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April 16, 2015

Distinct comments on marijuana policy from Prez Obama and one wanna-be successor

Two notable new stories about notable new marijuana comments made by notable chief executives caught my eye this morning.  Here are the headlines, links and the basics:

In a CNN special to be aired on Sunday, not only will President Barack Obama state his full support of medical marijuana, he’ll also advocate for alternative models of drug abuse treatment which don’t involve incarceration.  The television special, called “Weed 3,” features CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon who came to support medical marijuana after reviewing the evidence. This time around, he’ll be delving into the politics of medical marijuana research and interviewing President Barack Obama, according to an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Even within the GOP, which remains skeptical of liberalization on drugs, a majority thinks the feds should defer to the states. You can indeed be anti-marijuana and pro-federalism. Screw that, says Christie.  When it comes to deciding whether marijuana’s too dangerous for the citizens of a state to sell, he’ll happily trump your state legislature and local PD. And to think, they call him a big-government Republican.

It is both notable and telling, of course, that a President often accused of trampling state and individual rights is here saying he respects on-going state reforms, while a state Governor representing from a party that claims it favors a smaller federal Government is asserting he wants to make sure states do not even try to forge a different part with respect to the war on drugs. And this is why I find marijuana law, policy and reform so politically interesting: it help reveal, in a way few other issues do, just which particular policies and which particular principles are ultimately most important to which particular politicians.

Cross-posted at Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

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Doug:

What do you expect from politicians and politics? It certainly is not consistent thoughts or philosophy, but trying to sell c--p and come away without smelling of it! The judiciary is no different. That's why we are the way we are and a lot of self-deceiving people like it that way.

I did not comment on your Grassley articles because how could anyone listen to anything a person who supports ethanol says. It is a net energy loss to the country and not only the "greens", but the crony-capitalist farmers support this BS.

Posted by: albeed | Apr 16, 2015 11:34:12 AM

This sort of when we feel like it federalism is not limited to pot.

I am trying to look past the sources of those quotes.

Posted by: Joe | Apr 16, 2015 12:25:04 PM

No difference between the parties in the pursuit of the rent. Just goes to different constituencies.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 16, 2015 2:04:10 PM

Both parties as well as libertarians are hypocritical.

I don't get why liberals as well as libertarians are so gung-ho about legalizing marijuana. Marijuana has side effects, the focus should be making it a prescription if it has valid medical uses or atleast heavily regulated like cigs.

If we regulate controlled substances we should regulate marijuana not make it recreational, of course marijuana may be less dangerous than many controlled substances but not necessarily safer than prescription drugs that aren't controlled.

If you want a more purified form of Claritin or Zyrtec you need a prescription, in fact you needed a prescription for the regular versions up until the last decade.

I don't get conservatives and federalism, it seems conservatives have no problem with oppressive state governments, you really think state legislatures are not as corrupt as washington, also many conservatives in state legislatures interfere with local governments enacting regulations.

So there are your options, don't be hyprocritical, we of course should weaken the DEA, mdma for instance was supposed to be a controlled RX 3 but despite lawsuits its still illegal (control 1 is illegal).

Posted by: Morgan | Apr 19, 2015 4:19:39 AM

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