What Does Obama's Statement on Pot Really Mean?


I kind of hope he does file an injunction and sooner rather than later. This needs to get back in front of the Supreme Court.

Doing nothing would be OK, but at best that get's us 4 years and then what?
Does that include doing nothing about people in HUD housing having pot?
Same old same old from Obama. He lied. Specifically, he said: "This is a tough problem, because Congress has not yet changed the law. I head up the executive branch; we're supposed to be carrying out laws. And so what we're going to need to have is a conversation about, How do you reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and state laws that say that it's legal?" FYI Mr. President, Congress already passed a law that allows you to reconcile federal law with State law as it relates to controlled substances. The Controlled Substance Act empowers the DEA and the FDA (both in the Executive Branch) to classify controlled substances into one of 5 Schedules, or to remove any substance from the list. Currently marijuana is classified Schedule I, the most restrictive class. The President could re-schedule marijuana today, right now into any of the other classes, or take it off the controlled substance list altogether. HE DOES NOT NEED CONGRESS TO PASS ANY LAW TO DO THIS. Congress already gave him, the president as head of the Executive Branch, the authority to do this. Again Obama lied through his teeth and again the corporate media allowed him to broadcast misinformation to the public without correction or context. Same old same old.
In polls, 2/3 of all US citizens say they think the feds should stay out if a state legalizes it.

Can't get juries to convict in the West for following state law, so this is prudent on his part.

@2 having? maybe. selling? no.
@3 Kind of. The CSA sets criteria by which the executive branch should do those things.

See sections 811 and 812.

There is a bit more too it than just Executive ordering it. Especially if you want something that won't be challenged in court and could survive a different president.
@3 Wow, who peed in your bottle this morning? I'll just emphasize what Dom was saying, the fact that the POTUS is being forced to have a discussion over cannabis, instead of sweeping it under the rug, is the news here. The only way those who support cannabis legalization can lose is by not having the conversation. There is no reason why it should be illegal, and every time the subject is forced upon those behind these ridiculous laws is a victory.
I don't often have anything good to say about The Stranger's coverage of anything, but this story's an exception. After reading Obama's comments, I figured the feds would stay hands off, but it's still unclear. They could still do a civil seizure of the cash in the various operations, and that would cripple the I-502 framework.

Which would be no great loss, by the way. I-502 is a gigantic ripoff of the stoners by a state government drug cartel. If I were a stoner, I'd just as soon have the feds screw it up so that the voters would pass actual legalization in the next election.
I think it's a nod that we'll probably at the very least get our stores while he's president. Once one president lets this happen, there's no way any other president will try and fight this unwinnable war. This is as much a victory as we could ever imagine on the federal level