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  • From the Pork Barrel: Leader of the Choom Gang

    * According to a soon-to-be-released book, teenaged Barry Obama spent his free time smoking pot amongst other activities. Just kidding. There were no other activities.

    * Hey, who's that white guy next to Obama? Must be William Ayers!

    * Here's an interesting new strategy: "Please, Please, Please Call Me a Racist™" Good luck with that.

    * Has the DNC actually discovered a rare electable Arizona Democrat?

    * Don't forget to download our Election Companion App for iPhone and iPad and follow along as we liveblog Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on this Sunday's This Week on ABC.


    Tags: Arizona, Democrats, Department of Defense, Drugs, Hawaii, Leon Panetta, Marijuana, Pork Barrel, Racism, Richard Carmona, Senate, William Ayers
  • Penn Jillette's "Marijuana Is Not a Joke" Rant Is Not a Joke

    Oh, what's this here? A video of Penn Jillette talking about Barack Obama's drug policies as President. This ought to be pretty funny…

    Oh, wow. That wasn't funny at all. Like, at all! Some of that stuff was actually the opposite of funny, assuming that the opposite of funny is really intense and kind of scary.

    Anyone know where I can get a little something to take the edge off?.

    Related: Barack Obama Being a Bummer on Medical Pot


    Tags: Barack Obama, Crime, Drugs, Marijuana, Penn Jillette
  • Barack Obama Being a Bummer on Medical Pot

    barack obamaIn a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Barack Obama was reminded of his 2008 campaign pledge to not "use Justice Department resources to try and circumvent state laws about medical marijuana."

    It's a promise broken, with federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries exceeding the number of enforcement actions under the Bush administration. Obama's crackdown on medical pot culminated in a raid on Oaksterdam University earlier this month, because apparently Oakland is free of other public safety threats. What's up with that, O-bummer?

    Here's what's up: What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana. I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana [dispensaries] — and the reason is, because it's against federal law. I can't nullify congressional law. I can't ask the Justice Department to say, "Ignore completely a federal law that's on the books." What I can say is, "Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage." As a consequence, there haven't been prosecutions of users of marijuana for medical purposes.

    That is some fine, high-grade OG-Kush-potency bullshit. Reason magazine points to a 2008 interview in which candidate Obama was explicitly asked whether he'd stop Drug Enforcement Agency raids on growers and responded by saying, "I would because I think our federal agents have better things to do, like catching criminals and preventing terrorism."

    As for Obama's powerlessness in the face of federal law, we're caught in a catch-22. On the one hand, marijuana use is banned. At the same time, it's impossible to understand the administration's position on executive authority without being a little high. President Obama, you see, can unilaterally decide which American citizens to assassinate using drone strikes without congressional authorization or judicial oversight, but he can't ask federal prosecutors to downgrade federal drug cases. It's a problematic position, especially since the classification of marijuana as a Schedule I substance is a determination made by executive agencies, not Congressional action.

    With so much evidence arrayed against current policy, many critics of the Obama position insist that campaign contributions from the alcohol and pharmaceutical industries prevent a saner policy toward drug use and medical marijuana in particular. If that's the case, anti-prohibitionists are going to need their own large donors in 2012. I'm looking at you, Big Funyun.

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    Related: Mitch McConnell Claims Weed Is Deadly (And the Obama Administration Agrees)

    Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images


    Tags: Barack Obama, Drugs, Health, Marijuana
  • Politicians on 4/20

    It's 4/20, and that can mean only one thing. Time for a roundup of politicians who aren't stoned — but who look the part.

    Rick Perry won't rest until he tells you who REALLY controls America, man.

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    Joe Biden

    4/20 doesn't make everyone pretend to be a bird. Just Joe Biden.

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    See the entire gallery here!

    Photos by Emmanuel Dunand – Staff/AFP/Getty Images and Jay L. Clendenin – Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Drugs, Herman Cain, Joe Biden, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul
  • Why Did Bill Nelson Buy Cocaine for Our Future Monkey Overlords? [VIDEO]

    Republican congressman Connie Mack is on the air with his first television ad in Florida's Senate race, attacking Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson for voting in favor of the 2009 stimulus bill. Specifically, Mack's concern is that while unemployment rate approached 10%, Nelson was giving all the good cocaine-snorting jobs to our simian brethren…

    "He voted for millions in wasteful spending. Including…." a woman intones as $144,541 starts flashing on screen, "spending our tax dollars to see how monkeys react under the influence of cocaine."

    Monkeys hoot as the camera shows pictures of various primates. "Hey Bill Nelson," she says, "stop monkeying around with our tax dollars."

    So is this all part of a policy of appeasement we hear so much about, with Democratic lawmakers kowtowing to our future monkey masters by paying tribute in stimulus coke in exchange for leniency after the ape uprising? Alas, no. The money in question was a grant to The Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, funding a study to understand and treat drug addiction and relapse.

    At least we found an instance where some conservatives will oppose the war on drugs. Nothing can be allowed to interfere with the war on science.


    Tags: Advertising, Bill Nelson, Connie Mack, Drugs, Florida, Science & Technology, Senate