Obama Ignores Medical Marijuana During Google+ Hangout

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President Barack Obama again turned to social media to connect with voters -- and again he used it to ignore talking pot.

You might have noticed that every time President Obama takes to the series of interactive intertubes, the unwashed masses want to talk, not taxes, and not turkey, but the good herb. Last year, POTUS employed YouTube and Twitter to walk among the people, and on Monday, Obama connected with his fellow Americans using "Hangout" on Google+.

Just like the last two times, viewers/voters submitted questions to the president for consideration via YouTube. And just like the last two times, a question about marijuana legalization was the top draw.

And, just like the last time, the question from a retired cop about failed drug policy and a reexamination of law enforcement priorities was not forwarded to the president.

Yet again, Obama is blameless: The White House says Google+ moderators selected the questions.



Some 133,000 questions were sent in to the president, according to Reuters. Two questions received top billing: A video question about marijuana, and a texted question about copyright infringement.

The video question came from former Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Stephen Downing, who noted a recent Gallup Poll showed more Americans in favor of legalization than not. "What do you say to this growing voter constituency that wants more changes to drug policy than you have delivered in your first term?" Downing asked.

It's anyone's guess, as the president was too busy taking questions about his 20th wedding anniversary and those silly little things called drones in the Middle East.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney noted that it was out of the White House's hands. Google+ moderators picked the questions to feed to the president, whose answers were interspersed between give-and-take with five "typical" Americans in the Google+ "hangout."

It's unclear why Silicon Valley-based Google opted not to test the president -- perhaps it's the mutual flow of money and influence between the two?

"It's worse than silly that YouTube and Google would waste the time of the president and of the American people discussing things like midnight snacks and playing tennis when there is a much more pressing question on the minds of the people who took the time to participate in voting on submissions," said Downing, a board member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a coterie of cops and former cops who speak out against the War on Drugs.

"The time to discuss this issue is now. We're tired of this serious public policy crisis being pushed aside or laughed off."

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MAN0WARR94
MAN0WARR94

PHARMA HAS BEEN ALLOWD TO RUN UNCHECKED. BUSH GUTTED THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THINK OF ALL THE COMMERCIALS WE SEE ON TV. YEARS AGO THE FDA HAD TO TEST AND APPROVE BEFORE ADVERTISING. NOW BECAUSE OF UNCHECKED LOBBYING, OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES LET THE PHARMA DO WHATEVER THEY PLEASE. AND MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION WOULD CUT THEIR PROFITS AND YOU KNOW THAT AINT GOONA HAPPEN WITH THE CURRENT BATCH OF WANNBES OR OBAMA. IF YOU CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE..VOTE RON PAUL.

Debbie Merchant
Debbie Merchant

And just listen to "all the side effects" of these drugs toted on tv advertisements,and the law company's that will come to your aid "when they do harm you!"...and what about the Medical(Our Doctor's!) profession "who are pusher's" for the drug company's,recieving kickbacks! It's all gain for everyone "But US!" How do we even know if the fix isn't in for Romney-(since Obama doesn't stand a chance!The President(and family) that's taken the most vacations-about 17 now! on tax payer's sweat and tears!)- to become the next President? All these thieves and liars,and many other company's benefit from the drugs,tests,and ailments we have! The government would never allow "Dr. Ron Paul" to become the President,as their living the life of Riley! and they don't want NO change in the way they go about business! They won't allow anyone upsetting their apple cart! The fact that Dr.Ron Paul-(who is and always will be a doctor) is promoting,in his honest opinion, that medical marijuana should be legalized,and thinking in "the best interest of the people,"medically and financially will not allow him to move forward. "Our Goverment is NOT for the people!" They are only out for the good of themselves,their family and their friends..one way of proof,all the jobs that are handed to these slobs! It is o.k. if American citizen's have no job's as long as their Kingdom is taken care of...We are the slaves and peasants that they kick around,manipulate,and laugh at,throwing a few crumbs once in a while to shut our mouths! But,as long as we continue to be hungry our mouths cannot be quieted! -although- "the Rich,"the ones with the louder voices,need to stand up for the people that line their pockets...Where are the "Hero's?" Oh, I know of at least one-"RON PAUL!!! Why does the Government think their above God!!(or whomever you want to call him) God put everything man needs,here,and marijuana is one of them..People are really SICK of and FROM you're Chemicals that you feed us!!!

Dan Henning
Dan Henning

How A-N-Y-O-N-E could vote for the Lieing Brown Messiah is BEYOND me..look at the corruption in his Administration..makes Bush look like a Boy Scout for Gods sake. Why do you Obama backers still think theres a chance he might one day listen to you? There is only ONE MAN who will take the Cannabis Hemp Plant (the non toxic God Send) and make it LEGAL for all the uses God intended us to use it for Food/Fuel/Fiber/and MEDICINE Dr. Ron Paul will do just that..just think for one second what this would mean to our Nation? Farmers who own a 40 acre plot will be able to earn enough off of that small piece of land to pay his bills. What other plant can do this for the small Farmer?? None. Think of the CLEAN burning fuel we would getting..(oh oh..no more fossil fuels = BIG PROBLEM) think of the safe NON TOXIC medicine we could be producing that CURES CANCER and other diseases) (oh oh we need Petro-Chemicals for our current LIVER TOXIC POISONS to make our medicines not with all natural non toxic Cannabis = BIG PROBLEM  And how about the Fiber we get from the Hemp Plant that would overnight replace the cotton plant which takes more petro chemicals to fertilize and even more poisons to keep the bugs off the plant the Hemp Plant takes ZERO fertilizers to grow and has ZERO enemies in the insect world which means, here again NO PETRO CHEMICALS needed what so ever so this = BIG PROBLEM can you see why Obama now that he's elected will refuse to help America out?? Big Oil/Pharma who is in Obamas back pocket is telling him Dont Even Think About It..and he's not. You sorry fools who think he's going to come around and do whats right for this country had better wise up..He is no better then Bush..in fact he is worse! MORE BUSTS FOR CANNABIS under Obama then the Bush Administration! Put that in your pipe and smoke it why dont you? Oh wait.. dont do that either..Your Brown Messiah will have you BUSTED..who knows maybe that prick will have a DRONE take you out for being UN AMERICAN aka a TERRORIST. What a joke this guy is..if you can vote for him you deserve a kick in the arse. Theres only one who deseves our vote and thats the good Dr. God Bless Dr. Ron Paul and THE R3VOLUTION!!!!!

Debbie Merchant
Debbie Merchant

The only people who will vote for Obama are either benefiting from his Presidency,are followers,not leaders or just plain ignorant(stupid!)

Muzzylu
Muzzylu

It would be nice if Obama could call off the ATF and others. Seems like state and local governments are trying to force medical marijuana patients back into the arms of big pharmaceuticals and the liquor industry! How is marijuana worse than opiates or booze? But the government has to protect us from the evil cannabis.

Great e-book on medical marijuana: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. This book has great recipes for easy marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints!  goo.gl/iYjPn  goo.gl/Jfs61

dani
dani

Experience I have had working with politicians has shown that when there is a chance to control questions, it happens. He's the president, about to run for re-election, if I were his campaign manager I would not allow trying questions to be asked in a setting created to target the younger demographic. We have made a lot of noise here in the past 6 months... 

Rowdy
Rowdy

Don't think that Obama doesn't tell them what questions they can ask him, that is just bullshit, the bastard isn't going to make pot legal he's nothing but a liar! 

Nhale325
Nhale325

WHO GIVES A FUCK MARIJUANA DOES HARM TO NO ONE TELL ME ONE TIME WHERE SOMEONE WAS HURT OR KILLED SMOKING WEED?(dont worry ill wait)

Stevester
Stevester

Vote Ron Paul - Dont listen to the media who are saying he has no chance check out FB , Twitter and so on to see he is the most supported person in the running for to be president and will let you have your weed with out fear of arrest . We all know the White House have asked google to leave that question out because it was asked by a retired police officer and would make Obama look stupid on his / sorry George Bushes drug policy , come to think of it what has Obama really done since becoming president all i can see he has done is tell lies to get the job and continue on with George bushes policies . 

esotericknowledge
esotericknowledge

America is a lie.  The people at the top of our society are not smarter than you, nor do they work harder.  They are the worst people in our society.  They get where they are because they are constantly lying and are the most brutual.  They horde money and power, then act like gate keepers to money and circles of privilege, which brings massive amounts of anxiety onto themselves because they might be asked to share it.  This is the behaviour of demons.  This is the reality that is hidden from our children, so they can be victims of debt, I had to live it and this is what I have seen all my life.  The powerful are cowards, our president is afraid of a plant!  Your weak government, and every weak government in the world does NOT have the authority to illegalize any plant.  They are lying to you because everyday marijuana is not allowed is another day the weakest in our society has control over you and your mind.  We must free ourselves from tyranny.

Some dude
Some dude

hippie xD i agree with some of that but most deff not all of it

VincentVonDudler
VincentVonDudler

A White House spokesperson said the President only answered questions he was posed?  18 of the top 20 questions were about reforming U.S. drug policy!  None of them were posed?! Google - Did you pose these questions?!  If not - WHY would you have wasted everyone's time that voted for these?!

al
al

Yeah

John
John

If weed is not legalized come in Nov. I wan't be voting for him.

Shanet23
Shanet23

romney will shut down all dispensaries, watch the video he did in 2007

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