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Obama pot comments not meant to endorse legalization: White House
The Washington Times ^ | January 22, 2014 | Dave Boyer

Posted on 01/23/2014 12:30:05 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

President Obama wasn’t trying to set new federal drug policy when he stated that Colorado and Washington state should “go forward” with new laws legalizing marijuana use, the White House said Wednesday.

“The president’s position on these matters hasn’t changed,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “He made clear that he sees it as a bad habit and a vice, and not something that he would encourage. He’s not endorsing any specific move by a state, he’s simply making an observation.”

Under federal law, marijuana use is illegal. The president has acknowledged smoking marijuana — former friends in his so-called “Choom Gang” say he smoked heavily — as an adolescent growing up in Hawaii.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: choomgang; dontbogartthatjoint; dopersrights; dumbdownthenation; ididinhale; jaycarney; legalcocaine; legalization; legalpot; marijuana; obama; obamalegacy; obamalies; pot

1 posted on 01/23/2014 12:30:05 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

Don’t bogart that nanny state PING!


2 posted on 01/23/2014 12:30:33 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; GeronL; Revolting cat!

He’ll impose severe healthcare restrictions for those who use alcohol and tobacco.


3 posted on 01/23/2014 12:34:37 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Oh go on, if you are going to ask him about pot, ask him about cocaine as well (including when was the last time he used either).


4 posted on 01/23/2014 12:35:54 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Living proof that the Whitehouse is no place for a stoner.


5 posted on 01/23/2014 12:36:05 PM PST by CMailBag
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

But wait, how can it NOT be a legalization endorsement?? If it’s no worse than alcohol, under what conceivable authority can they ban it? Or is he endorsing a return to prohibition? That’s the only way this could honestly be viewed as not endorsing pot legalization.


6 posted on 01/23/2014 12:38:03 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: CMailBag

Yeah, I figured he was blitzed when he said it.


7 posted on 01/23/2014 12:38:12 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

IOW: “don’t worry what the president says, he’s not running this place.” said Valerie Jarret.


8 posted on 01/23/2014 12:38:17 PM PST by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Shoot, ask about anal sex.


9 posted on 01/23/2014 12:38:31 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Ah, the normal strategy. Speak out of both sides of your mouth, Obama.

That way you can continue whatever lie to whatever group you want to lie to by pointing to your ‘earlier statement’.

Hey, it works on AIPAC and Jersualem.


10 posted on 01/23/2014 12:38:49 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

He needs to borrow Pope Francis’s translator.


11 posted on 01/23/2014 12:38:54 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Still Thinking
No, don't - he might answer.


12 posted on 01/23/2014 12:40:18 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Obama the Narcissist wants everyone to be exactly like him, so he doesn’t have to feel bad about himself. That’s what drives the homosexual propagandists, too.


13 posted on 01/23/2014 12:40:54 PM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“former friends in his so-called “Choom Gang” say he smoked heavily — as an adolescent growing up in Hawaii.”

That explains a lot.


14 posted on 01/23/2014 12:41:35 PM PST by Axeman77385 (I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

15 posted on 01/23/2014 12:42:01 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Is it me, or is the WH Press Office having to “walk back” a greater number of Obama’s pronouncements than for any similar period in this administration?


16 posted on 01/23/2014 12:42:13 PM PST by Tallguy
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now

That is the bottom line .. exactly

(no pun)


17 posted on 01/23/2014 12:43:30 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Oh suck it White House. We have ears and brains... do not confuse us with the rat base.


18 posted on 01/23/2014 12:45:25 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
0bama just has no idea what influence a president's words have.
It's like he is totally unfamiliar with America.
19 posted on 01/23/2014 1:25:58 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
“The president’s position on these matters hasn’t changed,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney.

Let me guess...

Obama's position on smoking pot is 'evolving', just like his position on gay marriage.

Did I get it right?

20 posted on 01/23/2014 1:27:37 PM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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In “Dreams of My Father” Barack Obama bragged about smoking reefer, drinking beer and enthusiastically doing drugs.

Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them, like this quote from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out - we have a lot of work to do.

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

My other personal concern is the evil entities behind the fool.


21 posted on 01/23/2014 2:09:08 PM PST by Dqban22 (IVINIC)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; All
Thank you for referencing that article Tolerance Sucks Rocks. Please bear in mind that the following critique is directed at the article and not at you.

Also, this post is not to be construed as an endorsement of marijuana use.

To begin with, the title of the article is misleading. It is misleading because the feds only have limited power under the Commerce Clause to regulate things like marijuana.

More specifically, thanks to the legacy of unconstitutional case precedents established by FDR’s activist justices concerning Congress’s constitutionally limited powers, many low-information citizens, evidently including institutionally indoctrinated federal and state lawmakers and judges, seemingly don’t understand the following. The Supreme Court has historically clarified that the states have never delegated to Congress, via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate either intrastate commerce or intrastate agricultural production. This is evidenced by the following case opinion excerpts.

”State inspection laws, health laws, and laws for regulating the internal commerce of a State, and those which respect turnpike roads, ferries, &c. are not within the power granted to Congress. (emphases added)” —Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.

“From the accepted doctrine that the United States is a government of delegated powers, it follows that those not expressly granted, or reasonably to be implied from such as are conferred, are reserved to the states, or to the people. To forestall any suggestion to the contrary, the Tenth Amendment was adopted. The same proposition, otherwise stated, is that powers not granted are prohibited. None to regulate agricultural production is given, and therefore legislation by Congress for that purpose is forbidden (emphasis added).”— Mr. Justice Roberts(?), United States v. Butler, 1936 .

So the states uniquely have government power to regulate intrastate marijuana production and associated commerce, marijuana only becoming a federal issue under the Commerce Clause when marijuana commerce crosses state lines imo.

Note that there may be many Constitution-impaired state lawmakers who don’t have a grip on the federal government’s constitutionally limited powers. Although such lawmakers may be against the use of marijuana, they may not understand that the corrupt federal government has no constitutional authority to regulate intrastate marijuana production and associated commerce.

The consequence of such thinking is that lawmakers may be foolishly satisfied that such unconstitutional federal laws protect their state from marijuana issues, such laws actually nothing more than lose canons waiting to go off.

In fact, Constitution-respecting justices would have to strike down federal marijuana laws not reasonably associated with interstate commerce imo, just as certain provisions in the federal Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) were recently found unconstitutional, the states having never delegated to Congress, via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate (define) marriage.

22 posted on 01/23/2014 3:20:42 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


23 posted on 01/23/2014 6:12:50 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

As a libertarian I have no problem per se with people smoking pot. Or even making it legal like the Super Bowl team states Washington and Colorado. Government should not try banning a plant that can be grown in your backyard.

But a lot of conservatives wonder openly and logically why liberals are okay with pot/THC and not nicotine. It’s a good question.

The best answer I can think of is Reading Aldous Huxley’s “brave New World”.

Nicotine increases concentration and focus. Helped Woodward and Bernstein to keep an eye on big government and their Abuse of power.

THC/pot will just make you want to watch “American wedding” in a continuous loop while eating Doritos and KFC.

Meanwhile big government operatives can just convince you to believe in man-made global warming. Or anything they want. The populace will be too drugged to know the difference.


24 posted on 01/24/2014 7:18:13 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
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