Obama on the Marijuana Prohibition: "No"
March 27, 2009 9:05 AM Subscribe
Obama holds Internet 'town hall' meeting (previously) (previously)
. What was the #1 issue on the public's mind? Well, the legalization of marijuana set the stage as the #2 question under "Health Care Reform", the #1 and #2 questions under "Green Jobs and Energy", the #1 - #4 questions under "Financial Stability", the #1 and #3 questions under "Jobs", and #1 - #7 under "Budget". Clearly, this is one of the most important issue on the public's mind. What was Obama's response
? It was "equivalent to a parent telling a child 'No.' and when asked why? 'Because I said so.'
Jack Cole, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), said in response:
"Despite the president's flippant comments today, the grievous harms of marijuana prohibition are no laughing matter. Certainly, the 800,000 people arrested last year on marijuana charges find nothing funny about it, nor do the millions of Americans struggling in this sluggish economy. It would be an enormous economic stimulus if we stopped wasting so much money arresting and locking people up for nonviolent drug offenses and instead brought in new tax revenue from legal sales, just as we did when ended alcohol prohibition 75 years ago during the Great Depression."1