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President Obama: “Legalizing marijuana… is not a good strategy for growing our economy” | The NORML Stash Blog

I am the producer of The NORML Network, the host of the NORML SHOW LIVE and The NORML Stash Blog, and NORML's Outreach Coordinator. I'm married, live in Portland, Oregon, and I am a registered medical marijuana caregiver in this state. I've worked days as an IT geek and nights as a professional musician. Previously, I have been the host of my own political talk radio show on satellite radio. I've been the High Times "Freedom Fighter of the Month" and I travel across the country to educate people on marijuana reform. I've dedicated my life to bringing an end to adult marijuana prohibition and re-legalizing cannabis hemp, and I'm honored to be chosen by NORML to give voice to the Marijuana Nation and to speak for those who can't speak up.


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37 responses to “President Obama: “Legalizing marijuana… is not a good strategy for growing our economy””

  1. White House responds to marijuana legalization petitions | The Russ Belville Show

    [...] voters openly flouting federal law to bring you to the table.  Almost four years ago, you were openly laughing off our serious discussion. At President Obama’s request, the Justice Department is reviewing the [...]

  2. Media, Wake Up! Marijuana Legalization is a Serious Issue | The Russ Belville Show

    [...] Jon Stewart made on The Daily Show about news media deriding the legalization issue. The days of President Obama laughing off the marijuana issue are over – winning changes [...]

  3. President Obama advertises on NORML’s YouTube Channel | Indiana NORML

    [...] when we were told that “legalization isn’t in the president’s vocabulary?” Remember when Mr. Obama laughed off a suggestion that marijuana legalization could help the economy? Remember when he emphatically stated he would not pursue a strategy of decriminalization of [...]

  4. Analysts downplay marijuana’s role in deciding Oregon AG race |

    [...] Not Right” from the vocal and politically-connected marijuana activists.  As mainstream DC-bubble Democrats are wont to do, he tried to make light of the potheads.  He tried to cast Rosenblum as “soft on [...]

  5. Pot Smokers Are The Most Officially Oppressed Minority In America

    [...] are treated as a laughingstock, even by a president that publicly claimed to be one of [...]

  6. Obama’s YouTube Forum deems marijuana legalization questions “inappropriate” | TaJnB | TheAverageJoeNewsBlogg

    [...] We asked him via Open for Questions II: in March 2009, where he mocked the number one idea of legalization helping the economy; [...]

  7. President Obama’s YouTube Forum deems marijuana legalization questions “inappropriate” | Delaware Medical Marijuana | Chronic Resource for Delaware Marijuana Law

    [...] We asked him via Open for Questions II in March 2009, where he mocked the number one idea of legalization helping the economy; [...]

  8. It’s Getting Harder And Harder To Defend Mr. Obama « Thurman's Notebook

    [...] We asked him via Open for Questions II in March 2009, where he mocked the number one idea of legalization helping the economy; [...]

  9. We’re Fed Up! – An Open Letter From 30,000,000 Marijuana Smokers Who Vote | Cherry Girl

    [...] users are treated as a laughingstock, even by a president that publicly claimed to be one of [...]

  10. We’re Fed Up! | Hemp Beach TV Stoner News & Television Network HBTV Stoner Television Network

    [...] users are treated as a laughingstock, even by a president that publicly claimed to be one of [...]

  11. We’re Fed Up! – An Open Letter From 30,000,000 Marijuana Smokers Who Vote « thedailydab

    [...] Marijuana users are treated as a laughingstock, even by a president that publicly claimed to be one of us. [...]

  12. We’re Fed Up! – An Open Letter From 30,000,000 Marijuana Smokers Who Vote

    [...] Marijuana users are treated as a laughingstock, even by a president that publicly claimed to be one of us. [...]

  13. We're Fed Up! - An Open Letter From 30,000,000 Marijuana Smokers Who Vote

    [...] Marijuana users are treated as a laughingstock, even by a president that publicly claimed to be one of us. [...]

  14. Drug Czar: Can’t Legalize Pot Because of Prescription Drug Abuse | TeachMeCEUs

    [...] they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Gandhi [...]

  15. Travis

    41+ billion? No but I can see the sales reaching upto 10-20 billion a year. Its, another chapteer of that fairy tale, The American Dream, to see this stuff legal. If it hever happens, I suggest that is should not be sold as strrt value, butlest than half of the price-Somewhere around 40-50 bucks an ounce with a tax scale like $10 federal, $10 State, $5 county, $5 city and the cultivator whom I suggest should not be people like me or you, but big businesses like Phil Morris would get like $10-15 per sale with no extra taxes so that one could open jobs and pay people properly for cultivation and security! It would be a bad idea to import this stuff from places like China, just as Wal-Mart would do, because it would defeat the purpose of supporting the American economy, for you see, there would be only sale, and not many jobs produced other that transporting. DC needs to get thier heads out of thier butts and put the marijuana plan in motion. But passing this law in DC cant happen by the politicians. The American People has to decide rather if we want this stuff around or not. 300+ million people in the U.S.-More or less than a third are adults over 21.We can only ask Washington to ask The People to vote on legalization. And there must be rules with hefty fines and severe, yet humane punishments for abusing the stuff such as driving while you’re high. I also suggest that there should be no home cultivation and in home sale, because that is not safe not to mention tax evasion. Yes, I like to have this stuff, but the game must be played fair. I really don’t want Obama to be the one to pass this. Well, its just the fact that we Americans have turned into a buch of big fat babies and like to point fingers, and Obama as a blackman…well, you figure that one out, but to make it clear, one would praise him, while the next will speculate the legalization caused by a blackman. His presidency was marked with crisis. I only wish he didn’t do all that spending, which is not a good image for someone who is suppose to be bugeting. All the man can do is what he is doing now…Nothing, because there is nothing he can do to save the economy from what took some 30 years to come to this state we are in. Now, back to marijuana…Bottom line and speaking of nothing, thats one thing that canbe done…Taking marijuana(Nothing) and turning it into something to support and please us to have the privilage, not a right, to consume Marijuana.

  16. Don

    Read about Ken Unger story about medicinal marijuana……………….and is facing time in prison…………….

    another gentleman HE gets off Kenneth R. Wells, WTF……

  17. T is for Tom

    You do relize that Obama won’t do anything about marijuana until his second term if he wins right? It makes complete sense and it only takes a stoner to understand it, here’s just a few things to remember:
    1. Obama’s black(nothing wrong with that at all, I voted for him), but it would show negativity since most Americans have their heads up their own asses with prejudice visuals and thoughts and Republicans would say its because he’s black.
    2. He’s trying things his way right now to see what the hell Bush left him with, which isn’t much
    3. Second term means he must have done something right, or the people are going to push harder next election for legalization rallies, which full blown legalization is rediculous to think of in the corrupt country we live in now.
    4. Second term also means continue with your list of ideas on how to make living in America better which could involve decriminalizing THC products and bud all over to an extent about the 2nd year of second term.

    It really all does make sense no matter how you look at it, your all just too impatient like the rest of us

  18. President Obama advertises on NORML’s YouTube Channel | Braatah.com | The Medical Marijuana Resource

    [...] Remember when Mr. Obama laughed off a suggestion that marijuana legalization could help the economy? [...]

  19. President Obama advertises on NORML’s YouTube Channel | Ask Lawyer

    [...] Keep in mind when Mr. Obama laughed off a suggestion that marijuana legalization could help the economic system? [...]

  20. Obama advertises on marijuana legalization’s top website, NORML | The NORML Stash Blog

    [...] Remember when Mr. Obama laughed off a suggestion that marijuana legalization could help the economy? [...]

  21. Mr Durban

    CNN today: Obama will consider Legalizing Marijuana with 1 million votes !! Call 973-409-3274 & Vote !!! Email & Text this message to all your friends & family !! AMERICA needs the BILLIONS OF DOLLARS in taxes this could produce!!
    420.24.7

  22. TalladegaTom

    Betcha a doob that if the 1st lady had the appropriate sickness she would be “inhaling” some presidential quality meds via presidential order.
    Think he would watch another loved one suffer again like his mother?

    Once attached, those puppet strings must get awful tight.

    I also support Kevin’s idea of a snail mail letter post dated on 4/20. Great idea! (the first comment on this thread) One letter each and watch ‘em try to wiggle around the real stats.

    Heck, even the Post Office would see a huge blip in volume and that alone may become a news item bringing the true numbers into perspective.
    Let’s do it!

  23. john doe

    plus obama I thought was going to pull out the troops, then 17thousand more to Afgan, what should we expect from bush’s cousin?. RON PAUL FOR LIFE!

  24. sameoldwine

    Oh, didn’t you know? We’re trolls. We stuffed the ballot box so they don’t pay us any mind. Yeah right.

  25. agreenbud

    It’s a sad day when you look into the eyes of a leader for an anwser……and then he cuts off your head.

  26. Chad J

    VIVA LA REVOLUTION!
    We need Ron Paul, :-x

  27. Waken Blaze

    illuminati apparently dosnt want us to have any trees dude…

  28. itistime

    Yeah I love how Barack Obama has all the faith in these “Open For Questions” and believes the internet campaign is the way of the future. But yet he shuns and ridicules the VERY PEOPLE HE TARGETS!

    Obama YOU are the one who asked US what we wanted to know, now we ask and you laugh at us? W….T….F…..

  29. Daniel

    IRONIC – Obama refers to the voters as the “online community” I am curious to know what other mass opinion Obama is recieving. I didn’t realize that the only people allowed to vote on marijuana questions were to be considered to be apart of some low-life click of potheads, that being the only people to have access to the world wide web.

    I told you so comes to mind regarding our new president. I voted for Ron Paul!

  30. HopelessSinner

    This along with yesterday’s raid spells “Business as usual”…man,I wish I could have my campaign donation back.

  31. Karl

    Look at this video, Obama clearly says “I am open to the Idea of Medical Marijuana, it is no different then morphine”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFddamg-ez8

    Uhuu, ANOTHER F*CKING LIE!

  32. Dakota Gold

    I didn’t vote for Obama and I didn’t vote for McCain. I voted Libertarian. My horse didn’t win.

    That said, I am the kind of person to hitch my wagon to the winning horse and do everything I can to support that horse. After all, despite our differences on topics ranging from legalizing marijuana to second ammendment rights to healthcare reform, we are still one country, one family. We need to help each other individually, to be strong, as a whole.

    Today, however, I lost all confidence in the winning horse. When I and my fellow Americans (and not a small minority I might add) are brushed off and laughed at the way we were today, its hard to feel like your part of the family.

    Thats OK Mr. President. Yuck it up. This WILL come back to bite you. When your sitting there the day after the next Presidential election and wondering, “what happened?” it will come back to you.

    Dakota Gold

  33. fallibilist

    President Obama isn’t Head Dude in Charge of the Economy.

    “The economy” is not a system that’s run by one person. It’s the sum total of over 100 million Americans who get up every day and go to work. Most of them work hard for modest pay–or less–in order to do things that other people find valuable. Supply and demand, you know.

    Obama is not “the head of the economy;” he’s President of the United States. I want him to uphold the Constitution. (Where does it say the feds can ban drugs in the Constitution? Get back to me when you find it.) I want him to enforce the laws that are (constitutionally) on the books. I would also like him to conduct himself–and conduct public affairs–in a way that is consistent with fair play, decency, and liberty.

    Yes, I’m sure marijuana legalization would improve the economy. We’d have fewer wasted resources, fewer ruined lives, more productive people in the work force, and a new industry with the potential for serious growth.

    But, more importantly, we’d have a more just country.

    President Obama, our right to liberty is not contingent on your opinion. For the sake of your own dignity and integrity, you should respect our rights as Americans. Even so, I’m not holding my breath.

  34. Urb Age

    Set it up Kevin and keep us posted!!!!!

  35. D Munkey

    Obama laughs at the notion of legalization, well here’s to another 4 years of being a criminal, cheers *lighter sparks.
    Funny thing bout that online audience, those were the voices of his FELLOW CITIZENS! It looks like the only “change” prezy-B brought to the US government is the color used in the presidential portrait! Same BS, different voice man this government sucks! :pissed:
    Sorry had to get that off my chest watched that speech live and almost choked my monitor, snuck out fer smoke break :420:

  36. sameoldwine

    The O’man is obviously stifled by the money he won’t get if he looks “soft” on the subject. But to shovel the #1 question into one little joke and a snide answer…. :pissed:

    This in contrast to his comment on the border about an equal footing for “health issue status” existing alongside “enforcement” (accent on the “force” part). Hillary also indicated this change yesterday.

    Can we be hopeful when we get snubbed by BO for convenience? The staff who reviewed probably thought “stoner ballot stuffing”. Like MrSpof was sitting at home all night voting often.
    :wink:

    Arghhhhhhhh :slap: I hate government not being “by the people”. Tell King O to take off his imperial crown and listen to the people dammit!

  37. Kevin Jones

    OK, This bullshit!!

    Mr. President, for trivializing and mocking a huge part of society, and portraying “online audience” as a bunch of stoners, you deserve an avalanch of real letters sent and postmarked on 4/20. Maybe a room full of letters clearly marked on the outside in a common way would get your attention.

    Readers: Watch for a printable letter that you can print and mail on 4/20 with your signatures on them. If I have to I will set something up. PEACE@nycap.rr.com

    Kevin Jones

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