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President Obama Underestimates Marijuana As Game Changer For Millennials In VICE Interview


obama marijuanaI have long been a fan of President Barack Obama. I first got a chance to see him in Portland in 2007. Long before his raucous campaign was drawing tens of thousands to his events.

I just caught the President’s recent interview with VICE, and as I watched the first 14 minutes I kept thinking to myself how thoughtful Obama is on every issue. How he is able to put these large scale problems into perspective, and how he takes the long term view rather than get caught up in the politics of the moment.

Then we got to the last segment of the interview: marijuana legalization.

Co-Founder of VICE and interviewer Shane Smith starts off by saying that marijuana legalization seems inevitable and that if President Obama were to legalize, that for young people it would be one of the biggest parts of his legacy. To which Obama responds by saying,

“First of all, it shouldn’t be young people’s biggest priority…sometimes on the White House website and petitions we get the same. So let’s put it in perspective. Young people, I understand this is important to you, but you should be thinking about climate change, the economy, jobs, war and peace. Maybe way at the bottom you should be thinking about marijuana.”

First of all, this is not millennial’s biggest priority.

We care about the health of our planet, and the future of our economy (amongst many things). We just see marijuana legalization as a no-brainer that can be remedied quick. Without the need of high level negotiations like those needed with China to deal with climate change or with Iran to decrease nuclear tensions.

It’s hard to tell young people who are productive members of our society, but face discrimination based on their drug of choice, that this should be at the bottom of their list of priorities. What about a college student on financial aid whose number one priority is getting a college education, but while out celebrating a successful week of finals gets busted for marijuana possession? The fact is that they could face losing their financial aid, which for a lot of families in the U.S. means the difference between getting a degree or working menial jobs in the service industry. Meanwhile, it is completely acceptable and sometimes encouraged for college students to get wasted on legal intoxicants like alcohol that kill 88,000 Americans annually.

Lots of issues that concern young people stem from the “War on Drugs” or as my friend Russ Belville calls it, the “War on (Certain American Citizens Using Non-Pharmaceutical, Non-Alcoholic, Tobacco-Free) Drugs”.  Including events that lead to the killings of young people like Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. Just read Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. The very idea that black men in the U.S. are automatically deemed suspicious and dangerous stems from the War on Drugs, which really is just a continuation of a systematic oppression born out of the Jim Crow south and the hundreds of years of slavery that preceded it.

The President talked about the need to separate out criminalization from encouraging its use, saying that the criminal justice system is heavily skewed towards cracking down on non-violent drug use. He also warned against decriminalization and legalization being seen as “panaceas”, asking if people felt the same way about meth, coke, crack or heroine.

For the sake of this blog, let’s separate out marijuana from the other drugs (although I personally believe that all drug use should at least be decriminalized). To the President’s point, very few people are encouraging the use of marijuana, but even if someone was, marijuana is still objectively safer than legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco.

I assume that when the President talks about “encouraging its use”, he means having an industry that promotes its product. Which goes to his point during the interview that young people should be more concerned about the economy and jobs than they are about marijuana. Obama has continuously downplayed the economic impact of the cannabis industry, and I think he significantly underestimates how many jobs this economic sector stands ready to create. Not your typical, minimum wage service industry jobs, but jobs that provide union-wages and benefits. This is an industry that is predominantly hiring young people, and from my experience is also being ran by young people. Some of the great entrepreneurs of the future are currently in the cannabis industry.

Why at a time when the political dialogue is centered around the need to create jobs are we denying the rise of the “fastest growing industry” in America?

Also, where are the conservatives on this issue? Want to talk about “uncertainty in the marketplace”? Talk to dispensary owners that are unable to get access to bank accounts. Ask them about 280E, and their inability to deduct business expenses the same as any normal business. Want to talk about keeping the government out of the doctor/patient relationship? Talk to the marijuana refugees who are up rooting their lives to move out West to states where their children have access to the only medicine that has been proven to help them. Want to talk about letting localities govern themselves without the interference of the federal government? Talk to the citizens of the nation’s capital, where it is now legal to possess and use marijuana in private…but it’s not legal to buy or sell it (thanks to Rep. Andy Harris).

Obama acknowledged that marijuana is becoming a bi-partisan issue, but I think he underestimates how powerful this is. Just last week one of the first pieces of legislation ever to deal with marijuana in the Senate was introduced by Democratic Senators Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Republican Senator Rand Paul. The CARERS Act would end the federal prohibition of medical marijuana, leaving it up to individual states to decide whether or not to get in between a patient and their doctor.

The GOP which is struggling with younger voters, is quickly looking to make this issue theirs. Rand Paul is leading the way in the Senate, Dana Rohrabacher has become a champion in the House, and hopeful Presidential candidate Ted Cruz even said that he believes that marijuana legalization should be left up to the states. Rohrabacher also recently dropped a muffled bombshell on HuffPost’s “Drinking and Talking” that he believes that likely Presidential candidate Scott Walker will look to lead the way on this issue in the 2016 campaign.

Many in our community have asked for Obama to sign an executive order rescheduling marijuana, but the Obama administration has made the case that Congress needs to amend the Controlled Substances Act. In my opinion, President Obama should actually put the pressure on Congress to do so.

President Obama is in a unique position. He is in his last 22 months as President. He often talks of never having to run a campaign again. It’s time for him to own marijuana as an issue. I find it funny that the President is telling young people what they should care about, as if he wasn’t swept in to office on the love and commitment of young people to his message of hope. Hope in the face of adversity. Hope, and more importantly, belief that big change is possible.

So come on, Mr. President. Use the power of the bully pulpit to put the pressure on Congress to de-schedule marijuana. The legacy of the Obama administration wouldn’t be that it legalized weed, it would be that the Obama presidency restored faith that our government is responsive to the will of the people. It’s time for the President to stop acting as if this is just an internet issue. I’ve recently been paying close attention to the implementation of Measure 91 here in Oregon, and it’s amazing how far ahead our state legislature is on this issue compared to President Obama. Democrats and Republicans working side by side to figure out the intricacies of overseeing the emergence of a new market.

Ultimately, that’s why millennials voted for a young, inexperienced Senator from the south side of Chicago with a funny name. He made us believe in the possibilities of representative democracy. There is rarely an issue that can bring Democrats and Republicans together to end gridlock. If Obama were to have his marijuana moment, I guarantee that we would see the re-emergence of young voters in 2016.

After all, by 2020 millennials will represent 40% of the eligible voting population. Show us that government can be responsive and work together to accomplish the easy issues, and we’ll continue to buy into the idea that we can tackle bigger issues. This is not young people’s biggest priority, however when 40% of the unemployed are millennials, it’s hard not to get excited about an industry that is actually hiring.

Maybe the President should stop telling us what to care about and start listening to what we care about. We can walk and chew gum at the same time.


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  1. It’s a “high” priority with young people because it is the only issue that is likely to get them and their friend arrested,
    prosecuted and treated like criminals. That makes it a rather high priority to stop.

  2. Wow, this was such an inspiring and powerful read! I really felt the point couldn’t have been made any stronger while still having charisma. I am one of those that is a cynic and have only voted once in my 30 some odd years on this planet bc I have a hard time believing that the issues, the important issues, are decided by us and not a small group of people somewhere in D.C. If a revolutionary change like this were to happen I think that I would have no choice but to believe. Just wanted to thank @Wiz Kaliko for this read!

  3. BryanB_Raleigh on

    The only reason Congress is now involved in this rescheduling is because the DEA has blocked all previous attempts through the other process that could reschedule it. The pressure doesn’t need to be put on Congress to do this alone, it needs to be put on both Congress and the DEA. It seems like the only reason the DEA is against it is because this is a huge money maker for them, from the money they get from cartels to bring it into our country to the money from asset forfeiture they get from stealing citizens money and property.

  4. Austin Michael Guanciale on

    The point that i’m trying to make here is that he agrees with you on the fact that people should not be incarcerated over marijuana. He says this in the Interview. Pretty much word for word. It costs the states to much money, and it ruins peoples lives. He addressees that. He says, in the interveiw that IF enough states legalize it then congress would consider decriminalizing it. Everyone here is hating on Obama, and most of them for different reason then this thread, which is understandable. My argument here is based on the legalization of cannabis and how Obama feels about it (1 person in the government that holds not as much power as you think.) I’m simply saying in my point of view we should be worrying about other things, but if we’re going to worry about this then address your state representatives not the president of the US. A lot of community’s have and this is why we have a large spread of legalization of marijuana in many states, maybe not decriminalized and perhaps only for medical uses but it’s a HUGE step in the right direction.

  5. Granger Null on

    Apparently President Obama hasn’t read Jack Herer’s the emperor wears no clothes, because if he did he would know that only cannabis can save the planet.It can solve global warming with clean fuel, It can solve the world economy not only with the cannabis but with the Hemp industry , and the 10,000 uses that Hemp has.hemp can also bring World Peace because it is a renewable resource that would break up the monopolies the Oil Companies hold ending world strife.Cannabis can give us the best healthcare , because of our endocannabinoid system. …………..Think Again President Obama before you speak, the youth are thinking about all the issues facing our planet, and how cannabis will solve them, It is now time for you to open your eyes and see the truth dear Mr President.

  6. Nathaniel – you are “spot on” with your logic. We need more young people like you to fix both the environment and health care. How can anyone disagree that these should be priorities?
    It’s the large corporations who feel threatened by hemp and cannabis.

  7. I called the White House and said the very same thing you just suggested. Clemency to non-violent drug offenders and supplementing ObamaCare with cannabis as a viable alternative to Chemo, pain-killers, etc..

  8. Wiz – you fail to make the single largest point about Obama. His “Obama Care” would actually dramatically reduce health care costs if Cannabis were re-Scheduled or legalized.
    Insurance premiums are very high because we don’t use cannabis for cancer treatment. Obama’s legacy would be forever polished if he could just think like he did for health care. I can heal cancer with oil from cannabis and I’m not the only person who knows this.
    We need a complete overhaul with health care and protecting our environment, but; first things first: Let’s allow people to heal from the cancers and seizures that are merely symptoms of the pollution of our air, water, soil, and GMO food.
    Legalization and/or de-criminalization will put someone in the White House. This is the only reason the GOP (Rand Paul) and Corey Booker (D-NJ) are making plays like they are. If Obama were running, he’d be trying to supplement ObamaCare with cannabis.

  9. Oh come on, his interest in the planet is directly linked to political campaign donors who write huge checks while they’re on a global warming rant, hugging a tree or dissing about people who drink coffee that isn’t organic, etc. He will say whatever sounds good at the time depending upon the group he’s addressing, along with the essential assistance of his teleprompter.
    And we’d be far better off if congress had left the draft in place from the 60s in order to allow every level of society to share in fighting for our freedom.

  10. You have just presented one of the most insightful, clearly stated and factual explanations about this ongoing ordeal that I’ve read, so thank for taking the time and initiative to offer it.

  11. Maybe if Malia gets busted for possession when she goes off to college next year, this will suddenly be an issue worth the President’s time.

  12. You will NEVER hear the President say that he supports the right for citizens to make this choice for themselves.

  13. And if he had gotten caught he would had never become President. Shame that this thought escapes his mind while others do get caught and lose out on jobs.

  14. You are assuming he WAS a cannabis user at one time. That dude smoked so much weed back in college that it is crazy for him to lecture anyone about consuming cannabis in modern day. He is damn near as bad as Patrick Kennedy.

  15. It’s not about getting baked, it’s about human rights. It’s about people not being jailed or fined for a plant. It’s about people being able to live in peace and freedom and not worrying that their door’s will get kicked in and their children taken away from them over a plant. It’s about people’s hopes and dreams being crushed over a imbecilic policy against cannabis. If Obama, who has been a cannabis user at one time, doesn’t think that the corrosive ongoing war against cannabis users isn’t a priority, then he’s being a hypocrite and deserves the rebuke coming his way.

  16. Couldn’t it also be that he is like all politicians that engage in such behavior as a child but when they grow up they think they have the inherent right to tell others not to do what they did as a youth?

  17. Obama doesn’t believe in freedom for citizens and neither does Holder. That is why government continues its one rule for them and one rule for the rest of us serfs.

  18. Trademark Martin wasn’t killed because of marijuana and he wasn’t profiled because he had smoked marijuana earlier that day. He was profiled because there had been several break ins in that specific area backed by police reports in the past and he was acting suspicious on the night in question. It’s wasn’t marijuana Saint Skittles was after, it was the ingredients to create Lean. He had Arizona Watermelon juice that was constantly called ICED TEA because the media and the Martin family attorneys didn’t want people to figure out what Watermelon Juice and Skittles are mixed with (codeine syrup.) But to sit here and say the war on drugs contributed to either of these boys’ deaths solely because it makes everyone suspicious of blacks is not only a quasi-racist statement but one that is one not based on the facts of the case.

    Mike Brown was not stopped by Darren Wilson because of his suspected drug use. Maybe you could argue he was stopped because of his skin color but you need to also include that the skin color of aggravated robber was also black and severely overweight with a skinny black friend in tow.

    No matter how much you want to tie these boy’s deaths to the drug war, you just can’t. The boys died because of their OWN actions on each day not because of the drug war. If you really want to get down to the nuts and bolts of why black minorities are profiled perhaps we can discuss first how a race that only has 13% of the population creates nearly 50% or just over of the crimes in this country. To give your argument merit, we would have to believe many of these people were only arrested because of suspected drug use which just isn’t the case.

    Why are more blacks arrested for marijuana use? Because police presence occurs in the area with higher crime. And anyone stupid enough to smoke this publicly in an area where there is an increased police presence knowing full well they could be searched and arrested doesn’t make much sense no matter how much I support their right to possess and smoke it. But if you believe all of the race baiters and agitators, they would have you believe that no white person is ever arrested for marijuana while all of the black people are constantly targeted.

    Truth is the drug war is color blind because ALL races are targeted and suffer. It’s how they fill the prisons. It’s how the fund police departments and their overtime pay. I suggest you do a bit more research because there are far better examples of young black men that have lost their lives because of the drug war who had no history of committing crimes prior to their death.

    Do not take this post as me saying racism does not exist because it sure as hell does. But this constant claim of disparate impact is one of bullshit and is just not backed up by the facts. I can support you that far too many people are locked up for a long time for a plant that grows in the ground. I am with you on that and I can even support that some minorities may get longer sentences than their non-black counterparts. But to constantly make it sound like drug use by whites is tolerated and looked the other way on while the black community is targeted and slammed every chance it gets is just not true.

  19. If the President doesn’t believe in freedom and the right of citizens to determine for themselves what they put inside their own bodies, what does he believe in?
    Any man that doesn’t believe in freedom and individual liberty, should not be leading this country.

  20. Let’s be blunt for a moment. While marijuana is the issue at hand, it is not simply a young generation trying to relax and get high. The real problem here is the federal government trying to own our personal lives, and their refusal to admit when they are wrong. Marijuana had been used for centuries for medical purposes before it was prohibited in america and classified as having “no medical purpose”. Recent study is only further evidence of the medicinal benefits this substance has, a substance that is far less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco, but also a multitude of legal prescription medications.

    America is supposedly a free nation, but in my state I would be thrown in jail for smoking bud to ease pain in my joints, but at the same time doctors prescribe pills to do the same that have the potential to destroy my liver, tear up my stomach and KILL ME.

  21. Amy Peradotta on

    Very thoughtful response to the VICE interview. I echo your sentiments completely. I’m an Illinoisan and have been with Obama since the first senate campaign, but I am disappointed in how much Obama denies the role cannabis can play in being a a big part of the solution to all the issues he feels millennials should care about instead.

    Let’s be clear here – I am referring to all forms of cannabis as being part of the solution to many of those issues he listed. Low THC cannabis (hemp) has a huge role to play in combating climate change, adding jobs to the economy, reducing reliance on foreign oil, and improving overall human and animal health.

    By declassifying cannabis from schedule 1 of the CSA, Obama would effectively free low THC cannabis (hemp) as well as high THC cannabis (medicinal and “recreational”). This serves to benefit the health and prosperity of our nation and its youth.

    That is why he is truly missing the mark by failing to address cannabis legalization on a federal level. His reasoning could be based on many things. It could based on political strategy for the 2016 Democratic nomination, or it could be that big industry is paying him off enough to prevent him from making changes at the federal level; either that or he does not fully comprehend the true scale of change legalization would have on America and the world.

    However, he is no dummy. That is why I don’t rule out the possibility of him ending his presidency by legalizing cannabis and granting clemency to non-violent drug offenders. And if he does, it will be the most epic and historical mic drop any president could make before exiting the White House for good.

  22. It’s not just about “young people”. They haven’t had to live with decades of Prohibition. Prohibition is a divide between the People and our Government that erodes our ability to have trust and faith that the right things will get done by our elected representatives. It’s a fucking betrayal. I don’t have kind words for the President on this one.

  23. As a young person, marijuana legalization is not just a small thing. People are dying because they can’t have it. Parents are having their kids taken away because of it. Parents have dying kids and can’t choose the medicine that has a serious chance to help. Even in states where marijuana is legalized it still is a problem because it’s not fully legal. It’s not just about smoking it, it’s about the care that we the people deserve to have.

  24. Kaliko Castille on

    Austin- The last line of the blog gets right at your point. “We can walk and chew gum at the same time.” —Leaders are supposed to lead. Not pass the buck.

  25. He’s become the country’s embarrassment ambassador to the world, and doing it with our great arrogance and our tax $$$.

  26. Perfect, continue giving him a free pass as he’s become accustomed to receiving since his first day in office.
    He’s had ample time to come through on his promises, no more benefit of the doubt for him.

  27. He has a ton of industries, both public and private, that are in his ear about continuing prohibition. I am not an Obama fan, never have been, so his words to me are just that, words.
    He, much like many politicians, is just waiting for the voters to figure out how to cure this systemic ill called prohibition. The administration knows it is a hot button issue and they could take advantage of this opportunity to create some sense that this federal government is still working for the people: the administration is not going to do anything beyond the memo the DOJ put out, which is not being followed.
    Both the writer here, and Obama, are quite wrong about the prioritization of marijuana. This plant has the chance to assist all of the aforementioned issues he suggested we should be concerned about.

    In regards to climate change, we could virtually stop cutting trees down for paper products and turn to the stalk of the plant [which grows at a far faster rate than do trees ≈2500-5000%]. Additionally, the cotton industry [one of the dirties agg products in the world] could be removed from the market. Hemp clothing is stronger, just as soft, and lasts longer, and is far cheaper to grow. Over consumption is one of the leading causes of CO2 emission creation, if clothes last considerably longer….

    We could provide a cheaper and safer nation wide option to many pharmaceuticals now currently being used for a variety of diseases. The creation of those drugs is costly to both the consumer and the environment. R&D of new drugs is by no means a clean process and those drugs that get peed back into the water supply generally do not get removed from the water at treatment plants.

    The poisonous construction of concrete could be nearly eradicated by making hempcrete: a far less polluting product that provides a similar end result.
    This new industry has a chance to provide a wealth of new job opportunities, with real room for growth.
    The truth is, he knows that it should be priority number one, but he doesn’t have the political capital to say it. Which makes him a hypocrite, but how is that any different than all other presidents since Carter? Have to hate corporate puppets that are reasonable orators: they lead the blind into some very muddy waters.

  28. Barry had his chance a long time ago… but he laughed it off and pissed off his base. Now we deal with the right controlling both the house and senate.

  29. johnjakobjingleheimenschmidt on

    it helps with war- the drug war, climate change- can build with hempcrete which absorbs carbon, the economy and jobs- too many jobs to list are possible with the cannabis, and peace—- cannabis puts me at peace with myself.

  30. lol cmon oba……………….. climate change, the economy, jobs, war and peace are problems that cannabis will help with. legalizing cannabis and hemp is the easiest first step for the federal government to start solving all those problems.

  31. ĐΣFΣCŦΣĐ on

    Call me ignorant Obama, but from my perspective, life is good around me. I see no war. I see some racism. I see Good people trying to be nice and helpful. One black man walked by me the other day and sad “God bless” — I said :”thank you sir, you have a wonderful day”. How is it in a time of “Corruption and race baiters, white man and black man can ignore government hysteria, and befriend kindness even more a moment. Obama fear tactics and division among man, is all he has left to play. Instead of taking the higher ground and proving worth as a leader, he falls into what all others before him say “War – Racism – corruption” is more important, because we started it.

  32. If it’s such a small – insignificant issue, barely worth the time it takes to bring it up, then let’s by all means “RESCHEDULE” to the level of TOMATOES and be done with it.

    That’s the best way to get it off everyone’s mind, off their plate, now moving on to things like “climate change, the economy, jobs, war and peace. “

  33. Really excellent points about young voters and the GOP. Here is a graphic I came across.


    A majority of young white voters went for GOP House candidates in both elections. There was also a 2 percentage point shift away from Democrats (presumably to the GOP) between 2010 and 2014. This constituency is very pro-legalization. I think these factors, plus the smashing victories by legalizers in 2014, explain why Cruz, Rubio and Jeb Bush have all taken the position that it should be up to the states.

  34. This link is a petition for a man very dear to me and my family. He is in prison for marijuana charges and has
    Had the longest marijuana sentence in the country. He is 80 years old and has served 35 years in prision. We finally got the White House to respond and say if we can get 100,000 signatures on the petition by April 14th 2015 Obama will consider looking at the petition and may result in his release so he could spend the remainder of his life with his family. Please click on the link below and put your info in the boxes and confirm signature through your email . Thank you god bless! https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/grant-clemency-my-80yr-old-father-antonio-bascaro-jail-35years-non-violent-marijuana-only-1st-offense/s96kKF6r

  35. Austin Michael Guanciale on

    He actually acknowledged the fact that the decriminalization of Marijuana would be very beneficial in many ways, his arugument is that there are more important things we should be worrying about not just as citizens of the United States, but as people of earth. How are you going to enjoy your ganja if their is no world to enjoy it on? or what if another huge war breaks out and a lot of the citizens are drafted? or we’re invaded? Nuclear war? can’t smoke marijuana if it’s all radiated doesn’t matter if it’s decriminalized or not. He did in fact AGREE that the legalization of marijuana would be helpful and beneficial to the states and communities in the US, and said that if enough states proposed a bill to decriminalize it he would address it accordingly so instead of getting on Obamas back, get on your states back about representing your needs and wants as a civilian if that is all you care about in this world is getting baked.

  36. He will be known as a great campaign orator who did not have the backbone or common sense to do one of the most logical changes ever, end marijuana prohibition. The leadership failures of him and the Democratic Congress are turning the whole country to swing Republican because of their inability to make a single meaningful change to our country. Simply ending prohibition and releasing all our non violent brothers in prison would have sealed his legacy in my book. They should all be ashamed of themselves for allowing the recession to linger when simply ending prohibition would’ve been one of the most incredible job stimulus acts in our history. A day late, and a lot of dollars $hort.

  37. This is precisely my biggest issue with this president (whom I voted for – twice!): Hypocrisy. He used cannabis in his youth and it doesn’t seem to have prevented his attaining the highest post in our government. However, that is due (to a great extent) to the fact that he didn’t get caught!!
    So, instead of doing what HE actually can (de-schedule cannabis), he does everything to distance himself from a simple task which he can accomplish easily by pushing it off on someone/anyone else.
    It’s become embarrassing!

  38. In addition to Rand Paul (R-KY) and Dean Heller (R-NV), the following GOP Senators have shown reasonableness on the issue. These are the ones I’m aware of. There may be others.
    Ted Cruz (R-TX) => “If the citizens of Colorado decide they want to go down that road, that’s their prerogative. I personally don’t agree with it, but that’s their right.”

    Marco Rubio (R-FL) => …a spokesman said that Rubio believes, “of course,” that states can make their own decisions about laws within their borders.

    Pat Roberts (R-KS) => “That’s a state issue. If you want to get a Rocky Mountain high, go west,” he said.

    Lamar Alexander (R-TN) => “Sen. Alexander believes that Washington, D.C. should not be telling states what to do about the decriminalization of marijuana,” Alexander spokesman Brian Reisinger said in an email response to questions posed by the Times Free Press.

    John McCain (R-AZ) Sep 2013 => ”Maybe we should legalize. We’re certainly moving that way as far as marijuana is concerned. I respect the will of the people”


  39. In addition to Rand Paul (R-KY) and Dean Heller (R-NV), the following GOP Senators have shown reasonableness on the issue. These are the ones I’m aware of. There may be others.

    Ted Cruz (R-TX) => “If the citizens of Colorado decide they want to go down that road, that’s their prerogative. I personally don’t agree with it, but that’s their right.”


    Marco Rubio (R-FL) => …a spokesman said that Rubio believes, “of course,” that states can make their own decisions about laws within their borders.


    Pat Roberts (R-KS) => “That’s a state issue. If you want to get a Rocky Mountain high, go west,” he said.


    Lamar Alexander (R-TN) => “Sen. Alexander believes that Washington, D.C. should not be telling states what to do about the decriminalization of marijuana,” Alexander spokesman Brian Reisinger said in an email response to questions posed by the Times Free Press.


    John McCain (R-AZ) Sep 2013 => ”Maybe we should legalize. We’re certainly moving that way as far as marijuana is concerned. I respect the will of the people”


  40. When I was in grade school, I was taught that America is a free country. And we Americans are free to pursue our individual ideals of happiness, as long as we don’t violate the rights of others. The government therefore, has no right to regulate what I put in my body. There is nothing more American than freedom, and individual rights. And that is why ending the prohibition on marijuana is an important issue.

  41. He was a let down and tease, now back tracking from saying alcohol is worse to we have better things to do.

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