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Real News of the Day: Obama won’t entertain marijuana lobby

March 27, 2009

Despite being the number one issue from the online community, President Obama refused to take legalization of marijuana seriously as a legitimate way to improve the economy.  From his first “Web Hall” in the White House, the Obama Administration set up a web tool where users could vote on which questions to ask the President.

The culprit.

The culprit.

With over two million votes, the overwhelming winning question asked the following:

“With over 1 out of 30 Americans controlled by the penal system, why not legalize, control, and tax marijuana to change the failed war on drugs into a money-making, money-saving boost to the economy? Do we really need that many victimless criminals?”

Obama cleverly rephrased the question as such: Would legalizing marijuana improve the economy? And his answer verbatim was the following:

“I don’t know what this says about the online audience.  The answer is no I don’t think that is a good strategy to grow our economy.”

He didn’t take the question seriously.  Instead of a smart answer about a viable alternative to dealing with the drug cartels in Mexico, Obama poked fun at the TWO MILLION people that voted it to the top of the question list.  The online world is no longer a small and separated community from the American public.  The online world is the American public.  Obama should know this after running a successful campaign that utilized the Internet like no campaign before it.

That being said, it isn’t all Obama’s fault.  Most of the people that want marijuana legalized are young people, under the age of 40.  Most of the people that want to keep it illegal are over 50.  The problem is that people over 50 vote in every single election.  Politicians kiss geriatric ass more than any other demographic because the payoff for securing their vote is guaranteed.

The youth vote sucks and has always sucked.  Even in the midst of Obama-mania, the President still knows that he must cater his message to older voters.  If you want pot legalized, then vote in elections!

It really is Vote or Die if you live in the Southwest.

It really is Vote or Die if you live in the Southwest.

But his answer could have been a lot worse.  He actually never said anything about not legalizing weed in the future.  He just doesn’t think that legalizing it will solve our economic problems, which the question didn’t really ask.  But it’s somewhat true.  Legalizing pot will not magically pay for the huge amount of money that AIG owes to companies like Goldman Sachs.  It will not clean up naked credit default swaps and it will not act as a regulatory agency for investment banks.

But legalizing pot and other illegal drugs would stop the failed war on drugs.  It would immediately cut off revenue for the most dangerous cartels in Mexico.  It’s time that our politicians took this issue seriously and didn’t hide behind jokes.  The violence in Mexico is spreading over our border.   In 2008 alone, there were exponential increases in kidnappings in the Southwest.  We’ve got to get this under control.

These cartels are strong right now.  The footsoldiers in the biggest cartels in Mexico are as big as the entire Mexican army.  When they are in the United States, these cartels buy assault rifles.  They are heavily armed, intelligent, and extremely rich.  Yet we have the power, at any moment, to pull the rug out from under them.  By legalizing narcotics, we can dismantle these organizations and stop the violence.

The same thing happened during Prohibition.  Al Capone and his friends ran bootlegging rings that made them millions.  But when the United States gave up on their ridiculous war on alcohol, the mob never fully regained its strength.  Usage is actually less in countries where drugs are legal.  The statistics are in, yet stupidity is reigning supreme on this issue.  It’s time to take the logical steps to ensure that Mexico is not the newest failed state.