President Obama’s Response To YouTube Drug War Questions

President Obama’s Response To YouTube Drug War Questions

President Obama responded to the most popular question (or, the eighty most popular questions) on YouTube.com’s “Ask Obama” forum regarding the debate on drug legalization in America.  Despite being the most popular question and gaining four times the support of any other non-drug war question, the YouTube moderator didn’t ask the question until #15....

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Question and Answer (Updated)

January 27, 2011
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Question and Answer (Updated)

It now seems likely that President Obama will be asked to answer the top vote-getter at YouTube (today at 2:30 pm EST)

Here is my prediction of his non-answer (note that I waited to post this until shortly before so he couldn’t steal it!)

Thanks for your question, and for your valuable service to our Nation....

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Mainstream Media Finally Recognizing That Americans Want Marijuana Law Reform

[Update! While President Obama's YouTube remarks may have been predictable, the mainstream media's focus on the popularity of marijuana law reform has been nothing short of extraordinary -- as noted by the growing number of mainstream outlets (CBS, Fox, USA Today, etc.) that have devoted ink to the story. Via today's YouTube forum, the...

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The Drug Czar’s SOTU addendum

January 27, 2011
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The Drug Czar’s SOTU addendum

Over at the Drug Czar’s “blog,” the ONDCP has their own additional take on the State of the Union address.

Drug use affects millions of Americans and their families. Drug use and its consequences strain our economy, our healthcare and criminal justice systems, and harm the well-being of young people, service members and our...

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“Ask Obama” Top 100 Questions About Ending Drug War, Legalizing Marijuana

“Ask Obama” Top 100 Questions About Ending Drug War, Legalizing Marijuana

Dear President Obama, Once again you have asked us about changing American policy and the direction this country should take.  Your “Ask Obama” forum sponsored by YouTube promises to take questions from the American people on the issues they find most important in terms of national policy. When you did this in 2010 you heard from...

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Drug Czar-speak

January 26, 2011
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Drug Czar-speak

From an interview with the Texas Tribune

TT: You said in El Paso recently that decriminalization, or legalization of some illegal drugs is not an option, that is off the table. Why?

Kerlikowske: Well, one the administration’s stance is opposing legalization. When the president was a candidate, he opposed legalization. We don’t see any evidence that...

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Irrelevant

January 26, 2011
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Irrelevant

The President gave a speech tonight. I missed it, cause I was watching season four of my boxed set of Farscape DVDs.

However, I did a quick search of key words in the prepared text:

“Drug policy” – 0 “Drug war” – 0 “Marijuana” – 0 “Cannabis” – 0 “Hemp” – 0 “Cocaine” – 0 “Coca” – 0 “Heroin” – 0 “Legalization” –...

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Cheye Calvo raid settlement

January 25, 2011
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Cheye Calvo raid settlement

Via Phillip Smith comes this news in the Washington Post

Attorneys for Prince George’s County on Monday settled a lawsuit brought by Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo that accused deputies from a county sheriff’s SWAT unit of storming into his home without a proper warrant the day they shot his family’s two dogs and held...

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Questions for Obama

January 25, 2011
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Questions for Obama

It’s already been discussed some here on the comment threads, but YouTube is once again collecting questions for the President.

Who knows what they’ll end up letting through, and who knows whether he’ll give a serious answer, but if you’re interested in the exercise, here’s the site.

One of the better questions is from LEAP:

As a...

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Hello world!

January 24, 2011
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Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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President Obama To Answer Online Questions Thursday: Will Marijuana Legalization Be A Top Question Again?

President Obama To Answer Online Questions Thursday: Will Marijuana Legalization Be A Top Question Again?

This Thursday, President Obama will field questions submitted from the world of social media during a live-streamed YouTube interview. NORML supporters can send their questions to the President at youtube.com/askobama, or via Twitter, by using the #askobama hashtag. Obama will answer the top-rated questions when the interview kicks off at 2:30 p.m. EST on...

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a high-resolution camera pointed at you.

January 24, 2011
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Look!  Up in the sky!  It’s a bird.  It’s a plane. It’s a high-resolution camera pointed at you.

Domestic use of aerial drones by law enforcement likely to prompt privacy debate by Peter Finn in the Washington Post.

But by 2013, the FAA expects to have formulated new rules that would allow police across the country to routinely fly lightweight, unarmed drones up to 400 feet above the ground – high enough for...

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