Does Obamas Harold & Kumar Promo Pander to Marijuana Users?
As the Democratic National Convention kicks into gear in North Carolina, a new promo from the Obama campaign clearly aims at the youth vote; more specifically, the “stoner” vote.
The promo is for the convention’s web coverage, hosted by Kal Penn, aka Kumar. In it Obama is seen to be engaging in a very serious conversation, a pep talk even. Cut to “Harold & Kumar” surrounded by food and laughing at cartoons. The only thing missing is a massive bong hit.
Obama is urging Kal Penn to support his campaign because he is counting on Kal. His pairing with Harold in the promo wouldn’t seem to target the “stoner” community in itself, but throw in the munchies and cartoons and this screams “pandering.”
Is Kumar supposed to make millions of medical marijuana patients forget how they were betrayed? Obama is Mr. Cool Guy with his Hollywood buddies while patients suffer; is that supposed to be funny? Inspiring? How about pathetic?
Cannabis users aren’t as stupid as you seem to think Mr. President. Contrary to the stereotypes about memory loss, there is no way patients can forget your flip-flop on MMJ.
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ACLU says San Diego U.S. Attorney Tampering with the Politics of Medical Marijuana
The San Diego chapter of the ACLU says U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy is interfering in the politics by threatening city officials in Del Mar, CA over their medical marijuana dispensary policy.
Del Mar is considering a ballot initiative this fall that would legalize dispensaries and the ACLU wrote in an Aug. 2 letter to Duffy that threatening prosecution for city employees amounts to “unjustified interference in local legislative matters.”
But Duffy stands by her tactics. “I respectfully disagree with the ACLU’s analysis of federal and state law in this context, and would note that the guidance I provided to the Del Mar City Attorney’s Office is guidance that has consistently been taken by numerous United States Attorney’s Offices around the country as well as the Department of Justice,” she said in a statement this week.
But David Loy, legal director for the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, said Duffy’s assertion also is legally wrong — and that court cases have said public employees are immune from prosecution when doing administrative tasks required under medical marijuana laws. He called on Duffy to retract the statement.
That’s very unlikely to happen as all the U.S. Attorneys in California – and in other states – have one thing in mind: wiping out the medical marijuana industry.
And Duffy is more likely to dig in her heels after what happened last week, when she was the target of an elaborate hoax by medical marijuana supporters who sent out bogus news releases ostensibly from her office, with one declaring she was cracking down on legal pharmacies dispensing prescription medication. She is thinking about prosecuting them for impersonating a federal officer.
It looks as if the pressure from the feds on medical marijuana is a long way from letting up.
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SSDP Asks Drug Czar about The War on Drugs
Recently in Washington, DC Students for Sensible Drug Policy staff member Devon Tackels asked Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske to explain why the Obama Administration continues to stick to their rhetoric, saying that the "war on drugs" has ended, when clearly the drug war wages on as evidenced by more than 1.5 million Americans being arrested each year and more than 60,000 Mexican citizens losing their lives in black market related violence.
In the video below you see the Drug Czar talking about how most drug law enforcement is done on the state and local level, but who is shutting down hundreds of dispensaries in this country? Whose policies are restricting medical access for tens of thousands of people?
There is no doubt that local politics plays a major part in medical marijuana, as evidenced by recent events in Los Angeles. But even in cases like that, elected officials are influenced by federal law and potential federal action.
This is not to say that Gil Kerlikowske is avoiding responsibility for the drug war; in most instances he will espouse at length on why marijuana is evil and why the policies he enforces work. But he will always avoid consideration of legalization, preferring rhetoric and failed ideas instead.
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