Marijuana Articles

Based on the Evidence, Obama Drug Policy Fails to Meet Its Own Goals

11:00 AM, Dec 17, 2015

President Obama's National Drug Control Strategy in 2010 first proclaimed the major policy goals of the administration's approach to the drug problem and the goals were to be met by 2015. Not only have they not been met, in critical instances, the policies have been going in the wrong direction, rapidly.

We learned last week that, in the midst of the ongoing opiate overdose crisis, heroin overdose deaths rose an additional 28 percent between 2013 and 2014. That's on top of the 340 percent rise in heroin deaths since 2007, such that beyond the 8,217 deaths of 2013, we now have another 10,574. That is, we now see a 440- percent increase from the Bush years.

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Candidate Clinton Goes Wobbly on Dope

12:17 PM, Nov 09, 2015

While she opposed marijuana decriminalization during her first run for the presidency in 2007, according to Politico, candidate Hillary Clinton now provides support f

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California's Proposition 47, So Far

And its lessons for drug law reform.
11:26 AM, Oct 19, 2015

Congressional lawmakers and presidential candidates are currently debating criminal justice reform, offering to lessen the legal consequences for “non-violent drug offenders.” For most, the underlying motive is compassion for drug offenders, giving them the chance to avoid a criminal record.

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The Harmful Effects of Pot

9:01 AM, Sep 22, 2015

Ed Feulner, the former president of the Heritage Foundation, writes about our culture's double standards for tobacco cigarettes and for marijuana. Here's an excerpt:

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What Presidential Candidates Can Learn from Chris Christie About the Drug Problem

3:04 PM, Aug 06, 2015

“We … say for first time non-violent drug offenders, no more prison. They are going to mandatory inpatient drug treatment because this is a disease, and the war on drugs has been a failure. . . . And what we need is a country and a President who will stand up and say this is a disease and we need to fix it.”

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Libertarians for Bigger Government

Gleanings and observations.
11:36 AM, Aug 03, 2015

Libertarians in Colorado are flying high after their success in getting marijuana legalized in the state. In our little town of Aspen, there are now seven stores in which eager consumers – I perhaps should say addicts because one user recently held up a store, threatening staff with a hammer, because he absolutely positively had to have the $11,000 worth of weed – can satisfy their desire for the stuff. Score one for libertarians.

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Biden Poses With Man Wearing Pot T-Shirt: 'I Got High in Colorado'

7:02 AM, Jul 22, 2015

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:


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Obama’s Jamaican Fantasy

12:46 PM, Apr 11, 2015

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.” 

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In Jamaica, Obama Labels War on Drugs 'Counterproductive'

7:22 PM, Apr 09, 2015

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."

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Marijuana Plants Soak Up Billions of Gallons of Water in California

High times are dry times.
6:01 AM, Apr 09, 2015

California’s terrible drought has become -- like just about everything else in the United States -- a political issue.

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Bloomberg: Pot Legalization 'One of the Stupider Things That’s Happening Across Our Country'

11:00 AM, Feb 08, 2015

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.

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Colorado Kicks Off $5.7 Million Campaign to Encourage 'Safe' Pot Use

9:33 AM, Jan 08, 2015

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.”

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Mail Carrier Jailed for Taking Bribes, Delivering Pot

7:01 AM, Dec 31, 2014

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.

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Does Eric Holder’s Successor Face a Momentum Shift on Dope?

A key polling result may trip the legal marijuana breakout.
3:45 PM, Oct 01, 2014

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.

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Legal Pot Support Drops 7 Percentage Points

7:44 AM, Sep 24, 2014

There's now a smaller percentage of American who believe pot should be legalized than there were a year ago.

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WaPo Against Legalization of Marijuana in D.C.

10:49 AM, Sep 15, 2014

The Washington Post editorial board was in favor of decriminalizing pot. But it is not in favor of legalizing it.

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Pot Legalization vs. Science

8:50 AM, Jul 30, 2014

While the New York Times continues to editorialize in favor of the legalization of marijuana (Wednesday's installment posits the federal ban is "rooted in myth and xenophobia"!), others are pushing back against legalizing the drug.

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Marijuana Legalization Would Be 'a Health Catastrophe'

9:50 AM, Jul 27, 2014

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.

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The Devastation That’s Really Happening in Colorado

6:15 AM, Jul 10, 2014

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.

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Obama Offered Drugs in Denver

'Do you want to hit this?'
5:15 AM, Jul 09, 2014

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 .

Watch here:

A voice can be heard asking President Obama, as he glad hands his way through the establishment: "Do you want to hit this?"

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Hillary Flips on Pot

1:35 PM, Jun 18, 2014

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.

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Blumenauer vs. Beer

Why does Portland’s congressman vilify one of Oregon’s most successful industries?
12:59 PM, Jun 03, 2014

Like many supporters of marijuana law reform, Democratic congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon makes his case for legalizing pot by...talking about how terrible alcohol is.

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First Legalization, Then Lawsuits

Can marijuana retailers survive the tort bar?
May 26, 2014

The legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington has spawned reports of increased use, declining perception of risk, increased neonatal risk, drug tourism, diversion of public assistance to fund use, creation of significantly more powerful forms of the drug, and new financial rules to permit money from drug sales to enter the banking system. President Obama, moreover, proclaims marijuana use is no more dangerous than drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco—virtually assuring that the legalization of marijuana will be a defining domestic policy of his presidency.

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The Legalization Juggernaut

Why won’t more political leaders speak out on marijuana?
May 05, 2014

The legalization of marijuana has acquired an aura of inevitability. But is there really no choice? Must Americans resign ourselves to the social acceptability, legal entrenchment, and widespread availability (including to our kids) of marijuana? 

We are convinced this headlong rush into disaster can be stopped—if, that is, political leaders can be found who have the nerve to take on the conventional wisdom. 

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Study: Marijuana Use May Increase Risk of Nicotine Addiction

8:01 AM, Apr 24, 2014

A study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that "[m]arijuana use makes tobacco use more pleasurable and may increase the user’s risk for becoming addicted to nicotine." Experiments involving rats found that those animals exposed to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, self-administered nicotine at higher rates than rats with no such exposure. This connection raises concern that pot may be a "gateway" drug to nicotine.

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Denver Post Goes to Pot, Skips Easter

On page one.
12:11 PM, Apr 20, 2014

The front page of today's Denver Post skips Easter. Its main focus? Marijuana.

"All weed, no Easter on Denver Post's page one," says media reporter Jim Romenesko.

All weed, no Easter on Denver Post's page one.

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Holder: I Smoked Pot When 'I Was in College'

10:41 AM, Apr 15, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder tells the Huffington Post that he had "youthful experimentation" of marijuana. In other words, he smoked pot in college.

As the liberal website reports:

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White House Deletes Blog Post Warning Against Marijuana Legalization

7:11 AM, Jan 28, 2014

Monday morning, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) blog at published an entry titled: "Support for National Association of School Nurses' [NASN] Position on the Legalization of Marijuana." However, the original link for the post is now meet with a "Sorry, the page you're looking for can't be found" message, and the most recent post on the ONDCP blog is dated January 20.

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Report: DEA Chief Rips Obama's Pot Remarks

7:09 AM, Jan 27, 2014

The head of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration is now openly criticizing Barack Obama for his recent comments over the question of marijuana legalization, according to multiple reports.

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Obama: Marijuana Less Dangerous Than Alcohol

3:24 PM, Jan 19, 2014

In an interview with the New Yorker, President Obama says that he believes marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol.

From the lengthy article:

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