Categorized | National

Obama Punts Marijuana Classification to Congress

 

 

“Schedule I Narcotic Is A Job for Congress”

(VIDEO)

 

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

President Barack Obama says in a new interview that that it’s up to Congress to remove marijuana from the federal government’s list of the most serious narcotics, implying but not explicitly saying that he might support such a move.

In an interview that aired Friday on CNN, Obama was pressed on recent remarks he made to the New Yorker that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol, and on whether he would push to remove pot from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of so-called “Schedule I” narcotics.

“First of all, what is and isn’t a Schedule I narcotic is a job for Congress,” Obama said.

“I stand by my belief, based, I think, on the scientific evidence, that marijuana, for casual users, individual users, is subject to abuse, just like alcohol is and should be treated as a public health problem and challenge,” Obama added.

“But as I said in the interview, my concern is when you end up having very heavy criminal penalties for individual users that have been applied unevenly, and in some cases, with a racial disparity.”

The DEA is required to make determinations, Obama said, but based on laws passed by Congress.  A spokesman for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy tweeted Wednesday that the attorney general can reclassify marijuana after a scientific review, but that it was “not likely given current science.”

But Obama wouldn’t specifically back congressional action to remove the schedule I classification for marijuana in the interview.

The drug is already treated differently than other drugs in the schedule I category.  It is decriminalized for medical purposes in almost two-dozen states, and Colorado and Washington state recently became the first to allow it for recreational use.  The Obama administration has cautiously allowed those two states to move forward in implementing their new recreational pot markets, while warning that it will react swiftly if the drug finds its way across state lines or into the hands of minors.

“We’re going to see what happens in the experiments in Colorado and Washington,” Obama said.  The DEA takes an opposing view.

“The Department of Justice, you know, under Eric Holder, has said that we are going to continue to enforce federal laws.  But in those states, we recognize that we don’t have… the resources to police whether somebody is smoking a joint on a corner.  And we are trying to provide them structures to make sure that, you know, big time drug traffickers, the spillover effect of the violence, potentially, of a drug trade are not creeping out of this experiment.”

Obama has admitted to his own drug use as a student in his memoir, Dreams From My Father, writing of using marijuana and “maybe a little blow.”

“But I do offer a cautionary note,” Obama said.

“…Those who think legalization is a panacea, I think they have to ask themselves some tough questions, too, because if we start having a situation where big corporations with a lot of resources and distribution and marketing arms are suddenly going out there peddling marijuana, then the levels of abuse that may take place are going to be higher.”

* * * * * * * *

 

(Via Google News/YouTube/Family Guy)

Please feel free to share this post with others and follow us on Twitter and Facebook

3 Responses to “Obama Punts Marijuana Classification to Congress”

  1. Joe Blow says:

    Does Marijuana contribute to “Violent Crimes” or “Serious Injury” or “Death”? NO

    I guess everyone forgot about all those home invasions and dead bodies buried all over these hills?

    • skippy says:

      Outstanding points to consider, Joe. Thanks for the reminder of the associated problems that marijuana growing brings. It’s true: Big money– and greed– brings far bigger problems that we’ve seen too often around here.

    • Rigger Tony says:

      The home invasions and bodies buried in the hills are a product of prohibition, not marijuana. When everyone can grow it, it won’t be worth killing each other over.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks


Leave a Reply

HumSentinel on Twitter

RSS Progressive Review

  • Why labor unions are necessary
    From 50 years of our overstocked archives Sam Smith, 2011 - If you came of age in the past ten years and don't belong to a union or come from a family of union members, chances are most of what you've heard about these labor organizations has been, on balance, negative. Which helps to explain why as late as a decade ago, two thirds of Americans app […]
  • Furthermore. . .
    The United Nations has said almost 24% of Gaza's population have fled their homes....UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told a UN Security Council hearing the total number of displaced people in Gaza now stands at 440,000. That includes 240,000 people who have sought refuge in UN shelters.1451 Palestinians, 59 Israelis DeadCoreLogic, a California compan […]
  • California's drought worsens
    Richard Brenneman - While all of the state remains in a condition of Severe Drought, the latest United States Drought Monitor map reveals a dramatic increase of in the region ranked in the most severe Exceptional Drought category, which now covers 58.4 percent of the Golden State, compared to last week’s 36.5 percent. The critically impacted region now inclu […]
  • Another corporate myth dismantled
    USA Today -  Bosses who yell, threaten and micromanage their way to the top, often at the expense of miserable underlings are all too common in today's workplaces.But the Tony Sopranos and Darth Vaders of popular culture are not the most effective CEOs in the real world, according to a new study from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State Un […]
  • Americans still overwhelmingly negative on a lower drinking age
    Alternet - A newly released Gallup study confirms that Americans on the whole are still very much a conservative bunch when it comes to alcohol. The majority still reject a federal law that would lower the minimum drinking age to 18.  A whopping 74 percent of the 1,013 adults aged 18 or older who were surveyed said they would oppose such legislation, which i […]
  • Corporate money causing civil rights group to go off course on net neutrality
    Huffington Post - The NAACP and several other major civil rights groups have emerged as flashpoints in the debate over net neutrality, the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.More than 40 civil rights groups are supporting broadband providers that oppose strict net neutrality rules. The civil rights groups say they're siding with th […]
  • The People's Party on campaign financing
    How Americans are distanced from both their major parties A majority of likely voters among Democrats (75%), Independents (64%) and Republicans (54%) see the wave of spending by Super PACs this election cycle as “wrong and leads to our elected officials representing the views of wealthy donors.”MORE […]
  • Meanwhile. . .
    The difference between Orwell and HuxleyStudents protesting against North Face Another bomb in DC's school test mania […]
  • How sanctions will really affect Russian oil
    Richard Heinberg, Ecowatch - The New York Times reports that “The United States and Europe kicked off a joint effort on Tuesday intended to curb Russia’s long-term ability to develop new oil resources.” The new sanctions would deny Russia access to western technology needed to access polar oil and deepwater oil, as well as tight oil produced by hydrofracturi […]
  • Action links
    NEWS   Action news   How to plan your own Moral Monday Building peace teams ACTIONS Detroit Water Brigade Moral Mondays Tar Sands protests Occupy ACLU Bad Ass Teachers BOYCOTTS Hobby Lobby IsraelAcademic/Cultural Koch Brothers Nestle Staples Walmart Monsanto Essays Where change really comes from Running out of change The Clinton-Obama-Alinsky myth   Activism […]
  • Pocket paradigms
    If global dumbing is not halted, we may wake up one morning and find that no one in this country knows how to make anything anymore. We may discover our dearest friends and relatives in a catatonic state before the TV and the device won't even be on. When we call for help we may find that 911 has become an endless loop voice mail system from which one c […]
  • Word
    The censorial power is in the people over the government and not in the government over the people -- James Madison […]
  • Bass players
    From 50 years of our overstocked archivesSam Smith, 2003 - Your editor has long held the view - although quietly for fear of being mugged - that one of the earliest signs of America's cultural collapse was the introduction of the disco drum machine. I was, to be sure, a drummer at the time, so the opinion may have been a bit premature and biased. Noneth […]
  • Young news
    Young news Colleges & universities Millenials down on marriage Generation gap Student loans & debt ESSAYS An apology to younger Americans Skull & Bones […]
  • Obamaadmin claims right to force Muslims to become snitches
    Firedog Lake - The United States Justice Department has moved to dismiss a lawsuit in which American Muslims allege that that twenty-five law enforcement officials, particularly FBI agents, had them placed on the No Fly List after they refused to become government informants in their community.In April, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Creative Law E […]