Marijuana Activists Seethe at Obama’s DNC Ad

After months of relentless federal crackdowns on state-regulated medical marijuana dispensaries, President Barack Obama has appeared in a video with marijuana movie icons Harold and Kumar.

Many marijuana advocates are outraged by the appearance of hypocrisy this video suggests. Kal Penn, who played Kumar Patel in the “Harold and Kumar” films, left his acting career to work for President Obama in 2009 as Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. His appointment to the White House staff surprised many marijuana activists, mainly due to the political statements of his “Harold and Kumar” role.

In the film “Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay”, Kumar questions a character portraying former president George W. Bush:

KUMAR: Dude, this is weed!

BUSH: That’s Alabama Kush. That’s only the finest.

KUMAR: So you get high and then you put other people who smoke weed in jail? That’s so hypocritical.

Penn, an occasional actor and White House employee, will host a show during Thursday night’s Democratic National Convention. One wonders if Penn will ask the president about his hypocrisy on the issue of medical marijuana. Doubtful, but interesting to speculate…

– Read the entire article at The Examiner.



  1. Anonymous on

    I have decided to write in Ron Paul to show my support for cannabis.

  2. Anonymous on

    That loser will have ignored the huge sector of the voting public that wishes to see cannabis regulated in a manner similar to alcohol and tobacco.

    Millions of campaign dollars will be wasted. Millions of hours of volunteer labor will be for nothing. The losing party will get to pack up, and go home…defeated.

    Vote your conscience. Don’t let anyone talk you into voting for the “lesser of two evils”. Don’t be taken for granted. Make your vote be earned, and heard.

  3. Ganjadude on

    Yeah you’re right, there will be mass layoffs once prohibition ends. That’s fine though, because they’ll all have jobs in the new green economy. We’ll effectively turn all the killers into healers.

  4. gutrod on

    Drug enforcement is a huge employer both in Canada & the U.S. Imagine if cannabis prohibition ended. The unemployment rate would skyrocket. The irony is that the majority of pot smokers are productive tax paying citizens who are forced to pay for their own persecution. The lie continues.

  5. MenaceMotors on

    Obbummer Lies and Patients Die. Hope Barry is unemployed come January 2013

  6. Mrs. RatsRectum on

    You could change the tense of the line:
    So you used to get high and now you put other people who smoke weed in jail? That’s so hypocritical.

    Sure Obama is more likely to ease up on the sacred herb after the election if he doesn’t have to take too much heat for it, if he has enough support from the Congress, if the American people poll enough that way, if, if, if.

    He could waffle, equivocate, as usual, and take the position that he will ask the Congress not to spend federal money in states that have decided to take the responsibility from the federal government by implementing their own laws and regulations concerning medical marijuana. If states are willing to spend their money that way, why waste federal dollars? It could be used elsewhere.

    He definitely will not come out and say, or even hint, that he would ask that cannabis be legalized outright for recreational and industrial purposes, either. He may secretly think it, but he won’t give the Republicans and prohibitionists in the Democratic Party any leverage against him. That’s his safe position. It’s like saying maybe or we’ll see.

    The question is not so much am I better off now than I was four years ago, but rather if I elect X will I be better off four years from now?

    Still, I’ve been around long enough to see what happened during Iran-Contra and Freeway Ricky Ross and recently Fast and Furious. The subtext, the unwritten and unspoken conclusion, after ruling out the impossible points to the truth, which is something the Mexican governors and officials have been saying, namely that the CIA is orchestrating and facilitating the drug trade. It’s a covert source of funding for covert operations for things the Congress isn’t supposed to know about and/or won’t fund. It’s for the dirty business, for the stuff that the U.S. doesn’t want to get its hands officially dirty with. Iran-Contra was funded via crack, basically. The Contras benefited, so narcotrafficker supporters benefited. In raiding the California cannabis enterprises, the feds are ensuring a profitable cannabis market to the cartels they see to it get weapons via programs like Fast and Furious.

    Hopefully, the sequestration cuts that go into effect will get the feds out of the picture, especially in MMJ states. The Republicans don’t want to cut military spending. Big Surprise there, NOT! With all their big talk they’ve got to make the cuts elsewhere, and it’s hard to believe the American public will actually let them hack into Social Security and Medicare they way the Republicans are saying they want to go to town on them.

    Thanks for doing an outstanding job of reporting my disgust about Obama letting the rabid dogs loose on cannabis and pandering to me for my vote. I’m very suspicious of him, whether he’ll really do anything to move things along closer toward the legal end of the cannabis continuum. I know Romney sure as hell won’t. I just resent my vote being taken for granted by Obama and so many Democrats. I hope I’m wrong about that.