Poll: Feds should back off when states legalize pot
- Bruce Majors WWP Email Member and libertarian activist (majors.bruce@...) 3 Issues Team Blue Can Resume Caring About Now That They've Re-elected ObamaNow
that the election is over, it's time for liberals to start worrying about
Obama's misdeeds again.
Ed Krayewski <http://reason.com/people/ed-krayewski/all> | December 5, 2012
[image: through a mirror darkly]The 2012 election season finally,
mercifully ended last month, when voters re-elected Barack Obama as
president. The president’s supporters naturally celebrated the victory as
an affirmation of Obama’s first term. But many also breathed a sigh of
relief. Now that their man was safely returned to the White House, it was
finally acceptable to start criticizing Obama in public again.
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“I have been mostly holding my tongue about the president this past
host Bill Maher, one of the president’s staunchest boosters on the boob
tube, “because I didn’t want to muddy the waters in a country where you
only get two choices.” *The New Yorker,* a bastion of progressive thinking,
that it would now get tough on the president in his second term.
If Team Blue is truly serious about taking the president to task, here are
3 issues where even liberals can admit Obama has been a failure,
disappointment, or worse.
*3. The Drug War*
[image: better days]Barack Obama became the first president in U.S. history
to have admitted to both marijuana and cocaine use, yet his administration
has prosecuted the drug war as vigorously as any predecessor. Obama’s drug
warrior status is made worse by the fact that his position flies in the
face of a country moving in a decidedly different direction. For the first
time ever, a majority of Americans were found to support drug legalization,
and nearly three-quarters support medical
On the same night Obama was re-elected, voters in Washington and Colorado
decriminalized marijuana, yet the Obama administration has since responded
by insisting it will continue to enforce federal drug law. Unfortunately,
that's no surprise given the administration’s aggressive war on medical
marijuana facilities in places like California and Colorado despite
to use federal power to circumvent state medical marijuana laws. Throughout
the election, Obama’s supporters hoped against hope that he would take a
different tack on the war on drugs in his second
It's time for Team Blue to hold the president's feet to the fire and demand
a more sensible drug policy.
*NEXT: Peace sells, but who's buying?*
On Friday, December 7, 2012, wrote:
> URL to an interesting article in USA Today
> IMHO, this is a good example of how a classic conservative government
> should act. The use of marijuana is
> - a state issue
> - an issue of personal private behavior that governments have no
> business in
> State governments can and should set age limits for who can use marijuana
> and levy taxes against it. The federal government can issue rulings that
> marijuana cannot be grown in federal parks. Then, that's it.
> (Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change)
> "Susan Page, USA TODAYShare
> Story Highlights
> - Poll finds Americans against federal government taking steps to
> enforce federal laws in states that vote to legalize pot
> - Washington state and Colorado voted to legalize marijuana for
> recreational use
> 8:36PM EST December 6. 2012 - Americans are divided over whether
> marijuana should be decriminalized — 50% say no, 48% say yes — but they
> overwhelmingly agree on this: When states vote to legalize pot, the feds
> should look the other way.
> In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, those surveyed say by almost 2-1, 63%-34%,
> that the federal government shouldn't take steps to enforce federal
> marijuana laws in states that legalize pot.
> *MORE: *Smokers celebrate as Washington state legalizes marijuana<http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/06/marijuana-legal-washington/1750347/>
> *HEALTH EFFECTS: *What are marijuana's side effects?<http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/06/nih-marijuana-effects/1751011/>
> The question took on some urgency Thursday as Washington became the first
> state to decriminalize the possession of marijuana for recreational
> purposes. Just after midnight, hundreds of celebrants lit joints at the
> base of Seattle's Space Needle.
> A similar law is scheduled to take effect January in Colorado, where
> voters last month also approved a ballot measure legalizing the
> manufacture, distribution and possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by
> adults 21 and older.
> That puts both states in conflict with federal law, which lists pot in the
> same Schedule 1 category as heroin and LSD. "The department's
> responsibility to enforce the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged,"
> the U.S. Attorney's office in Seattle said in a written statement. "Neither
> states nor the executive branch can nullify a statute passed by Congress."
> Still unclear is precisely how, and how aggressively, federal law
> enforcement officials plan to proceed.
> The poll finds no national groundswell to decriminalize marijuana. Support
> for legalization has risen dramatically since 1969, when Gallup found
> Americans opposed the idea by 84%-12%. But levels of support actually have
> dipped a tad from last year, when 50% supported legalization and 46%
> opposed it.
> The age group most in favor of the feds, well, chilling out, aren't young
> people but those 50 to 64 years old, members of the Baby Boom generation.
> Seventy percent say the feds should look the other way, as do 69% of those
> under 30. Among those between 30 and 49 and seniors 65 and older, 61%
> oppose enforcement.
> The poll of 1,015 Americans, taken Nov. 26-29, has a margin of error of
> +/- 4 percentage points.