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  •  It's really weird. (2+ / 0-)
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    Laconic Lib, PDiddie

    Obama has been pretty much just as bad as Bush on this issue. I don't get it, and it's hurting him.

    Time to choose education over incarceration and schools over prisons. Support the only student-run nationwide drug policy organization, Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

    by weathercoins on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 02:10:35 PM PDT

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    •  it was clearly a conscious decision (5+ / 0-)

      and what kills me is that it is such a strategically bad one, just from a raw political standpoint. democrats have nothing to gain but very much to lose with this defense of the war on hippies, young people, blacks, latinos, liberals, poor people pot, and having done the about-face so publicly makes it very difficult for a future reverse course to be trusted and come off as anything other than cynical pandering.

      with the other bad obama policy areas, he campaigned on them, but the medical pot thing is really exceptionally bad, as these things go, especially out west. if anything, bush was actually better on pot, believe it or not.

      one hunch is that the feds decided that CA would undermine the rest of the country on legalization, and they wanted to nip it in the bud (pun intended) by going after those within the pot industry who were pushing politically for an in-the-open legal trade (instead of the black market illegal trade guys, who don;t threaten the paradigm of the war on drugs). this, predictably, did not work, and now the obama admin will probably have to contend with two (WA, CO) and possibly three (OR) states with outright legalization, in addition to california.

      best we could hope for WRT sanity is a quiet unannounced retreat from prosecution in the 2nd obama admin, letting the states roll back prohibition and build support for federal legalization. but that presumes an interest in the white house to stop digging themselves deeper into this hole they're in, and i don't see evidence of that, sadly.

      i expect to see legalization play a role in the 2016 dem primary.

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