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President Obama: What’s So Funny ’bout Taxing And Regulating Marijuana?
Posted By dpacheco On March 29, 2009 @ 11:14 am In Politics & Social Justice | No Comments
Chelsea Green author Paul Armentano tackles Obama’s cynical rebuff of the question of legalized pot in this article for the  Huffington Post:
Speaking live at an  online Town Hall Meeting Thursday morning, President Barack Obama pledged “to open up the White House to the American people.”
Well, to some of the American people, that is.
As for those tens of millions of you who believe that cannabis should be legally regulated like alcohol — and the tens of thousands of you who voted to make this subject the most popular question in today’s online Presidential Town Hall — well, your voice doesn’t really matter.
Asked this morning whether he “would … support the bill currently going through the California legislation to legalize and tax marijuana, boosting the economy and reducing drug cartel related violence,” the President  responded with derision.
“There was one question that was voted on that ranked fairly high and that was whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy and job creation, and I don’t know what this says about the online audience,” he laughed.
“The answer is no, I don’t think that [is] a good strategy.”
Obama’s cynical rebuff was short-sighted and disrespectful to a large percentage of his supporters. After all, was it not this very same “online audience” that donated heavily to Obama’s Presidential campaign and ultimately carried him to the White House?
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URL to article: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/president-obama-whats-so-funny-bout-taxing-and-regulating-marijuana/
URLs in this post:
 Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-armentano/president-obama-what-is-s_b_179686.html
 online Town Hall Meeting: http://www.whitehouse.gov/openforquestions/
 responded with derision: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtBl0KNKha4
 Read the whole article here.: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-armentano/president-obama-what-is-s_b_179686.html
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