The Obama eligibility issue, according to Orly and other birthers, is the biggest issue in this country and the single most important thing on the minds of “millions of people”. Now, if that were true you would expect that Obama would be barraged with questions about his eligibility at his YouTube Town Hall Meeting on Thursday. However, that was not the case. The top most popular questions were about the legalization of marijuana and the end to pot prohibition. Imagine that!
From the HP:
“Following his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama asked the public to submit questions for an exclusive YouTube Interview that will take place on Thursday January 27. The "Ask Obama" forum promises to take questions from the American people on the issues they find most important in terms of national policy.
The people have spoken, and the message is loud and clear: the top 100 most popular questions (193,000 were submitted) are on marijuana reform and the harms of drug prohibition, with the first-place question coming from a former police officer who has first-hand experience with the failure of these policies. The questions dominating the forum deal with marijuana legalization, prohibition-related violence, and the fiscal and human consequences of mass incarceration. The American people want to know why our country is continuing the failed, catastrophic policy of drug prohibition.
Several of the most popular questions also address why our elected leaders have virtually ignored these important issues. This is not the first time marijuana legalization and drug reform have dominated the response to Obama's call for questions. There were similar results in both 2009 and 2010 when people asked Obama about ending prohibition and using science instead of politics to guide our drug policies. In 2009, Obama's response was to laugh off the question about taxing and controlling marijuana. In 2010, Obama ignored the questions, despite the questions dominating in quantity and quality.”
Poor Orly, looks like the American people have spoken and her big important “Birther Movement” has become nothing more a tired old “BM” swirling the drain when it comes to really important issues, like pot.
I grew up in the 70’s, and just about everyone I knew smoked pot at one time or the other back in the day, including me. Though I admit to being something of a lightweight as compared to some, and pretty much a wuss altogether when it came to other drugs. But the “marijuana movement” so to speak has seemed to hold it’s own going full steam ahead over the last 30 – 40 years.
Recent headlines reflect the change in attitudes lately in regard to pot. I had a good laugh reading one story from the Missoulan, which had a headline: "Missoula District Court: Jury pool in marijuana case stages “mutiny”
“A funny thing happened on the way to a trial in Missoula County District Court last week.
Jurors – well, potential jurors – staged a revolt.
They took the law into their own hands, as it were, and made it clear they weren’t about to convict anybody for having a couple of buds of marijuana. Never mind that the defendant in question also faced a felony charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.
The tiny amount of marijuana police found while searching Touray Cornell’s home on April 23 became a huge issue for some members of the jury panel.
No, they said, one after the other. No way would they convict somebody for having a 16th of an ounce.
In fact, one juror wondered why the county was wasting time and money prosecuting the case at all, said a flummoxed Deputy Missoula County Attorney Andrew Paul.”
The truth is that people have always used marijuana, and while I will agree that other drugs can be potentially harmful, I personally don’t see the harm in marijuana. In December of 2008 Discovery did a story on “The oldest Marijuana Stash Found” Where they uncovered a 2,700-year-old grave in the Gobi Desert that contained a stash of nearly 2 pounds of nicely cultivated and still green pot.
“A barrage of tests proves the marijuana possessed potent psychoactive properties and casts doubt on the theory that the ancients only grew the plant for hemp in order to make clothing, rope and other objects.
They apparently were getting high too.”
One other possibility is that throughout history it has not just used for its psychoactive properties, but very possibly for it’s analgesic properties. Today we have legal medical marijuana use in many states for that very reason.
Pharmaceutical companies are also jumping on the cannabinoid bandwagon. Hay, anything to make a buck, right? Why grow it for free if you can pay a drug company big bucks to make it into a pill. In June 2010 “GW Pharmaceuticals” finally won UK approval for its new drug “Sativex”, a drug derived directly from the cannabis plant.
It’s true that the war on drugs in this country has not only probably been the longest war the US has ever fought, but a hell of an expensive failure. According to a 2005 report on the “Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition in the US”
“Replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation similar to that used for alcoholic beverages would produce combined savings and tax revenues of between $10 billion and $14 billion per year, finds a June 2005 report by Dr. Jeffrey Miron, visiting professor of economics at Harvard University.”
Chief among the endorsing economists are three Nobel Laureates in economics: Dr. Milton Friedman of the Hoover Institute, Dr. George Akerlof of the University of California at Berkeley, and Dr. Vernon Smith of George Mason University.
Dr. Miron's paper, "The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition," concludes:
**Replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of legal regulation would save approximately $7.7 billion in government expenditures on prohibition enforcement -- $2.4 billion at the federal level and $5.3 billion at the state and local levels.”
**Revenue from taxation of marijuana sales would range from $2.4 billion per year if marijuana were taxed like ordinary consumer goods to $6.2 billion if it were taxed like alcohol or tobacco.”
And this report is 6 years old. Imagine what the numbers would be now.
For me the most shocking event of late in the war on pot prohibition was seeing the headline that “Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson” came out in favor of marijuana legalization.
"We're locking up people that have taken a couple puffs of marijuana and next thing you know they've got 10 years with mandatory sentences," Robertson continued. "These judges just say, they throw up their hands and say nothing we can do with these mandatory sentences. We've got to take a look at what we're considering crimes and that's one of 'em.
"I'm ... I'm not exactly for the use of drugs, don't get me wrong, but I just believe that criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot, that kinda thing it's just, it's costing us a fortune and it's ruining young people. Young people go into prisons, they go in as youths and come out as hardened criminals. That's not a good thing."
I nearly had to get the smelling salts after reading that one.
Anyway, my bet is that pot will be legalized long before Orly gets her hands on Obama’s long form. (HA!)
OMG, can you just imaging Orly stoned? “No, NO, NO! Let me finnnisssh! You have to let me…. Uh… What was I saying??? No, No wait, I know!
Actually, she does that now!