Citizens of the World,
As we progress further into the 44th presidency, more and more cannabis activists are coming to understand that Barack Obama is not the hero we’d hoped:
- He spoke out against the failed War on Drugs in 2004, but his administration has done nothing to alter it’s status, aside from increasing it’s spending and attempting to change it’s name.
- Having acknowledged the medical benefits of marijuana in an interview with the Marijuana Policy Project in 2008, he has made no effort to federally reschedule marijuana so that doctors across the country may prescribe it.
- Even though he vowed in an interview with Oregon’s Mail Tribune in 2008 to respect state medical marijuana laws, he has instead done the opposite, best exemplified by the federal raid of Oaksterdam.
- After he admitted to using it himself, he has done nothing to reduce the number of Americans in prison for marijuana related “crimes”.
On his original presidential campaign trail, Barack Obama’s mottoes were Change and Hope. On the White House website, one would get this impression that these promises had come to fruition, as his administration claims to practice a “21st Century Drug Policy, reliant upon science, research and evidence”. When comparing Obama’s national drug strategy to that of his predecessor though, this statement falls apart, as little distinction can be made between the two. Apparently we cannot hope for any change from the current U.S. President, when it comes to addressing the many flawed marijuana laws.
“YES WE CANnabis”
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