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Obama Finds a Treaty His Base Doesn’t Like

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The Obama Administration may be pro-United Nations in its general approach to foreign policy, but on the matter of illegal drugs, we may be seeing a retreat from global drug control. It is a major story that is starting to get some attention from a key component of Barack Obama’s political base—potheads. They fear that Obama may stay committed to various U.N. drug control treaties.

If Obama backs away from global drug control, in violation of these U.N. treaties, legalization of marijuana and other drugs could be an inevitable consequence on a national and international basis.

Obama, as The New York Times reports, is in a tight spot. Federal legal action against Colorado and Washington because of voter-approved initiatives to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in those states “would raise political complications for President Obama because marijuana legalization is popular among liberal Democrats who just turned out to re-elect him,” the paper notes. Drug legalization is also popular with hedge fund billionaire George Soros, one of the main funders of the pro-marijuana movement who also financed various Super PACs that worked for Obama’s reelection.

Far-left websites such as Salon are trying to pressure Obama to leave Colorado and Washington alone by running articles with such ludicrous headlines as “Legal marijuana is good for kids” and “Could pot stop breast cancer?”

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  1. Mr.Gates

    December 12th, 2012

    Potheads, meet bus.

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  2. JustAl

    December 12th, 2012

    Sorry, but your premiss is BS. The DNC through the trial lawyers association, police and prison employee unions reap $millions from prohibition. The arrest records from pot keeps hundreds of thousands from meaningful employment, keeping them nice and safe in the dem’s victim basket.

    They will be the last to admit how utterly stupid “war” on a deciduous plant is. . . though I’d support a war on ragweed that actually does harm plenty of people against their will.

    If the GOP had sense to come in out of the rain they’d champion personal liberty and the tenth amendment on this.

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  3. Left Coast Dan

    December 12th, 2012

    These are strange times we live in, with seeming hypocrisy everywhere.

    As a libertarian, I support legalization of all controlled substances. Making them illegal hasn’t stopped people from getting high on something, whether it’s high-priced narcotics or something like paint from Home Depot. That doesn’t mean I condone use (I absolutely do not – have never used any drugs or tobacco), nor do I feel in any way that employers should be obligated to employ users. We should never lose sight of the damage that drug abuse causes, but that doesn’t mean somebody shouldn’t have the opportunity to try something, or even to throw his life away using it.

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  4. Sidekick

    December 12th, 2012

    Exactly, JustAl. Every federal drug law is unconstitutional. Return the matter to the states. Oh, and the Feds can knock off suing states who enforce constitutional laws like immigration/border control while simultaneously ignoring said unconstitutional drug laws in Washington and Colorado. The hypocrisy is unreal.

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  5. Edith McCrotch

    December 12th, 2012

    There is another reason why pot is not legalized and that is the ongoing war against tobacco.

    How can the government partnered with the health industry condemn one and okay the use of the other?

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  6. RANDO

    December 12th, 2012

    What L C Dan said…

    if not pot, then Gasoline, Sterno, or RustOleum.

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  7. Rick

    December 12th, 2012

    JustAl, it’s Billions of dollars.

    If the GOP had sense to come in out of the rain they’d champion personal liberty and the tenth amendment on this.

    IF!

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  8. Corona

    December 13th, 2012

    Whatever happened to the fact that pot has 5xs as much tar as cigarettes I heard consistently in the 70s? Nicotine in cigs was the addictive factor, but tar/etc. was the cancer causing factor. Hmmmm?

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  9. JustAl

    December 13th, 2012

    Corona, where did they hide the federal government’s jurisdiction over personal choice in the Constitution Hmmmmmm?

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