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Meet The Press’ Chuck Todd Answers Marijuana Majority’s Question On Reddit


meet the press chuck todd marijuana majorityI am always impressed with how Tom Angell and his project ‘Marijuana Majority’ are able to get celebrities and politicians on the record about marijuana policy. There have always been politicians and celebrities that have consumed marijuana and supported marijuana reform. However, they did so in the shadows, and that helped perpetuate marijuana prohibition because people didn’t think they were in the majority (hence why marijuana majority is a great name!). Marijuana Majority does an amazing job of getting these people out of the shadows, on the record, and displays it for the world to see on their website. Below is the question and response from new host of NBC’s Meet the Press Chuck Todd during his Reddit Ask Me Anything. I encourage everyone to donate to Marijuana Majority so they can continue their great work:

Chuck’s take on the role of the marijuana debate from his Reddit #AMA:

MarijuanaMajority’s Question: Polling now consistently shows majority support for legalizing marijuana and supermajorities for medical marijuana and for letting states set their own laws without federal interference. Yet, to date, few national politicians have embraced these changes (including former marijuana enthusiast Barack Obama, whose administration could unilaterally reschedule the drug without further congressional action if he wanted to).
What do you think it’s going to take to bridge this disconnect between growing voter support and lack of action by elected officials, and what role do you see this issue playing in the 2016 presidential race?

chucktoddnbc’s Reply:
Well, many of Colorado’s DC politicians are quietly lobbying other colleagues from other states to embrace the issue, more so that Colorado doesn’t look like an outlier or is somehow stereotyped. I think the next presidential election is likely to have both nominees end up supporting decriminalizing and it’s going to take voters to decide whether they want those candidates to pledge to declassify marijuana from a schedule 1 controlled substance if they win. I don’t think this administration is ready to do that (maybe I’m wrong) but if the candidates running in 2016 are asked to pledge on it, I wouldn’t be surprised if most agree or come close to agreeing…


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  1. I am in cancer remission, my father has been given 3-6 moths to live. The painkillers don’t worrk . I have somewhat of aan appittite he has none. We haave both suffered from the invasivee chemo and radiation,,,,,, He is given blood tansfusions weekly….why are theey keeping this miracullouss plaant from us ? I smoked ass as a teen and it was not a gateway drug…… I don’t even drink nor does my father. the hype aand prohibition is just cruel propigaanda and unfaair to those of us wwho really need it……..

  2. “Marinol (pure THC capsules)”. I’d say that’s perhaps unintentionally misleading because Marinol is not a cannabis product. Marinol is synthesized in the laboratory rather than extracted from the plant and it is NOT chemically identical to the plant extract. http://tinyurl.com/mm2wlf I think the whole idea of legalizing MMJ is to release the plant and its byproducts from prohibition and get further away from pills with synthesized ingredients.

  3. Thanks for the input. I don’t understand why our elected people just take a stand on faith and openly embrace marijauna .

  4. mark_lee481 BSHA on

    Do not cheer to loudly if cannabis is placed in schedules II through IV. I am in the medical profession changing my specialty to cannabis. C-II is reserved for Morphine, drugs far stronger than heroin, Percocet, and it’s pure big brother Oxy Contin, cocaine, Marinol (pure THC capsules), and the ADHD amphetamines that are more restrictive even within this group. C-III is the former home of Lortab, Norcet, Tussionex. It now is home to the steroids barbell boys like so much, some rare sedatives, and the last remaining amphetamine for weight loss. It is restrictive, and reserved for slightly less dangerous drugs. C-IV is the home for Valium and most all drugs in the benzodiazepine class, it is also home to the phentermine class of amphetamine analogues that are as misunderstood as cannabis. If rescheduling occurs it must be in C-V as it can be recommended by a physician and signed for by the patient. It would also allow for preventative use (a phrase I have coined to replace recreational use). Any other schedule would set many prisoners free, but the system we have built would be taken away. Goodbye dispensaries, hello DEA raids, and goodbye to a free enterprise system pharmacies could never replace. This could be a coming weapon, so beware. It would be no easier to get cannabis than one can get morphine!!!

  5. Ulysses Sam Adams on

    I completely understand people wanting to be private with the way government has prodded the masses into feeling its wrong. We need to stand up and let the world know We’re High, Happy, and here to stay!!!

  6. I’m reminded of Bob Dylan saying he didn’t read Time Magazine — when I say that I don’t watch Meet the Press. :)

  7. Interesting how their support for decriminalization vaporized once this administration settled into office. All politicians tend to have short memories.

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