Re: The failed war on weed
posted at 6/19/2013 3:32 AM EDT
In response to FortySixAndTwo's comment:
"IF alcohol and tobacco are legal, than everything less harmful (including pot) should be treated the same"
Might have a hard time convincing Obama it's less harmful
Right from WhiteHouse.gov:
Marijuana use is harmful and should be discouraged
- Marijuana use is associated with dependence, respiratory and mental illness, poor motor performance, and impaired cognitive and immune system functioning, among other negative effects.
- Marijuana intoxication can cause distorted perceptions, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory.
- Studies have shown an association between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and schizophrenia.
- Other research has shown marijuana smoke to contain carcinogens and to be an irritant to the lungs. Marijuana smoke, in fact, contains 50‐70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than does tobacco smoke.
If memory serves, when a poster asked earlier in this thread what Obama stood on legalization of marijuana, I did give him the correct reply. In short, he is against it.
I voted for Obama both times. But I am mature enough to know you are not going to get everything you believe in from the candidate you supported.
Your post, and its source, really closes the book on this topic for this President's 2nd term. Even if a bill could get thru both chambers of Congress, Obama of course has the power to veto it. And why fight the fight if such clear signals such as this are being sent from the White House.
It would be an utter waste of political capital.
Further disappointing has been he has told the DOJ, as you well know, to stand down on those states which have legalized mariguana outright and esp. those who have for medicinal purposes. (In MA of course you need a M.D. referral...not presciption) as a step to assessing mar. for medical reasons.
Believe me, many Obama voters, people who worked/volunteered to keep him in office struggle. But between the two men, for me, it was a simple choice. Romney was no choice at all. Further, like most voters, I am not a single issue voter...not that this issue would have been a litmus test between the two men.