Marijuana: Barack Obama says no to legalizing drugs -- but what's that mean for Colorado?

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Barack Obama.
It's been six months to the day since the passage of Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of marijuana -- and just under five months since Governor John Hickenlooper signed it into law. But even as legislators rush to finish A64-related pot bills, the feds remain silent on the measure, leaving observers to guess at their response. The latest subject of speculation: President Barack Obama's statements in Mexico about drug legalization.

Obama spoke on Friday to an audience at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. During his remarks, reproduced below in their entirety, he touched on plenty of subjects, and dropped a little Spanish here and there to ingratiate himself to the crowd.

But in these parts, the passages that jumped out pertained to drug legalization.

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President Obama on May 3 at another of his tour stops -- Costa Rica.
"I've been asked, and I honestly do not believe that legalizing drugs is the answer," he said. "But I do believe that a comprehensive approach -- not just law enforcement, but education and prevention and treatment -- that's what we have to do. And we're going to stay at it, because the lives of our children and the future of our nations depend on it."

Later, Obama conceded that "in the United States, we recognize our responsibilities. We understand that much of the root cause of violence that's been happening here in Mexico, for which many so Mexicans have suffered, is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States. And so we've got to continue to make progress on that front."

While neither marijuana nor Colorado were mentioned in the address, the Talk Radio News Service made the connection in its coverage.

"Polls show that more and more Americans favor ending the federal ban on pot," the TRNS piece notes. "A handful of states in the U.S. have lifted legal restrictions on the drug in recent years -- including Colorado and Washington -- putting Obama in an awkward place. A pot smoker in his younger days, he must decide whether to instruct his Department of Justice to challenge those state laws, or to simply let them be."

The TRNS item points out that these words echo the plan for dealing with illegal drugs recently floated by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Here are some bullet points from the policy:

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Still, nothing in the plan states explicitly how the federal government plans to respond to marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington. Theorizing in some quarters suggests the feds will wait until state governments pass, and perhaps enact, legislation on the subject before determining what action to take. But like all the other predictions over the past six months, this is only a hypothesis. Obama's statements about federal drug legalization sound pretty definitive, but how that applies to Colorado remains very much up in the air.

Continue to read President Barack Obama's complete speech at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City on May 3, 2013, including his comments opposing drug legalization.


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BuddJones
BuddJones

Yes we can !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BuddJones
BuddJones

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Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

As a patient who has never been a pot smoker, it is infuriating to see President Choom Gang pretend my medicine is a disorder.

hstarbird11
hstarbird11

This is a joke. Prevent drug use? Except pharmaceuticals, alcohol  and tobacco, then please, use all you like. Drink yourself to death in front of your children, smoke while pregnant, but don't touch that marijuana! It won't kill you and probably helps prevent a lot of things! I know the science, the major element missing here. I have PTSD and my first dose of LSD did more for me than a lifetime of therapy and antidepressants, which killed my personality and made me suicidal  I will never bow down to the lies and propaganda and I will teach my children the truth, that the legal substances are the real evil and that we are here to expand our minds. End  this senseless war on CERTAIN substances. 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Obama just says, "NO !", to common sense .....

'Drug-War' .....

Anything w/ the word 'War' in it,  is usually a farce .

Jacob Morgan
Jacob Morgan

Stephan, actually it is. Most of that violence is fueled by drug trade activity of cartels bringing drugs to the US. However, he may not have realized that legalizing drugs here with some requirements for local production may stem that violence in Latin America.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Mitt Romney would have surely legalized all drugs by now...

Stephan Reuchlein
Stephan Reuchlein

So Obama subtley apologizes , yet again, for the behavior of the citizens of the US. Our "demand" for drugs in our country is at fault for the violence occuring in Mexico? Amazing!

Ben Deco
Ben Deco

As a drug smuggler from Honduras, I hope the fed shuts down this legal marijuana shit. I made way better money before it was legal.

Jake Stella
Jake Stella

Obama is a fucking puppet. no president is a leader anymore just a minon to corporate money fuckers

Russell Lott
Russell Lott

Was that a George Bush quote? Nice to give the speech about America in a foreign country.

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

That's because socialists don't want you to think for yourself. Also it creates small business in the private sector and they don't want that either. The revenue from taxes generated would help the economy makin it harder to tax the people and hold them down so there's another reason. It's all about control and legalizing pot because the people voted for it takes away his control.

Valerie Cates
Valerie Cates

No pothead ever in the history of potheads has given one fat fuck what the president thinks of their drug of choice. All the care about is being sleepy, happy, and hungry. So he can fuck off.

Timothy Black
Timothy Black

It means: I don't care, I'm still going to use drugs. I never needed his or anybody else's approval.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

***  Cities can BAN Pot Shops, State Supreme court rules ***

The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities and counties can ban medical marijuana dispensaries, a decision likely to further diminish the network of storefront pot shops.

In a unanimous opinion, the court held that California’s medical marijuana laws — the nation’s first and most liberal — neither prevent local governments from using their land-use powers to zone dispensaries out of existence nor grant authorized users convenient access to the drug.

The ruling came in a legal challenge to a ban enacted by the city of Riverside in 2010, but 200 other jurisdictions have similar prohibitions on retail pot sales, the advocacy group Americans for Safe Access estimates.

Of the 18 states that allow the medical use of marijuana, California is the only one where residents can obtain a doctor’s recommendation to consume it for any ailment the physician sees fit as opposed to only for conditions such as AIDS and glaucoma.

CmonMan
CmonMan

Seems our Prez doesn't quite understand that he smoked pot all the time and did just fine in life. He also doesn't seem to understand that had he ever been popped for his criminal use, he would never have been elected to the Senate or the presidency. 

NoBama
NoBama

What he's really saying is "Hello, I'm Barack Obama and I have no plan, so I'm going to bullshit you for another 3 years and pass it off to the next guy/gal"

Since he's a democrat, no one has obviously shown him the tax value of say canabis legalization or he'd be all over it.  Haven't met a Democrat yet that would turn down a tax on anything.

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

This simply means the status quo 'remains'. A flow of cash to the states and feds for programs, personnel, and equipment in exchange for human life and suffering. Enforced by the men in blue. Radical, isn't it?

BuddJones
BuddJones

@Cognitive_DissidentBliss Cameron, Veronica Green, "Marijuana Cooking: Good Medicine Made Easy"


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Jacob Morgan ... "Local Production" of Cocaine and Heroin?

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Ben Deco Love the post, Ben. Thanks.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Ben Deco ... the only thing Hondurans are slingling in Denver is crappy Heroin.


stuka1
stuka1


@Ben Deco <=== LMAO "Ben Deco". Priceless!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Jake Szary  ... Why do you hate America ?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Craig Talbert    With Ruppert as VP ?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Josh Moore = teabagger kook

stuka1
stuka1

@Aaron Rutan 

WASH IT! QUICK!

stuka1
stuka1

@Russ Hollar ...which is why the North Koreans love him so much.


Oh, wait..

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay <=== spamming irrelevant shit, as usual.  What else would you expect from a bitter, angry prohibitionist

stuka1
stuka1


@NoBama <=== scumbag thinks the whole world is divided up between democretins and rethuglicans

BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotay@hstarbird11Yzabetta Sativa, "Baked: Over 50 Tasty Marijuana Treats"


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BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotay

Treating Yourself Magazine: The Alternative Medicine Journal


Treating Yourself magazine was created to provide adults with information to assist them in their responsible use of medical marijuana.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

sucka1 = prohibitionist scum

@suka1 "The fact is, I'm fine with kids 18-21 not being able to buy it"

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes"

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

HipTip: misrepresenting partial quotes is LYING. hth fucking moron.

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