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Marijuana petition asks Joe Biden not to push for crackdown on Colorado, Washington

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The longer the federal government waits to tell Colorado and Washington whether it will allow the states to determine their own marijuana policy after each passed pot-reform measures, the more theories surface about who in the administration might prove to be an impediment. The latest involves Vice President Joe Biden, thought to be a hardliner against weed -- and it's prompted a White House petition asking him to back off. See it and get details below.

The document can be found on We the People, a White House website that allows citizens to create petitions to the Obama administration and promises a response if they collect 25,000 signatures within thirty days. The text is featured later in this post.

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Barack Obama.
Why target Biden? The answer can be found in "Obama's Pot Problem," featured in the current issue of Rolling Stone. The article, which explores the political pressures on Obama to either move to preempt retail provisions in Colorado's Amendment 64 and Washington's Initiative 502 or allow them to move forward, highlights Biden in the following passage:
"There are not many friends to legalization in this administration," says Kevin Sabet, director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida who served the White House as a top adviser on marijuana policy. In fact, the politician who coined the term "drug czar" -- Joe Biden -- continues to guide the administration's hard-line drug policy. "The vice president has a special interest in this issue," Sabet says. "As long as he is vice president, we're very far off from legalization being a reality."
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Mason Tvert.
Also prominently featured in the piece is Mason Tvert, one of A64's main proponents and newly minted spokesman for the national Marijuana Policy Project; he's dubbed "Kid Cannabis" because he was just 22 when he launched his successful 2005 campaign to get Denver to remove criminal penalties related to adult use of marijuana. Tvert was troubled enough by the assertions about Biden's views on marijuana (expanded upon in this Huffington Post report) that on Monday, he began pushing the petition, entitled "Tell VP Biden to end his war on marijuana users and to respect the people of Colorado and Washington." At this writing, it's gathered more than 8,500 signatures and has until January 9, 2013, to meet its goal in order to prompt a White House response.

When asked about the rationale behind the petition, Tvert says, "We certainly think Barack Obama should not be steered away from following the will of the voters in Colorado and Washington by our vice president."

Continue for more about Joe Biden and federal marijuana policy, including the text from the petition.


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Why would any politician listen to Mendacious Mason Tvert?

Once a lying fat turd, always a lying fat turd.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I'll bet the potheads who were TWICE pitched on how great electing Obama was going to be are going to hate reading this!

I told them their only legitimate choice was Ron Paul, but they wouldn't listen.

W had his Cheney, and O has his Biden. Some long for the good old days when the Vice President disappeared after the election.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

SPECULATION IN A REPORT IS THE HALLMARK OF A GOOD REPORTER!!!The lack of similarity from one to the other suggests that the first letter was signed by an underling, while Rannazzisi may have actually scribbled on the latter -- although that's speculation.Ok, Michael let´s walk you through this, it´s Reporting 101.1. There was a conversation between the federal government and Nixonlooper regarding the implementation of A64, you scribbled words about it.2. That conversation is of vital importance to the people of Colorado.3. If that meeting was not recorded, then WHY DID NIXONLOOPER HAVE A CLOSED DOOR MEETING WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REGARING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A64?4. Real reporting happens, hopefully. :)

ColoradoCannabisMarket
ColoradoCannabisMarket

Biden can no longer stay awake long enough to give us any trouble! How could he possibly cause a stir when the ol man can't even stay awake when the President is speaking? Come to think of it i may be having the same trouble!!!!!!!

Damon Wood
Damon Wood

the dude has no power over anything, who gives a fuck?

Craig Talbert
Craig Talbert

@Chris Estus - you think Paul Ryan would be better?

Rich Carollo
Rich Carollo

He's an old man set in his ways, he's not going to admit now what he's been doing for 50 years was wrong. Besides does the VP have any real power anyway?

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

Westword style liberal reporting got these douches elected....now all the sudden theres issues. Why dont you do a stupid article about whether or not him or his wife was wearing underwear?   lol

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

This kind of news is a buzz kill.  It's Friday, we need more 'Ask a Stoner' style entertainment.  This is the Great State of Colorado Pot.  The world is watching, they need to see that we have great herb and know the use of it.  Pot tourism is about to be booming, and the tourists can't hear buzz kill news about what might happen with some crusty old crust turd in Washington DC.  

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

@CoreyDonahue Perhaps try petitioning the actual newspaper company in town. Clearly your sporadic posts on the weekly alternative magazine isn't working out for you.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@knowitall I watched the video corresponding to this selectively deliberate miss-quote. He said he won't go after consumers. We'll see tonight if he actually says he won't go after retailers, but rockiesfever is right--he's proven to be a liar anyway.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

@rockiesfever Dude take it easy.  It´s not reporting Westword does.  They sell cannabis advertisments.  They are the only Village Voice Media Company in the Black and it is solely becasue of cannabis ads.  So any reporting on marijuana by the BIAS MICHAL ROBERTS is to protect their advertizers.  And you know what´s even funnier the A64 campagin was one of Westword´s biggest advertizers.  So reporting no..no I prefer tabloid whores.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

@tutonehcc shit you probably voted for obama. newsflash.....theres more important things in our country than stupid ass weed. this aint 7th grade. grow up

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@ryan.cordova Not only that, it's like slapping them in the face for actually having some coverage, instead of ignoring the issue to the fullest extent possible.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@rockiesfever Unless you're a patient, and "stupid ass weed" keeps you from SCREAMING when in pain, or maybe it helps keep you alive!

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

@rockiesfever @tutonehcc In America, right now, a black man or woman is 4 times more likely to be in prision then they were at the height of Aphartide South Africa.  Aphartide is a Crime Agaist Humanity, so what is 4X a crime a gainst humanity.  I don´t see anything more inportant then ending something that is 4X a Crime Against Humanity.

Duncan20903
Duncan20903

If we're so unimportant then you don't mind if we re-legalize cannabis.

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