I had discovered that it didn’t make any difference whether you smoked reefer in the white classmate’s sparkling new van, or in the dorm room of some brother you’d met down at the gym, or on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids who had dropped out of school and now spent most of their time looking for an excuse to brawl. You might just be bored, or alone. Everybody was welcome into the club of disaffection. And if the high didn’t solve whatever it was that was getting you down, it could at least help you laugh at the world’s ongoing folly and see through all the hypocrisy and bullshit and cheap moralism.
Barack Obama on smoking marijuana, 1995.
Obama: Decriminalize pot�-�-�The Washington Times, America's Newspaper Last week I wrote a post calling Barack Obama a hypocrite for opposing decriminalization of marijuana after smoking all that pot when he was younger. And now The Washington Times is out with a story where they allege that Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has said that he has “always” supported decriminalizing marijuana?
“Last fall during a nationally televised presidential debate, Sen. Barack Obama hesitantly raised his hand and joined with most of his Democratic rivals to declare that he opposed decriminalizing marijuana.
But as a candidate for the U.S. Senate four years ago, Mr. Obama told Illinois college students that he supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use or possession, according to a videotape of a little noticed debate that was obtained by The Washington Times.
“I think we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws,” Mr. Obama told an audience during a debate at Northwestern University in 2004. “But I’m not somebody who believes in legalization of marijuana.”
Asked about the two different answers, Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign said he in fact has “always” supported decriminalizing marijuana as he answered in 2004, meaning the candidate mistakenly raised his hand during the presidential debate last fall.”
Ok, so now I’m totally lost. Does Barack Obama in fact believe marijuana should be decriminalized or doesn’t he? And how can he be for decriminalization and against legalization? Aren’t these two things one and the same?
And why are politicians so wishy washy and two faced? How about the next political pundit that gets a hold of Obama sticks him with the question and doesn’t let him wiggle out from underneath it. Either the guy thinks pot should be decriminalized or he doesn’t. A or B, yes or no. This should not be a depends on who he is talking to sort of question or a “depends on what the meaning of the word decriminalization is.”