGLE TIME. I always carry a small amount and they never take it.
My guess is there is a dog that alerts on my luggage they check and if there isn’t a large quantity they close the luggage and move on. Only thing I can think of is the airlines would be pissed at the cops arresting someone for a couple grams of pot in stowed luggage. That person would never get on a plane again. I have had it even in the open in a baggie in luggage that was searched, nothing. Still have a smoke when I land. The gov. is slowly moving to a GAF position on this. And as one productive stoner, I welcome it.
He has the same states position as Sarah Palin.
And Palin has actually fried fish.
You either have some disturbing ideas of what constitutes "OK", some disturbing ideas about what constitutes civil discussion about disagreements over political philosophy, or just don't feel like being civil.
So, the dogs will be meeting you at the gate eh!
Yeah, that was it
So is SeaTac
Obama’s probably right on this one . . . even a stopped clock is right twice a day. If the people of the states with legal recreational pot get sick of any associated problems then let them clean it up. I don’t smoke the wacky weed but personally I say let others smoke up if they want . . . just don’t ask me to bail you out of any problems that may be associated with use of the substance.
Umm...I would worry about Washington state, too.
Seattle is a very busy port...and a big link to Asia. You can ship a lot more pot on a super-cargo ship than an airplane
Seattle also has a busy airport that has more international flights than Denver, if I am not mistaken
Also, there is less regulation at our ports, which are pretty run and worked by the Communist Chinese and other foreigners
You are correct about the issues with Denver/Colorado....but Wash State would be just as problematic
Quite possibly the dumbest post in the history of internet postings.
Do you think your analogy is possibly a little out of scale?
Sorry there is no logic in your comparison, sorry you don’t get it.
And Amendment to the Constitution was required to outlaw alcohol at the national level. (States may do as they please.)
Why is no Amendment needed for reefer prohibition? Or heroin, for that matter.
Unless the Tenth has been repealed, this is a state issue, not a federal one.
You’re supposed to read that and just believe that smoking pot is raping babies.
It can't be watched unless it's created - making the watcher an accessory to the violation of rights that was inherent in that creation. By contrast, nothing about growing, distributing, selling, buying or using marijuana - or tomatoes - violates anybody's rights.
Perhaps is being stoned was illegal that would makes sense. But rightfully so, it’s not...
Seattle has 9 flights a day to Washington Dulles airport. Denver has 21 flights a day to Washington Dulles airport. Clearly Seattle is less of a problem than Denver. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_busiest_airports_in_the_United_States identifies Sea-Tac as the 15th largest airport by passenger boardings. Top 5 are Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dalass and Denver! Them dawgs ‘gwin be at yo gate!
Are there non-recreational users of child porn? Does someone pay them?
We need fines. Our lawyers chillun' might starve.
President Obama gets Government off our backs.
Of course if you want to smoke a cigarette, eat salty french fries, or use a 100 watt lightbulb, that’s a different issue entirely.
Should people have to go through a drug screening when they get OFF a plane?