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Marijuana Not High Obama Priority
ABC News ^ | December 14, 2012 | Devin Dwyer

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Colorado; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: cannabis; drugs; drugwar; libertarianagenda; marijuana; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd
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The bottom line for this clown is the more people he can keep stoned the better off he is personally.
1 posted on 12/14/2012 6:50:03 AM PST by John W
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To: John W
"We've got bigger fish to fry," Obama said...

Destroying religious liberty, for example.

2 posted on 12/14/2012 6:53:56 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: John W

Too bad for the Big Government control freaks.


3 posted on 12/14/2012 6:54:05 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: John W

4 posted on 12/14/2012 6:54:54 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: John W
Federalism for states ignoring federal marijuana laws: Obama can live with it.

Federalism for states ignoring federal Obamacare laws: The power of every branch of the US government must crush that freedom.

5 posted on 12/14/2012 6:55:42 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: John W
"Marijuana Not High Obama Priority"

I always had the impression that Obama was a crack cocaine kind of guy.

6 posted on 12/14/2012 6:58:57 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: John W

About time he said somethinmg that makes sense.


7 posted on 12/14/2012 7:01:25 AM PST by Moleman
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To: 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.

 

Whats next? Ignoring recreational viewers of child pornography? After all, no one is harmed in just looking at children being raped?

8 posted on 12/14/2012 7:01:53 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: John W

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.


9 posted on 12/14/2012 7:07:44 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: stuartcr

Maybe so, but, it highlights what a total hypocrite this poser is.


10 posted on 12/14/2012 7:09:27 AM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: John W

You nailed it. Keep the masses stoned. Sigh.


11 posted on 12/14/2012 7:10:50 AM PST by sarasota
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To: KarlInOhio

Why would something with his name attached to it, not be a higher priority than fed mj laws?


12 posted on 12/14/2012 7:10:50 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Pretty good friday morning stretch...


13 posted on 12/14/2012 7:11:56 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: John W

What politician isn’t?


14 posted on 12/14/2012 7:12:48 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


15 posted on 12/14/2012 7:13:20 AM PST by soycd
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To: sarasota

Do you really think the masses are stoned or will be?


16 posted on 12/14/2012 7:14:12 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: John W
Washington state is a minor issue. However, Colorado has the Denver airport which is a transcontinental hub.

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!

17 posted on 12/14/2012 7:21:57 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: John W

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?


18 posted on 12/14/2012 7:22:46 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: jimbo123

He’s trying to cut back...


19 posted on 12/14/2012 7:28:27 AM PST by bigbob
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To: stuartcr

Stretch? How so? Do you think I was being too hard on child porn viewers comparing them to stoners?


20 posted on 12/14/2012 7:30:17 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.
((eye roll))


21 posted on 12/14/2012 7:37:35 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
"We've got bigger fish to fry," Obama said...

Like those homophobic boy scouts.

22 posted on 12/14/2012 7:41:44 AM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: John W

Dirty little secret: Obama has cracked down on the states with medical MJ harder than any privious Republican President. Especially the growers.


23 posted on 12/14/2012 7:48:06 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: svcw

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.


24 posted on 12/14/2012 7:48:12 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: sarasota

Just like Soma in “A Brave New World”.


25 posted on 12/14/2012 7:54:39 AM PST by jrestrepo (See you all in Galt's gulch)
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To: Cyber Liberty

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.


26 posted on 12/14/2012 8:04:23 AM PST by darth
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To: stuartcr

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.


27 posted on 12/14/2012 8:04:23 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Cyber Liberty

Obama wants government regulation, medical and recreational. And I am willing to wager he will get it during these dreadful next four years.


28 posted on 12/14/2012 8:05:35 AM PST by sarasota
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To: muawiyah

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.


29 posted on 12/14/2012 8:10:50 AM PST by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: John W

He has the same states position as Sarah Palin.

And Palin has actually fried fish.


30 posted on 12/14/2012 8:13:47 AM PST by NeoCaveman (SMOD 2012)
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To: Responsibility2nd
If smoking a joint in the privacy of your own home is OK, then so is watching some boy getting Sandusky’d.

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.

31 posted on 12/14/2012 8:15:33 AM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: When do we get liberated?
Still, here in Fairfax County VA we have over 100,000 resident attorneys. They need supplemental income. Your defense can provide what they need.

So, the dogs will be meeting you at the gate eh!

32 posted on 12/14/2012 8:21:22 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yeah, that was it


33 posted on 12/14/2012 8:22:38 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: muawiyah

So is SeaTac


34 posted on 12/14/2012 8:24:25 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: John W

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.


35 posted on 12/14/2012 8:25:24 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: sarasota

proof enough...


36 posted on 12/14/2012 8:27:05 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: muawiyah

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


37 posted on 12/14/2012 8:28:57 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Seems that the ones who understand little about the economy are economists)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Quite possibly the dumbest post in the history of internet postings.


38 posted on 12/14/2012 8:31:24 AM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: Responsibility2nd
" If smoking a joint in the privacy of your own home is OK, then so is watching some boy getting Sandusky’d."

What?

Do you think your analogy is possibly a little out of scale?

39 posted on 12/14/2012 8:39:19 AM PST by voteNRA (A citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Sorry there is no logic in your comparison, sorry you don’t get it.


40 posted on 12/14/2012 8:41:02 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: John W

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.


41 posted on 12/14/2012 8:41:47 AM PST by DNME (Without the Constitution, there is no legitimate U.S. government. No exceptions.)
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To: John W
More of Barbara Walters' exclusive first joint, post-election interview with President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama
42 posted on 12/14/2012 8:44:06 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: FerociousRabbit

You’re supposed to read that and just believe that smoking pot is raping babies.


43 posted on 12/14/2012 8:45:40 AM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I’m not taking about raping a child (participating as you called it). I’m talking about downloading it and watching it.

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.

44 posted on 12/14/2012 8:57:11 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("mouth piece from the pit of hell" (Bellflower, 11/10/2012))
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To: muawiyah

Perhaps is being stoned was illegal that would makes sense. But rightfully so, it’s not...


45 posted on 12/14/2012 8:58:08 AM PST by SwankyC
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To: SeminoleCounty

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!


46 posted on 12/14/2012 9:07:18 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Responsibility2nd

Are there non-recreational users of child porn? Does someone pay them?


47 posted on 12/14/2012 9:14:58 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: SwankyC
You are confused. People get on planes in Denver. They get off planes at Dulles. If they are stoned in Denver, or have some in their possession, they'll still be stoned when they get to Virginia, and it'll still be in their possession ~ AND IT'S AGAINST THE LAW HERE.

We need fines. Our lawyers chillun' might starve.

48 posted on 12/14/2012 9:19:41 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: John W

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.


49 posted on 12/14/2012 9:24:32 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: muawiyah

Should people have to go through a drug screening when they get OFF a plane?


50 posted on 12/14/2012 9:45:35 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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