The more than 92,000 people who responded either have Cheech and Chong senses of humor or there is a deep concern in America — undetected by the media — about the decriminalization of marijuana, its possible use for medicinal purposes and its potential as a new source of tax revenue.
Given the opportunity to say what’s really on their minds without going through the filter of the mainstream media, people “buzzed up” a series of questions that seemed to suggest broad interest in legalizing marijuana and taxing it.
In this moment of national economic crisis, the top four questions under the heading of “Financial security” concerned marijuana; on the budget, people voted up questions about marijuana to positions 1-4; marijuana was in the first and third positions under “jobs”; people boosted a plug for legalizing marijuana to No. 2 under “health care reform.” And questions about decriminalizing pot occupied spots 1 and 2 under “green jobs and energy.”
After taking questions lower on the list, Obama addressed the pot issue head on, noting the huge number of questions about marijuana legalization and remarking with a chuckle, “I don’t know what that says about the online audience.”
“The answer is no, I don’t think that is a good strategy to grow our economy,” he said, as the audience in the room applauded and joined him in a laugh.
Yeah, it’s only $41,000,000,000 a year we’re talking about. That’s only less than 1/4th of a taxpayer-funded AIG bailout, so it’s not like we’re talking about real money here. And there is something funny about the online community… we were a large part of your electoral success. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.
Whether legalizing marijuana would grow our economy is an added benefit, but a moot point. The question is whether the next eighteen-year-old Barry Obama smoking pot with his buddies should be arrested and have to carry a drug conviction for life. The question is whether the next twenty-one-year-old Barry Obama should’ve gone to community college instead of Harvard because the government wouldn’t give him student loans because of his pot conviction. The question is whether the next thirty-four-year-old Barry Obama watching his mother die of cancer should have to risk arrest to get her the medical marijuana her doctor recommends.
Call President Obama at 202-456-1111 and tell him you don’t think this issue is a joke and you resent him treating it as if it were. Thirty years ago, he could’ve been just as busted as any of us.