President Obama Fumbles and Punts Medical Marijuana Question on Campaign Trail

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He forgot what the question was
For all his Kennedyesque "uhs" and "ahs," President Barack Obama is nonetheless generally regarded as an accomplished public speaker, able to expound extemporaneously on a plethora of topics. But on the campaign trail in Minnesota on Monday -- during what former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney dubbed "the Magical Misery Tour" (we applaud the Beatles-appreciating speechwriter who coined that nugget) -- Obama was stuttering, not stentorian, when an audience member dished him a question on medical marijuana.

And it wasn't even particularly stressing. "If you can't legalize marijuana, why can't you just legalize medical marijuana?" asked a woman in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. That was the stumper after which Obama was literally left stammering.

Video, a transcript, and Democrat-bashing after the jump.


Rawstory had the scoop on Monday. Watch the video, and here's the transcript, courtesy of NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano.

Audience member: "If you can't legalize marijuana, why can't we just legalize medical marijuana, to help the people that need it?"

Obama: "Well, you know, a lot of states are making decisions about medical marijuana. As a controlled substance, the issue then is, you know, is it being prescribed by a doctor, as opposed to, you know -- well -- - I'll -- I'll -- I'll -- I'll leave it at that."

The audience, far from holding Obama's feet to the fire, laughed it off and let the president launch into his next topic -- the price of prescription drugs (which quickly segued into an Obamacare tangent. The president was more confident on this topic, saying "I have no problem with people saying Obama cares, because I do care!").

Clearly, the president sees no political benefit in addressing the medical marijuana question -- and can you blame him? Even San Francisco politicians are staying away from medical cannabis in this election season.

You sure can, asserts David Goldman of the San Francisco chapter of Americans for Safe Access. Recent polls show a majority of Americans supporting legalization of the plant, while medical marijuana support frequently polls at 70 percent, Goldman says -- in other words, a filibuster-proof supermajority.

"What level of support is it going to take before a Democrat can support it?" Goldman asked. "It's not like this is a really tough issue. For him not to support it is so typical of the Democrats' self-destructive behavior. What sort of political risk would be be taking, exactly? I just don't understand it."

Even Republicans ahead of the president on the marijuana issue don't appear to be taking too many lumps: It's Congressman Ron Paul, after all, who is cosponsoring a slew of marijuana-friendly bills in Congress -- including the hemp farming bill he sponsors every year -- and despite getting no support or even mention from the mainstream media, he won a second-place finish in the Iowa straw poll behind Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann.

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Preston Dawkness
Preston Dawkness

Want to thank all of you, for your stand against Oboma & His political partners,.

But there is so much more we can do.   Being aggressive and focusing on the facts and truth is only the first step.

We musT follow up with more details and stand by our convictions and dont back down.

Oboma has NOT brought CHANGE, In fact ~~  THE ONLY real THING needing 

CHANGE !

                                       Was Barack Hussein Obama II.

Barack Hussein Obama II ( Who hates American Values )

Who who is A " SELF PROCLAIMED Enemy " ~ of responsible, Morally Conscious 

HARD WORKING Americans.

oBOMAS supporters KNOW~  that Barack Hussein Obama II,  WILL FORCE YOU to 

paY THEM, out of your PockeT ....

This UN~CHANGABLE fraud, has done His VERY BEST to Inspire VIOLENCE.

THESE ARE OBAMAS OWN WORDS.. saying “Bring it on”   To his supporters.

Oboma ~ Demands Saying  “Get ready for hand-to-hand combat with your 

fellow Americans” 

– Obama has ALSO DECLARED to his  Supporters

“I want all Americans to get in each others faces!– 

Obama demands  !

“You bring a knife to a fight pal, we’ll bring a gun” – Obama Cant wait to get 

everybody involved in some kind OF CONFRONTATION of some sort....

THESE ARE OBAMAS OWN WORDS..     

Obama has ALSO DECLARED "Republicans are our enemies"-

 ** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are 

right to be angry! I’m angry!” 

ANGER VIOLENCE and more taxes.....  THIS  IS OBAMAS Change for america 

                                  /“Hit Back Twice As Hard”. He commands !

                                                     THESE ARE OBAMAS  Very  OWN WORDS..

*Obama on the private sector: ~~    “We talk to these folks…~ /  so I know 

whose a*$ to KICK.“              OBOMA wants to KICK your a*$ / 

  Shouting   THAT    Republican victory would mean ~ “hand to hand combat”  

HE IS EXPECTING people to kill & BE VIOLENT / for their  immoral CAUSES

                                              THIS IS WHAT HE LIVES FOR                                              THESE ARE OBAMAS OWN WORDS..                                  * Obama Tells democrats: “ I’m itching for a fight.” !

PLEASE go to reXes NEW WebsiTe ~ !   Oboma *(  Just like Adolf Hitler~~ In 

that oBOMA~~~  Demands   ! --   [   THE FINAL SOLUTION - for Un~Wanted Children

Barak Obama A MURDERER .~Torturing UNWANTED babys on DEATH ROE 

               http://obomanationinfanticide....

OBAMA supports TAKING a little NEW BORN innocent child.. / BORN. ALIVE ~  

sTabing it iN  the head & SUCKs ITS BRAINS OUT.

He also demands, that a Child SURVIVING a FAILED ABORTION, Has no RIGHT to 

Life or medical care. ({ After being tortured in pain and agony  } 

concernedparentandtaxpayer
concernedparentandtaxpayer

Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.   If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let's put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let's let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.   Here's one way that IT IS REALLY WORKING: Arresting the criminals and collecting a fee from registered growers (and bringing in thousands of dollars to support the county budget); what a great plan! This is the way to build a better America! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/...   The current proposal before Congress, bill HR 2306, will allow states to decide how they will regulate marijuana. You can email your Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Ele... to discuss HR 2306.And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of America!

TheVeryBigCannabisLie
TheVeryBigCannabisLie

From William F. Buckley, arguably the most influential Conservative of the 20th Century:

"The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents... Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy ... and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with 'scientific support' ... fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others"

-- William F. Buckley, Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495

And one from the prestigious medical journal the Lancet that's perfect for Obama stammering and side-stepping this issue:

"Cannabis has become a political football, and one thatgovernments continually duck. Like footballs, however, it bouncesback. Sooner or later politicians will have to stop runningscared and address the evidence: cannabis per se is not a hazardto society but driving it further underground may well be."

 -- The Lancet - Volume 346, Number 8985, November 11 1995 - "Deglamorising cannabis"

 

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CedrickD1

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Kevin VanSlyke
Kevin VanSlyke

He needs to simply address the facts.  MJ has never killed anyone in the 6,000 years of recorded use,  our founding fathers grew and used it while building a nation, and the AMA staunchly opposed the Schedule 1 classification.  Yes, he will lose his rightwing, "christian" conservatives, but he's already lost them.  No politician, barring Ron Paul, has the cajones to man-up and address the facts.  They're just too scared.  I voted for Obama and appreciate his direction to the DEA to not prosecute dispensaries, but he needs to do more.  It needs to be re-classified as a Schedule 2 or even 3.  Why is that so hard when former Surgeon Generals feel the same way?  Not sure I'll give him another vote if he doesn't do something about this issue.  It's California's largest export, estimated at over 10 billion dollars a year, but noone is making any revenues from it.  Legalize, tax, and let's let this entire "reefer madness" b.s. die off into history with the other silly ideas such as the world being flat, cigarettes are good for you, and alcohol is safer.  Grow a pair, mr. president.

333maxwell
333maxwell

If our President doesn't know that it is ILLEGAL for a doctor to PRESCRIBE cannabis, what the heck is he even doing talking about it for? Maybe he would be better off saying 'I don't know, I am a bit ignorant of it all'.

In 16 states a doctor CAN say it might be more beneficial than dangerous for an individual, but they can't counsel on how or where to get it, and NO pharmacy can allow it because the FDA is hindered by the DEA and why the heck is the Drug Enforcement Agency more worried about keeping it illegal, than letting any legitimate research be done.For the President to play so coy with facts, either shows he is oblivious to the situation, or just looking for double talk to fill in the places where there is silence.

Heather Wade
Heather Wade

Yes, this goes through my mind every time I hear someone say 'prescription for marijuana/cannabis'. 

Youssef
Youssef

Man he is just SO ARTICULATE. It's really "shocking" he's doing such a piss poor job running the country. I've never in my life seen a double kick in the nutts like the last two clowns in the white house. Have there ever been two worse presidents EVER? Between bush and obummer, even jimmy carter starts to look coherent. 

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