President Obama has brought neither change nor hope when it comes to federal marijuana prohibition and its constitutional ramifications.
But you’d think the Evolver in Chief would have second thoughts after his own former favorite for US Surgeon General, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, recently changed his mind on the issue.
Following the CNN documentary “Weed,” hosted by Gupta, in which he presents a case to lift marijuana from the Schedule 1 federal classification, White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest stuck to the script.
“The administration’s position on this has been clear and consistent for some time now. While the prosecution of drug traffickers remains an important priority, the president and the administration believe that the targeting of individual marijuana users, especially those with serious illnesses and their caregivers, is not the best allocation of federal law enforcement resources.”
Where is the hope in continuing policies that have doubled marijuana-related incarceration, contributing to the largest imprisoned population in the world? There’s certainly no hope for the young African-American male, who is arrested 3-4 more times more on average than his white counterparts. In Obama’s own home state of Illinois, 58 percent of those arrested for possession are African-Americans, who make up just 15 percent of the population.
Judging by Obama’s record on marijuana prosecutions, his definition of “drug traffickers” is about as clear as his definition of “terrorist” or “transparency.” Federal agents have stepped up aggressive enforcement, targeting medical marijuana dispensaries in several states. But statistics are proving that no matter how much they increase enforcement, the federal government is failing in its effort to stop the state nullification efforts against their national prohibition scheme.Details