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Obama lies about marijuana again

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We heard this before yet the feds have conducted multiple and massive crackdowns in CA this year. I'm guessing he has no real control over what the FDA does and will make no real effort to help decriminalize MJ as he should.

President Obama says recreational users of marijuana in states that have legalized the substance should not be a "top priority" of federal law enforcement officials prosecuting the war on drugs.

"We've got bigger fish to fry," Obama said of pot users in Colorado and Washington during an exclusive interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters.

"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," he said, invoking the same approach taken toward users of medicinal marijuana in 18 states where it's legal.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/president-obama-marijuana-users-high-priority-drug-war/story?id=17946783#.UMtWjG_s6ZL

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"not a 'top priority'" doesn't mean "we are going to ignore it and never arrest anyone for a violation of federal law"

I swear sometimes I wonder if some of you folks actually grew up speaking English or if its something you just learned.

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"not a 'top priority'" doesn't mean "we are going to ignore it and never arrest anyone for a violation of federal law"

I swear sometimes I wonder if some of you folks actually grew up speaking English or if its something you just learned.

Nice grammar.

Not a top priority would translate to me that they would not interfere with medical marijuana sales or sales for personal use where it is legal under state and federal law. It benefits nobody and is a huge waste of money that we need right now desperately.

The feds will continue to do exactly what they have been doing..

Marijuana will remain a top priority and it is disingenous for Obama to suggest otherwise.

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Oh noes i caint spel gud enuf 4 u or did i put a coma in teh rong plac?

What your definition of "not a top priority" doesn't matter one bit unless you are in the upper echelons of federal law enforcement. The fact is he didn't lie. What he said just didn't jibe with what you thought he meant but that still doesn't mean he mislead.

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Obama not following through on something people made up isn't an actual lie. It's like the conservatives who said "Obama promised to hand everyone a thousand dollar bill I guess he found out his policy was bad!"

Not making something the top priority doesn't in any way suggest they plan to ignore it completely and let it proceed uninhibited

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Not a top priority would translate to me that they would not interfere with medical marijuana sales or sales for personal use where it is legal under state and federal law.

Your translation is wrong. You just described not an interest or not a priority.

He said it was not a top priority. IE... not receiving as much funding as other things that are also priorities.

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Obama not following through on something people made up isn't an actual lie. It's like the conservatives who said "Obama promised to hand everyone a thousand dollar bill I guess he found out his policy was bad!"

Not making something the top priority doesn't in any way suggest they plan to ignore it completely and let it proceed uninhibited

Not a top priority suggests that it is a top priority right now. Which it is. He is dancing around the war on drugs when we all know there will be no policy change at all.

In the article he goes on about how is doing this and that. Chatting about it with the supreme court. But his hands are tied etc...Big whoop.

Did you know the executive branch has the authority to remove cannabis from Schedule I of the controlled substance act? Then the DEA would not be forced to raid mom and pop pot shops. Why wouldn't he do that if he is being honest with us? He isn't.

Given how cash strapped we are and what a colossal waste of money the war on drugs has been for decades, this would make all the sense in the world.

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He said it was not a top priority. IE... not receiving as much funding as other things that are also priorities.

Well that ain't happening either.

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http://justsaynow.firedoglake.com/2012/04/30/holder-admits-obama-misled-rolling-stone-about-marijuana-law/

Some more of Obama's lies.

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Who gives a fug if people smoke weed? It's not like it's something new. Get over yourself.

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From what I understand the raids in CA are due to CA's half-assed legislation regarding pot. They have basically said medical marijuana is legal but have little to no laws regulating it. Medical marijuana is essentially a legal black hole in CA and dispensaries starting popping up left and right as a result. The state had no clue what to do so the feds stepped in under since there were federal laws to handle it.

I'll bet money that this sort of thing doesn't happen in CO and WA because both states have taken a responsible path towards legalization. It's not Obama's fault, not the DEA's, the blame falls squarely on CA.

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From what I understand the raids in CA are due to CA's half-assed legislation regarding pot. They have basically said medical marijuana is legal but have little to no laws regulating it. Medical marijuana is essentially a legal black hole in CA and dispensaries starting popping up left and right as a result. The state had no clue what to do so the feds stepped in under since there were federal laws to handle it.

This is not exactly what is happening but close.

The story is that CA allows cannabis but some local ordinances don't. So local ordinances tattle to the feds and they come storming in.

But the feds have also busted pot shops where they are legal. Anaheim for example passed a law halting new dispensaries but the DEA took it upon themselves to shut down the existing pot shops. The DEA has also sent letters to legal pot shops in CA demanding compliance with federal law.

When Obama took office he also promised a compassionate drug policy. The budget is the highest ever for 2013 and Obama pretends his hands are tied when they aren't.

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