Will Marijuana Be Obamas October Surprise?
Many in the cannabis movement agree that President Obama’s stance on medical marijuana has been inexplicable, especially considering his pronouncements before he arrived at The White House.
Many also wonder what the President hopes to gain by alienating those who voted for him in 2008. Republican votes? Not likely, and Independents favor medical marijuana by huge margins.
There have been some rumblings lately that Obama’s recent “evolution” on the issue of gay marriage may pave the way for a similar “evolution” on medical marijuana, or maybe even recreational marijuana.
When Obama announced support of gay marriage, he also basically said that while he supports it, he’s not going to do anything to make it legal. Would he do the same when it came to marijuana right before the election? How many marijuana users would vote for him then?
Would he get enough votes to put him over the top in states like Colorado? Believing that marijuana users (and young people for that matter) generally have short attention spans, is Obama holding marijuana up his sleeve until just weeks before the election when it will have the most impact?
Cynical questions to be sure, but questions that need to be asked.
Chicagos Mayor Throws His Support Behind Marijuana Decriminalization
Illegal Searches and Arrests Common in NYC?
Much has been made recently – and for good reason – about the incredible amount of arrests that are made in New York City for simple marijuana possession. Beyond that, the vast majority of the arrests are of minority suspects.
While marijuana possession is only a “violation” in NYC, having marijuana in public view is a misdemeanor. And many cops have resorted to illegal searches to bring marijuana out into public view, where it becomes a crime.
And while politicians are rightly discussing a reduction in the penalty for marijuana possession in public view, should we not also be worried about these illegal searches? The two videos below bring this issue front and center.
Shouldn’t we be bothered by the image of a bunch of cops flooding into a random area and arresting minorities? Isn’t that in fact the height of tyranny, and evidence of how far we have fallen in this country?
Shouldn’t we be sickened that these things are commonplace? And marijuana is the tool by which this “public view” racism is carried out. Once marijuana is legalized, will it solve the problem of illegal searches? Or will another “substance” be substituted and utilized by law enforcement?
Mitt Romney, Drug Warrior
Mitt Romney’s disdain for marijuana in general is well-documented on Youtube, but it seems he takes time out of his busy schedule to do a little crime fighting as well.
According to reports Romney and his wife occasionally take walks along the beach near their home in La Jolla, California. But these aren’t ordinary walks , says The NY Times:
“A young man in town recalled that Mr. Romney confronted him as he smoked marijuana and drank on the beach last summer, demanding that he stop.
The issue appears to be a recurring nuisance for the Romneys. Mr. Quint, who lives on the waterfront near Mr. Romney, said that a police officer had asked him, on a weekend when the candidate was in town, to report any pot smoking on the beach. The officer explained to him that “your neighbors have complained,” Mr. Quint recalled. “He was pretty clear that it was the Romneys.”
It’s no surprise that Mitt Romney is arrogant and walks around with an incredible sense of self-worth, but he also seems completely oblivious to how much of the world works. What if this person who was smoking and drinking decided to tell Romney off? What if there was a physical altercation? Is Mitt Romney really willing to risk his life to scold a stranger who is not even on his property?
Imagine sitting on the beach, smoking a joint, and Mitt Romney comes up to you and lectures you on the ills of marijuana and drinking. This man is so controlling that he must control the behavior of not only those around him, but those anywhere near him.
If he becomes President he’ll have the opportunity to control the lives of millions of people, and make them conform to his narrow-view of the world. It’s shaping up to be a rather depressing Presidential election year.
New CDC Survey Shows More Teens Use Marijuana than Cigarettes
New statistics from the Center for Disease Control shows that while cigarette use among teens has remained steady, marijuana use is going up. While only 18% of teens admitted to smoking cigarettes in the latest survey, 23% said they used cannabis.
Howell Wechsler, the director of the CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health, said, "For the first time since CDC began collecting YRBS [National Youth Risk Behavior Survey] data in 1991, current marijuana use among U.S. high school students was more common than current cigarette use.
“YRBS results also show that from 2009 to 2011, there's been no significant progress in reducing cigarette use, while marijuana use among high school students is on the rise,” he said.
Many will hysterically call this awful news, but things need to be seen a little deeper. While only adults would use marijuana in a perfect world, that’s simply not the case. And when you are comparing thing teens could be experimenting with, which would you prefer, marijuana or cigarettes?
You can replace “cigarettes” with just about any other recreational substance and marijuana is safer. It’s impossible to overdose. In fact, many of the things teenagers do every day are more dangerous than marijuana, including driving, eating fast food and having sex.
Teens will always experiment with things, they have since the beginning of mankind. But is it really helpful to demonize marijuana when just about everything else they do is more dangerous? Why drive them away from marijuana to something that will be far worse for them?
The key, as it is with everything, is the truth. Be honest with your kids about what substances will do to them. But if you fill their heads with horror and doom about cannabis, something like cigarettes will seem less dangerous.
The truth will set you free.
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