Obama's Marijuana Moments: Top 5 Stances, Statements And Subterfuges
The Left Coast is rejoicing today after President Obama announced that same-sex couples should be able to marry. And it wasn't lost on us that he made the statement on the eve of a fundraising trip to George Clooney's house tonight in the hills above Studio City.
Would you pass the dutchie on the left hand side to this guy?
Maybe the timing was intended to help your forget that other issue you care deeply about -- the freedom to get medicinal. Obama has a history on the subject that's rockier than storm surf at Zuma Beach.
We take you through Obama's Top 5 moments in marijuana.
5. Obama backs medical marijuana prosecution: Last month Obama made a huge flippy floppy when he said that he had to stand by as his U.S. Department of Justice prosecuted and raided weed businesses in medical-legal states like California. He said:
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.'
Turns out he can: By single-handed, executive order the president can downgrade marijuana from a wholly illegal, Schedule I drug to one with medical legitimacy (Schedule II or III).