Obama Says Marijuana Is Not Medicine, Will Remain As Illegal As Heroin

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Any hope that President Obama, a legendary pot smoker back at Occidental College in the late 1970s, might reclassify marijuana as a drug that has medicinal value just went up in smoke.

Nine years ago, for the third time since marijuana was prohibited more than a half-century ago, medical marijuana supporters led by Americans for Safe Access (ASA) asked the federal government to reclassify cannabis so that it's not listed alongside heroin as a purely dangerous narcotic. Today, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) responded with a resounding "Yeah, right. What are you smoking?"

As negative as it is, the fact that the government finally rejected the petition is being called a victory of sorts by medical pot backers. For one thing, according to an LA Times story today, they had to go to a federal court to force the DEA to even respond at all. And now that the answer is no, they get to appeal the decision without further prevarication.

"We have foiled the government's strategy of delay, and we can now go head-to-head on the merits, that marijuana really does have therapeutic value," Joe Elford, an ASA lawyer, told the Times. Elford added that he wasn't surprised by the decision given recent signs that the Obama administration, despite promising not to go after medical pot patients, had no such qualms about prosecuting large-scale marijuana growers.

"It is clearly motivated by a political decision that is anti-marijuana," he said. Elford argued that despite the DEA's stance, there is little debate nowadays that cannabis provides relief to cancer patients and other people struggling with terminal illness and chronic pain. "One of the things people say about marijuana is that it gives you the munchies and the truth is that it does, and for some people that's a very positive thing."

Although Elford said ASA plans to appeal the DEA's decision, the odds aren't looking good for such a tactic: the last two times the government refused to reclassify marijuana, the appeals failed in the courts.

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joey c
joey c

remember people, government is only an idea. citizens grant the government legitimacy, and not the other way around. we create our government, they can't stop us

DontBuyMadeInChina dot com
DontBuyMadeInChina dot com

it should stay as illegal as if you are too stupid to get caught with it.. you are too stupid to smoke it.

Steve
Steve

Pot's GRASE if anything, but there's always some Senator willing to swallow a ball of resin the size of a handball while touring an E.R. for attention. Why Obama's deprecating himself in a mildly less effective way is more of a mystery.

TB
TB

"Change" - what a sick joke from the O'hypocrite.

Is anyone really surprised that the lawyer/ liar (in a 2 lawyer family) turned out to be just another greedy, lying, self-serving, special interest pandering bag-boy?

I mean really surprised?

The Dems & Reps are both SOLD OUT to the special interests. 

The sooner that is understood, the sooner change can begin to be realized.

Doan Bugme
Doan Bugme

The drug enforcement industry whistles and Obama wags his tail and comes a runnin'. SSDD

Truth Is Rising
Truth Is Rising

Be the change you want to see. Quit blaming Bush and Obama, it was us who put them in the white house, and it was us who elected the gov't. We are a Democracy, lets bring the power back to the people. If the people lead, the leaders will follow, because they will have to... 

Soho_d J
Soho_d J

Did anyone think this current government would do anything it said it would? They have larger issues to scheme over like the illegal conflict in Libya. Besides w same sex marriages getting the green light one group or another had to get shafted.  

Destro
Destro

why would the government want to ruin one of its biggest money making schemes they got??? C'mon people, we can smoke it with out major consequences this day and age, but God help any of us who attempt make a couple dollars off it though...

Mortamus7
Mortamus7

why are they so scared of Marijuana ? 

mitch young
mitch young

 Obama's nagging about mary jane again, eh?

CiCi
CiCi

Blog or no blog, I can't stand blaring typos on news publication websites:  "One of the things people say about marijuana is that it gives One of the things people say about marijuana is that it gives you the munchies..."  

I'm blazed and even I caught that one.  

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

The Government is too bound up in its policies pushed upon central american governments to be able to change tack and now  classify marijuana as medicinal.

Steve
Steve

Well, I'd hoped he or M'chelle or the kids would make it look good. Instead, he's making inappropriate generalizations between morphines (which are drugs, some with prescription, some foodie, some street junk) and cannabinoids (which are a wild and failed toss at losing less money, by people who could perhaps never capably shop at Whole Foods anyhow.)

joey c
joey c

truth be told it was the bankers who put obama in charge, and the bankers who run the government. psh really, did you think the treasury NEEDS to go to the federal reserve to get money? no, they have that right to print as much as they want....private banks just control our treasury now...sayanara suckers

Destro
Destro

don't blame the man himself, blame the system he has been brought into.

katahdin
katahdin

Because only the love of our one true Lord is allowed to make you feel good. Pot is just heathen.

Nschou
Nschou

I do apologize for being redundant being redundant and share your frustration.

mitch young
mitch young

Dude, get out of the 80s. The Sandinistas are gone, the Zapatistas are tour guides for German tourists.

Mrtaurus67
Mrtaurus67

You are about as bad as those in the government who continually deny the properties and effectiveness of marijuana.  I would like to know, how do you feel that your comment contributed to the endeavor, how likely are they to listen to any of us if we have individuals like yourself that still have a small mind.  I wonder if you would have called George Bush a nigger?  You'll be surprised of your genetic lineage, you probably have more "Nigger" in you than you would care to acknowledge.  Remember this is the USA and my people have been here for years.  Women were violated and used as sexual toys, you may just be the descendant of a master being horny.

Guest
Guest

so is your mother.

DontBuyMadeInChina dot com
DontBuyMadeInChina dot com

you have a lot to learn about drugs....

for the most part they are bad.. no way you can twist is.. science doesn't lie... But the human body is resilient.. i mean look at all the tobacco smoking alcoholics.. and how much they cost our health system to support their "TAXED" drug habbits... so I agree with Obama... make it just illegal enough that if you get caught with it you pay.. but if you are going to do it... keep it out of  peoples' sight that dont need to see it... just like cigs and booze... 

Personally i think pot bars might be a good thing.. just like booze bars... it keeps the addicts corralled and taxed.... in-turn funding the debt we are in because we like to play WAR everywhere and we let 'Patriotic" companies send jobs over seas...

boy do we have some catching up to do when it comes to pragmatism. Kill your TV

andy neal
andy neal

I blame the inability the president had in telling Michelle Leonhart, the head of the DEA that his opinion doesn't fit with his.  There again maybe like most politicians he lied through his ass to get the votes from us, the naive American public.  I voted for him, but I certainly wouldn't do that again.  Barney Frank, please run for president! 

dept of redundancy dept
dept of redundancy dept

So God created me to enjoy music but if I actually listen to music and enjoy it I'm a heathen, Yah, right. He also created me to enjoy food so to be a true christian I have to starve myself to death or eat food I can't stand. Yah, right, you need to get a grip.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I'm really getting tired of that born-again/fundamentalist christian claptrap about how anything besides the Lord that makes you feel good and/or opens your mind is evil. Why would whatever being that created us give us the capacity for pleasure if we were not supposed to feel it? Just call me a "heathen".

DontBuyMadeInChina dot com
DontBuyMadeInChina dot com

Jesus would toke... he would have to deal with Christians.... probably would have come back by now if it wasn't for all you fools still wearing crosses around your necks...

Thet
Thet

wow, what a brainless christian

Anonymous
Anonymous

I'm pretty sure calling Obama a nigger isn't nearly as bad as throwing people in jail for smoking marijuana. 

Steve
Steve

George Bush was an even bigger nigger...

Romance Ab
Romance Ab

Pot's GRASE if anything, but there's always some Senator willing to swallow a ball of resin the size of a handball while touring an E.R. for attention.I am a 28 years old doctor, mature and beautiful.and now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username Andromeda2002 on--s'e'ek'c'ou'ga'r.c óm--.it is the first and best club for y'ounger women and old'er men, or older women and y'ounger men,to int'eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch'eck 'it out or tell your friends!

Greg Terry
Greg Terry

Barack Obama is the Whack job  Ron Paul has more principles then that DICK HEAD OBUMMER 

Anonymous
Anonymous

Ron Paul is a whackjob now? 

katahdin
katahdin

I got news for you. It's Barack Obama or whatever crazy whack job Republicans put up against him.

Guest
Guest

Romance. You suck, your site sucks. So STFU.

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