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Pot Prohibition: Initiative Could Make or Break Obama in Colorado

from Cannabis News

Posted by CN Staff on June 02, 2012 at 10:42:10 PT
By Samuel P. Jacobs 
Source: Reuters

Denver — Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama hasn’t exactly been a friend to marijuana users. Sure, he has acknowledged smoking pot as a young man, but he has disappointed marijuana advocates by opposing its legalization, regulation and taxation like alcohol.

And the Justice Department’s occasional crackdown under his administration on medical marijuana dispensaries, which 17 states and the District of Columbia allow, has angered others.

So now, with Obama facing a stiff challenge from Republican Mitt Romney in the November 6 election, it’s ironic that his chances of winning the key state of Colorado could hinge on marijuana legalization, supported by a growing number of Americans.

At issue is whether Obama will get a boost from young voters expected to be among the most enthusiastic backers of a Colorado ballot initiative that would legalize possession of up to an ounce of pot for recreational use – and give the state the most liberal marijuana law in the nation.

The initiative is a reflection of Colorado’s unique blend of laid-back liberalism and anti-regulation conservatism that helped make the state the birthplace of the Libertarian Party.

It’s a state where people of different political stripes see marijuana laws as an example of government needlessly sticking its nose where it doesn’t belong.

It’s also a proving ground for advocates who see legalization as a way to ease crowding in prisons, generate much-needed tax revenues, create jobs and weaken Mexican cartels that thrive on Americans’ appetite for illegal drugs. . . . Read Complete Report

Evaluation Pot Prohibition: The Marijuana Explosion ( w/ full video)

Photo: U.S. Government Medical Marijuana crop. University of Mississippi. SOURCE Public Domain.

from High Times

The Marijuana Explosion

by Jon Gettman

Tue, May 15, 2012 1:45 pm

Marijuana is as popular in the US as it’s ever been. A look back over the last 25 years places the War on Pot in perspective: It really hasn’t changed a thing. Marijuana is still widely used, and efforts to enforce its prohibition are a wasteful, ineffective drain on the public treasury.

There are many ways to prove this assertion.  . . . Read Complete Report

from youtube

THE WAR ON DRUGS HAS FAILED. Marijuana (know both sides)