Skip to comments.Obama going to pot?
Posted on 01/10/2009 1:17:51 PM PST by IbJensen
Esquire magazine recently reported that representatives from Barack Obama's administration team admit the president-elect will give strong consideration to decriminalizing marijuana by the end of his tenure in office.
Those remarks follow comments issued last summer by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts), who introduced H.R. 5843 -- an act to remove federal penalties for the use of marijuana by "responsible adults." According to CNN, the liberal lawmaker "doesn't think it's the government's business to tell you how to spend your leisure time."
Lending the Esquire article additional credence is an interview with Obama, recorded in January 2004, during which the then-U.S. Senate candidate expressed interest in decriminalizing the personal use of pot. (See YouTube video)
As someone who is very much aware of how this drug has harmed so many people from my generation, I adamantly disagree with this "floating" proposal. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency lists marijuana as "a Schedule 1 controlled substance, meaning it has a high potential for abuse."
It's irresponsible for members of the incoming administration to float this idea and to send such a message to millions of young Americans -- although I'm sure many supporters of medical marijuana use would disagree. But I think they should reconsider. Currently more than 50 head shops in San Francisco act as fronts for marijuana distribution in that city. According to The O'Reilly Factor, these shops not only attract petty crime but other non-desirable activity as well.
Anyone who knows anything about drug abuse knows that marijuana has been a "gateway" drug for many of those who use and abuse hard narcotics. Many people are first exposed to that dark world through a few puffs of a supposedly "innocent" marijuana cigarette.
Marijuana desensitizes people -- and its everyday use makes people lazy and unproductive. And it's addictive! I have personally seen this substance harm friends from school days past. Perhaps that's why I am so upset that consideration would be given to decriminalizing its use.
Still, Congressman Frank garnered support from seven other Democratic House members in sponsoring his legislation. Included in that group was Rep. Barbara Lee from California's District 9 (Berkeley and Oakland). By voicing her support, Lee -- a member of the House Black Caucus -- made light of the recreational use of a drug that is destroying the lives of hundreds of her own constituents.
If Lee wants to act responsibly and do something constructive, she should target the drug dealers in her district who are irreparably damaging the lives of untold numbers of people. Ironically, though, Congresswoman Lee's tact is to say that present drug enforcement laws are "inhumane" and "immoral."
Similarly, if president-elect Obama wants to act responsibly, he should immediately retract this reckless proposal being "floated" by his advisors.
Barney the pervert delivers for the forces of evil once again.
What a disgustingly corrupt administration will be ruling our lives and putting the finishing touches on ruining our economy!
Just to create an election year issue that attract the young and the listless to the voting booth, of course.
Meanwhile, they’re on the road to criminalizing tobacco, sugar, fat, fast food, and junk food.
Barry can obey Soros’ Prime Directive if he wants but he will declare himself as frivolous in the eyes of the public if he does so.
“President O-bong-o” is not the sort of “branding” any administration should want to take on.
George Soros wants to decriminalize drugs.
Is Big Jail-Prison going to allow it?
Unfortunately, there is no way Obama or any president and Congress will do this.
Photoshop is the best!
Can’t a brother get a smoke on, and drink on, and snack on. Chill my babies.
I agree. I’ve got to have something to help make it through the next four years.
Legal, I might just go for it.
will employers be able to hire/fire on the basis of + urine drug screen in your idealized world of decriminalization ? Because of the persistence of the substance, it makes casual use and employment mutually exclusive.
Pot is the forces of evil?
I believe in employment at will. Thus, an employer can fire someone for a failed drug test or for smoking Marlboros.
The legal status of pot has no bearing on such an employment decision.
If it was legal, I probably would. Yet another reason I’m glad I don’t live in california.
No, but they will hire & fire on the basis of illiteracy.
Like not beginning a sentence with a capital letter.
it does if a bus driver is + after an accident or a truck driver, or any other of a myriad of liability issues, just as with alcohol, a legal substance, which is relatively quickly cleared from the body.
check your tag line, scholar.
Rats know that once pot is legal, they can tax it.
Yes, I understand that I can get high today and fail a drug test three weeks from now.
so how can any employer with potential liability take a risk on you ?
Given that employers ALREADY can refuse to hire a TOBACCO smoker and prohibit such activity even OFF company time away from company property, the decriminalization and possible legalization of dope still does not mean that all Americans would be permitted to use said substance (certainly if pilots and even stewardesses are prohibited from drinking, something like 24 hours before a flight), other job fields would employ the same standard.
But then, if you are a dope head, and want to lay on a couch all day, and concede that you can’t get a number of jobs because of the use of pot, then it will drop the unemployment rate by not SEEKING employment. Score one for Obamonics.
I agree.. Personally I think the Drug War has increased the Government ten fold..
If you put that on a T-shirt, it would be gold. You could sell it to Dummies who love Barry, and Repubs who get the joke. It might even replace the ubiquitous and dumba$$ Che Guevera shirts that are now all the rage.
Heey, everything’s cool, man!
We told you it was Jeemy redux.
“Like not beginning a sentence with a capital letter.”
Or addressing people as “DUDE!”;)
They take a risk on us all.
Employers can NOW refuse to hire or maintain employment of workers using LEGAL substances. My wife works at a firm that tests potential and current employees for use of illegal drugs, plus tobacco and alcohol. A few years ago, they were trying to hire a tool and die maker and needed to reject several candidates before they could find one who hadn’t had a few beers over the weekend.
A capital "C" can be made by striking both the shift key and "C" at the same time.
Try it! You can make grown-up letters like all the cool kids.
some risks are defensible, this one is not.
I just want industrial hemp to be legalized.
The War on Drugs has been a complete failure — worse and longer than Prohibition.
While Obama’s motives should always be suspect, clearly a FREERepublic should allow folks to be dopes if they so desire.
I fail to see how it is any worse than the much more immediately dangerous consumption of alcohol.
>> George Soros wants to decriminalize drugs. <<
Me too. So did my two greatest intellectual heros, Milton Friedman and William Buckley.
The Communists are always happy to provide “the masses” with a way to keep their minds off of the misery of living in a corrupt Communist system. The Soviets used Vodka. I guess “pot” is just as good for use here.
Perhaps "special education" might interest you.
Learning among your peers can only increase your hopes of literacy.
Where does the Constitution delegate to the feds the power to penalize individuals for marijuana possession, in your personal view?
A plant is a force of evil? A better example of a force of evil would be that of a government pretending to wage war against drugs when it really is using said war to add to its own power over its citizens. The militarization of police forces, no-knock raids, property seizure, etc. is not something that should be done to a supposedly free people.
I’m all for the decriminalization of marijuana. And no, I’ve never tried it.
Once again, its people 0 can throw under the bus making those statements. If people go for it, he can claim it. If they don’t, he never said it.
We won’t hear 0 make any substantial remarks until he declares his dictatorship and he will probably focus group that too, just to be sure.
Me three. And, as someone who has never smoked the ganga (career military officer), I don't think it's the government's business what you do in your own home.
I do have one caveat. If you are on public assistance, you should have to take and pass a random drug test. If you want to lay on the couch, baked all day long, have at it. On the other hand, if you want to be baked and then have the government reach their hand into MY pocket to pay for your habit, with that I have a problem.
Pot is boring. At least legalize coke and gold razorblade necklaces. Now that would make Obama Cooooooool!