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Obama's smoke screen

All talk, no action on marijuana reform
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  February 13, 2014

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Obama said he thinks marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol. Isn’t that awesome?

_Proud Obama Supporter

I wish I had a dollar for every person I know who gets super excited about something President Obama says. He’s like the boyfriend or girlfriend you really want to be the one, who says all the right things, makes you feel all warm and secure and confident. And then, out of nowhere, he does something that there is no way in hell you would’ve tolerated from your ex. You know, like kill a 16-year-old American overseas without due process. (Google “Abdulrahman al-Awlaki” for that story.)

But that isn’t the issue here. In a New Yorker article published in January, Obama told David Remnick:

“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol . . . in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.”

Obama said this, most likely as he chewed on Nicorette gum (as he’d been described doing earlier in the article).

He continued: “Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do. And African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties.”

I love how attached the Democrats are to the term “middle class.” It’s almost like, if they keep saying it, it’ll reappear. But, again, I digress. If there is a single thing marijuana laws do, it’s unite the underclass of the poor and the sick.

Once more from The New Yorker: “ ‘We should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing.’ Accordingly, Obama said of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington that ‘it’s important for it to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.’ ”

Indeed. You feel that warm and fuzzy? He’s changing our country!

Tell that to Jerry Duval, and his son Jeremy. Jerry is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence at the Federal Medical Center in Devens, MA — the same medical facility where the Boston Marathon bomber was held. His son Jeremy is serving five years.

The Duvals were following Michigan’s medical marijuana law. Local law enforcement had inspected their medical marijuana garden multiple times and agreed they were in compliance with state law. In 2011 federal agents arrested them for “manufacturing with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, and maintaining a drug premises.” Then, the Obama Administration’s Justice Department began the process of seizing the family’s home and farmland.

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