Ed Rosenthal Responds to Obama’s YouTube State of the Union

CANNABIS CULTURE – When you ask someone a serious question and they smile and chuckle, what does that mean? When I discussed marijuana legalization in the early 90s with California legislators, I used to get that same smile.

I think it has something to do with their acknowledgment of the hypocrisy that keeps out legalization, an issue so important it filled the top 200 slots of most popular question asked during President Obama’s YouTube State of the Union 2011.

I wonder what would have happened had Obama met that former cop and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition member whose video took the #1 voted upon slot for the event. That cop was on active duty about the same time Obama was a college student or a community activist. Would he still be smiling that smile as the handcuffs were being placed on him? What irony that the cop sees the futility of the policy while Obama denies it.

Obama states that his new drug policy is to go more towards rehabilitation than arrest and incarceration.

What a wonderful “make work” policy. Trying to convince marijuana users that they are harming themselves:

You know, when I first started watching the interview, I was opposed to that policy – but, even though I am not dying, my life just flashed before me and I realized where I went wrong, and it was all because of marijuana!

If it hadn’t been for marijuana, I might still be working on Wall Street and could have had been involved in one the banking scams!

Or, since my penchant was for writing, I could have been writing about gold and diamonds, especially collectible nuggets, and be gifted hand-me-downs.
But no, marijuana led me astray.

So, I must agree with Obama and we should set up clinics all over the place to help reform marijuana users.

The particular clinic that I will create – as a reformed marijuana user having gone from thermal papers to personal hazardous waste incinerators – will bring marijuana users together to discuss their problems while using recommended therapeutic varieties. In this way, they will be able to look inwardly and of their own volition take action on their insights.

Pres, please let us know what you think, we are ready to start up right now!

While I have your eyes for a few seconds, you mentioned a solution to America’s drug problem would be to focus on reducing supply. I don’t know if Drug Czar, Chief Kerlikowske has informed you about our group of Anonymous Volunteers who, at risk to their own bodies are out trying to relieve the DEA of some of its burdens.

It all started when we heard about the two tunnels under the United States-Mexican border that contained 45 tons, or the equivalent of 33 million joints. We realized that this being poor quality Mexican, it would be used in about 12 hours. You would have to have a minimum of four seizures like this a day just to stem the flow of marijuana into the country. That doesn’t even account for all of the domestically produced marijuana, concentrates and bi-products, which seem to be more popular than ever.

I asked for volunteers to search for, locate, seize, and destroy marijuana using thermal papers and personal hazardous waste incinerators. So far, over 50,000 people have volunteered to work in this effort. That is 25 times the number of DEA agents that you have. My volunteers will surely be a great supplement to local police departments such as the one in Columbia, MO that was spending $20,000 to send a SWAT team to deliver all their narcotic search warrants.

If any one of my anonymous volunteer task force eradicators had known about that marijuana, they would have destroyed the half-ounce in less than an hour, more efficiently reducing supply as you suggest than any of the local police departments or DEA.

This leads us to the budget, which is the issue most on everyone’s mind. Since the anonymous volunteers are functioning so well, rather than having this as a government effort, we should leave this to patriotic citizens and their organizations who will work for free to destroy this influx of marijuana.

In fact, we were thinking that since you seem to suffer from MDS (#marijuanadeficiencysyndrome) that you yourself might want to become one of these volunteers. We know you were functioning at quite a different level when you were using this material surreptitiously. But, as an anonymous volunteer you will be able to locate, obtain and destroy some of this material from the medical marijuana health centers that are soon to open in Washington D.C., the city where you live.

My fellow activist and friend Keith Stroup of NORML and I are endeavoring to open such a center right at his house – you know, the one across the way from the Supreme Court? This way you, as well as the Congress and Senate, will have easy access to the center once they get a medical recommendation from their government doctor.

Please let me know what you think.

Ganja Guru Ed Rosenthal is a regular contributor to Cannabis Culture and author of Ed Rosenthal’s Marijuana Grower’s Handbook and many other pot publications. Read his CC Blog.



  1. Tokin' Terry on

    As usual…. stoners display their intellectual incompetence, social absurdity and angry complete failure to grasp what is happening to them. Stoners cannot and will not organise to do anything about the destruction and shutdown of the stoner culture.
    Stoners take turns hissing and pissing at the straight world, dissing each other and heaping up paranoia about their many enemies: real and imagined.

    Its no wonder stoners are lost in space as the real world walls them off – pack it in stoners, there is no way polite society will ever cut us any slack so might as well learn to hide this magnificent precious dope counterculture like cockroaches in cracks and corners only to scatter everytime someone switches on the light.

    Ask Ed about the Federal clampdown on the pot saloons in his city and across California in general.. stoned old clowns are only funny to other stoned old clowns.
    He’s only on these forums because he owns a big chunk of Cannabis Culture..
    a corporate player all along

  2. Anonymous on

    Didn’t know ignorance like this still existed…

  3. Anonymous on

    Here’s why Obama and all other feds want to keep Cannabis illegal. They want to benefit from the proceeds of “crime”. First they demand that you pay taxes on your illegal income (like they are doing with the suppliers of California dispensaries), thereby getting a cut of the action, then they want to seize your possessions, like your house and car, so they can use them or auction them off or whatever they hell they do with it all. So the question is why is it okay for the feds to directly benefit from the proceeds of crime with impunity while jailing you and I? It might be somewhat defensible if they gave all that money to food banks or something, so it benefits the people, but they’re using that tax money (if they actually get any) to fund attacks on other countries they don’t happen to like, like Iraq, and bail out rich bankers. They use the stolen vehicles for police work, in other words to go steal more stuff. Now they can load up more booty with the seized Explorers. They don’t seem to be donating the seized houses to the homeless either. How did America and Canada degenerate into this? It used to be “by the people for the people”, now it’s “by the feds for the feds” or “by the cops for the cops”. What can the people do about it when all the Supreme Court judges are in on it? Nothing, other than what they are doing in Egypt.

  4. MOTAF on

    Dear Obama,

    I hope you don’t quit smoking because I want you to die of cancer you
    mother fucking hypocrite.


    The American People.

  5. WHITEMAN on

    You need to call this goof Obama a NIGGER, like it is, not a Black Nazi….

    NIGGER is worse to say or type than NAZI, supposedly?

    ….. but before I was born – black judges, doctors, lawyers, police, and any other higher level of authority already existed…. bankers, medical workers, whatever else exists.
    Obama thinks he has an advantage because convincing everyone that they are racist if they don’t agree or vote for this NIGGER! Another attempt at the stupid NIGGER word….. NAZI is safer to express than NIGGER these days and if “Nigger” ever lost its status as offensive racial bullshit every black would cry a river forever because they won’t get so-called respect or special treatment!!!!! At least the assumed projection, the people mihgt nit cre, but it will exist as the media and propaganda provoking politics and other dumb fucks!
    Forced to be considered auto-racist, and tokers to be convinced to think they’re harming themselves??? NICE TRY ASSHOLE~! DON’T EVEN COMPARE TO TOBACCO OR ALCOHOL…. NIGGER

    REDNECK = white man hard working leaning over doing hard labour farm work who’s willing to break sunburn blisters off of his skin with a sunburned neck!!!

    NIGGER = Stereotype for blacks, a nickname from 100’s of years ago…. a cotton-picking farm worker, but do they get bubbles of blisters for working in the sun…. NO, they are adapted to sunburning UV rays a bit more than whites. FARMERS still get imported workers from many out of country places and many are black from Jamaica, Trinidad, etc, and many from Mexico. They are still willing to work on a farm and they get good pay for it. Benefits include, FREE room and Board, minimum 40 hrs per week and free vehicles to use. Gas money, many things. BUT A FARM JOB can be easy and hard, so…… I DON’T NEED TO HEAR THAT BLACKS WERE SLAVES AND NOT FARMERS….. IF THE FARMERS WORKERS ARE STILL IMMIGRANTS THAt GO HOME In THE WINTER, THEN IT SEEMS THERE ARE BLACK PEOPLE STILL WILLING TO DO THE SAME WORK, SAME WORK MANY WHITES DO AND DID! BUT NOW…. Too many business loving bitches need a chair and a monitor to live with because farm work is already considered slave work and now barely anybody in Canada is willing to do it, lazy fucks! AFRAID of ‘NIGGER STATUS’ for SLAVE WORK – PARANOID of RACISM!

    SO OBAMA – WILL YOU BURN YOUR SKIN OFF OF YOUR BODY FOR YOUR COUNTRY TO SURVIVE. You need to work on a farm for a day or two, then you’ll know what you do to get your prime rib $50 plate at high class resaurants, with nice green asparagus and mashed potatoes, carrots and peas or brocoli.

    AND HARPER – He wouldn’t know what a redneck is because he’s never seen the dirt on the bottom of his shoe!
    Come on harper, burn your neck for us all, lets see if you fight racism by doing the farm work.

    NOW – if you’re lucky enough to catch this message, I’M SURE IT WILL BE ERASED BECAUSE CC IS SCARED OF THE WORD “NIGGER” – too bad, ‘NIGGER, NIGGER NIGGER’!

  6. David762 on

    Google that term.

    President Obama, with the stroke of a pen (Executive Order), could reclassify cannabis from a Schedule 1 Narcotic to a Schedule 2 or Schedule 3 medicine — for that matter, so could Attorney General Holder, or Drug Czar Kerlikowske, or DEA Chief Leonhart issue an administrative finding that does the same thing.

    The USA’s Prohibition of alcohol did not need to be a Constitutional Amendment, but was done thusly as a means to make it more difficult to overturn — and yet it was, in the blink of an eye compared to the USA’s Prohibition 2.0 against cannabis, which has endured for over 70 years. The difference between the 2 tyrannical persecutions/prohibitions is that the 1st had a widespread and often violent public resistance, while the 2nd has garnered the support of “welfare queen” crony corporations who have over the intervening years gained widespread and undue influence over the entire Federal government and most State governments.

    Now, back to that term “Unitary Executive” — when the central government, originally based upon small “d” democratic representative government “of, for, and by the people themselves” has devolved into an oppressive police state that looks after the well-being of select favored corporations & the self-serving concentration of power into the hands of the oligarchic kleptocracy, it is no longer a democracy or republic. It is a fascist dictatorship. Obama, as the head of that “Unitary Executive”, is the dictator in chief. Try to think of the USA now as a Corporate State, with Obama as the CEO and Chairman of the Board.

  7. pablo on

    You are just as much a fool as those supporting prohibition if you think the President title gives you any real power. He is nothing but a figure head controlled by a bunch of callous, greedy, and evil corporate-types. How soon we forget where he stood on drug policy before the election. It’s easy to forget common sense when there is a gun held to your head. Obama is not the problem, it is the system that is broken. But as long as you want your imported food, cheap gas, video games, and fast food, etc., the system will stay in place.

  8. malcolm kyle on

    We all have our victories and defeats as regards fear, but most of us strive not to let fear rule our hearts or our choices. Being free means being free to live and love as if death had no power over us. It is our ethical and moral duty to expose blind hate and ignorance by shining eternal light and love, sending fear and hatred fleeing back to the shadows from whence it came.

    We explore outer space with various forms of space craft, but many choose to explore inner space via nature’s abundant chemistry – an infinite journey into the heart of God. Whatever, we are here to explore this glorious universe. The Prohibitionist’s brand of hateful, choking pseudo-Conservatism is the antithesis of all that. Like a lion who cannot grasp that he can do more than walk in a circle the size of the cage he’s been freed from, the prohibitionist is incapable of exploration beyond the boundaries of his own fear, prejudice and loathing. We are all free to choose how we walk our own path, but when we choose to go beyond this by supporting drug-war demagoguery, to the point of even threatening others with imprisonment and physical violence, we loose the right to expect any form of respect from the once free and prosperous society that we are helping to totally destroy.

    We’re about to lose all semblance of that once ordered, prosperous and safe society. Myself, along with many others, have been debating prohibitionists on this for many years. We have shown what destruction prohibition has wrought on all the civil institutions of this once great nation, -we’ve always provided facts and statistics – they, the prohibitionists, have countered with either lies, personal abuse or even serious threats of violence.

    Ending the insanity of drug prohibition by legalized regulation, respecting the rights of the responsible users and focusing on addiction as a sickness, like we do with alcohol and tobacco, will save the U.S. economy along with countless lives and livelihoods. Prohibition continues unabated for shameful political reasons. It cannot, and never will, reduce drug use or addiction.

  9. Dave on

    I wonder if he’s willing to criminalize his drugs; tobacco and alcohol? If an illegal market is good enough for our herb, why not his poisons? Why is it that all these lier politicians eventually sing from the same song book. Once in, they act like puppets! Who the hell is the Grand-Puppettier here?

    And they laugh and sneer at us!

  10. Big Baby Jesus on

    Haha big ups to you Ed for telling it like it is! Obama has “compromised” and fucked us all again. I seriously doubt he REALLY thinks legalization is a bad idea–except for him politically. As my friend says, “Democrats beat on the hippy to get votes,” meaning they alienate their base to try and garner favor with their opponents, and come off (rightfully so) as mealy-mouthed weasels.

  11. Kr0n!c71 on

    Question: I wonder if either he or mein fuhrer Harper were opposed to chemicals,or not politicians period,would they hold the same opinion?


  12. Dan on

    You treasonist piece of shit TRAITOR.
    FUCK YOU!!!!