Thursday, March 26, 2009

Obama Dodges Pot Questions

President Obama had an online "town hall' session today and was hit with a number of questions regarding the case for legalizing marijuana.
In this moment of national economic crisis, the top four questions under the heading of “Financial security” concerned marijuana; on the budget, people voted up questions about marijuana to positions 1-4; marijuana was in the first and third positions under “jobs”; people boosted a plug for legalizing marijuana to No. 2 under “health care reform.” And questions about decriminalizing pot occupied spots 1 and 2 under “green jobs and energy.”

After taking questions lower on the list, Obama addressed the pot issue head on, noting the huge number of questions about marijuana legalization and remarking with a chuckle, “I don't know what that says about the online audience."

"The answer is no, I don't think that is a good strategy to grow our economy," he said, as the audience in the room applauded and joined him in a laugh.

He didn't mind blowing reefers in his younger days, but he can't even condescend to answer the questions thoughtfully. Like it's the craziest suggestion he's ever heard.


  1. Bush as Governor of Texas, had many people sent to prison for drug use. Bush was also a former drug user.
    Too many police forces rely on big government funding to fuel the war on drugs. It`s like farm subsidies.The funding is considered an entitlement by the various police forces. Any cutbacks on funding would mean a huge political backlash.
    This situation will continue for a long time.

  2. Good point. It's another pork barrel situation. Just like they never cut the military after the Cold War. It makes me sick.