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.

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