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  •  Obama has actually been pretty (5+ / 0-)

    bad on this issue. It is the one thing I like least about him, especially given how much he used to toke (and apparently enjoy it quite a bit). For California MMJ clinics the federal govt has been totally unpredictable, at first saying they will leave them alone, but then cracking down on them every once in a while. And people are still being sent to prison, for long periods of time, for selling pot, in California. The Justice Dept claims that its US Attorneys are free to choose whichever prosecutions they want to do, and that some of them out in CA want to go after pot. Since the Medical MJ industry is basically operating in the open in CA (following CA law), operators make for easy federal convictions; the evidence is all there that they are selling a Schedule One substance (the most illegal drug category there is).

    Of course I'm voting for Obama, and gave him money. But I'm not sure that Romney will be any worse on this issue, and I don't hold out much hope that Obama will liberalize at all on this in his second term. If any one of the three states voting to legalize weed in Nov passes their referendum, I think that both Obama and Romney would do everything possible to prevent the state from going forward. We're probably still a couple of presidents away from having one that will take major steps to lessen the War on Drugs.

    •  VERY bad (5+ / 0-)

      would be more like it.  There's more than enough convincing evidence to re-schedule marijuana and put an end to the "problem" once and for all (literally), but instead we get the jack-booted "justice"/DEA combo doing just what Obama said they wouldn't do (back in 2008).

      It's a clear case where there was no down side to doing the right thing, and Obama didn't.

      Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

      by Deward Hastings on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 06:48:09 AM PDT

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      •  That's why I really doubt him (5+ / 0-)

        on this issue. I think that those who believe that a 2nd term Obama will be bolder really are betting that he will up and change, completely. It isn't that he hasn't been politically brave on this issue - it's that he hasn't been politically brave to even the tiniest degree on this. He could have, and he should have ordered the FDA to reexamine the Schedule 1 classification. He could have ordered US Attorneys to stand down on MJ in states in which it is legal. He could have ordered a review of the cases of all people incarcerated for many years for breaking federal pot laws. Let most of these people out of prison - we don't believe in imprisoning our fellow, peaceful citizens, unless they did something very wrong, which amounts to either hurting someone or something or taking something that didn't belong to them. There are no victims of pot in a society with legal marijuana.

    •  I strongly disagree (1+ / 0-)
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      LinSea

      Do you really think a Romney presidency won't be any different then Obama on enforcing drug laws?

      Romney will sweep through Colorado and shut down all the medical Marijuana outlets and probably arrest a bunch of people.  The war on drugs will have renewed vigor.  Obama could have done the same, but he has chosen not to.  He could be better, but the difference between Romney and Obama is as wide as the grand canyon.

      •  Obama has not proven to (3+ / 0-)
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        PhilK, Panama Pete, wilderness voice

        be better than Bush on this issue. We're arguing about the future, so neither of us really has the answer. But your prediction requires that Obama undergoes a shift, because during his first term he was identical to a GOP president.

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