Video: Obama harshes California’s mellow

posted at 2:17 pm on March 26, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

As we noted, the most popular question for today’s “virtual town hall” at the White House involved legalizing marijuana as an economic stimulus. Over 2,000 such questions got submitted, by far the most popular topic, but Obama ridiculed the notion:

I don’t know what this says about the on-line audience, but, uh, but, I just want, I don’t want people to think, uh … This was a fairly popular question. We wanted to make sure it was answered. Uh, the answer is no, I don’t think that is a good strategy to grow our economy.

First, if Obama is so dismissive of on-line audiences, why did he choose to do a “virtual town hall”? Why not just limit it to the people in the room — who, based on their reactions, may have more sympathy for legalization than Obama does?

Beyond that, I wonder what Democratic legislators in California think of Obama’s dismissive attitude. They’re arguing for legalization explicitly for marijuana’s economy to help boost revenues in the Golden State. They’re likely to consider this a bummer, a real downer that will severely harsh their mellow in the weeks to come.

Just another example of The Man keeping us down, dude.

Here’s Obama in 2004, sounding much less dismissive about the notion of marijuana, although still opposing its outright legalization:


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First gay marriage and now this.

Oh, the agony.

The Ugly American on March 26, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Wasn’t that a pretty play? That Obama in the whitehouse. Isn’t it just so entertaining?

ThackerAgency on March 26, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Here is a list of the Top 10 items that Obama supporters wanted him to address as president. Guess what #1 is on the list.

Just A Grunt on March 26, 2009 at 4:44 PM

I am outraged and disagree with our President.

getalife on March 26, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Your Dear Leader knows something that you apparently don’t-the pharmaceutical lobby will never allow marijuana to be decriminalized-because they can’t make any money off of it. And its legalization would make some of their products obsolete.

And then there is the law enforcement lobby-the war on marijuana is a cash cow for them.

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2009 at 4:46 PM

But will he legalize crack?

BKennedy on March 26, 2009 at 4:49 PM

What does Obama think of the Obamavilles opening up in California? Or maybe we can call them Cali-Socialistvilles–headed to a socialist state near you courtesy of Barack Obama and the Democratic congress. Everything held in common, everyone equally poor.

petunia on March 26, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Ca. is already making bank off marijuana sales. Anybody can get a med card in California. The government grows massive crops, charges civilians by the gram, and is making huge dollars off sales of pot, brownies, cookies; just about every way one could package and sell marijuana is already taking place in the golden state.

Legalizing marijuana in California would kill the deal for the state, as people would grow their own.

Keemo on March 26, 2009 at 4:59 PM

I don’t know what this says about the on-line audience, but, uh, but, I just want, I don’t want people to think, uh … This was a fairly popular question. We wanted to make sure it was answered. Uh, the answer is no, I don’t think that is a good strategy to grow our economy.

Clearly TOTUS was not on duty.

jukin on March 26, 2009 at 5:00 PM

you apparently don’t-the pharmaceutical lobby will never allow marijuana to be decriminalized-because they can’t make any money off of it. And its legalization would make some of their products obsolete.
And then there is the law enforcement lobby-the war on marijuana is a cash cow for them.
Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2009 at 4:46 PM

rolls eyes, ya thats the reason, it those evil lobbyists I tell ya!

Conservative Voice on March 26, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Obama just hates Tea Parties.

profitsbeard on March 26, 2009 at 5:06 PM

The ass-hats in Sacramento like to tout that they’ll get an enormous amount of tax dollars out of marijuana. Hell, people are dodging cigarette taxes now. What makes them think this underground economy will suddenly turn to the light of day so that they can share their profits with those tax and spend idiots?

GarandFan on March 26, 2009 at 5:14 PM

“Just another example of The Man keeping us down, dude.”
I wonder how Obambi feels about being “The Man”.

Don Carne on March 26, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Just reading the transcript, he sounds high now.

Obama sounds routinely stoned (“high”, whatever) to my ear and he certainly looks like he’s using substances, and using them routinely and intensely.

What those substances are is another question. Maybe he’s not keen on marijuana but he’s sure keen on something.

Lourdes on March 26, 2009 at 5:33 PM

That weird, obviously stoned “interview” (so-called) with, what, CBS last week was sure proof that Obama’s not in a right mind. IF it’s not substances in affect we’re seeing, then he’s genuinely got other mental problems.

Lourdes on March 26, 2009 at 5:34 PM

But will he legalize crack?

BKennedy on March 26, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Nah, that’s just for him and other “celebrities” on Wednesday nights, apparently.

Lourdes on March 26, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Conservative Voice on March 26, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Yeah, you’re right. The cops and the drug companies both want pot to be legalized.

rolls eyes

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2009 at 6:00 PM

First false premise: Cops and drug companies don’t want pot to be legalized, for money reasons.
Are there cops who falsely use the power of the drug war to increase their treasury? I’m sure it happens. But as a general rule, no.
Could drug companies still make a profit with legalized pot? Yes. Would they lose money? Probably not. For those who use pot for “pain” alcohol is currently free…and yet those evil drug companies still seem to sell a lot of narcotics.

False premise number two…politicians are so corrupt, whoever gives them money they become mind numb robots. Lets look at the tobacco company. The tobacco company paid a ton to both parties…sure helped them when it became a power grab didn’t it?

Could it be that many cops see the behavior around drug use, and want to help with lowering all the relative crime around drugs? Lets look at an example. The Mexican cartel is engaged in kidnapping…how is it that if its all holy and righteous, that the buyers just want to be left alone…and such, why do we have kidnappings? I can understand turf wars, but this goes beyond turf wars. How about DUI? How about kid safety? Ya, cops only care about how much money they can confiscate from drug dealers.

Conservative Voice on March 26, 2009 at 7:21 PM

“alcohol is currently free”

I meant alcohol is currently legal and available.

Conservative Voice on March 26, 2009 at 7:38 PM

To all the folks that included such rapier wit comments as “stupid stoners” or “dopeheads” or something along those lines . . .

Unless you’re a completely alcohol/nicotine/caffiene free individual, well, I guess I can just write them off as the musings of alcohol sotted and addled hypocrites; for those who are, and still use such missives – well, some people DO make a living off of pompous self righteousness.

Don’t quit yer day jobs. You guys, on the other hand, come off as not much more than priggish scolds. A very persuasive and useful approach. If you’re two.

Wind Rider on March 26, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Wind Rider on March 26, 2009 at 7:38 PM

the name fits you. Ya, those crazy pepsi drinkers, how dare they crinkle their nose when they walk by someone stoned out of their mind.

Conservative Voice on March 26, 2009 at 7:53 PM

I guess Barry is saving this issue to promise to do it again in 2012, figuring that the munchie crowd will have forgotten he broke his promise to them, in 2009, and will vote for him, again, to get grass legalized, again.

The Short-Term Memory Bong Bloc, again.

profitsbeard on March 26, 2009 at 8:07 PM

The big-eared freak is playing it cool. He thinks that, as long as you’re focused on pot, you won’t notice his coke habit.
Pot smokers unite…er, put down the Doritos, take a shower and unite.

SKYFOX on March 27, 2009 at 4:53 AM

“Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though,”

–Barack Hussein Obama
WaPo Jan 3, 2007

Fed45 on March 28, 2009 at 12:23 AM

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