Ducking Drug War Questions at Change.gov

Obama’s transition team responded to the second round of Change.gov questions on Friday, proving yet again that they’d sooner defeat the purpose of the site than actually discuss drug policy.

Last time, a question about marijuana legalization got the most votes from the public, resulting in a one sentence "no" response. This time, the questions were broken into categories, and this question came in first in the "national security" section:

Our current war on drugs is failing America. Billions of dollars are spent on a losing campaign. Our prisons are overflowing with people that don't deserve to be there. What is the government going to do in an effort to fix this major problem?

But it wasn’t answered. It was the only leading question to receive no acknowledgement, thus the national security category was ignored entirely. Obama’s team claimed that some leading questions were put aside to make room for new ones:

Since there were so many popular questions in so many categories, we tried to pull out some of them that had been addressed previously by the President-elect or Vice President-elect in order to focus the video portion on questions that haven’t been as specifically addressed during the Transition.

The questions that fall into this category appear at the bottom of the post, except when you scroll down, you find the marijuana question from the first round, but not the new drug war question that won in the second installment. It’s sort of a bait and switch, the idea being that by referencing the old marijuana question, we’ll forget that a totally different drug policy question won in the second round and Obama refused to touch it.

All of this is perfectly predictable, and I won’t meet with much success trying to make a controversy out of it. Still, it serves as yet another obnoxious reminder of the desperate avoidance of any meaningful discussion of our drug policy in mainstream politics.

- Article from StoptheDrugWar.org.

Comments

Will you consider legalizing

Will you consider legalizing cannabis/marijuana/hemp so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and create a multi-billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?—DJ C, Chicago, IL

Open for Questions Response, 12/15/08: President-elect Obama is not in favor of the legalization of marijuana.

It woulndnt really matter

It woulndnt really matter what the majority of ppls attitude is towards it. Here in canada most polls show that the majority of ppl are in favor of legalizing it. and yet it's still illegal. in my opinion they'll never ever put it up for a country wide vote, because they well know that it world get a pro legalization vote for certain. Goverments are not interested in the will of the ppl. In truth there only interested in maintaing there own power and the expansion of that power. I'm not an american but i think your not giving them enough credit. I'd bet more citizens would be for it rather than against it.
p.s the poor spelling and grammar isn;t do to pot more like laziness and to many molson's

Alcohol And ciggertts is killing everyone.

I Agree a 100% with the man in IL. I don't understand why the government lets people continue to kill there self
With all the chemicals in ciggerretts, and that kills like half a million just in the U.S. And all the deaths
from people going out and drinking and driving (DUI) and just going killing good people. with the wreck less driving..
I think we should be able to choose To smoke cannabis if we want. Its not fair at all. To let these other substances be
allowed when one that can help many cancers are illegal. I guess they think we have to many people and would like to
thin the population by all these deaths. WOW

> I don't understand why the

> I don't understand why the government lets people continue to kill there self With all the chemicals in ciggerretts, and that kills like half a million just in the U.S.

Actually, the answer is probably pretty simple: cigarettes have a billion dollar industry promoting their use (Big Tobacco). Marijuana has a billion dollar industry dissuading their use (DEA et al).

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