MAKE ME! (Do It)

Regular readers of my blog know that one of the problems that the U.S. and the world are facing is Obama’s severe case of Marijuana Deficiency Syndrome (MDS).

Symptoms of this condition, are loss of grounding and acceptance of facts that are “generally regarded as true” without thorough examination. One example: dithering over whether to just continue the war, obliterate Afghanistan, or give them war reparations in the form of a trade agreement allowing the import of Afghani hash. Which would you choose?

Another symptom is Obama taking advice from the pinstripe bankers and speculators, rather than outfitting them in horizontal black and whites with the occasional orange or spring green jumpsuit for variety (or as Maricopa County, Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio – pink underwear).

However, his handling of the health care bill wending its way through Congress has been astute. Marijuana activists can gain insight by looking at this struggle for health care. It has a lot of parallels with our efforts to reform marijuana laws.

Obama was in favor of both marijuana and single-payer health care in the past. When he took office he started working on health care but single-payer wasn’t part of his original proposal. There was outrage among his supporters who started a campaign to energize the public and pressure recalcitrant legislators.

This is exactly how Roosevelt moved some of his most important programs including Social Security. He created expectations. Then when the proposals didn’t deliver what people had expected, public pressure eventually pushed the programs forward.

Attorney General Holder’s recent half-hearted memorandum calling off the DEA from enforcement of federal laws in medical states has changed the paradigm and increased the distance between expectations and the reality of enforcement. Most people see “A Great Awakening” or “A New Opening” and have believed the headline version of Holder’s story.

A closer reading of his statement doesn’t leave me as optimistic about federal policy. It can be easily summed up- “DEA Agents: our policy is not to bust medical marijuana suppliers and users… But if you do, no harm done, and don’t worry, defendants can’t use government policy as a defense in court.” You can see how far apart expectations are from reality.

Expectations presuppose future action. You know, WE WANT POT LEGAL NOW rather than “Please Mr. Legislator, would you pretty please consider changing the marijuana laws?” A slight difference in inflection says it all.

Will you just accept Holder’s statement with a hearty thank you? Or will this slight concession create a demand for more?

I think the answer can be seen in the California marijuana movement. Tom Ammiano’s bill (A.B. 390), which would legalize marijuana, is being discussed in the state legislature today.

Along with A.B. 390, two competing initiatives are gathering signatures and are likely to be on the ballot. Both will make marijuana legal. The legalization movement is flexing its muscles. It can smell the smoke of legalization coming from the dispensaries and can taste the future without having cops in the marijuana equation.

So what can you do to help? There are two ways.

First, GET ACTIVE: participate in demonstrations, write letters, join organizations, and pass on the information to your friends and family.

Second, – JOINTS FOR OBAMA. Barack is still suffering from MDS! Ever since he won last November he hasn’t been able to get any good stuff and has to sneak cigarettes. Send him a joint. Maybe one will get through, he’ll get high and get more grounded- even though he’ll be flying.



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  2. Interested Observer on

    Seems to me you missed one of the biggest and longest wars of all. I don’t see the War On Drugs(read: War on Non-White Minorities) in your list. Allow me to make the addition.

    War on Drugs, 1937 – Present (time span of US federal involvement)

    A bit of an oversight given it’s the longest war in US history and possibly also the most costly (depending on how you count the cost).

  3. Lindsay S on

    I just wonder what war is next for the American Govt,
    Perhaps a war on war?
    It seems to me, as we look back into history, how many years it has been that U.S.A has not had some war going of some kind? Perhaps start at the arrival of American settlers in America and follow history. I believe you will find, USA has been in some kind of war almost always. Is war really that profitable? Heck, I would rather live in poverty.
    I propose a war on war, no more war, give peace a chance, at least for more than a 5 year stretch, Try it, You may like it.
    I have a feeling some other countries are already preparing for a war to end all wars. I wonder, what would that mean to the world?

    An impressive list of American wars.

    18th Century
    American Revolutionary War, 1775 – 1783
    Boston campaign, 1775 – 1776
    Canadian Theatre, 1775 – 1776
    New York and New Jersey campaign, 1776 – 1777
    Saratoga Campaign, 1777
    Philadelphia Campaign, 1777 – 1778
    Western Theatre, 1775 – 1782
    Northern Theater, 1778 – 1781
    Southern Theatre, 1775 – 1782
    Northwest Indian War, 1785 – 1795
    Quasi-War, France, 1798 – 1800
    19th Century
    First Barbary War, 1801 – 1805
    War of 1812, 1812 – 1815
    Tecumseh’s Rebellion, 1811 – 1813
    Lake Champlain Campaign, 1812 – 1814
    Niagara Campaign, 1812 – 1814
    Detroit Campaign, 1812 – 1814
    Chesapeake Campaign, 1813 – 1814
    Creek War, 1813 – 1814
    Peoria War, 1813
    Southern Campaign,
    Second Barbary War, 1815
    First Seminole War, 1817 – 1818
    Winnebago War, 1827
    Black Hawk War, 1832
    Second Seminole War, 1835 – 1842
    Mexican-American War, 1846 – 1848
    Cayuse War, 1847 – 1855
    Third Seminole War, 1855 – 1858
    American Civil War, 1861 – 1865
    Union blockade, 1861 – 1865
    Eastern Theater, 1861 – 1865
    Western Theater, 1861 – 1865
    Lower Seaboard Theater, 1861 – 1865
    Trans-Mississippi Theater, 1861 – 1865
    Dakota Conflict, 1862
    Pacific Coast Theater, 1863
    Colorado War, 1863 – 1865
    Red Cloud’s War, 1866 – 1868
    Korean Expedition, 1871
    Modoc War, 1872 – 1873
    Red River War, 1874 – 1875
    Black Hills War, 1876 – 1877
    Nez Perce War, 1877
    Bannock War, 1878
    Cheyenne War, 1878 – 1879
    Sheepeater Indian War, 1879
    Ute War, 1879-1880
    Pine Ridge Campaign, 1890-1891
    Battle of Leech Lake, 1898
    Spanish-American War, 1898
    Philippine-American War, 1899 – 1913
    20th Century
    Boxer Rebellion, 1899 – 1901
    Banana Wars:
    United States occupation of Nicaragua, 1907-1933
    United States occupation of Honduras, 1907-1933
    United States overthrow of Guatemalan Government, 1907-1933
    Intervention during Panamanian Election, 1908
    United States occupation of Cuba, 1912
    United States occupation of Veracruz, 1914
    United States occupation of Haiti, 1915-1934
    United States occupation of the Dominican Republic, 1917-1924
    Mexican Expedition, 1916 – 1917
    Battle of Ambros Nogales, 1918
    World War I, 1917 – 1918 (time span of U.S. involvement)
    European Theatre, 1917 – 1918
    First Battle of the Atlantic, 1917 – 1918
    Russian Revolution, 1918-1920 (time span of U.S. involvement)
    Polar Bear Expedition, 1918 – 1919
    American Expeditionary Force Siberia, Soviet Union, 1918 – 1920
    World War II, 1941 – 1945 (time span of U.S. involvement)
    Second Battle of the Atlantic, 1941 – 1945
    Pacific War, 1941 – 1945
    African Theatre, 1942 – 1943
    European Theatre, 1944 – 1945
    Korean War, 1950 – 1953
    Operation Blue Bat, Lebanon, 1958
    Bay of Pigs Invasion, Cuba, 1961
    Operation Powerpack, Dominican Republic, 1965 – 1966
    Vietnam War, 1962 – 1973 (time span of United States involvement)
    Laotian Civil War, 1962 – 1973
    Cambodian Civil War, 1969 – 1970
    Contra War, El Salvador, 1981-1990
    Invasion of Grenada, Grenada, 1983-1984
    Iran–Iraq War, 1987 – 1989
    United States invasion of Panama 1989 – 1990
    Persian Gulf War, Iraq, 1991
    Operation Desert Shield, 1991
    Operation Desert Storm, 1991
    Somali Civil War, 1992 – 1994
    Operation Provide Relief, 1992
    Operation Restore Hope, 1992 – 1994
    Yugoslav wars, 1994 – 1999
    Bosnian Conflict, 1994 – 1995
    Kosovo Conflict, 1997 – 1999
    21st Century
    War on Terrorism, 2001 – present
    Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan 2001 – present
    Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines 2002 – present
    Operation Enduring Freedom – Horn of Africa 2002 – present
    Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003 – present
    War in North-West Pakistan, 2004 – present
    War in Somalia, 2006 – 2009
    Operation Enduring Freedom – Trans Sahara 2007 – present

    Well? What do you think? What war will there be after this one? Perhaps a war on single mothers who have no husband, or a war on fatherless children who have no Father figure.
    I ask, if the fathers were home instead of fighting and dieing in a war, what would this world be like?

    Lindsay S

    P.S. I hope Obama gets to smoke one of those joints that have been sent to him, he sits down and thinks about what I have said. Maybe he will see the light.

    Sorry it is so long. Had to be said.

  4. Anonymous on

    yes he has a staff for his mail….and if he got 10,000 joints he would know….doubt he has got 10,000 though…maybe like 2,000

  5. Dan-o on

    President Obama seems to want to be all things to all people. That is why he made this big statement about stopping med pot busts while ACTUALLY not changing a damned thing. In short he is attempting to sit on a fence. This applies to the wars also. During the campaign he said his top priority was to extricate us from these wars of “choice” 100 days wasn’t it that he said we’d be out of Iraq?. Yet today we are still in BOTH places. His unwillingness to make enemies is not in good service to the country. If I were to offer advice to the pres, it would be simply, Grow a pair. Piss of the DEA or us potheads, but for fucks sake take an actual stand!

  6. slade420 on

    I wonder if any joints even make it TO the white house? I would expect for security reasons, the mail would be sorted off the property, joints seized, or stolen. One would have to wonder if Obama even knows there are joints being mailed to him. Has anyone that sent a joint received a response?