Does President Obama need treatment?
The recent reminders of the President’s extensive past recreational drug use bring an important issue to the forefront. What will we do with the President? All the relevant authorities have been clear on this subject– there is no such thing as consequence-free recreational drug use. The “first way” has been deprecated by the ONDCP, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see the President cuffed on the side of the tarmac as they search Air Force One. And the “second way” silver bullet of legalization isn’t an option. It’s just not possible for someone to do weed and maybe-a-little-blow and then, without intervention, just go on and write books and become President and stuff. Therefore, it’s clear that he needs treatment. Fortunately, based on the thousands of treatment places I see advertising on and spamming this site, there are apparently some choices available. And it’s possible that his health care plan may cover some of the cost. Read More...

Obama Pot-Smoking Details Revealed In Book
The meticulous biographer David Maraniss revealed President Barack Obama's early girlfriends in an excerpt of his forthcoming biography, and now the Internet is seizing upon new details of the president smoking marijuana with his buddies at the Punahou School in Hawaii. Politico's Playbook teased the following excerpt from "Barack Obama: The Story," which will be published in June but is already viewable on Google Books. "When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted 'Intercepted!' and took an extra hit," Maraniss writes. But Obama's buddies, who called themselves the "Choom Gang," didn't mind him messing up the rotation. (After all, this was Hawaii.)
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Obama's Hypocritical War on Marijuana
A forthcoming biography on President Obama is making headlines, with new details about the president smoking marijuana with his teenage friends in Hawaii. David Maraniss' book, Barack Obama: The Story, describes Obama as a marijuana enthusiast: "When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted 'Intercepted!' and took an extra hit," Maraniss writes. Maraniss also describes Obama's technique of "roof hits" while hot-boxing cars. "When the pot was gone, they tilted their heads back and sucked in the last bit of smoke from the ceiling," he writes. Obama has been less than shy about his drug use in the past, writing about the topic in Dreams from My Father, "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it," he writes in the memoir.
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The Kinder, Gentler Drug Czar Gil Still Wants to Lock You Up for Pot

Status Report: Statewide Marijuana Legalization Initiatives
As summer draws near, the election picture when it comes to statewide marijuana legalization initiatives is becoming a bit clear

Pot Soon Out Of Banned Lists by Sports Anti-doping
John Fahey, the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has indicated the body may look at changing the criteria for cannabis as a banned substance for athletes. The idea that cannabis doesn't fall into the descriptions applied to performance enhancing drugs isn't new, but the fact that it's gaining traction is.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Keep On Truckin' Despite IRS
If you live in a state with legal medical marijuana dispensaries you probably know that the feds do what they can to stamp them out. It’s that old federal versus state law tension. In the case of pot dispensaries, the tension is palpable.

Medical Marijuana Adocates Get Landmark Victory in California
People v. Colvin affirms that dispensing collective members are not required to help cultivate their medication

Mexico's Two Major Crime Cartels Now at War

Spanish Town of Rasquera Leases Land For Marijuana Plantation
Town's mayor says scheme, which is legal, is chance to bring in money and create jobs

MMJ Low Priority, Oregon's New U.S. Attorney Says

MJ Groups Hope Ore. Race Will Have Chilling Effect

A Judge’s Plea for Pot

Legalize Drugs Next Problem, Please

The 3rd-Annual Treating Yourself Marijuana Expo is This Weekend
Canada's largest marijuana trade show and exhibition, is this weekend (May 25 – 27) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Arguments Against Hemp And Why They Are Wrong

Hemp Helped British Colonialism Take Root
Hemp breakfast cereal, hemp clothing, hemp hand cream - all available in perfectly respectable stores.

Our Bogarting Interceptor-in-Chief

Andrew Kirell asks the right question:

❝In light of these stories, shouldn’t President Obama offer every American the right to “choom” (verb, to smoke marijuana), instead of continuing to lock up marijuana users for hitting three-foot bongs like he did?❞

… in his article Why Won’t President Obama Support Our Right To ‘Choom’ A Doobie Like He Did?

❝Young Obama apparently was also a bit of a bogart when it came to communal marijuana smoking:❞

❝Barry also had a knack for interceptions. When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted “Intercepted!,” and took an extra hit. No one seemed to mind.❞

In light of one of this administration’s drug policy fetishes, I also find it a bit ironic that Obama had actually developed a special way to smoke pot while in the car.

"No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back."
~ Turkish Proverb

US Decrees That Marijuana Has No Accepted Use

The Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis filed its petition in October 2002. In 2004, the DEA asked the Department of Health and Human Services to review the science. The department recommended in 2006 that marijuana remain classified as a dangerous drug. Four and a half years then elapsed before the current administration issued a final denial.

"We have foiled the government's strategy of delay, and we can now go head-to-head on the merits," said Joe Elford, the chief counsel for Americans for Safe Access and the lead attorney on the lawsuit.

Obama takes cue from Slick Willie
Chicago Sun Times: Jul 6 2011
There was a time when Barack Obama seemed more honest than Bill Clinton. While Slick Willie notoriously claimed he smoked pot but “didn’t inhale,” Obama candidly admitted, “When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point.”

Lessons to learn dwr

A very interesting article about an entirely different subject: Obama and Gay Marriage: A Lesson for All Progressives and the Obama Campaign

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that in the wake of President Obama’s support for marriage equality, opposition to it is at an all-time low, at 39 percent. For the first time, strong support exceeds strong opposition. Moreover, there is now greater support for marriage equality among African Americans — a whopping 59 percent — than in the general population, breaking long-held stereotypes.

Look at that: Leadership happens. [...]

And there’s a lesson here for all progressives — and for the Obama campaign. We were told by the Democratic strategists and the campaign pollsters, the Democratic establishment, that coming out for marriage equality would be harmful to the president. [...]

But the opposite has happened.

This is a point that Scott Morgan has been making for some time when it comes to drug policy. The notion that a President would be damaged by showing real leadership in drug policy reform is a false fear, and way out of date.

There are things we can learn from the activism work being done in gay rights.

I find the statistic about African American support for marriage equality particularly stunning. Imagine what could have happened with an African American President speaking out compellingly about the devastation of the drug war in African American communities. Imagine true leadership.

Meanwhile… the drug war continues and people die.

The Atlantic – this is a photo essay with warnings about them being graphic and stark. I’ve seen much more graphic photos of the violence in Mexico. Comments on the article are a mixed bag — a fair number who see legalization as part of the solution, but also some idiots…

Your Latest Reminder That Obama Has Taken the War out of the War
In Honduras: Four dead in one operation, including a 14-year-old and two pregnant women. Then, a village raid, in which agents put a gun to the head of a teenager, threatened to kill him, then dumped in the jungle, still tethered. The DEA and Pentagon are playing coy about their involvement.

56 Percent Of Americans Favor Legal Marijuana
Fifty-six percent of Americans think marijuana should be legalized and regulated like alcohol and tobacco, according to a nationwide Rasmussen poll of 1,000 likely voters. Asked earlier this month, "Would you favor or oppose legalizing marijuana and regulating it in the similar manner to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are regulated today?" only 36 percent of likely voters opposed the concept and 8 percent were undecided.

74% of Americans Oppose Obama's War on Ganja Rx

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