Paul versus Barack Obama, on Weed
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appears to have been quite the Hawaii pot head.
what at first seems a hilarious take on the President and his serious
weed smoking days. It's a must read:
A User's Guide to Smoking Pot with Barack Obama.
But there is
another side to the story, the Prez as serious hypocrite. Firedoglake
has that side of the
from a new book Barack
Obama: The Story contains in-depth details about his
frequent marijuana use as a young man. Although Obama admitted
to using marijuana in his memoir Dreams
From My Father, we now learn for example that Obama
was a frequently indulging aficionado who
was a big fan of hot boxing in cars. While Obama's past
marijuana use is treated as merely a funny anecdote, his hypocrisy
on the issue of marijuana and the destruction his continued
support for prohibition causes is no laughing matter.
Americans were arrested for marijuana related offenses of
which the vast majority was for possession. That means since
Obama took office it is likely well over 2.5 million Americans
have been arrested for marijuana. Millions arrested for committing
the same basic "crime" our President often committed
during his youth.
was lucky enough not to get a criminal record for his mostly
harmless marijuana use, hundreds of thousands of other Americans
this year were not as fortunate, especially
young African American and Latino males who are disproportionately
arrested at much higher rates for marijuana. Many of these
young people will be burdened with a records that could permanently
hurt their employment prospects and they will lose the federal
support they need to attend college.
were a young man today and got arrested for his marijuana use
under our currently policy, the negative consequences from such
an arrest could easily have stopped him from ever becoming President.
Clearly, the actual use of marijuana didn't hurt Obama by making
him less successful, but the consequences of our prohibition easily
could have. But not only does Obama support maintaining this current
drug policy, which is more damaging to people than the drug itself,
but his administration has taken the federal
war against medical marijuana to new heights.
with Ron Paul, who I seriously doubt has ever taken one puff of
weed in his life. (He
told me that it was only recently that he started drinking red wine.).
Yet, it is Ron Paul who wants to eliminate federal drug laws. If
he were president, he would pardon those in jail for federal drug
offenses and disband the DEA.
difference between a man of principle who favors liberty for all
and a scheming elitist like President Obama. Dr. Paul. just wouldn't
touch weed, but as a man in favor liberty, he wouldn't bother with
anyone else who chose to use it. President Obama, on the other hand,
as an elitist, views himself above the law. For him to be a Hawaii
pot head was just fine, but now, in power, he uses the power of
federal government to crush those who now do what he did.
with permission from Economic
Economic Policy Journal
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