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This is stupid. Considering the president has much more important things to worry about (You know, remember Congress, the House of Reps, the whole debt ceiling and our economy tanking…) possession of marijuana right now is a state issue, not a national issue. Wait until we’ve settled the war, the national debt, etc; etc; before we talk about petty state-settled issues.
To begin with, the event this quote is referencing was a recent town hall event in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, last Monday. During this town hall meeting a woman asked, “If you can’t legalize marijuana, why can’t you just legalize medical marijuana?” To which the president replied,
"A lot of states are making decisions about medical marijuana.. As a controlled substance, the issue is then that is it being prescribed by a doctor as opposed to… you know, well, I’ll leave it at that."
To quote the Huffington Post, “That is the best he can do to address one of the hottest topics in modern American politics. He’ll just ‘leave it at that,’ because an increasingly frustrated public might react negatively to a slightly lengthier attempt at explaining why anyone, least of all sick people, should ever have to worry about being arrested and thrown in jail for having some marijuana in their pocket.”
This issue has been repeatedly brought up in debates with Obama, and he repeatedly ignores it. He can’t even find talking points for over a minute on this issue.
To say this is stupid avoids the fact this issue has been ignored repeated by the current administration; in fact our government seems to have reversed its stance on cannabis since Obama has been elected.
To say that this is stupid, is to disregard the millions we spend on minor drug offenders, some of whom are patients using cannabis medicinally. Furthermore, the debt ceiling issue was an issue created by the media and by the GOP, it should have been a non-issue. The fact we spent so much time debating something that happens every decade over more important issues shows how fucked up people’s priorities are in this country. Had we put a deadline on job growth, that would have been a productive topic to address (and one that is largely still being ignored by congress).
To say this is stupid, and we must solve “war and national debt” before tackling “petty state issues” is to say we must solve problems that have been plaguing our country for generations before we do anything productive. Did you know we spend more on AC in the middle east than we do on the entire budget for NASA? Or that we’ve been occupying territory there for longer than 20 years? Did you know our country runs on debt? Do you know how many wars conflicts (Wars have to be declared by Congress) we are in? Also, while the current economic issues are Obama’s to worry about, they aren’t directly his to directly deal with, it is a congressional issue and in no way absolves him of his ability to answer a question about medical marijuana in a town hall meeting.
Just because there are other issues does not give reason for our government to completely ignore cannabis. That, in my opinion, is stupid.
“If marijuana isn’t important enough to warrant even 30 seconds of meaningful discussion from the president, then it’s also not important enough to justify arresting millions of us for possessing it.”—TRUTH
“Obviously Kanye and Jay rap a lot about their money and the stuff they’ve bought with it on this album, and obviously the names they’re dropping are high-end and/or highfalutin’ enough to stand out to critics under deadline pressure. (I bet the Museum of Modern Art didn’t expect to have almost as much of a role on this record as Frank Ocean does.) But you’d almost have to purposefully ignore the rest of the lyrics, and most importantly the sound of the thing, to think that’s all there is to it, to characterize this album as a less forceful-sounding Rick Ross record. The music is foreboding and paranoid, minor-key prog samples, witch house synths, and soul legends chopped and pitch-shifted into demon shouts and banshee wails. The lyrics describe difficulties — from Jay-Z copping to depression, to Kanye’s R. Crumb-like dissections of his sexuality and misogyny, to overcoming the obstacles of a racist society to “make it in America” only to discover that the higher they go, the fewer people like them they find — that go a lot deeper than the usual litany of complaints about haters and biters. Both aspects of the record are embodied by those repetitions — that cycling, recurring, uncomfortable theme music; “watch the throne, watch the throne, watch the throne,” over and over again. If they were comfortable on the damn thing, they wouldn’t constantly be telling themselves and everyone else not to take their eyes off it for a second.”—
“Human beings in a mob. What’s a mob to a king? What’s a king to a God? What’s a God to a non-believer who don’t believe in anything? Will he make it out alive? No church in the wild.”—Frank Ocean (Watch the Throne)