8:02 AM, Jul 22, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden posed for a picture with a man wearing a marijuana themed t-shirt on a recent visit to Colorado. The t-shirt, from High Times, reportedly says, "I got high in Colorado."
Here's the picture:
The picture was shared on Twitter by BambuCycles:
The White House pool reporter provides more details of the encounter:
VP Biden left the discussion at the Community College of Denver's Advanced Manufacturing Center and traveled 1.6 miles to Little Man ice cream in Denver's Lo-Hi neighborhood. He stepped out of the vehicle at 3:38 p.m. wearing aviator sunglasses and a dress shirt and tie (no jacket) with his sleeves rolled once to his forearms. He took photos at the iconic Denver ice cream shop -- housed in huge silver milk jug on Tejon Street -- with dozens of onlookers and fans as "Signed, Sealed and Delivered, I'm Yours" played on the loudspeakers. He walked to the shop's window with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
"I'm buying," Biden declared.
"No, I'm buying," Hancock said.
Biden ordered a scoop of Salted Oreo -- a local favorite -- in a waffle cone he soon emptied into a bowl. He continued to take photos with onlookers, including Angel Cruz, the owner of Denver's BambuCycles, who wore a High Times U.S. Cannabis Cup T-shirt. Cruz brought a green T-shirt with the words "I got high in Colorado" on the front. Cruz said he wanted to give the T-shirt to give to Biden but forgot after taking the photo with him.
The press was escorted to the motorcade at 3:53 p.m. The VP's vehicle then diverted to an unknown location as the press were taken to the manufacturing center.
1:46 PM, Apr 11, 2015 • By DAVID W. MURRAY and JOHN P. WALTERS
President Obama this week told an audience in Jamaica that U.S. efforts against illegal drugs were “counterproductive” because they relied too much on incarceration—particularly for “young people who did not engage in violence.”
8:22 PM, Apr 9, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Barack Obama took a shot at the war on drugs at a town hall event today in Jamaica. The president, responding to a question from an audience member, even went so far as to call the effort "counterproductive."
The questioner started, "My question has to do and surrounds U.S. policy as it regards the legalization, the decriminalization of marijuana."
High times are dry times.7:01 AM, Apr 9, 2015 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
California’s terrible drought has become -- like just about everything else in the United States -- a political issue.
11:00 AM, Feb 8, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized pot legalization in recent remarks in Aspen. "This is one of the stupider things that’s happening across our country," said Bloomberg.
9:33 AM, Jan 8, 2015 • By DAVID W. MURRAY
The Colorado Gazette reports this week that “Colorado is taking a novel approach to marijuana education — not telling people to avoid the drug, just to use it safely.”
7:01 AM, Dec 31, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
For at least eight months in 2013 and 2014, letter carrier Devona Charley of Washington, D.C., delivered more than just letters and junk mail. The twenty-seven year old now-former U.S. Postal Service employee was sentenced to a year and a day in prison plus 6 months of home detention, part of three years of a supervised release plan imposed by a plea agreement on drug and bribery conspiracy charges.
A key polling result may trip the legal marijuana breakout.4:45 PM, Oct 1, 2014 • By DAVID W. MURRAY and JOHN P. WALTERS
A poll reported in the Washington Post on September 23 offers positive news for those troubled by the movement to legalize marijuana. It also does not augur well for those pushing more states to follow Colorado and Washington, where legalization is already underway.
8:44 AM, Sep 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
There's now a smaller percentage of American who believe pot should be legalized than there were a year ago.
11:49 AM, Sep 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Washington Post editorial board was in favor of decriminalizing pot. But it is not in favor of legalizing it.
10:50 AM, Jul 27, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
A leading drug policy researcher, David Murray, has a must-read piece up at the Hudson Institute website, "Comparing Marijuana and Alcohol: Seriously." Murray's article is a devastating deconstruction of claims that marijuana is relatively safe, or at least safer than alcohol. And, as he points out, it thereby undermines much of the basis of the New York Times's blithely irresponsible editorial endorsement of marijuana legalization.
7:15 AM, Jul 10, 2014 • By DAVID W. MURRAY and JOHN P. WALTERS
President Obama visited Denver this week, was offered marijuana, and laughed. His administration made possible the open marketing and use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state by directing that federal law not be enforced. The president is joined by Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul in supporting marijuana legalization. As Clinton recently told CNN, "On recreational marijuana, states are the laboratories of democracy.
'Do you want to hit this?'6:15 AM, Jul 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama was asked whether he wanted to smoke marijuana by a fellow patron of a Denver bar last night. The offer came from Instagram user manton89, who posted video of the ask on his Instagram account. "Asked him if he wanted a hit of pot...he laughed!" writes manton89 .
A voice can be heard asking President Obama, as he glad hands his way through the establishment: "Do you want to hit this?"
2:35 PM, Jun 18, 2014 • By DAVID MURRAY and JOHN P. WALTERS
When asked during a CNN interview with Christiane Amanpour last night whether she used drugs, Hillary Clinton was admirably firm. Had she done marijuana? “Absolutely not,” she replied. “I didn't do it when I was young, I'm not going to start now.” She is, however, more wavering when it comes to exposing other people’s children to the impact of drug use.
While she opposed marijuana decriminalization during her first presidential run in 2007, by 2014, following the enabling by the Obama administration of legal, recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington, candidate Clinton is now more receptive to a drug experience.