Obama on the Weed

The Beverley Hills Cannabis Club clipped this part of Jimmy Kimmel calling out the president at the Whitehouse Correspondents Dinner on his Marijuana crack downs:

But seriously…whats the deal?…

Obama’s Hypocritical War on Marijuana:

A forthcoming biography on President Obama is making headlines, with new details about the president smoking marijuana with his teenage friends in Hawaii…

While Obama’s term began with great promise for drug policy reformers, in the past two years it has been difficult to distin­guish Obama’s drug policies from those of his White House predecessors. Although President Obama has acknowledged that legalization is “an entirely legitimate topic for debate” — the first time a sitting president has made such a statement — his administra­tion has made a string of increasingly disappointing moves over the last year. Half of all U.S. drug arrests are for marijuana — more than 850,000 Americans were arrested for marijuana in 2010 alone, 88 percent for mere possession…

Roughly twice as many people are arrested for marijuana possession now as were arrested in the early 1980s, even though the number of people consuming marijuana is no greater now than then. If police had been as keen on making marijuana arrests back then, it’s quite possible that a young man named Barry Obama would have landed up with a criminal record — and even more likely that he would not have his current job.

David Weigel also notes:

Nick Gillespie asks the obvious libertarian question: Wait, hang on, this is the guy currently fighting the War on Drugs in full? Yes, but it’s worse than that. Maraniss includes this factoid about the late 1970s in the state with the postal code HI.

“The war on drugs had not yet started in earnest, and the Hawaii National Guard’s Operation Destroy in 1977, when troops went after marijuana crops in the island hills, barely made a dent in the supply.”

The young Barack Obama lived through a massive anti-drug police operation. It didn’t work, at all. You’d think he’d have noticed.

Penn Jillette and Michael Goudeau talk about President Barack Obama’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon and his previous drug use.

The panel on Red Eye (broadcasting from Sean Hannitys fancy set) notes Obama’s devolution on Marijuana after his “evolution” on same sex marriage (for it, against it, now for it again – why can’t he do the same with marijuana?) while also observing that it makes him eminently more cool to dumb people:

Except for Levy, the panel seemed to agree that the stories of the President having fun were “one more thing that makes him look cool,” as Tom Shillue put it (Levy disagreed because he allegedly took more hits than were allotted him). After a requisite Tim Tebow “interception” joke from Bill Schulz, panelist (!) Greg Gutfeld hopped in to make a serious point: that the story proved “the background of our world leaders are inching closer to our own.” He also made the point that the President was “a socialist who should be impeached,” but only because the show was being broadcast in the Hannity studio.

“Obama has apparently evolved on gay marriage but devolved when it comes to all things marijuana,” Schulz argued, and while he did see Levy’s logic in the President’s predilection for taking other people’s marijuana in an untimely way, “I would take a guy who bogarts a joint over one physically assaulting a gay kid any day of the week.” Panelist Nikki Glaser thought the story was great though, and confessed she had reason to identify with the President’s past.

“Isn’t it the hypocrisy here?” Levy asked, to which Shillue replied, “yeah, he should lay off that!” without any particular further comment. Gutfeld recalled the argument Penn Jillette made earlier this week, that the President would never have been able to rise to the presidency had the laws he currently enforces been used against him.