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March 3, 2010

OBAMA DOUBLES SEIZURES OF MARIJUANA

JACOB SULLUM, REASON - Here is another pin in the bedraggled balloon of hope that Barack Obama would de-escalate the war on drugs:

"The total amount of marijuana seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration nearly doubled from 1,539 metric tons in fiscal 2008 to 2,980 metric tons last year."

The numbers were disclosed as part of the DEA’s budget request for fiscal 2011.

The guy who called the war on drugs "an utter failure" and supported marijuana decriminalization when he was running for the Senate, and who promised to call off the DEA's medical marijuana raids when he was running for president, has sought an increase in funding for that utter failure, ridiculed the very notion of marijuana decriminalization, presided over a doubling in marijuana seizures, nominated a hard-line Bush administration holdover to head the DEA, and continued to let the DEA raid medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations without regard to whether they are following state law, despite a written Justice Department policy to the contrary.


2 Comments:

Blogger Samson said...

People let wall street buy the election by pouring millions into the coffers of a candidate, then they act surprised over the results.

The thing is, I never cared if his politician-rap-con-pitch sounded more lefty than most. The key was to recognize that those wall street millions in his accounts spoke louder than anything Obama was saying. And to know that if there was ever a contradiction between Obamas words and those wall street millions, the the money talks and it gets what it wants.

Wall street is running the country. Is anyone surprised that this is the policy?

March 5, 2010 12:31 AM  
Anonymous Point of order... said...

Actually, in the street vernacular, it's " Money talks and bullshit walks".

March 6, 2010 6:17 PM  

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