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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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56 responses to “Tell President Obama Legalizing Marijuana is No Laughing Matter”

  1. Jeremy Puent

    Russ you are the man brotha! No matter what anyone says it is my basic right as a human being to use whatever means to live full quality of life.

  2. West virginia man

    First of all I need to say that this gininbama caracter is a pu**y a** b**ch. The type of person that the people of West Virginia would Beat the S**T out of.We can grow marajuana anywhare and most of us dont get busted cultivating it.Listen here gininbama how many people each year do you research of dying while drinking and driving compared to people smoking marajuana and driving.domb a**.Smoking marajuana is not as bad as the world makes it out to be.we can do without you smart a** comments.lets hope that your true identity isnt revealed on the streets. The only bad thing about marajuana is that it is not leagal.maybe all alcohol of any type of drink should be illegal.Im sure that many people agree with me,and dont like your punk a**.

  3. chris

    I think weed should be legal for many reasons. For one the so called DRUG has never killed anybody unless they have mixed it with something else or they are just stupid at that time. Me persanily have never heard of anyone like that. They have proven that it does more good thin bad. In fact what bad can it do. Lets see it kills off the brain that we don’t need and as far as driving goes people will just go slower………..

  4. Adimus

    The guy (Radical Russ) you are responding to wrote his post in proper english so what is your problem? He typed in better grammer then you did. I’m sure he smokes pot. So since always I suppose.

    Besides what does smoking have to do with using proper language? Lots of smokers do and don’t. It’s almost like its exactly the same as most other populations. Ever speak to a bunch of computer techs? They use worse grammer and language then most stoners.

    Finally this doesn’t really have anything to do with medical marijuana. The article above refers to legalization in general not just for medical and is what norml supports. I would also add that addicted pot users probably shouldn’t have any at all. Legal or not. Responible recreational pot users would benefit in a number of ways. Namely, being able to freely enjoy a less harmful relaxtion tool then alcohol.

  5. Adimus

    yea i would say that’s pretty likely. exactly how opiod addicts go to doctors saying theyre in extreme pain to get their vicodin or whatever else they want but does that mean we shouldn’t give ANYONE opoids because some might be faking? That would just be ridiculous. We wouldn’t be able to precribe any medications if we start operating like that. How about throwing everyone in jail that gets charged with something without a trial because people claim innocence when they are not? Both those examples would cause more harm then some people smoking pot without a medical reason. Besides you don’t have to be hooked to want that, you just have to like it and not want to get thrown in jail.

  6. Adimus

    umm ya wrong. there are endogenous (naturally occuring) cannabinoids present in our bodies (i.e. anandamide). That is what the receptors are there for. They’re not just there for us to smoke pot. oh and “A drug, broadly speaking, is any substance that, when absorbed into the body of a living organism, alters normal bodily function”.

    I got news for you, cannabis does alter normal bodily function and is in fact a drug no matter what else it is in addition to that. Now I would argue that it doesn’t fit the definition of a nutrient either but I’ll let that slide for now.

    The compounds left over in your body aren’t nutrients or toxins. They aren’t really doing anything. They’re just left overs from breaking down THC that take a long time to clear out of your body due to their physical make up. They’re called metabolites. Takes a long time to pass gum you’ve swallowed too but its not a toxin or a nutrient either.

    Having said all that it should still be legalized. Metabolizing alcohol does infact produce toxic intermediary metabolites as well as reactive oxygen species (also bad) and its legal.

  7. John

    Come on, this gininbama person has got to be a joke, right? I mean nobody is really this stupid, are they?

  8. gininbama

    what would this world be like if every living human smoked a joint right now?to scary to think about it I can see it now all fast joints get robbed and raided by citys potheads…hell they couldnt pay for the food with money cause potheads dont work. They might one day a week if they run out of pot..

  9. gininbama

    oh hell if i was hooked on pot i would say i was dying of cancer too to legally get high…like yall are doing..

  10. gininbama

    oh hell meth and crack needs to be legal too

  11. gininbama

    oh really well i just smoked a joint and having a hard time getting my words together lol since when do pot smokers speak proper english..

  12. gininbama

    omg please dont listen to this idiot

    I give unto you every herb bearing seed on the face of the earth.

    poison sumac was also part of those herb bearing seeds hey smoke some that plant god created please smoke lots of it…dont just smoke the ones that make u high smoke the poison shit too…..

  13. gininbama

    omg another idiot…if pot is nutrient how come its toxins are left in the body for over week before leaving the body…if it gives the body vitamins then why does the crave food after smoking the crap…hey idiots god made poison oak just like he made pot so did he want yall to smoke the poison oak too?

  14. gininbama

    oh hell no your confused about that pot dont make gals horney, your talking about crack right?

  15. gininbama

    omg all drugs come from a damn plant or herb..cocaine is a plant, psuedo comes from plants mahung grown in china, but yeah to convert to meth it has been cooked…and crack too..but all comes from a plant. marijunana is a drug, well hell then its not if you say its not a drug, im glad uthink pot isnt a drug so that clears up cancer patients cant smoke smothing that wont help..they need hard drugs to ease the pain..and since pot isnt a drug i just dont think it would help the sick people…

  16. gininbama

    Question for the pot lovers? What would legal medical weed do for all you potheads not all of you have cancer? so how legalizing weed for medical use benefit THE ADDICTED POT USERS NOT CANCER PATIENTS?

  17. Evan

    the u.s. government netter wake up and realize that marijuana needs to be legal

  18. Evan

    can this program just try more harder into legalizing marijuana

  19. Evan

    i live in the state of vermont and we dont have a marijuana dispenserie for patients their just allowed to posses marijuana it sucks but its probably a good thing cause then feds would be here to mediicinal marijuana away from patients who need it please legalize marijuana and SOON!!!!!!!

  20. Evan

    it doesnt just make me mad that they wont put a halt to prohbition since its not working but it appears that northern california has been taking medical marijuana users freedom away this is state violation,its offensive especially when someone is dying of a serious cancer and their acussing medicinal Marijuana of being criminals when their rlly innjocent and legitimate users if you ask me i think it should be the ones making lies about being Depressed i dont have a problem with serious patients

  21. J.W.

    You work for ME, Barry. You’re not muhdaddie. and you’re NOT my nanny. I did NOT hire you to pull down my pants and laugh at me. I hired you to run my country, not my life. So sit down, shut up and do the job you were hired for.

  22. Dante R.

    We’re all citizens and most of us want the same thing, peace and freedom. That part cut out. my apologies.

  23. Dante R.

    Mr. President Obama,

    I believe you when you say its time for change. It is. Because there are so many factors on marijuana. It cures, it helps, and its all natural. I do not like being called part of the ‘Cheech and Chong’ group. We’re all citizens and most of us want the same thing. I have never in my life heard of a peace officer claiming someone smoking and being high has caused a great threat to society. How can it be, when people who smoke are calm and considerate on everything, except criminal laws against marijuana. Even then, they are still calm, i see no threat, and neither do hundreds of other people. Marijuana is not a drug, it is a plant grown from the earth. Drugs, like Heroine, Meth, Crack, Cocaine, are. Please review my comment. Thanks for letting me speak. :-)

  24. Karen Gonzalez

    At the very least….the FDA should reclassify marijuana so that people will know the truth and kids will not be mislead into thinking that heroin, meth, cocaine, even alcohol ( which meets the criteria for scedule 1) are as innocuous as marijuana. Not that kids should be using marijuana. They should not be using anything! But lying to them only makes matters worse.

    Marijuana helps a lot of people and I would use it as a sleep aide and mood stabilizer ( bi polar ) instead of taking xanax and seroquel at nite ( drugs which are much riskier, less effective, really ARE addictive, and have undesirable side affects….not to mention they are way more expensive ).

    Do the right thing.

  25. kevin scott thompson

    opps.

    big mistake. i pulled support Away from Normal to To the Obama campaign. my time, my travel, my cold hard cash.

    Marijuana de-criminalization. that’s my big issue. it’s a fantasy that this country has the resources to continue to incarcerate marijuana smokers. even china cannot afford to bankroll this foolish waste of resources. If only Ron Paul could have recognized the roll that carbon dioxide plays on climate change.

  26. Paul E

    It’s “Genesis 1:29″ my friend.

    Soo much stupidity over a plant…when will it end? It’s time to open eyes and leagalize!

    Peace

  27. Ron Mathers

    Marijuana is improperly classified! It is true that it possesses drug-like effects. But Marijuana is a nutrient.
    Please consider if you will the body’s reaction when marijuana is introduced into the system. Compare this to the body’s reaction to drugs. With drugs the body rejects the foreign substance or substances. It flushes them from your system in 2-3 days. Thus drug tests can only detect recent drug use. This is completely different from marijuana. (much to a users dismay) Marijuana can be detected months after you’ve stopped using. This is because your body recognizes it as a nutrient and stores it in the fatty tissues for future use as it does all storable nutrients.
    Furthermore, the most profound effect science has discovered that marijuana has on the human body is in the brain. That effect is: It activates the CB receptors already located in the brain. the CB receptors or (Cannabinoid receptors) are ONLY activated by marijuana. So our bodies were created, made, developed, or just happened with provisions for marijuana use.
    The scientists don’t know what the CB receptors do while activated. they only know that they are active. But it is no wonder they miss the receptors intent as it is a different field of expertise. It activates the spiritual part of the brain. Which is where the drug-like euphoric effect comes from. And the withdraw from the more physical focus of ones energies to a more inward spiritual focus. This is often mis-labelled as laziness.
    There are many misconceptions about marijuana. And I believe educating the populace concerning the thruths about it is key in getting it legalized. I read 38% were in favor of legalizing and 58% against. a 10% shift would make it even. A proper education of the general populace on the truths and myths of marijuana should gain more than 10%
    If those who believe in the bible would read it, they would find in God’s first conversation with man, right after: Be fruitful and multiply. Was: I give unto you every herb bearing seed on the face of the earth. You don’t have to read far. It’s like the first page, first book, first chapter. God probably didn’t have much faith that the average man would get much further, so best to put the important stuff right in the beginning.
    Thank you for reading, and I am sorry if I offended any religious or anti-religious person’s. As I recognize myself in all people, I also recognize their right the their own beliefs or disbeliefs.

  28. dnL

    I can only hope that what you said is really how Obama feels, Russ. I still think that we in the online community he insulted deserves an apology and an Obama-esque explanation on why legalization is a bad idea.

  29. dnL

    To be honest, I’m not exactly sure myself, Russ. Of course, I can’t speak for La Raza and the Latino community; however, I’ve recently came to an observation that a majority of people in the Black community tend to have some deep-rooted Southern conservative values (despite where we live, what our political affiliations are, or how liberal we think we are). I could write a book on the evidence of why I think that but I guess I’ll give the example of how a majority of Blacks here in CA voted on Prop 8 last year.

    I don’t really know where they stand on the “War on (Some) Drugs” issue but that maybe the reason why leaders like Jessie Jackson & Al Sharpton (church ministers who happen to be influential civil rights activists) or social commentators like Tavis Smiley & Michael Eric Dyson don’t speak more about it. Drug law reform might be one of those topics that don’t coincide w/ the Southern conservative values instilled in them. Or, deep down they might believe it’s the right thing to do but don’t speak out against prohibition because they’re wary of how their followers (and ultimately, the MSM) may view them.

    That’s not to say that drug reform is a solely liberal issue, I’m aware of the few conservatives who are for legalization like the William F. Buckleys or the Kathleen Parkers (the “thinking conservatives”, as I like to call them). I just happen to see and meet more liberal-leaning people openly against prohibition.

    Anyway, that’s just one of my hypotheses. I could spout out others but this comment is long enough.

  30. fallibilist

    People are pretending that Obama is good on the mj issue. He’s not.

    If he were good on it, the dispensary raids would have stopped. His attorney general, Eric Holder, said they would stop. He lied to our faces.

    Politicians come in two flavors: Bad and Worse.

    Obama can’t decide which one he is.

    What was bad not President Barry’s ridicule–their really was very little of that–but his incredible dismissiveness. He simply did NOT engage the issue. That puts us back in the category with 9/11 Truthers: people who don’t deserve to be taken seriously.

    F Obama.

  31. cascadia12

    A good observation, and probably his actual thought process. Having said that, and understanding why he does what he does, there is still a name for this sort of thing: political posturing.

    There is nothing I loathe more, nothing that stands in the way of what our constitution stands fro more.

    Guess all we can do is take this into our own hands Russ.

  32. dnL

    Ah, thank you, RevRayGreen and MrSpof. I think I’m beginning to understand the racism connection that Russ might have been implying earlier. I’m surprised that I didn’t see it before.

    Speaking as a black man who voted for Obama b/c of his politics (and not b/c of our similar ethnicity), I’d be very disappointed in him if his reasons for cowering from this issue had to do w/ the racism aspect.

  33. MrSpof

    Bingo. How anyone could possibly look at these numbers and NOT see there’s a huge problem with racism in drug sentencing is higher than I’ve ever been. And that would pretty damned high indeed.

  34. MrSpof

    I think I’ve mentioned this elsewhere but I am white. Or Caucasian. Or the devil or whatever else I’m being labeled as of today …
    No one should doubt that the fight to reform marijuana laws in a civil rights issue that is closely connected to abhorrent treatment of black and hispanic folks.

  35. MrSpof

    Reply is to Napoleon: how’s this for racism against the blacks? These quotes are attributable to that asshole Anslinger that started this whole mess:

    “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”

    “…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”

    “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

    And there’s more to be found. Silly “Negroes” for thinking they can look at white women twice or step on a white man’s shadow.

    Disgusting and all the more so for having an African-American President laugh off concerns about marijuana.

  36. RevRayGreen

    Racism’s role now can be best defined in Jim Webb Prison Reform Act 2009.

    “Justice statistics also show that 47.5% of all the drug arrests in our country in 2007 were for marijuana offenses. Additionally, nearly 60% of the people in state prisons serving time for a drug offense had no history of violence or of any significant selling activity. Indeed, four out of five drug arrests were for possession of illegal substances, while only one out of five was for sales. Three-quarters of the drug offenders in our state prisons were there for nonviolent or purely drug offenses.

    And although experts have found little statistical difference among racial groups regarding actual drug use, African-Americans–who make up about 12% of the total U.S. population–accounted for 37% of those arrested on drug charges, 59% of those convicted, and 74% of all drug offenders sentenced to prison.”

  37. RevRayGreen

    @Napoleon

    Harry J. Anslinger Quote:
    Source: testimony to US Congress supporting Marihuana Tax Act, 1937

    “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US,and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers.

    Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage.This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”

    :pissed:

  38. Napoleon

    Wasn’t the racism geared toward Mexicans?

  39. dnL

    Yes, I do understand that racism played a fairly large role in the process of marijuana prohibition but what is racism’s role now? And what about it makes Obama so uneasy about discussing it?

  40. RevRayGreen

    here’s my letter……..

    Dear President Obama,

    I live in Iowa, where there is NO state medical marijuana program. Please
    don’t joke about those endorsing marijuana legalization simply
    “highjacked” you questions. There are millions of us who feel this way.

    We are smart, we work,own our own homes and know how to use a computer.
    Please don’t be so passe. We are human, we voted for you.

    I want to jail in 2005 for less then 1 gram, it cost me over $1,000 in
    fines, classes and 6 days in county jail to get off probation. My choice
    of medicine is a very serious matter, you should know better than anyone
    that marijuana prohibition is institutionalized slavery.

  41. RevRayGreen

    Because a big part cannabis prohibition was based on
    racist lies.

    Marijuana prohibition is Institutionalized
    Slavery.

  42. dnL

    Please expound on that thought, Radical Russ. You’ve peaked my interest by your last statement. How does racism play into Obama’s discomfort about marijuana?

  43. sameoldwine

    I believe that type of laughter is a mask for not being able to cope with the feelings one gets from the topic. They are uneasy so they laugh to mask their discomfort. They can’t face the reality of the topic so it becomes a joke.

    Thank you Dr. Russ. I think BO, the reformed pot smoker, just got scared and had to hide behind his chuckle.
    :lol:

  44. aphoric

    Dear Mr. President,

    Your making light of legalization of cannabis, and the Internet community
    has made a former supporter leave the fold. I will no longer support you
    in conversation, social debate, or in elections. The Internet community is
    one that helped you attain your position.

    We need every tool available to us to solve the current economic crisis.
    Some might say that your very job depends on it. So you can make fun of us
    as the ‘Cheech and Chong’ crowd all you want, but it will not make your
    job easier, and it will alienate supporters of cannabis who also may have
    supported you.

    So much for change, it’s more of the same.

  45. kids

    Obama will be on Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer this weekend. Please let CBS know that you want Obama to answer our serious questions seriously.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1998/07/08/ftn/main13469.shtml

  46. Casualty of the Drug War

    Mr. President,

    Yesterday afternoon on March 26 you held an online town hall meeting. You asked the internet blogger and on liners to submit questions to the Whitehouse, we responded to your request. Again the top question submitted to the polling was, Marijuana and re-legalizations’. This will make the second time we the people have come thru and brought a point to the main public view and you have blow it off. In fact this time you have not only said no but you have shown no regards for the true people hurting from this war on drugs. President Obama if you continue to laugh in our faces on this matter, you will lose the respect from the people who voted you into office.

    Now I am proud you’re my President and I may not agree with something you are doing now in office. But I am ashamed you have chosen to treat us this way, as if I am a redheaded step child. These issues we have asked to you look at, you said it yourself…”A complete utter failure”…. With more then 20 million people affected by this war on drugs, and let me chime in here for a minute, 20 million is only for Marijuana. I don’t want the government to legalize ALL DRUGS. What we the people want is for you to reclassify marijuana and remove penalties from it and possible tax it!

    Do I want coke, meth and heroin legal…..NO WAY I DON’T….President Obama you have said your self that we the people need more scientific studies …You want a cure for cancer. OK here is a chance that science can work.

    President Obama your losing touch with your young voters… If you don’t do something before you start your campaigning for your 2nd term on this, young voters won’t favor you. Don’t be the old guy! Obama you wanted change and here it is…

    NOW WORK FOR THE POPELE WHO VOTED YOU IN!

    Do the right thing here!

    Legalize it

  47. Chad J

    I’m wondering when the masses will realize the illuminati WANTS us all to get cancer & die young, This is just the tip friends!
    Search for the truth!!!

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