Breaking The Glass Bong Ceiling: Part II
I can finally take a deep breath, it’s Friday! If you live in Colorado or Washington State then you can breathe a sigh of relief and smoke that bong without worrying about the Fed’s breaking down your door. According to Reuters‘ in and interview with ABC News President Obama said, “It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that under state law that’s legal’.
Well said Mr. President! Now lets hope you actually follow through on this initiative unlike when you first came to office and said Federal drug agents won’t pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana because they did. Just this past April the Fed’s continued their raids and according to Lucia Graves from the Huffington Post, “When federal agents raided Oaksterdam University, Richard Lee’s downtown Oakland, Calif.-based trade school, earlier this month, it wasn’t simply a crackdown on a local pot business, it was one of the highest-profile moves in the Obama administration’s nationwide assault on medical marijuana“.
When Obama can go from saying in 2008 “I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue,” to being considered the worst president by far when it came to medical marijuana.
The following excerpt is from Tom Dickinson’s article in Rolling Stone Magazine titled, Obama’s War on Pot: “With more than 100 raids on pot dispensaries during his first three years, Obama is now on pace to exceed Bush’s record for medical-marijuana busts. “There’s no question that Obama’s the worst president on medical marijuana,” says Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “He’s gone from first to worst.”
With the recent election solidifying Obama’s second term maybe he will make good on the promise to lay off the states that have legalized medicinal and recreational pot use. With the citizens of Washington State and Colorado voting for recreational pot use and 17 states with medicinal marijuana it is time for the government to think about ending the marijuana prohibition and recognize that it is less harmful than the legal drugs they tax, alcohol and tobacco.
If more states vote to legalize and tax marijuana it will become impossible for the government not to recognize this is what their citizens want, a safer alternative to booze and cigarettes. We are heading down the road to legalization but in order to get there we need more states to get on board.
If you live in Washington and Colorado take a few rips for the rest of the country because after all it’s Friday!
– William L Huffman