Open Thread

January 21, 2014
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Of course, the two big stories in the news right now are the Superbowl and the President’s comments on marijuana.

Go to Google News and type in Obama and marijuana and you’ll get a ton of articles. Great opportunities for commenting.

Couple of things to watch out for.

1: Kevin and the SAM crowd is misrepresenting the President’s remarks.

As the President noted, the case for marijuana legalization is overstated…

Wrong. What the President said was:

“Having said all that, those who argue that legalizing marijuana is a panacea and it solves all these social problems I think are probably overstating the case.” [emphasis added]

Of course, the reality is that legalizers aren’t claiming panacea and even then, the President would only say that it would “probably” be overstating it.

2. The SAM club is also promoting the President’s “slippery slope” discussion. “Slippery slope is what the article’s author said, not the President, who rather referred to it as a “line-drawing” issue, which, of course, everything is. This is not a negative about legalizing marijuana, but rather the opening of a door to discussing where lines should be drawn.

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Pete Guither is the editor of drugwarrant.com

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