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When It Comes to Pot Prohibition, Obama’s Rhetoric Confuses

Written by John Odermatt on January 24, 2014

In David Remnick’s recent New Yorker interview with President Obama he quoted the President as saying:

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.

Is this the same guy that had his federal cronies’ raid legal medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington and California? This statement seems to imply that he has changed his attitude. Last time I checked alcohol and cigarettes are legal throughout the land.

President Obama’s rhetoric appears to aim at loosening the noose placed around the neck of those serving time for non-violent drug “crimes”. Maybe the President has miraculously decided to use the remaining two years of his presidency to right the wrongs of his predecessors and allow individuals to choose if they would like to ingest cannabis. Perhaps a light bulb has gone off and President Obama now realizes the inhuman behavior of the State which infringes upon the liberty of individuals and locks them in a cage due to possession of a plant.

There is no doubt that it is a positive for liberty that the President of the United State would make such a statement regarding a federally prohibited substance. The President must have left his guard down for a moment allowing his long subdued common sense to make an appearance. As the interview continued Obama tried hard to reel-in his strong pro pot declaration.

Remnick followed up the President’s comments by asking point-blank if marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol. To put it mildly, President Obama’s answer was not a ringing endorsement for liberating cannabis on a federal level.

The President began with a self-aggrandizing claim that he told his daughters smoking weed is a “waste of time, not very healthy.”

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10 thoughts on “When It Comes to Pot Prohibition, Obama’s Rhetoric Confuses

  1. The only drug law necessary is lex talionis and related laws:

    "…Deuteronomy 22:8, which requires railings around rooftops, is not so much about rooftops as it is criminal negligence. This statute [is case law and as such] applies to all hazards a person might incur as the result of another person’s negligence…. For example, if demonstrable negligence is established against a tire company for accidents caused by tread separation, the people or company responsible should be held liable according to lex talionis and compelled to pay lost wages and hospital bills to the injured or disabled victims….

    "In similar fashion, lex talionis should be applied to those who abuse alcohol and drugs and thereby injure or kill others….

    "Because Yahweh’s law does not altogether prohibit alcohol or drugs, the answer is not to make them illegal as the Eighteenth Amendment (and church edict) did. Just as Amendment 18 was inept at controlling alcoholic consumption, so are current drug regulations. Responsible use should be promoted by punishing only those who cause harm to another person or his property. For example, instead of attempting to curb drunk driving by prohibiting excessive alcohol consumption, any drunk driver convicted of causing or contributing to the death of an innocent person should be put to death or forced to pay whatever the next of kin requires as ransom for his life. If the injured or disabled party does not die, the convicted felon (instead of an insurance company) should be compelled to pay for medical expenses and financial compensation for lost wages during convalescence….

    "…the punishment should correspond to the death, injury, or damage to the victim and their property. Today’s ineffective drug and alcohol laws have, in many instances, made criminals out of people who have hurt no one but themselves. This has forced innocent taxpayers to pay for the housing, feeding, and entertaining of people who should never have been imprisoned. Yahweh’s law makes people personally responsible for their actions, and His judgments substantially reduce both premeditated crime and careless disregard for the lives and property of others…."

    For more, see online Chapter 27 "Amendment 18: Prohibition: Repealed for Good Reason" of "Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective." Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Online Books page, click on the top entry, and scroll down to Chapter 27.

  2. Jerri Lynn Ward says:

    Yep. But the "conservatives" who fight against decriminalization don't trust God's Word. They only trust the "arm of flesh."

  3. Harold Patin says:

    While I do not look to the Bible for drug enforcement, I do look to science, experience & common sense. If one really researches the effects of the US alcohol Prohibition, you may be surprised.
    Alcohol addiction, hospitalizations & deaths went down. The law prohibited the manufacture & sale of alcohol. Many did continue by using "medical" alcohol. Sounds familiar? Prohibition ended due to popular support for it to be legal. Many states and counties kept local prohibition. So, we crossed the bridge, bought a bottle, and went home to drink. The same forces look likely to push pot legalization in ever increasing areas. Remember, most every drug in the world came from a plant: leaves, flowers , roots, or seeds.
    Most others were extracted, derived or chemically copied from nature's chemicals.

  4. Harold Patin says:

    Pot has virtually been decriminalized years ago. Prisoners serving time for pot are high level dealers or traffickers of large amounts. I trust God's word but too many people have varied interpretations. I pray to God every day and HE has not mentioned that HE is in favor of drugs.

  5. Harold,
    Thank you for reading. Your information on pot being decriminalized is inaccurate. Sure, in many parts of the US this is true, but not everywhere. I personally know young people that have been locked up for more than 2 years for selling very small amounts to undercover cops. Pot prohibition is still a real threat to liberty.

  6. Genesis 1.29 And Elohim said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

    Exodus 21.33 And if a man shall open a pit, or if a man shall dig a pit, and not cover it, and an ox or an ass fall therein;
    34 The owner of the pit shall make it good, and give money unto the owner of them; and the dead beast shall be his.

    Psalms 89.14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

    Just because the natural poisons in plants can be beneficial to you in it's whole form does not mean when man injects his 2 cents nor his other wisdoms like making it effect other than designed or consume that poison as a sole source of food the truth becomes evident and the price paid. We can be stupid drinking 5-10 gallons of water in a day and then so die as a result – WHAT"S the bottom line – God or gods whom we serve – it's a question if you TRUTH and OBEY the living Jesus of Scripture in his ways or just give lip service do you trust in him his STANDARDS or man – WHOM do you fear the eyes of men or the hand of God? If we had Love & equity therefore would be natural, if we had measured against a pure standard – then Yahweh shows ALL of us how to JUDGE rightly on EVERYTHING in life – and for those troublesome issues – he has a solution for them as well = he speaks to THOSE that know His Law, Statutes, Judgments.

  7. Selling is not possessing small amounts. My basic reference is to federal law. Nobody is in Federal Prison for smoking a joint, nor for possessing a little bit. When I retired from the DEA, we only went after tons.
    Alcohol is still prohibited in some areas of the USA. Some few places in the USA May still be extra tough on pot. Go to a wet county or to Colorado where it is legal. Marijuana is a dangerous drug and in many ways more dangerous than alcohol. Trout or steak, or lobster goes better with the right wine. Pot just makes you want to eat Twinkies. 🙂

  8. We already have many traffic deaths each year due to alcohol abuse. Now these turkeys want to turn pothead drivers loose on our highways ? Gimme a break ! Some unscrupulous people are out to make a few dollars off legalized pot. They will bear the ultimate responsibility for the deaths of innocent people caused by drivers high on pot. They may get away with it in this life, but God will hold them responsible on Judgement Day.

  9. If every drunk driver was instead a pothead, we'd have a lot fewer deaths. Yes, you get impaired on marijuana, but the degree of driving impairment goes up much more rapidly with alcohol than with marijuana. This has been verified several times, at least once by government study.

  10. Well as usual those in control (TPTB) have most of you are arguing back and forth about the wrong issue.

    The issue should not be about whether someone should be prevented from smoking pot, snortin' coke, driving drunk, etc., etc., or not.
       
    The issue should be who was damaged and/or injured — or not.    If no one's injured by someone who had been participating in the ingestion of drugs, drunk driving, etc., there's no crime, thus no punishment.

    If damaged, restitution with add, e.g.,  Numbers 5: 5-7.  

    If death caused, public participated execution after trial by The Almighty's rules of procedure and evidence, not ours.   

    The general principle is to rid the land of the evil: "Then all Israel shall hear and be afraid, and will never again do such a wicked thing among you." Deuteronomy 13: 11. and 17: 7 "So shall you purge the evil from your midst."    

    Stoned and/or Drunk or sober, God's Law demands strict liability for one's actions.    That will most certainly curtail the problem to near elimination.  People that do the drugs, etc., and injure no one, thus showing responsibility, ARE NO PROBLEM to society.

    Drug laws, drunk driving laws, etc., are made for supporting the Law Enforcement Growth Industry, as well as eliminating competition for big pharma.

    Don't you get it ??

    Make it illegal (Malim Prohibitum), lower the alcohol limit, increase the penalties for repeat offenders, mandatory (and higher) insurance, the more revenue to be gained, the more judges and staff needed, courts and jails to be built and maintained, more police and jailers to be hired, more laws to legislate, more courts, more lawyers, more judges, etc., etc., etc.  

    And ALL OF YOU get to pay for it ALL, including the 80-90.00/day it costs to house the prisoners (about 40-50.00/day for parole/probation).  Who's really the ones being punished ??

    The only solution for this nation is to turn back to Him, His Laws, Statutes and Judgments, His Kingdom/Will on earth. 

    He offers a MUCH better deal than what you now have:

    “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, And I will give you rest. Take My yoke (i.e., His Law 1 John 5: 2 & 3, as well as His tithe [tax] sytem) upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and ‘YOU SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.’ (Jer. 6: 16). My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” Matthew 11: 28 – 30.