Obama: “I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate”

posted at 6:41 pm on April 20, 2015 by Allahpundit

From CNN’s new documentary on marijuana, a hint of things to come — maybe — from a guy known for “self-medicating” in his youth. In fairness to him, what he says about being already on record in support of legalizing medical marijuana in certain circumstances is true. Watch the second clip below, from 2008, in which a subdued and possibly baked soon-to-be president says he has no issue with doctors prescribing the drug. What he worries about, he says, is less regulated proprietors dispensing the drug for phony “medical” reasons. Whether he was telling the truth about his reservations at the time or whether this was another artifact, a la opposing gay marriage, of him trying to fool swing voters into thinking he was a social conservative is unclear.

What’s more clear is that the political climate is much more favorable to him now on this issue than it used to be. At the end of the 2008 clip you’ll find O admitting flatly that he’s not going to spend much political capital as president on legalizing weed when he was more important matters, like ObamaCare and counterterrorism, to worry about. Seven years later, now firmly in the lame-duck phase of his presidency, he doesn’t need to worry about that anymore. On the contrary, a showy pander on marijuana next year could be just the thing Democrats need to goose young adults into turning out for Hillary. They already have bipartisan political cover from Rand Paul to move marijuana to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act. Obama could support that bill and Hillary could back him up, with the caveat that she still opposes legalizing marijuana for recreational reasons. That might be enough to encourage twentysomething voters without spooking older voters, who likely don’t see Hillary as some socially liberal radical anyway.

Would the public tolerate a push on medical marijuana? CBS has a new poll out today on marijuana to coincide with 4/20.

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Fifty-three percent support for legalization is an all-time high for a CBS poll and 45 percent among Republicans is the highest number I’ve seen (most polls lately put the GOP at around 40 percent), but that doesn’t mean Obama and Hillary will roll the dice on total legalization. The question for Democrats eyeing 2016 isn’t which way the polls tilt, it’s which side’s supporters are most likely to be motivated to vote on the issue. I remember several years ago watching gay-rights activists scratch their heads when a state referendum to legalize SSM would fail even though statewide polls showed majority support for the practice. Opponents were simply more motivated than proponents. Same could be true on legalizing weed, a dangerous play in a close election. But, per the second question, that same risk doesn’t apply to medical marijuana; not only is support overwhelming, Republicans are about as likely to support legalizing it as Democrats are. Hard to believe Obama and Clinton won’t make some sort of gesture towards that next year, especially with Hillary eager to show the left that she’s One Of Them.

Oh, one last fun fact from CBS: 58 percent say state governments should decide whether marijuana is legal in their state versus just 37 percent who say the federal government should. Among Republicans, that split is 70/27. Nobody tell Chris Christie — or Marco Rubio, for that matter. Exit quotation:



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Nobody is using pot for medical purposes. It’s just an excuse. Anything claimed for pot is better done with real medication.

Count to 10 on April 20, 2015 at 6:50 PM

So says the Choom gang president….

DimsdalePiranha on April 20, 2015 at 6:56 PM

Whether for medicinal or recreation, adults should have the ability to choose cannabis.

mike_NC9 on April 20, 2015 at 6:56 PM

They’ll only take his choom from his cold, shaking hands.

Rix on April 20, 2015 at 6:58 PM

Like I give a crap what this lame duck thinks about this trivial issue. I’m just hoping the idiot doesn’t get us all killed before he hits the road.

RadClown on April 20, 2015 at 6:59 PM

“Freedom of choice is what you have. Freedom from choice is what you want.”
-DEVO

anotherJoe on April 20, 2015 at 6:59 PM

Obama is a lying deceiving bullsh|tter.

anotherJoe on April 20, 2015 at 7:01 PM

Marijuana use should have never been illegal. It’s nothing more than a plant.

HiJack on April 20, 2015 at 7:01 PM

I lost him at the “I think” part. The Puppet of George Soros is incapable of it.

ConstantineXI on April 20, 2015 at 7:01 PM

“Freedom of choice is what you have. Freedom from choice is what you want.”
-DEVO

anotherJoe on April 20, 2015 at 6:59 PM

Great song. Devo was underrated.

ConstantineXI on April 20, 2015 at 7:02 PM

I’m still not convinced that it should be illegal at all.

That said, I doubt President Choomie cares about anything other than the political calculation. He has shown conclusively, many, many times, that he doesn’t actually care about anyone but himself.

GrumpyOldFart on April 20, 2015 at 7:17 PM

Ruh roh Shaggy, he is evolving again. How about he shut his piehole and take care of stuff that is in the feds purview like defending this country and its citizens, and leave the states to decide this matter.

melle1228 on April 20, 2015 at 7:21 PM

Government will be in the business of sedating the populace within the next decade. Drugs and pleasure will be how the government keeps us passive while they rob us of our traditional liberties.

Corporal Tunnel on April 20, 2015 at 7:22 PM

Nobody is using pot for medical purposes. It’s just an excuse. Anything claimed for pot is better done with real medication.

Count to 10 on April 20, 2015 at 6:50 PM

I honestly disagree with you Count. I have NEVER done marijuana, so I have absolutely no stake in this fight. That being said, I have seen what oxy and other pain medications do to someone. I truly think that with pain management, and anxiety disorder etc., marijuana is the lesser of two evils. Just MHO..

melle1228 on April 20, 2015 at 7:23 PM

As I mentioned in the headlines thread this morning, there is a need to develop strains of marijuana similar to “Charlotte’s Web,” which minimizes the stupor of THC and maximizes the anti-pain, anti-seizure CBD. Charlotte is a little girl that suffers up to 200 seizures a day. The CBD marijuana oil has reduced that number to five.

This may also be helpful to MS sufferers.

John the Libertarian on April 20, 2015 at 7:25 PM

John the Libertarian on April 20, 2015 at 7:25 PM

It would be helpful to many disorders, anxiety etc. I have an auto-immune disease, and during my bad flares- I would have done anything for pain relief. Fortunate for me, I felt myself becoming addicted to Oxy and the like, and stopped despite the pain.

melle1228 on April 20, 2015 at 7:28 PM

Nobody is using pot for medical purposes. It’s just an excuse. Anything claimed for pot is better done with real medication.

Count to 10 on April 20, 2015 at 6:50 PM

My wife’s doctor doesn’t agree with you. The doctor wrote prescriptions for Celebrex and pot for my wife. Doctor said pot was much less dangerous for her than Celebrex and to only use the Celebrex on really bad pain days.

Wife almost never has to use the Celebrex.

Meremortal on April 20, 2015 at 7:29 PM

Heh. If it’s considered a medicinal substance, they’ll be regulating the dickens out of it before long.

lineholder on April 20, 2015 at 7:32 PM

Governor Deal of Georgia thought it should be available.

Bmore on April 20, 2015 at 7:32 PM

stopped despite the pain.

melle1228 on April 20, 2015 at 7:28 PM

I’m sorry for what you’re going through. A dear friend of mine is suffering through MS and he told me all about this. He doesn’t like the high of marijuana, but he is trying to manage the pain. Colorado is the only place where they manufacture Charlotte’s Web. But of course it would be breaking federal drug laws if you took it across state lines. Charlotte’s father quit his job and moved to Colorado for the sake of his daughter.

John the Libertarian on April 20, 2015 at 7:33 PM

John the Libertarian on April 20, 2015 at 7:33 PM

Thank you for the kind words. Charlotte’s father is a good man. I would hope everyone would do that to see their child out of pain and suffering.

melle1228 on April 20, 2015 at 7:37 PM

he’ll have a state sued for enforcing federal law but let many states slide for openly defying federal law.
I’ve always said its states rights issue but the unequal application of law here sucks.

dmacleo on April 20, 2015 at 7:40 PM

anxiety disorder etc., marijuana is the lesser of two evils. Just MHO..

melle1228 on April 20, 2015 at 7:23 PM

Is that what weedisgood suffers from.

RickB on April 20, 2015 at 7:40 PM

Nobody is using pot for medical purposes. It’s just an excuse. Anything claimed for pot is better done with real medication.

Count to 10 on April 20, 2015 at 6:50 PM

Count, you don’t know what you are talking about. This past week we buried my father-in-law. He suffered from spinal stenosis. He put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The coroner said it was most likely from the prescribed pain medications that he was on. Many of his meds had side effects like suicidal thoughts or tendencies. I’ve known the guy forever and he was never the type to go out that way. Go ask Rush Limbaugh about prescription pain killers and the problems that come with them. I’m about as conservative as they come. My wife has back problems, has had multiple surgeries and uses medical marijuana and it has no side effects that I have seen and if there are they are greatly outweighed by the benefits she gets from using it for pain management.

iceman1960 on April 20, 2015 at 7:43 PM

I thought the science was settled.

Socratease on April 20, 2015 at 7:47 PM

Nobody is using pot for medical purposes. It’s just an excuse. Anything claimed for pot is better done with real medication.

Count to 10 on April 20, 2015 at 6:50 PM

yup and every person with a condition that causes bone cancer pain levels (per 3 neurologists) using hydr0c0d0ne (had to use 0 to pass filters for legit chemical name) is just a junkie.
you are wrong.
a more accurate statement would be to say there are many who find a medical excuse to use it, know a few of them personally.
but why not punish everyone for the actions of some. its simpler and doesn’t involve actual thinking.

dmacleo on April 20, 2015 at 7:48 PM

You should start smoking large quantities of it, azz hole, that is if you dont already. Might make you a little better at your job instead of being a worthless POS!!

elvis lives on April 20, 2015 at 7:50 PM

Obama: “I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate”

…and JugEars is a sick…sick…sick man!

JugEarsButtHurt on April 20, 2015 at 7:50 PM

Is that what weedisgood suffers from.

RickB on April 20, 2015 at 7:40 PM

Weedisgood’s problem is over-dosage.

Alcohol gives some people a similar problem.

As for Obama, he’s just trying to keep the doper vote Democrat.

Meremortal on April 20, 2015 at 7:59 PM

Just a heads up for those using cannabis for medicinal purposes….

There is an entire category in the ICD 10 coding structure for Cannabis-related disorders (this is under the F12 code group, under the category of Mental, Behavioral, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders). Code descriptions in this group range from Cannabis abuse, Cannabis dependence, and other Cannabis use, with varying states of psychosis included in the codes. (For ICD 9 codes, this is in the 305.xx code group)

By the same token Z79 codes are provided for long-term therapeutic use of Cannabis under ICD-10. (Under ICD 9 codes, it’s V58.69)

IF your doctor has prescribed Cannabis for you, make sure that the correct code is being used on your medical record. You do have the right to request this information and to appeal it when it is stated incorrectly.

lineholder on April 20, 2015 at 7:59 PM

Obama: “I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate”

Does anyone really object to drugs derived from marijuana if it’s a) prescribed by a professional, b) for a legitimate need, and c) not just being abused for the high?

The problem MJ has had is is two-fold. On the one hand, there’s almost always a more effective drug without the addictive and destructive side effects. So “medicinal marijuana” is usually just not needed. And on the other hand, most of the people talking about “medical marijuana” are using the phrase as an excuse for recreational abuse.

That said, there are a few genuinely useful drugs derived from THC in marijuana that are prescribed as needed.

Unfortunately, Count to 10’s statement is still accurate for most cases. Talk of “medicinal marijuana” is usually just a not-very-plausible excuse for pot-smoking.

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 20, 2015 at 8:31 PM

Obama suffers from a case of “recreational glaucoma” himself.

profitsbeard on April 20, 2015 at 8:46 PM

That said, there are a few genuinely useful drugs derived from THC in marijuana that are prescribed as needed.

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 20, 2015 at 8:31 PM

No. It’s not the THC. It’s the CBD. Please see my post above.

John the Libertarian on April 20, 2015 at 9:57 PM

This may also be helpful to MS sufferers.

John the Libertarian on April 20, 2015 at 7:25 PM

I think the Israelis developed a strain of Marijuana, about a year ago, that had the medicinal qualities but not the buzz…nobody much wanted it.

Mimzey on April 20, 2015 at 10:13 PM

“I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate”

……..if prescribed by an affirmative action O’care licensed quack.

antipc on April 20, 2015 at 10:35 PM

Nobody is using pot for medical purposes. It’s just an excuse. Anything claimed for pot is better done with real medication.

Count to 10 on April 20, 2015 at 6:50 PM

You sound like a lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry.

mazer9 on April 20, 2015 at 11:18 PM

Nobody is using pot for medical purposes. It’s just an excuse. Anything claimed for pot is better done with real medication.

Count to 10 on April 20, 2015 at 6:50 PM

An interesting view; if I send you a photo can you give me a second opinion of this skin discoloration I have?
I’ve asked my plumber, but he wasn’t useful at all.

A doctor?
Why would I have one of those involved in something medical?

gekkobear on April 21, 2015 at 2:56 AM

Well, it’s kind of hard to argue with Obama’s logic. Look just how far up the ladder he “medicated” himself . . .

tpitman on April 21, 2015 at 6:11 AM

Nobody is using pot for medical purposes. It’s just an excuse. Anything claimed for pot is better done with real medication.

Count to 10 on April 20, 2015 at 6:50 PM

While I admire your (totally unfounded) certitude, “real medication” for epilepsy gave my 8-year-old daughter suicidal thoughts. Can’t get CBD where we are, so we choose for her to live with the seizures.

mrsknightley on April 21, 2015 at 8:41 AM

Being in favor of legalizing marijuana should be taken as a sign of a very weak intelligence. There is no scientific reason to use pot for anything beyond personal gratification.

Only pot users are in favor, and pot users should be suspected of a form of permanent brain damage which has occurred already and makes them unsuitable for any government office besides dog catcher, and that, too, could be debatable.

dockywocky on April 21, 2015 at 1:17 PM

al-Obama is a classic brain that has been damaged by drug use.

He’s a weasel, and that comes from top much weed. In fact, if al-Obama wasn’t a chronic user, he wouldn’t be where he is today – the man who seems determined to start World War again by slobbering inaction.

dockywocky on April 21, 2015 at 1:22 PM

I think legalization propositions will be on most state ballots in 2016 to lure the millennials to the polls and vote Democrat.

retired LEO on April 21, 2015 at 4:08 PM

Yes, “carefully prescribed” like abortion, no restrictions.

No, Thanks.

RJL on April 21, 2015 at 5:21 PM