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  •  So, the (5+ / 0-)

    proper comment by the President is
    '' I want to encourage drug use''?

    I swear for some folks,he simply cannot win.
    He is doing an Christmas interview with Barbara Walters,and some folks want him to come out strong encouraging more drug use in this country?

    The far right equivalent was a rant I heard last nite by Bill O'Reilly,who  lumped pot users in prison in with murderers and rapists. He cited evidence that  violent crime is down because of harsh sentencing of rapists,murderers and drug dealers.
    In this rant, he basically said that all people in prison for drug charges are drug dealers,and similar to rapists and murderers.

    So, the President disagrees with BillO,but does not feel it is responsible for him to encourage children to use more drugs,and both sides hammer him. What a deal.

    •  Of course not. (3+ / 0-)
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      CS in AZ, JesseCW, 420 forever

      It's a false question.  It is predicated on the notion that marijuana is a dangerous drug; and in making that statement as he did, he accepts and perpetuates that lie.

      There are many ways he could have addressed the issue, but coming out against legalization because he "doesn't want to encourage drug use" shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the issue.

      "It is not, you fucking liberal prick." ..My RW friend Dave's last words to me.

      by rb608 on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 07:42:21 AM PST

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      •  Perhaps, in his usual long-game way (2+ / 0-)
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        he's preparing the ground for using treatment, halfway houses and job training programs in place of prison.  I'm just guessing here but he's intelligent, well-versed, and black, right?  He's probably read something somewhere about the number of young black men in prison for carrying a crack rock or an ounce of weed.  He might know something about the War on Black Males.  Set up a system that ends that war and you have more successful young black men in Congress, State government, law firms, tech firms, and maybe even CEO's offices.

        Change is slow.  You plow the field before you harvest the crop, plus there are other intermediate steps.

        I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

        by I love OCD on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 08:01:22 AM PST

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        •  I agree he should be well aware (2+ / 0-)
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          of the "war on black males", but I'd even separate that from the marijuana legalization issue.  Drug treatment and halfway houses do not exist for the purposes of getting people "off" of marijuana.

          Additionally, I'd postulate, the enormous cost of federal interdiction and enforcement regarding pot would be better spent on those job training programs for young males of all races.  Again, I'd like to believe Obama knows that; but this latest statement gives no indication of that understanding.

          I don't want it to sound as though I'm bashing the guy, I'm not.  I'm proud he's my pres.  This is just one of those areas where I'd like to see more fact-based policy instead of soundbite pandering to the masses.  

          Coincidentally, I was driving through southern Maryland a couple weeks ago and was remembering my youth when farmers there were growing tobacco everywhere; but that's all gone now.  I was thinking how these farmers would probably love the opportunity to grow hemp as a cash crop; but they can't because of the stupid prohibition of marijuana.  For me, it's more about the economics than the recreational use.  

          "It is not, you fucking liberal prick." ..My RW friend Dave's last words to me.

          by rb608 on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 08:29:23 AM PST

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        •  The New Jim Crow (0+ / 0-)

          by Michelle Alexander

          America—We built that!

          by Mokurai on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 10:20:40 AM PST

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      •  Unfortunately I agree (2+ / 0-)
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        There are many ways he could have addressed the issue, but coming out against legalization because he "doesn't want to encourage drug use" shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the issue.
        Although I think it is possible that he does in fact know better and is being political here.

        I understand that politically right now he cannot "encourage drug use" (never mind the beer summits and whatnot) but he could it seems to me at least start telling the truth about the failings of the war on drugs, and discuss truthfully the harm of suppression.

        I realize it would be unpopular with law enforcement types, and they are a powerful constituency -- but I am disappointed that President Obama is still pushing fundamentally false information.

        I don't know if as president he can or should "lead" the country to do away with prohibition ... but I do wish he would try anyway. I would like to at least see some sign that he knows the facts and understands the reality of the drug war. I did not see that in this interview.

    •  BillO is a leading offender in the real (0+ / 0-)

      War on Christ and Christmas.

      America—We built that!

      by Mokurai on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 10:20:00 AM PST

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