A double speaking Communist selling his sick agenda of equalized outcomes and shared misery for the masses with lies and clever seduction, it is rare he would say anything that I wouldn't find blood pressure raising, let alone agreeable.
But in a recent (and lengthy) interview with The New Yorker, the President spoke a little bit on marijuana and I really couldn't find quarrel with it...
In a recent interview with the New Yorker (same interview all of Conservative America is shitting a kitten over due to the President claiming a portion of his shitter level approval numbers come from people who just can't seem to get behind being led by a black guy), President Obama had some rather nice things to say about marijuana.
While still claiming it to be a "bad thing", the former founding member of the "Choom Gang" claimed hat he felt the drug was "no worse than alcohol".
But why paraphrase the one time I might actually agree with the boob.
In Barry's own words:
"... As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol... It’s not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy..."
He also claimed that marijuana was actually less dangerous than alcohol "in terms ... Consumer."
The President went on to say that while his Administration had no plans (as of yet... I'm sure as he and his party keeps losing youth support for his agenda, we might see his vision on this case "evolve" as it did in the build up to 2012 campaign, when he needed to evolve in his gay views due to lack of gay money flowing into his campaign war chest).
He ended his meandering thoughts on the funky green by praising the great states of Washington and Colorado in their efforts to decriminalize a substance that is commonly used by folks, but then walked that statement back, claiming:
“We should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing... If marijuana is fully legalized and at some point folks say, Well, we can come up with a negotiated dose of cocaine that we can show is not any more harmful than vodka, are we open to that? If somebody says, We’ve got a finely calibrated dose of meth, it isn’t going to kill you or rot your teeth, are we O.K. with that?”
Double Talkin' Jive Turkey
There is the temptation to take the honest tone of the President's statements on the marijuana as yet another win... A step closer for he plan that could to see the day when it can come out of the shadows of prohibition. And in truth, upon first reading these words by Lord Barry, I found myself agreeing with him.
But after digesting it as I burned my daily ration of the stickie ickie, it occurred to me that he said nothing.
Once again, as he had done with the Gays in his now famous "evolution speech" (the one where he said he supported gays yet did nothing beyond the symbolic statement in support of ending their plight), the President who has had little issue throwing around those Executive orders to right the Congressional wrongs seems quite OK with just knowing these things.
He could waive his magic wand of Presidential Fiat and have marijuana rescheduled from its current designation as a Class 1 drug (which like heroin and meth serves little medical use and should otherwise be barred from society), a move that would facilitate many of the national efforts to decriminalize the drug for both recreational and medicinal use (not to mention ease the pathways for the scientific community to provide better research as to the true medicinal benefits of the drug beyond pain relief and appetite supplementation).
He could out and out decriminalize the possession of marijuana in small amounts (as many major American cities in America have already done), eliminating the social injustice of life ruining arrests over a societally harmless criminal act of possessing say an ounce of marijuana.
Hell, if we're playing "Coulda, Shoulda", perhaps he should be bold and just free the fucking weed already and allow it to become the new cash crop America so sorely needs.
But he didn't do that.
He sat in his chair and pontificated from on high about how one day some wise man (like him maybe) will ascend to the throne and make these wrongs even he can plainly see right.
Just like how he wishes that one day we will all see the injustices of the anti- gay marriage movement...
Or bring about the end to this out of control bureaucratic hydras causing all these issues at the IRS, the. NSA, the State Department....
In short, he treated marijuana like every other issue he has decided to tackle during his time...
Impotently and from behind.