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White House Responds To Marijuana Legalization Petitions

Posted on  January 09, 2013 by  News Admin

 The Obama Administration has just released a new response to three WhiteHouse.gov petitions on marijuana legalization. Perhaps significantly, for the first time Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske is now saying "it is clear that we're in the midst of a serious national conversation about marijuana." "I guess it makes a difference when marijuana legalization gets more votes than your boss does in an important swing state, as happened in Colorado this last election," Tom Angell, chairman of the Marijuana Majority, told Toke of the Town Tuesday night. "From 'legalization is not in my vocabulary and it's not in the president's,' as Gil Kerlikowske often used to say, to 'it is clear that we're in the midst of a serious national conversation about marijuana' is a pretty stark shift. "Of course, what really matters is to what extent the administration actually shifts enforcement priorities and budgets, but I sure do like hearing the U.S. drug czar acknowledge the fact that marijuana legalization is a mainstream discussion that is happening whether he likes it or not," Angell told us. But to expect more than the same tired old lies, the same stale rhetoric, from the Drug Czar would simply be unrealistic, sad to say. "At President Obama's request, the Justice Department is reviewing the legalization initiatives passed in Colorado and Washington, given differences between state and federal law," Kerlikowske's response reads. "In the meantime, please see a recent interview with Barbara Walters in which President Obama addressed the legalization of marijuana." Barbara Walters: Do you...