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Expect Even More Medical Marijuana Raids Now That Obama is About to be Outed as a Past Big-Time Pot Smoker.


The ink-and-eyeball-grabbing revelation from David Maraniss's forthcoming bio of President Barack Obama is that the embattled incumbent was a big-time pot smoker back in the day:

Maraniss notes that Obama spent a lot of time at the Punahou School in Hawaii with a "self-selected group of boys who loved basketball and good times and called themselves the Choom Gang. Choom is a verb, meaning "to smoke marijuana."

"As a member of the Choom Gang," Maraniss writes, "Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends."

One of those was: "Total Absorption" or "TA".

"TA was the opposite of Bill Clinton's claim that as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford he smoked dope but never inhaled," explains Maraniss. If you exhaled prematurely when you were with the Choom Gang, "you were assessed a penalty and your turn was skipped the next time the joint came around."…

Of course, Obama has copped to his pot and drug use in his own best-selling memoir, but I'm sure that he's freaking out that this sort of revelation is going to bite him on the ass during what's shaping up to be a tough re-election cycle. That Colorado and Washington state have popular pot legalization initiatives on the ballot has got to be worrisome to a drug war commander-in-chief who has fully reneged on campaign promises to rethink prohibition and in-office pledges to end raids on dispensaries that are legal under state law. That's a move that has "disappointed" his own party—and made the rest of us rightly angry and ranty.

And if his copious pot smoking isn't bad enough on its own, there's the detail that Obama made a habit of bogarting his friends' pot:

Maraniss also says Obama was known for his "Interceptions": "When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted 'Intercepted!,' and took an extra hit."

So if he's not pissing off conservatives for having smoked pot, he'll be annoying stoners who know a glad-hander when they see one. More in that vein.

If recent accounts of increasing raids on legal-under-state-law medical marijuana dispensaries are any indication, expect the Obama administration's Justice Department, headed by also-embattled Attorney General Eric Holder, to start cracking more heads and display counters out in the Golden State. On Thursday, Holder defended Obama's record-breaking raids thus:

Nevertheless, those involved in large-scale marijuana growing and distribution have "come up with ways in which they are taking advantage of these state laws and going beyond that which the states have authorized," Holder said in response to questions from Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. "Those are the only cases that we have been going after."

In an article oddly headlined "Feds in LA target more illegal pot stores," the Sacramento Bee explains that "nearly three dozen warning letters were…sent to pot dispensaries" telling them to close up shop or face legal actions. (The headline is odd given that the legal status of the stores is precisely what's at issue.)

That's classic political hypocrisy: When your going gets tough, make life hell for the very people you said you were going to stick up for.

Last fall, ReasonTV told the story of law-abiding California dispensary operators vs. the feds.

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  1. The ink-and-eyeball-grabbing revelation from David Maraniss’s forthcoming bio of President Barack Obama is that the embattled incumbent was a big-time pot smoker back in the day

    Shhhhh. If you say ‘revelation’ too loud you’ll summon Tulpa. He’ll appear in a puff of black smoke and verbally disembowel you for using wrong words.

    1. It has been several hours since Jesse’s post. How long is Tulpa’s refractory period?

    2. Much like Sugarfree’s kidneys can’t process insulin, Tulpa’s brain can’t process the connoted meaning of words. If you take careful notice, that is the running trend in all of his misstatements.

      Visit the psychology department of your university, Tulpa. They’ll certainly be fascinated by this phenomenon of yours. No reason to hide it; it makes you special.

      1. Sugarfree’s kidneys can’t process insulin

        You don’t say.

        But yes, I agree: Fuck Tulpa.

  2. There should be a Choom Gang in every high school in the nation.

    1. Yeah, as much as I can’t stand Obama as a President, I am more than a bit jealous of his adolescence. I thinking that a life spent with your rich grandparents in Hawaii going to an elite high school riding around the beaches and basketball courts stoned out of my mind would have been pretty damned fun.

      1. Well, the “interception” thing makes him sound like he started being a tool nice and early. You intercept my turn and you’re going to get taught a lesson.

        1. I am sure he was a tool. But nonetheless, he seemed to be fortunate in his friends.

          1. No he wasn’t. If one of them had punched Barry in the face after he intercepted his joint, Barry might have thought twice about being an asshole, and then maybe he would have turned his life around and done something worthwhile with it.

            1. That’s really what disturbs me the most about this story. Nobody would try to pull that off. Who does that kind of shit? Maybe the random, one-off kid that wasn’t part of the crew would ask for a hit. But a regular that was constantly doing that? You’d be out for that kind of shit. Fuck, even the kid that promised to bring the bag next time was better than breaking the cipher to leech an extra couple of hits.

              What a dick.

            2. The idea that a single punch in the face might have changed world history is something that would keep a stoner philosophizing for hours at 4:20am. It certainly would give the “solar system as atom” topic some serious competition in the smoke-filled fantasies of said stoners.

              Even without the benefit of chemical enhancement, the idea is fascinating, I must admit.

        2. That would not have gone well with my crowd.

  3. I put the buzzfeed Rules for Smoking Pot With Obama article up on my facebook page. Oddly, my liberal friends who are nearly always up for a good drug joke or making fun of a politician greeted it with complete silence. I guess it is because they respect the office of the Presidency so much.

  4. Are they proud or embarrassed that a man elected to a State Senate, U.S. Senate, and the Presidency is just now being vetted?

    I don’t care how much dope he smoked, other than the hypocrisy factor. But a normal politician would have disposed of this nonsense a decade ago.

  5. Shit, even his high school pot smoking style makes him sound like a fucking douche. Intercepting a joint would be a good way to be excluded from future sessions, the cipher-breaking prick that he is.

    1. No shit. I wonder if the book mentions who actually provided all the pot they were smoking?

      1. Or if they ever sold any of it to anyone. It is not like pot smokers will ever sell a little on the side as a favor to a friend or to make some extra cash now and then.

      2. Yes.

        Apparently the dealer, who got a shout out in Obama’s yearbook, was killed by his gay lover years ago.

        1. I remember that part. I should have been more clear, who paid for the pot?

          1. They were a bunch of rich kids going to an elite private school. And pot wasn’t that expensive back then. I am sure paying for it was no problem.

            1. See my post below.

            2. Never been to Hawaii, but it doesn’t look like a hard place to grow pot.

        2. Convenient that.

        3. What I am slowly trying to get at is did Obama ever actually throw in or did he just mooch off his friends.

          1. He thanked his dealer, Ray, in his high school yearbook.

          2. I can imagine Merideth on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with that set up.

            Who did not thank in his high school yearbook?

            A. Toots, his grandmother.
            B. Gramps, his Grandfather
            C. Ray, his drug dealer
            D. His mother?

  6. OFFS.

    I am no more disturbed by Obama’s past drug use than Romney’s assholitude in college.

    However, I am disturbed by the former’s continuing the WoD and the latter’s cop-sucking.

  7. I guess Obama somehow missed one of the teachable moments provided by the Fraternity of Man, a lesson put to music that I certainly took to heart. Seriously, dude, don’t bogart that joint.

    1. I think he missed all of them.

  8. Well, Obama’s put all that behind him. Now he just practices Total Self-Absorption.

  9. The drug warrior’s wrap up at the end of the video is worth fast-forwarding to.
    The usual stuff about MJ and kids, no value, tearing up society, etc.. “[Prohibition] is only a problem if you are concerned about individual rights”.

    So, individual rights is the real problem.

    1. Didn’t you get the memo? Individual rights have always been the problem. Or the solution, depending on your side in the struggle.

  10. If you’re a bottom-dwelling, scum-sucking, prohibitionist parasite who’s career has entailed subjecting the rest of us to off-the-scale corruption and lawlessness, then maybe you should consider moving to somewhere that won’t extradite you to a future national or international drug-war tribunal for your crimes against humanity.

    Prohibition has evolved local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, helping them control vast swaths of territory while gifting them with significant social and military resources.

    Those responsible for the shameful policy of prohibition shall not go unpunished!

  11. Dude is not making a whole lot of sense man.

  12. “The Total Absorption of Barry Obama” DOES sound like a PKD novel. Can we get Richard Linklater to write the script and Paul Verhoeven to direct (or co-direct, or if he’s out of the biz these days, maybe Linklater can do it all)?

    It also sounds like “The Seduction of Joe Tynan,” which may be a more appropriate reference, given the subject material.

  13. “Interception” in the pot circle, “Intervention” in Libya. What’s the difference, really?

  14. From Jaunty PotHead Obummer:

    “wow man, door-smashing SWAT raids on weed smokers is almost as cool as drone murder!”

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