“States Should Make Their Own Decisions”: Obama

Last Thursday, members of Congress submitted HB 2306, a bill that would end Federal prohibition of marijuana completely and allow each state to decide whether they wanted to ban it, regulate it, or simply legalize it.

There’s been quite a lot of discussion since then about how it would work, whether it would work, it’s never going to work, etc. But few people have been talking about the states’ rights issue, and the fact that many similar and important decisions are left to the states, such as how to regulate alcohol consumption, driving laws, gun laws, and so on.

So it’s heartening to learn the following:

President Obama supports access to medical marijuana for patients in need of it, and believes that states like California and Colorado making medical marijuana legal is an example of the process working “just as it should,” an administration spokesman said today.

“The President has long believed that medical marijuana patients deserve the same rights and legal protections as any other sick people,” White House spokesman Shin Inouye said. “That’s why he has called for repeal of the so-called ‘Schedule I’ status of cannabis and determined that his Administration would no longer defend the War On Drugs in the courts.

“The states should determine for themselves how best to uphold the rights of their own citizens,” he said.

Oh, wait. No, he was actually talking about gay marriage. But why shouldn’t that last sentence still hold true, President Obama?



Old Hippie is a father of two boys and thankfully living in California where all this kind of thing is legal. He started smoking marijuana in 1967 in high school, experimented with mind-expanding drugs of all kinds, and then straightened out 15 or so years later to become an airplane pilot. After being diagnosed with depression in 2000, he lost his job and most of the following decade to prescription medications (such as antidepressants) which sapped his energy and will. Finally, a chance conversation with a friend led to a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana (MMJ). This changed his entire life, health, and outlook for the better. BeyondChronic.com is his continuing story. It’s also his way to provide experienced advice on using medical marijuana effectively and responsibly, as well as advocacy, activism, and support for others. Old Hippie teaches about safe use of cannabis edibles, Canna Caps, vaporizers, dosing, and even microdosing.


Got my hopes up until I clicked the link!
I’m still reeling over last week. This Lamarr Smith guy who stymied HB 2306 simply by stamping his foot and saying it wouldn’t even be considered?
I guess Democracy is now a dirty word on Capitol Hill. (Maybe I should have spelled that CapitAl Hill.)
But really, this bureaucratic nobody coming out of nowhere deciding what gets considered and what doesn’t, doesn’t bode well for any of our civil liberties.

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