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  •  Yes, this is an excellent article which I was just (3+ / 0-)
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    starting to write up.  The Obama administration seems to be on the verge of making a terrible blunder by cracking down on state-legal dispensaries.

    The degree and type of enforcement of marijuana laws is one area President Obama could do much good with his executive branch authority to reschedule Marijuana from a Schedule 1 controlled substance, which preposterously suggests there is no valid medical use to a more appropriate schedule requires no legislative confirmation.

    He should also instruct the DOJ and DEA to respect state experimentation with decriminalization and legalization of medicinal use pending reform of national laws in the Congress.

    In addition to being the right thing to do, it would be one small gesture of appreciation to the many of us in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party who pulled all the stop to get him elected twice despite conspicuous shortfalls on numerous other progressive issues such as FISA, torture, the wars, etc.

    Now that we've failed to achieve filibuster reform, our President should be looking for every possible way to achieve as much good as he can during the remainder of his term.  I hope Senator Harken's sarcastic comment that the President can now take a four year vacation is premature and excessively cynical. But, the changing this gloomy assessment  may depend largely on the extent of our Presidents wisdom and willingness to confront and stand up to the many neocon holdovers from the Bush administration he perpetuates in the DEA, DOJ, and DOD.

    Changing his backward and deleterious current strategy towards excess enforcement and wasted resources and lives in this unfortunate war on American drug users would be an encouraging first step.


    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 10:54:48 AM PST

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