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Obama: Pot laws 'important to society'
The Hill ^

Posted on 01/19/2014 8:13:36 AM PST by Sub-Driver

January 19, 2014, 10:26 am Obama: Pot laws 'important to society'

By Justin Sink

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.

"As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol,” Obama said in an interview with The New Yorker.

Pressed on whether marijuana was less dangerous than alcohol, Obama noted that it’s “not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.”

But, Obama said, he did see pot as less dangerous “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.”

Obama said he was particularly concerned by disproportionate arrests of and sentences for minorities possessing the drug.

“Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do,” he said. “And 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.”

The president said he believed it was unfair that the government was “locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing.”

That’s why, Obama said, he was generally supportive of experiments in Washington and Colorado to legalize the drug.

“It’s important for it to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.”

Last September, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department would work with the states to implement the law, even though federal law continues to prohibit possession or use of the drug.

A Department of Justice memo said that the federal government would still prosecute those who distribute the drug to minors, buy from criminal enterprises, move marijuana to states where it is illegal, or drive drugged.

Legal pot went on sale for the first time at the beginning of the month in Colorado, raking in millions of dollars in early sales.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 113th; alittleblow; bho44; davidremnick; libertarians; medicalmarijuana; newyorker; potheads; substanceabuse
That made zero sense..........
1 posted on 01/19/2014 8:13:36 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

marijuana makes you sit around and do nothing just like Obama


2 posted on 01/19/2014 8:16:25 AM PST by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama is decadent and dangerous. Yet it is no accident he was elected. American culture is clearly in decline.


3 posted on 01/19/2014 8:17:06 AM PST by allendale
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To: Sub-Driver
That made zero sense...

It's disturbing because up until now the rhetoric has been that pot smoking laws should not be relaxed for youth.

I get very nervous about legalizing anything that's accepted by the risk takers in society, but not the more toe-the-line elements. Why? Because if it's legal, it no longer meets their need to stretch the boundaries. So, if everyone can smoke pot, those risk-takers that stretch the rules, but just enough to be outside the norm will have to do something worse to meet that personality need.

4 posted on 01/19/2014 8:19:29 AM PST by grania
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To: Sub-Driver

There are way too many people who don’t belong in prison, put there due to the nefarious collusion between lawmakers and lobbyists for prison operators, turning marijuana smokers into hardened criminals through their exposure to hardcore criminals in prison.

The “war on drugs” has done more damage to eliminating American freedoms than anything else, bar the “patriot act”.


5 posted on 01/19/2014 8:22:01 AM PST by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: molson209

This from the “Choom Room Kid”. Populate America with “Stoners” and he can rule forever.


6 posted on 01/19/2014 8:23:34 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Sub-Driver
George Sorros pulling strings again, Tides foundation his tool.
7 posted on 01/19/2014 8:25:21 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Sub-Driver

heres a GEM

“ot very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life”

up through a big chunk....

that must be community organizer speak...


8 posted on 01/19/2014 8:25:22 AM PST by MeshugeMikey (This Message NOT Approved By The N.S.A.)
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To: Don Corleone

Populate congress with RINOs and he can rule forever.


9 posted on 01/19/2014 8:25:54 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: molson209

It is odd that he smokes but his wife gets the munchies.


10 posted on 01/19/2014 8:26:33 AM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: Sub-Driver

Spoken like a true drugged-out pot head.

Be proud Congress. You let it continue to happen.


11 posted on 01/19/2014 8:27:02 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Sub-Driver

Selective enforcement of the laws.


12 posted on 01/19/2014 8:27:38 AM PST by kabar
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To: Sub-Driver

13 posted on 01/19/2014 8:27:41 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: grania
It's disturbing because up until now the rhetoric has been that pot smoking laws should not be relaxed for youth.

Alcohol laws should be adjusted to match pot laws since both substances are pretty equal in effects on the user.

A teen caught with one beer should get one year in prison. A six pack should guarantee 20 years in prison. A case of beer, or second offense with one beer should yield life in prison.

14 posted on 01/19/2014 8:35:46 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: kabar
Selective enforcement of the laws.

Bada-bing.
15 posted on 01/19/2014 8:36:29 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: palmer
It is odd that he smokes but his wife gets the munchies.

LOL. You should apply for a grant to study the effects of second-hand pot smoke.

16 posted on 01/19/2014 8:37:02 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Sub-Driver

I see he quickly went from “pot isn’t bad” to drug laws are racist.


17 posted on 01/19/2014 8:38:10 AM PST by Klaatu Barada Nikto (Liberty is not a Loophole)
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To: Don Corleone

Man, I could be totally wasted beyond all proportion on whatever and I’d still never vote for that little islamist.


18 posted on 01/19/2014 8:39:15 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Sub-Driver


19 posted on 01/19/2014 8:40:12 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: James C. Bennett
The “war on drugs” has done more damage to eliminating American freedoms than anything else, bar the “patriot act”.

I'd actually disagree with that; the War on Drugs has been the single biggest destroyer of liberties in America. Consider:

  1. There is no constitutional authority for the federal regulation of drugs.
  2. Because of #1, the authority must be derived from somewhere: this somewhere is the commerce clause
  3. Because of #2, the power to regulate interstate commerce must be transformed into the power to regulate intrastate commerce.
  4. From the need of #3, Wickard is flatly established as "settled law" and precedent.
  5. #4 necessitates the elevation of precedent to the level of Constitutional Law (actually trumping it, when desired).
  6. #4 also is reinforced by making non-commerce regulatable under the interstate commerce powers (see Raich).
  7. The asset forfeiture laws make it profitable for police to make drug-related "busts".
  8. #7 also pressures the Judiciary to sign off on warrantless searches.
  9. #7 and #8 pressures the Judiciary to excuse violence done by the police on the people.
  10. All of the above concentrate power into "the authorities" and allow them to excuse violations of the strictures imposed on them by the law.
I cannot think of a single policy that has done so much damage to liberty.
20 posted on 01/19/2014 8:40:44 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Sub-Driver
‘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.’

Of cOurse you don't BO YOU WANT YOUR DRUG DEALING FRIENDS TO MAKE A LOT OF MONEY..Are you still smoking pot?I AM ALMOST SURE YOU STILL SMOKE A PACK A DAY OF TOBACCO

21 posted on 01/19/2014 8:42:24 AM PST by PLD
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To: Cementjungle
Alcohol laws should be adjusted to match pot laws since both substances are pretty equal in effects on the user.
A teen caught with one beer should get one year in prison. A six pack should guarantee 20 years in prison. A case of beer, or second offense with one beer should yield life in prison.

You really hate the 8th amendment, don't you?

22 posted on 01/19/2014 8:42:31 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: molson209
marijuana makes you sit around and do nothing just like Obama

Considering the damage he does when he does something, I suggest moving the White House to Colorado for the next three years.

23 posted on 01/19/2014 8:44:28 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: Sub-Driver

24 posted on 01/19/2014 8:46:06 AM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: OneWingedShark
You really hate the 8th amendment, don't you?

When it comes to someone enjoying beer or pot in their own homes, only the government knows what is best for you and what your limits should be. Lengthy prison terms, even for first offenders, is the only way to rid the earth of people who like to relax.

25 posted on 01/19/2014 8:47:01 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Sub-Driver

Further proof that Obama can turn any subject into an excuse to launch a soliloquy about his favorite topic. Himself.


26 posted on 01/19/2014 8:50:32 AM PST by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: Sub-Driver

America approves of this moron. Unbelievable.


27 posted on 01/19/2014 8:51:59 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama: Pot laws important to society.
Kind of like Obamacare you have it but good will it do.


28 posted on 01/19/2014 8:52:22 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Sub-Driver

Sounds like the communist manifesto!


29 posted on 01/19/2014 8:54:51 AM PST by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: OneWingedShark

You’re right.

The fools just refuse to see.


30 posted on 01/19/2014 8:54:59 AM PST by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: allendale

The whole of Western Civilization is in serious decline and will only continue to get much much worse.


31 posted on 01/19/2014 9:00:24 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Mia San Mia)
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To: mountainlion

Soros funded the legalization drives in Arizona. Keep ‘em high and they won’t care who is running the country. An old commie trick.


32 posted on 01/19/2014 9:11:16 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where are Holder's "po folks" getting the I.D.s to sign up for ObamaCare?)
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To: Sub-Driver
"As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid...

As a "kid" or as a young adult? I'm guessing he smoked marijuana at least through his college years.

...and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life.

So pot is "not very different" from cigarettes? Amazing how he says this stuff with a straight face. Cigarettes don't get you high, Mr. president.

33 posted on 01/19/2014 9:14:50 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: molson209

When was the last time jOkeass to a drug test?


34 posted on 01/19/2014 9:15:48 AM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: molson209
marijuana makes you sit around and do nothing ...

So do the NFL playoffs, which I plan on watching after I lay in some comfort food.

35 posted on 01/19/2014 9:20:38 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Sub-Driver

Sure it did. = “ I want to see more white folks in jail and less colored folks in jail for pot. By the way I smoke cigs, choom and snort a little blow so stop arresting colored folks but bust more white folks”


36 posted on 01/19/2014 9:26:17 AM PST by winodog
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Much as I despise Soros, it was the big drug companies and the Hearst company that promoted the illegalization of hemp and marijuana.

Hearst held huge timberlands used to produce paper. Hemp required much less earth to grow and effort to process than did timber, and he wanted to protect his profits. The drug companies wanted to promote their expensive prescription drugs when drugs could have been made more cheaply with hemp.

The AMA was against the criminalization, but they were fighting Roosevelt’s government. The debate in Congress apparently lasted 92 seconds after yellow journalism and lunatic testimony influenced the law makers.

As with alcohol, it should be restricted among minors, but I notice no ill effects on various of my successful friends.


37 posted on 01/19/2014 10:11:32 AM PST by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: Sub-Driver

Said president of the Choom gang.


38 posted on 01/19/2014 10:13:50 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: OneWingedShark

Well said.


39 posted on 01/19/2014 10:15:43 AM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Sub-Driver

How about Arizona enforcing federal law? How about state abortion law? How about state gay marriage laws? I detest Obama.


40 posted on 01/19/2014 10:51:12 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: Sub-Driver
“Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do,” he said. “And 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.”

Uhmmm... the reason why these "disaffected yoots" are poor is because they (and their useless progenitors) are wasting their money (read: taxpayer money) getting high.

Skewed priorities means skewed (or screwed) socio-economics.
41 posted on 01/19/2014 10:51:37 AM PST by angryoldfatman
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To: Cementjungle
Alcohol laws should be adjusted to match pot laws since both substances are pretty equal in effects on the user.

I agree! So much so that I would like to see an amendment to the Constitution to prohibit the sale of alcohol entirely.

42 posted on 01/19/2014 11:42:56 AM PST by glorgau
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To: Klaatu Barada Nikto

To a pot smoker, everything is racist!


43 posted on 01/19/2014 11:49:19 AM PST by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: glorgau
I agree! So much so that I would like to see an amendment to the Constitution to prohibit the sale of alcohol entirely.

Well, that would certainly reduce traffic fatalities and liver and other disease... but on the other hand, I prefer the concept of freedom and letting people decide how they want to live their own lives.

44 posted on 01/19/2014 11:58:11 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
“Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do,” he said. “And 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.”
IOW, Zero was high when he gave the interview. Thanks Sub-Driver.
45 posted on 01/19/2014 3:16:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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Didn't read the whole thing - did Obama throw in that gays and Union guys smoke dope too?

Must be nice to be a member of a democrat pity party group...

46 posted on 01/19/2014 3:31:37 PM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: Sub-Driver

This from the leader of the “choom gang”.....


47 posted on 01/20/2014 3:59:32 AM PST by nvscanman
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