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From Reason.com:

Barack Obama on Weed

A truth the candidate won’t tell
Steve Chapman | February 4, 2008

It’s a brave position, and therefore exceedingly rare among practicing politicians. Which may be why it didn’t last. Before the day was over, the Obama campaign issued a statement saying he thinks “we are sending far too many first-time non-violent drug users to prison for very long periods of time” but “does not believe that we should treat offenses involving marijuana with a simple fine or just by confiscating the drug.” Recently, he had told a New Hampshire newspaper, “I’m not in favor of decriminalization.”

This episode reveals that as a candidate, Obama is more fond of bold rhetoric than bold policies. But it also proves the impossibility of talking sense on the subject of illicit drugs during a political campaign. That course of action would mean admitting the inadmissible: that the prohibition of cannabis has been cruel, wasteful and fraudulent.

Cruel because it leads to the arrest of nearly 700,000 people a year for mere possession of a substance that is comparatively benign. Wasteful because it expends billions of dollars in police, court and correctional resources that could be deployed against dangerous predators. Fraudulent because it hasn’t solved anything: According to the federal government, nearly 100 million Americans have tried the stuff.


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Obama supports decriminalization, and he does not! Obama thinks we have too many young people behind bars because of drug offenses, but wants to keep marijuana illegal! Obama says that our prisons are too full with first time offenders, but doesn’t oppose the war on drugs!

Obama cannot make-up his mind, or he’s being advised against taking a position on this ‘delicate’ issue.

But seriously, the fact is, Obama will not legalize marijuana or change the law… period. The only candidate who supports your freedom to smoke or drink whatever you want is… Ron Paul!


Nevermind, Barack Obama Wants to Arrest Marijuana Users After All

For one brief glorious moment, we thought Barack Obama supported marijuana decriminalization. He said so in 2004 and his campaign reiterated it yesterday, only to subsequently retreat and pledge support for current marijuana laws.

At first, Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said that the candidate had “always” supported decriminalizing marijuana, suggesting his 2004 statement was correct. Then after the Times posted copies of the video on its Web site today, his campaign reversed course and declared he does not support eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana possession and use.”If you’re convicted of a crime, you should be punished, but that we are sending far too many first-time, non-violent drug users to prison for very long periods of time, and that we should rethink those laws,” Vietor said. The spokesman blamed confusion over the meaning of decriminalization for the conflicting answers. [Washington Times]

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Which candidate will stop the enforcement of laws against Americans who use marijuana?

QUICK ANSWER: Ron Paul will end the war on drugs altogether – immediately. Obama will continue to enforce laws against marijuana users – using the federal government’s Drug Enforcement Administration.

It seems that voters for the reform of marijuana laws are contending between Barack Obama and Ron Paul – Democrat vs. Republican. But probably, most marijuana-users are voting for right moral judgment – not a party affiliation.

For the thousands of patients that depend on cannabis for treatment and pain relief, the reform of marijuana laws and ending the D.E.A. raids on home-growers and care centers are one of the most important issues in this presidential campaign. Granitestaters.com and medical marijuana patients actively sought to ask the right questions to the candidates early in the campaign season. A review can be found on their web site. They gave Ron Paul an A+ rating on the issue.

Voters want someone who will hold to his word (that is, actually do something about this criminal ‘War on Drugs‘). But candidates might also lie – to increase their popularity – or change their mind afterwards. Since the Granite Stater’s review of the candidates, little or nothing is heard from them again about the issue. And the leading Democratic candidates have changed their minds – choosing to continue the drug war, even against medical marijuana patients.

[Note: the president doesn’t have control over state laws – only federal laws, which are the source of the drug war. Thirteen states have legalized/decriminalized marijuana in the past few years, but the Federal government can forcefully override their laws (using the D.E.A.).]

Barack Obama:

UPDATE (January 2008): Despite Obama’s answers to questions early in the campaign season, it is now clear that he will NOT change drug laws. Barack Obama will continue to keep marijuana illegal.


Obama has admitted in a number of campaign stops that he once used drugs. He has admitted that he is for limited legalization which should be based on scientific evidence and tight controls. Generally speaking, Obama is for allowing patients to use marijuana but not for allowing it to become purely legal – in fact, he opposes legal marijuana and wants to keep it “under strict guidelines”.

He has compared marijuana to morphine – not in intensity, but in application. But he apparently feels that marijuana may also lead down a “slippery slope” towards wider legalization (which he opposes). While admitting that he “did inhale”, he also believes that his use of cannabis was a mistake.

“My attitude is if the science and the doctors suggest that the best palliative care and the way to relieve pain and suffering is medical marijuana then that’s something I’m open to because there’s no difference between that and morphine when it comes to just giving people relief from pain,” Obama said. “But I want to do it under strict guidelines. I want it prescribed in the same way that other painkillers or palliative drugs are prescribed.” – Barack Obama


“Um… the um… I would not use the justice department to prosecute… for medical marijuana. It’s a waste of resources.” – Barack Obama

Most democrats do not support ‘decriminalization’ of marijuana:

Ron Paul:

Ron Paul may not be a marijuana user – but (being a doctor) he knows and openly affirms the fact that marijuana is a very effective medicine. Ron Paul wants marijuana (and all other drugs) to not be regulated by the federal government. In other words, he’ll completely legalize it at the Federal level.

One of Ron Paul’s best qualities is that he believes that what people do with their own body or own lives is their own business (not the government’s) – so long as it does not cause harm to others.

This is one of the greatest things that separates Ron Paul from the other candidates – his strong opposition to big government and his firm belief in the Constitution and civil liberty. It doesn’t matter what Ron Paul personally believes about it, as he would say himself – it’s not his job to tell people what they can and cannot do – so it’s inherent in his principals that marijuana (and other drugs) should not be Federally illegal.

Ron Paul readily admits that the War on Drugs is a completely misconceived failure of government. He strongly opposes the D.E.A. – not just for enforcing marijuana laws, but he will simply shut down the D.E.A. and the Drug War altogether.

We know we can trust in him – not only because of the honesty and integrity always present in his manner of speech and character – but because he takes the same stance on all the issues: it must comply with the Constitution. The war on drugs does not – period!

The Constitution gives the Federal Government no right to enact any such laws or ‘wars’. This war is a war against millions of Americans and is truly ruining people’s lives – only President Ron Paul will put an end to it in 2008.

“I would absolutely never use the Federal Government to enforce the law against anybody using marijuana.” – Ron Paul

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