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U.S. Having "a serious national conversation about marijuana," White House Says As DEA Raids More Pot Dispensaries

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The Obama administration responded Tuesday to three petitions calling for the legalization of marijuana. "Coming out of the recent election, it is clear that we're in the midst of a serious national conversation about marijuana," wrote Obama Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske.

"At President Obama's request," Kerlikowske went on to say, "the Justice Department is reviewing the legalization initiatives passed in Colorado and Washington, given differences between state and federal law. In the meantime, please see a recent interview with Barbara Walters in which President Obama addressed the legalization of marijuana." 

Reason covered Obama's interview with Walters, in which the president said, "It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it's legal."

"Leaving individual users alone does not suggest that Obama is any more enlightened, compassionate, tolerant, or rational than his predecessors," Jacob Sullum noted. "The question is how gung-ho the Obama administration will be in going after marijuana growers and distributors who are no longer subject to state penalties." 

If the actions of the Drug Enforcement Administration in California yesterday are any indicator, the answer is "as gung-ho as ever": 

LOS ANGELES, CA — DEA agents raided three Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensaries Wednesday afternoon, according to a preliminary report from Americans for Safe Access California director Don Duncan. More details were not forthcoming by press time.

According to Duncan, the DEA struck LA Wonderland on West Pico Boulevard, DTPG on South Hill St. near downtown, and the Iron Works in Venice.

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  1. Emperor Obama’s concept of ‘serious conversation’:
    l’?tat, c’est moi.

    1. “serious” is code for “no dissent tolerated”.

    2. Their idea of a “national conversation” on anything is to point a gun at the nation and ask it if it agrees with them.

      1. as we learned from Tony yesterday, “a serious national conversation” is where America shuts up and receives a nannying lecture

  2. I want to slap the smile off that fucking face.

  3. “Leaving individual users alone does not suggest that Obama is any more enlightened, compassionate, tolerant, or rational than his predecessors,” Jacob Sullum noted.

    Wasn’t there another article on this site that stated that Bush had not raided medical marijuana dispensaries? If so that would suggest a greater tolerance, if even only for states rights, than Obama.

    Also, it seems unlikely that a large percentage of card holders are growing their own leaving them dependent on dispensaries. Therefore attacking the dispensary is attacking the individual, even if only indirectly so.

    1. Bush raided far less, but still raided them.

  4. the Justice Department is reviewing the legalization initiatives passed in Colorado and Washington, given differences between state and federal law. In the meantime, please see a recent interview with Barbara Walters in which President Obama addressed the legalization of marijuana.

    The Justice Department’s review will consist of kicking in your door, seizing your marijuana, while screaming about the Controlled Substances Act and federal supremacy. At some point in this passion play, a boot will be firmly applied to your neck.

  5. “A SERIOUS CONVERSATION”: the Obama administration’s response to every clusterfuck.

    We need to have a serious conversation about health care: Bend over, here comes Obamacare.

    We need to have a serious conversation about Benghazi: Bend over, here comes Susan Rice.

    We need to have a serious conversation about marijuana legalization: Bend over, here comes the Drug Czar.

    1. You forgot the serious conversation about gun violence.

  6. Whoever came up with the phrase “national conversation” needs to be sh….

    OK, I probably shouldn’t go there.

    1. “shaved with a chainsaw?”

    2. “shaken like an ugly baby”?

      1. Reliving your childhood, NutraSweet?

        1. I was an exception attractive infant. I had all the bitches cooing over me.

          1. You had your pick of tits to suck on?

            1. Too much lactose is what ruined his pancreas.

            2. Except the government tit.

            3. I even had a few wiping my ass for me, Tim.

              1. I’ve often said that today’s woman has no idea how to please a man.

    3. Shown that picture where Steven Tyler looks like a sleestack?

  7. No worries, I’m sure Obama will demand a plan from Congress, give sad speeches on TV, and convene a blue ribbon panel to discuss how quiickly they can implement a plan. I’m sure Biden will be along shortly to talk about the possibility that the president will take executive action to make some of it happen. The drug war will be over or at least more reasonable soon, I’m sure of it.

  8. “It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal.”

    SUPPLIERS, on the other hand, will be aggressively pursued and prosecuted to the fullest extent of federal law; especially if they don’t accept the plea deals we offer them.

    1. The thing is, that “not a priority” garble is exactly what they said just before they went all goon squad on the dispensaries.

  9. I can’t wait for the day in the not too distant future when a DoJ spokesperson announces a big bust of dope grown in Colorado and “intercepted” in Chicago (facilitated on the sly by the DEA) as “proof” of the unworkable nature of individual states regulating dangerous narcotics.

    And the President will ask the Congress to stand up for America by passing emergency legislation essentially voiding forever any pretense of autonomous action by the states.

    One boot to stamp them all.

  10. People have to understand that “dispensaries” are not a recognized entity under California law. The attorney Generals states, that a properly organized COLLECTIVE may be legal under law, but dispensaries are operating outside of the Prop 215 law. http://420college.org So while the gov raids dispensaries, people are are starting collectives.

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