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Old 14-10-2012, 04:44 PM   #11
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"Obama's Embarrassing Silence on Marijuana
Posted: 09/04/2012 8:26 am

One thing you can bet we won't hear anyone talking about at the Democratic National Convention is marijuana. Nobody will be discussing how bad it is, how good it is or even acknowledging that it exists. Then, at the end of the day, a not-insignificant number of attendees will be getting high at every hotel in Charlotte and bitching about what a buzzkill Mitt Romney is.

It sounds silly to even suggest that marijuana would get a mention at our nation's biggest political showcase. Of course it won't, and I actually agree, in theory, that it shouldn't. But somehow our policymakers have managed to turn this mostly-helpful plant into a massive international fiasco that's becoming increasingly difficult to deal with from one day to the next.

I've heard many democrats address Obama's handling of the marijuana issue by asking, "what do you expect?" and I'm happy to answer them. I expect change. Absent that, I expect an explanation. An explanation is something you ought to have when you're arresting millions of people to protect them from a piece of plant material they put in their own pocket. The billions we spend trying to stop people from relaxing in this particular fashion should be subject to the same scrutiny as any other enormous amount of money our government spends, if not far more.


Meanwhile, we lead the world in incarceration and we've got a gigantic drug war bloodbath bubbling under our southern border and nobody knows what to do about it. Nobody, that is, except the emerging majority of Americans who believe that marijuana shouldn't be illegal in the first place. Even as the Obama Administration is doing everything it can to alienate supporters of reform, a legalization measure is activating young voters and out-polling the president in a battleground state that might make or break the whole election. To say nothing at all at a time such as this is embarrassing indeed, and reeks of unpreparedness for a discussion that obviously matters a great deal to a great number of people.

Obama knows enough about public relations, and enough about marijuana, that you would think he could explain our current policies to us if any reasonable explanation existed. In that sense, his continued silence speaks volumes."
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