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New Song Tells Obama Why He Should End War On Marijuana

Posted on September 06, 2012 by News Admin

 


Hip hop artist Prince Ea has released an epic new 8-minute song, "Smoking Weed With The President," which is both cannabis history lesson and a personal plea for President Barack Obama to end the insane War On Marijuana and its users.


In the amazingly adroit lyrics, Prince Ea delves into the history of how marijuana became illegal in the first place, with the lies, racism and political opportunism of Harry J. Anslinger, the infamous head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the architect of cannabis prohibition. The Marijuana Tax Act, effectively the beginning of cannabis prohibition in the United States, was approved by Congress at Anslinger's urging in 1937.

The song outlines the harms of drug prohibition -- violence, cartel profits and mass incarceration -- and the benefits of legalization.

"In just this one song, Prince Ea summarizes a book's worth of information into a clear and powerful argument against marijuana prohibition," said Tony Newman, director of media relations at the Drug Policy Alliance.

Prince Ea is releasing a version of the song on Indiegogo to raise money to shoot a music video to accompany the track. Toke of the Town readers can support Prince Ea's project by donating.


Smoking Weed With The President
By Prince Ea

[Verse 1: Prince EA](Obama impersonator)
Mr.President, I come to you on behalf of my generation
To talk to you about this little plant situation
See, a lot of politicians hate it
But I'mma break it down and demonstrate to you
Why it's not as bad as they make it sound
See, you're the president that I believe can handle this
Heck, ya campaign slogan was ''Yes, we cannabis''
Just kidding, but seriously
Let's examine this subject truthfully, dawg
Look, so you taught constitutional law at Harvard, right, in 96?
Well, you should know the Declaration of Independence was drafted outta hemp
So were the sails that pushed our ships on the path to the colonies
So was the fuel used for Hendry Ford's model T
So in a sense, you could say that pot has actually driven American history
(Please, it makes you lazy and underachieve)
But how can that be
When some of the most successful people smoked weed?
From Walt Disney to Milton Fried(man)
From Stephen King to Steve Jobs
The apple didn't fall far from the tree
You get it?
Steve Jobs, apple, trees
Jobs created the Apple computer high off weed
See, people believe that this plant is sinful
But let's go back in time and find out exactly where these beliefs came from
Cause before the 1930's, you could blaze up
But after the 1930's, things changed up
Cause that's man President Hoover commissioned a man named Harry J. Anslinger
As head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics
His middle name's ironic
Cause he was the main guy attempting to demonize marijuana
Ummm, I mean cannabis sativa
See, the name ''marijuana'', he created as propaganda
For the people to make it sound more dirty
And a little more evil
Figured if he scared the public enough they would want it illegal
He teamed up with newspapers, who had their own motivations
(Like what?)
Google decordicator
The newspapers printed fake stories
About how every puff destroys your brain
Making you crazy insane, prone to murder and rape
The used race and then said again
That weed makes white women get pregnant
By Negroes and immigrant Mexicans
And based off of no research and investigation
Congress rubber stamped that legislation
And then poof, there was a law around it
So we accepted it and never thought about it
But, let's get smart about it
Lies and greed are the real reasons that it's illegal
And the reason you got that look on your face
When I talk about it

[Hook]
Smoking weed with the president, with the pres
Smoking weed with the president, with the pres
Smocking weed, smoke smoke smoking weed with the president
Getting high, getting higher than I ever been
Smoking weed with the president, with the pres
Smoking weed with the president, with the pres
Smoking weed, smoke smoke smoking weed with the president
Getting high, getting higher than the deficit

[Verse 2]
(Mr.EA, marijuana's illegal for public health reasons
We don't want the American people
Breathing that stuff in and smoking it
Ain't nothing wrong with a little game day buzz
But marijuana is a dangerous, useless gateway drug
And you want me to legalize?
So the kids can get it easier? Ha ha
Well, what can I say
Either that's something to laugh at
Or bro, you're more of a jackass than Kanye)
A jackass? Ok, how about we talk about this rationally
Every 6 seconds a person dies from tobacco
And every 13 from alcohol
Guess how many died in the last ten thousand years from weed?
None at all
That's zip zero nada, no chance to overdose
Not one case in history, and no, I am not blowing smoke
Don't be a coward, just regulate and control it
Take the power from the drug dealers who contaminate, sell it and own it
See, they love the laws the way they are because they make millions
When drug lords support your laws, it's time to amend them
As for the kids, yeah, I'd agree except
It's easier for kids to buy weed today than to buy beer or cigarettes
Is that surprising?
Think about it, Sir, how many drug dealers you know ask to see ID?
And stop saying it's a gateway drug
Something so strong that you can't break away from
Big homie listen, quit being a politician
Studies show it's non addictive
And gateway theory is a lot of fiction
A contradiction, and you can quote me for it
You said marijuana was a ''useless'' drug?
Hold up a moment
Medical tests and evidence show it's proven to treat
Glaucoma, cancer, asthma, multiple sclerosis
It could do so much if it was legal
But if it was legal a lot of pharmaceutical drugs wouldn't be needed
I did my research and it seems that
(What? So what did you find out?)
Big pharma gave you a millions of dollars
So if weed became legal they would lose a lot of profit
And you would lose funding
So tell me Mr.Presidential
Is it really public health or is it special interest?
Are you worried about the kids, or the private businesses?
Only a few years back, you was against lobbying and corporate robbery
You campaigned for ''change'', well dammit, now demonstrate it in policy
Cause if you really wanna stimulate the economy
And mitigate the problems that emanate from poverty
It's time to legalize this billion dollar commodity
Harvard professor Jeffrey Myron estimated
9 billion dollars generated in taxes from regulation
Plus another 11 will be saved from law enforcement resources and incarcerations
That's 20 billion total every year
You saying this country don't need that kind of paper?
Put it towards environment, invest in education
Infrastructure in conjunction with job creation
Or maybe a combination, just stop laughing at this situation
And give it serious consideration
It ain't a joke, ain't nothing funny
The country's broke and its people need money
It's simple economics

[Hook]

[Verse 3]
You did it, Bush did it
Clinton did it, Lincoln did it
And now you throw people in prison for this crime that ''we'' committed?
Mr.President, if it's such a sin
Then why don't you and the men I just named turn yourselves in?
I beg your pardon
See, I don't wanna hear that circular logic, we ain't in that oval office
Let's be honest
If you got caught with marijuana the day you smoked there wouldn't even be an Obama
No Barack at that prestigious college of Harvard
Getting his speeches polished with honors
Cause today, you can't get a student loan if caught with one weed cigarette
But you can have a rape conviction on your record and still get a check
From the government, yo, what the fuck is this?
Do you not see injustice when
It's people suffering sick dying of cancer
Who's only relief is a plant proven to ease pain
But, that will mean handcuffs
That will mean being called a criminal
That will mean thrown behind bars
Pitiful, Mr.President this ain't political
It's commonsensical
Millions in prison for something that's never killed a single individual
But you make deals with prescription drug advocates
When just last year more Americans died from prescriptions in they cabinets
Than heroin, terrorism, murder and traffic accidents combined
Mr.President, open your eyes
And see the blood on the wall
These companies wouldn't care if the country was coming apart
They sharks, they only care about how much it'll cost
Ain't been a disease cured in 60 years
Why? Cause a patient cured is a customer lost
Well, I say enough is enough
It's time for us to fix this
It's time to get away from the pharmaceutical interests
Forget about the stigma
Forget the opinions of politician's
Cause collective ignorance don't mean wisdom
Forget about pandering to the system
Cause when the system's wrong, Sir, it's your duty to go against it
I urge you to re-read that 9th amendment
And have courage and conviction and remember your commitment
To the people, cause what if it was Malia?
What if she needed a drug that was illegal to survive
Would things change? Would they be a little different?
Would policy remain, put yourself in that position
And no, I'm not wishing that on you, just illustrating
The consequences of this little plant situation
Cause a lot of politicians hate it
But I just broke it down, it's up to you to step up, Sir
The time is now
I say the time is now
I hope you step up, Sir
The time is now

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