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Obama's Embarrassing Silence on Marijuana

(379) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 8:26 AM

One thing you can bet we won't hear anyone talking about at the Democratic National Convention is marijuana. Nobody will be discussing how bad it is, how good it is or even acknowledging that it exists. Then, at the end of the day, a not-insignificant number of attendees will be...

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A Big Mistake In Obama's War on Medical Marijuana

(388) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 9:10 AM

For over a year now, the Obama Administration has been steadily escalating its assault on medical marijuana. What was already a mess has been getting worse from one week to the next, and each new attack revives the question of whether the feds have finally taken things too far.


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If the DEA Can't Tell Us the Difference Between Marijuana and Heroin, Who Can?

(400) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 1:50 PM

Last week, DEA chief Michele Leonhart got quite a bit of attention with congressional testimony that left a lot of people shaking their heads in frustration. Here's what everyone is talking about:

"Is crack worse for a person than marijuana?" Polis asked Leonhart.

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If You Think Marijuana Isn't an Important Issue, You're Dead Wrong

(184) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 9:33 AM

As the debate over marijuana legalization continues to heat up, those who'd rather duck the discussion are increasingly incapable of concealing their discomfort. We recently saw Mitt Romney snap at a reporter for asking about marijuana in Colorado, and in a recent segment, CNN contributor LZ Granderson went...

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Would Romney Be Worse for Medical Marijuana Than Obama?

(225) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 8:38 AM

President Obama has been taking a lot of well-deserved heat for his disjointed and disappointing approach to medical marijuana. Of course, with an election approaching, Obama supporters are struggling to explain why the many Americans who care deeply about this issue should support this president following...

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The Drug Czar's False Statement About Marijuana and Hemp Should Be a Bigger Scandal

(318) Comments | Posted April 29, 2012 | 10:16 PM

In response to an online petition sponsored by the White House, which I signed seven months ago, I've finally received a response from Obama's Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske, explaining why we can't let American farmers grow industrial hemp. It's written in rather plain language, but nonetheless betrays either...

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Can Obama Win Votes by Waging War on Medical Marijuana? I Don't Think So.

(308) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 9:03 AM

The recent multi-agency federal raid of Oaksterdam University, a respected medical marijuana trade school in Oakland, has many people struggling to understand the Obama Administration's escalating campaign against medical cannabis. Most pernicious among these theories is an idea I've heard repeatedly from medical marijuana supporters in recent weeks:...

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5 Reasons You Should Never Agree to a Police Search (Even if You Have Nothing to Hide)

(365) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 9:52 PM

Do you know what your rights are when a police officer asks to search you? If you're like most people I've met in my eight years working to educate the public on this topic, then you probably don't.

It's a subject that a lot of people think they understand,...

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How to Write a Clichéd, Unpersuasive Argument Against Drug Legalization

(57) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 8:52 AM

This piece by Manon McKinnon at The American Spectator is so perfect an exhibit in pompous drug war cheerleading that one can construct a fairly comprehensive crash course in bad drug policy writing based entirely upon its contents. Let's take a moment to review some of the tactics...

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Fixing Our Drug Policy Will Require A Hatchet, Not A Scalpel

(26) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 9:58 AM

Two different staffers at the Drug Czar's office have both used the same word recently to describe Obama's approach to drug policy. That word, if you can believe it, is reform. It's a term I use an awful lot myself, and I must admit I'm more...

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Obama Must Explain His Broken Promise on Medical Marijuana, and Soon

(241) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 9:28 AM

This week's news that support for the legalization of marijuana has reached a record high of 50% ought to bother Obama's re-election team a little bit. No, not because pot's more popular than the president, although that really says a lot. The problem, rather, is that...

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Obama Stumped by Question on Marijuana Legalization

(176) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 12:54 PM

It's become pretty clear that the president is going to be asked about marijuana legalization absolutely any time he takes questions from the public, so it kind of amazes me that he is actually getting worse at talking about it. This latest exchange is just embarrassing:

President Barack Obama sidestepped...
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Obama Says Drug Users Must Be Treated as Criminals

(295) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 3:01 PM

The explosive debate over drug policy in America is now so impossible to ignore that even the president is often forced to comment on it. His typical script about emphasizing a public health approach with an increased focus on treatment and prevention has become quite familiar to those...

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If You Think Supporting Marijuana Legalization Is Political Suicide, You're Wrong

(129) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 10:19 AM

One of the most deeply imbedded ideas in our political culture is the notion that the public supports harsh drug laws and will punish politicians who deviate from the tough-on-drugs script. Unfortunately, that's precisely why a lot of good ideas never make it out of the conference room. It goes...

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Medical Marijuana Will Move Forward Despite New Threats from the Obama Administration

(135) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 9:00 AM

The Obama Administration's promising position on medical marijuana policy and the recent backpedaling that followed have generated plenty of discussion, but the most revealing aspect of this still-developing controversy has gone entirely unnoticed.

When DOJ released the infamous Holder Memo -- stating that...

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The Supreme Court's Stinky Ruling on Marijuana Odor: What Does it Really Mean?

(265) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 9:06 AM

This week's Supreme Court decision in Kentucky v. King has civil-libertarians and marijuana policy reformers in an uproar, and rightly so, but it's not exactly the death of the 4th Amendment. Here's a look at how this case could impact police practices and constitutional...

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Obama's Sudden, Senseless Assault on Medical Marijuana

(276) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 2:17 PM

When Attorney General Eric Holder announced in October 2009 that the Dept. of Justice would respect state medical marijuana laws, the nation breathed a collective sigh of relief. By that time, any lingering support for aggressive federal raids on medical marijuana providers had dwindled into invisibility. The American...

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Drug Czar Might Be the Worst Job in American Politics

(7) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 6:10 PM

When the news broke that Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske had applied for a new job as Chicago's police superintendent, drug policy reformers began salivating in unison for the inevitable debate over who would replace him in Washington, D.C. That discussion is premature, but the situation has nevertheless helped...

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Obama's Facebook Forum Fails to Silence Marijuana Legalization Advocates

(147) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 10:07 AM

In an apparent effort to prevent marijuana legalization from again dominating the discussion, Obama's next online townhall event will not allow participants to vote on their favorite questions for the president. But what does that say about the politics of social media? And will it even work?

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