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Obama won’t go after marijuana use in 2 states
Associated Press ^ | Dec. 14, 2012 1:52 PM EST | Pete Yost

Posted on 12/15/2012 3:48:33 PM PST by Olog-hai

President Barack Obama says the federal government won’t go after recreational marijuana use in Washington state and Colorado, where voters have legalized it.

In a Barbara Walters interview airing Friday on ABC, Obama was asked whether he supports making pot legal.

“I wouldn’t go that far,” Obama replied. “But what I think is that, at this point, Washington and Colorado, you’ve seen the voters speak on this issue.”

But the president said he won’t pursue the issue in the two states where voters legalized the use of marijuana in the November elections. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. …

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Colorado; US: District of Columbia; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: bho44; cannabis; choomgang; drugs; drugwar; legalpot; legalthc; marijuana; potheads; statesrights; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd
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“A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” — James 1:8
1 posted on 12/15/2012 3:48:39 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I already can see Barry making more and more trips to Washington and Colorado over the next four years.


2 posted on 12/15/2012 3:50:52 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's not about the guns. It's about the control.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Now Obama has a good place to get quality weed. Just wait til his daughters start usin’.


3 posted on 12/15/2012 3:52:06 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Olog-hai

Giving the signal for a bunch of additional states to follow suit. Then in 2016 the Republican nominee will be tied-down answering questions on whether he intends to go after marijuana users in the 6, 8 or 15 states that have legalized it. (and due to electoral college calculations, the answer will obviously be “no”)


4 posted on 12/15/2012 3:53:56 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Olog-hai

Here again we see this supposed “President” CHOOSING
which laws to enforce.

It isn’t up to him!


5 posted on 12/15/2012 3:54:50 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Olog-hai

President Choom.


6 posted on 12/15/2012 3:55:31 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Olog-hai

What a flipping liar.
The feds are already jailing people who have small amounts of pot.
They have shut down all the dispensaries in CA.
In CO the dispensaries are prohibited from having bank accounts as dispensaries.


7 posted on 12/15/2012 3:55:35 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Olog-hai

8 posted on 12/15/2012 3:57:23 PM PST by BigLittle (Let us not expect the spiritual spring until we first pass through the spiritual winter.)
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To: tet68

As we may remember he wasn’t necessarily for Gay marriage before he “evolved” and was for it. So.......he’ll evolve on marijuana no doubt......until his daughters want to use it ;-)


9 posted on 12/15/2012 3:58:00 PM PST by Claytonbridge
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To: Olog-hai
I thought you swore to defend and uphold the Constitution,Scooter! Remember? 20th January 2009?
10 posted on 12/15/2012 4:05:29 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: BigLittle
That wouldn't be a Pall Mall in his hand,would it?
11 posted on 12/15/2012 4:06:40 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: tet68
Here again we see this supposed “President” CHOOSING which laws to enforce. It isn’t up to him!

Will you insist he enforce all provisions of Obamacare? What about an assault weapons ban if one is signed in to law?

12 posted on 12/15/2012 4:07:30 PM PST by Ken H
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To: Olog-hai

The Feds currently do not prosecute small possession cases. There were some new border patrol idiots doing interior checkpoints up in the Olympic Peninsula in Washington (ridiculous in itself) and they found some pot during a search and arrested the checkpointees. The US Attorney in Seattle screamed at them for doing so (they do not do marijuana possession cases) and dropped the charges. They were stuck with trying to find a local agency to arrest them.


13 posted on 12/15/2012 4:08:17 PM PST by microgood
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To: Olog-hai

And the list of federal laws Obama refuses to enforce continues to grow: DOMA, immigration law, now drug laws, and who knows what else.


14 posted on 12/15/2012 4:11:26 PM PST by Will88
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To: Ken H
Will you insist he enforce all provisions of Obamacare?

No one will have to inist that he enforce those. And that's the whole point; he enforces what he wants to enforce and ignores what he doesn't want to enforce: immigration law, DOMA and now some drug laws.

15 posted on 12/15/2012 4:14:29 PM PST by Will88
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The Republicans had better learn the tenth amendment and state a position on this. Obama has all but embraced the tenth amendment, although he would not be consistent with other issues. The people can learn how our government is supposed to work if conservatives get our in front and lead for a change.


16 posted on 12/15/2012 4:14:55 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Gay State Conservative
I thought you swore to defend and uphold the Constitution,Scooter! Remember? 20th January 2009?

It will be legal for every adult in CO to grow up to six plants. That may well turn into a multi-million dollar cottage industry.

Maybe you'd like mandatory checks of people's homes by fed agents to shut these down? If you're willing to see the Tenth walked over, why not the Fourth as well?

17 posted on 12/15/2012 4:16:42 PM PST by Ken H
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To: Olog-hai

Ladies and gentlemen, that is his new base. Expect 48 more initiatives to legalize pot in the next election cycle and attach that to dim candidates supporting the issue.


18 posted on 12/15/2012 4:18:27 PM PST by pfflier
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To: Olog-hai

Well, even a stopped clock....


19 posted on 12/15/2012 4:18:58 PM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: Will88

Whether that’s the whole point or not, humor me and answer my question, please.


20 posted on 12/15/2012 4:24:48 PM PST by Ken H
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To: pfflier
Not if the right can start leading the charge against the unconstitutional Drug War. If you want to attack overreaching government power, there's no better place to start. The Drug War is the enabler of many of the worst federal agencies and their infringement on our liberty.

It's not just about drugs, but search and seizure, domestic spying, surveillence, and other assorted jackbootism

21 posted on 12/15/2012 4:26:01 PM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: Olog-hai
Obama won’t...

Could someone tell me just when we went from a Republic to a Monarchy?

22 posted on 12/15/2012 4:33:05 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: Olog-hai

I am sure in reality, he will be making examples of a few small time users.


23 posted on 12/15/2012 4:37:29 PM PST by CORedneck
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To: GunRunner

“It’s not just about drugs, but search and seizure, domestic spying, surveillence, and other assorted jackbootism”.

Well said!

Could you add “forfeiture” to the list of bad behavior by the jackbooted thugs in taxpayer supplied uniforms?


24 posted on 12/15/2012 4:39:50 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: Olog-hai

Obama has just become a a supporter of States’ Rights!


25 posted on 12/15/2012 4:40:41 PM PST by OKRA2012
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To: Will88

But yet he and his DOJ will go after those within states who they arbitrarily decide might be violating civil rights rather than state laws or good business practices..... Is it too late for this country to turn around?


26 posted on 12/15/2012 5:06:39 PM PST by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: Olog-hai

Let them smoke themselves silly.


27 posted on 12/15/2012 5:11:44 PM PST by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: Olog-hai

Liberal Selective Morality bump for later.......


28 posted on 12/15/2012 5:18:45 PM PST by indthkr
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To: mc5cents

Not a Monarchy, it is a totalitarian state, a dictatorship.


29 posted on 12/15/2012 5:27:25 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: Olog-hai

Isn’t it interesting that the Administration is choosing to let states self-determine when it comes to pot, but when Arizona passed strict immigration reform laws, the same administration quickly determined that states have no right to enforce existing federal laws, and moved quickly to overturn them.


30 posted on 12/15/2012 5:31:38 PM PST by Carlucci
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Washington and Colorado — what a surprise. Thanks Olog-hai.


31 posted on 12/15/2012 5:43:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: tet68

Hussein knows that a doped population will be easier to mainupulate.


32 posted on 12/15/2012 5:44:21 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Ken H
Will you insist he enforce all provisions of Obamacare? What about an assault weapons ban if one is signed in to law?

I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.

-Ulysses S. Grant

33 posted on 12/15/2012 5:51:00 PM PST by Lattero
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To: GunRunner
>>The Drug War is the enabler of many of the worst federal agencies and their infringement on our liberty.<<

I just can't believe we spend so much time toiling over people smoking a joint in the privacy of their own homes. Who freakin cares!

Just like the days of prohibition, thousands of folks have died along the Mexican border as drug cartels vie for turf...all because of the money to be had on the black market.

There is a drug far more deadly then marijuana and is responsible for hundreds of thousands of American lives through the decades.......it's called Alcohol.

I don't see anyone clamoring for laws banning this deadly drug! I get it, after a hard day tailoring policy putting potheads in prison, they retire at the local pub to knock back a few long island ice teas to de-stress.

Man oh man, with all we have to worry about with Obozo and geopolitical rumblings round the world...we focus on this.

34 posted on 12/15/2012 5:54:46 PM PST by servantboy777
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To: OKRA2012

>>Obama has just become a a supporter of States’ Rights!<<

Pretty sharp....great point.


35 posted on 12/15/2012 5:57:20 PM PST by servantboy777
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To: Olog-hai

Didn’t he say the same thing about medical marijuana back in 2008? How’d that work out?


36 posted on 12/15/2012 6:12:07 PM PST by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Olog-hai
But the president said he won’t pursue the issue in the two states where voters legalized the use of marijuana in the November elections. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

So the Liberal Messiah has endorsed State Nullification.

37 posted on 12/15/2012 6:12:37 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Olog-hai

But he challenges Arizonans who voted to do something about illegal immigrants who overwhelm the state budget via schools, medical care, etc.?


38 posted on 12/15/2012 6:19:03 PM PST by petitfour
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To: Ken H
Whether that’s the whole point or not, humor me and answer my question, please.

Humor yourself. Your question is irrelevant if not down right ridiculous.

39 posted on 12/15/2012 6:48:52 PM PST by Will88
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To: capydick
Is it too late for this country to turn around?

I don't know. I keep thinking only a further deterioration of the economy and a collapse of government's ability to provide more freebies will convince many Americans that things have to change.

40 posted on 12/15/2012 6:54:09 PM PST by Will88
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To: Olog-hai

I’ve received numerous posts from people these past few days advocating criminal behavior, cowardice and insanity. Now, where has that been in the news lately? Oh. Yeah. Connecticut. The murderer didn’t feel that he should have to obey those unsophisticated laws. Killing six year olds? Oh yeah, he was a coward. And insanity? Don’t even need to go into that one. That’s exactly what we need. More people too cowardly to face reality. There must be tremendous money in this to bring it up this close to a massacre. Nice job. People who use illegal drugs to escape from reality are cowards, and no culture values cowardice.


41 posted on 12/15/2012 6:58:08 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Olog-hai

Before he was elected in ‘08 he promised he wouldn’t go after ‘medical marijuana’ in CA and other states that had it. Two years later his DoJ announced they were going to crack down on it and they did. An 0bama promise isn’t worth a fly speck on a horse apple.


42 posted on 12/15/2012 7:14:39 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Olog-hai

What gives the President the right to say what laws will be enforced?

That’s Horse sh*t.

He does not have that right.

Impeach the CS.


43 posted on 12/15/2012 7:36:08 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Will88

Then perhaps you’d care to address the Tenth Amendment issue. Do you think it should be honored by fedgov in this case?


44 posted on 12/15/2012 8:09:04 PM PST by Ken H
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To: blueunicorn6
People who use illegal drugs to escape from reality are cowards, and no culture values cowardice.

OK, so they should be locked up?

45 posted on 12/15/2012 8:17:47 PM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: GunRunner

Apparently alcohol is the preferred escape from reality drug of statists. lol


46 posted on 12/15/2012 8:38:01 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: TigersEye
Don't forget about caffeine and tobacco. I've never met a leftist who wasn't hopped up on Starbuck's.

Maybe we should ban it considering it's bad for the heart.

No one who supports the current Drug War can in any way be an advocate of liberty and freedom, and I delight in unmasking them.

47 posted on 12/15/2012 8:59:45 PM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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You're harsh, dude! I partake a little in the buzzage bean and the burley weed
myself. Next you'll be going after my endorphin rushing hot green chiles! ;^)
48 posted on 12/15/2012 9:16:14 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: TigersEye
Yep, fatty and spicy foods go too. It's in the national interest that we promote good health and condemn anything that helps you "escape from reality", since a little relaxation after a harsh day in the game of life is "cowardice".

In all seriousness, these freeper drug prohibitionists need to team up with their buddy Michelle Obama to decide what's best for all of us.

49 posted on 12/15/2012 9:19:54 PM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: GunRunner

Just to be clear; a sour cream, chorizo, fried pork, Monterrey jack, scrambled egg, potatoes and hot green chiles burrito is right out? ‘4:AM door breaching charges full dog killer SWAT drag me out of the house bleeding’ illegal?


50 posted on 12/15/2012 9:29:50 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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