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Would Romney Be Better on Medical Marijuana?

Scott Morgan has an article in the Huffington Post about Obama’s terrible record on medical marijuana and argues that those who think Romney might actually be worse on that issue are probably wrong.

President Obama has been taking a lot of well-deserved heat for his disjointed and disappointing approach to medical marijuana. Of course, with an election approaching, Obama supporters are struggling to explain why the many Americans who care deeply about this issue should support this president following his badly broken promises andrecent false statements. An argument I’ve been hearing a lot is that Mitt Romney would be even more of a monster when it comes to medical marijuana policy…

Anyone who wants to argue that Romney would be worse when it comes to medical marijuana should begin by explaining how. Really, how would he be worse? The Obama Administration is already doing every single awful thing that can be done short of suspending all other federal law enforcement functions and spending the next 4 years demolishing dispensaries one at a time. They’re raiding businessesprosecuting providersintimidating landlordssuing operators on bogus tax claimsthreatening to arrest state regulatorsblocking medical research, and even banning gun ownership by patients. I honestly doubt Romney could be any worse than this if he tried.

That doesn’t mean he’d do any better, of course; I doubt he would. But it would be difficult to be worse. It also doesn’t mean that this one issue should decide who anyone should vote for. But let’s not pretend that the reality isn’t what it is.

Comments

  1. Brownian says

    Would Romney Be Better on Medical Marijuana?

    Better? I don’t know. What kind of marijuana is he on now?

  2. says

    Would Romney be better on medical marijuana? Nah. I think Zoloft, Haldol,Paxil prescribed concurrently with large doses of Night Train, MD 20/20 or other suitable hydrating liquids* might be more efficacious. What’s that, it wouldn’t solve his problems and it might be fatal? Well, that might solve OUR problem.

    * I know, they dehydrate, but this is MY fantasy.

  3. Brownian says

    What’s that, it wouldn’t solve his problems and it might be fatal?

    I got way wasted whilst on Paxil and Ativan (I didn’t know booze was contraindicated.) The closest I came to fatality was when I fell up the stairs because they were moving very oddly for stairs, and another somewhat slapstick moment when a bouncer, apparently telling an “I caught a fish this big” story, stuck out his arm and clotheslined me while I tried to pass him from behind.

  4. says

    Dingojack: “Maybe if he were on medical [MDMA]”

    As a member of one of the most pharmacologically restrictive religions on Earth, one has to conclude that this is unlikely, but on the other hand there really is, apparently, church called the Peyote Way Church of God, which is a syncretism of the Latter Day Saints movement and Native American peyote rituals. How they square that, I’m not sure. Mescaline + Mormonism = WTF?

    http://www.peyoteway.org/history/index.php

  5. dingojack says

    Momons on Mescaline, that’s gonna make for a truely Hunter S. Thompson early saturday morning doorstop.
    Mormon One: Did ya see the size of that god-damn chicken!
    Mormon Two: Thay cain’t see us, asshole, we’re in the spirt world!

    :D Dingo

  6. bubba707 says

    I really don’t see how the President has much of anything to do with the issue. The laws are there and that was Congress doing. Obama doesn’t have the authority to force law enforcement to ignore the laws. The only way to stop it is for Congress to repeal or amend the laws regarding medical marijuana.

  7. says

    bubba707 wrote:

    I really don’t see how the President has much of anything to do with the issue. The laws are there and that was Congress doing. Obama doesn’t have the authority to force law enforcement to ignore the laws. The only way to stop it is for Congress to repeal or amend the laws regarding medical marijuana.

    This is false. In fact, Obama promised, over and over again, to shift the DEA’s focus away from medical marijuana. And in fact, he can change the laws in this regard without Congress. The executive branch has the power, under the Controlled Substances Act, to reclassify it from Schedule 1. It would require a finding by the Attorney General and a couple of other procedural actions, all of them already written into the law.

  8. frog says

    boselecta: “Mescaline + Mormonism = WTF?”

    The hallmark of religion is that it can rationalize any crazy thing and make it sound reasonable to some subset of people. Given what actual Mormon beliefs are, I suspect mescaline may have been involved all the way back when Smith spoke to Moroni.

  9. bubba707 says

    Ok Ed, I stand corrected. It does remain that the President doesn’t have the unilateral authority, it does require others findings to get it done. If he isn’t getting cooperation from the FDA or the AG it ain’t happening.

  10. lordshipmayhem says

    Mittens would certainly be more laid-back on medical marijuana. I doubt if he’d unravel completely.

    Whether the Xian Right could support a mellow Mittens remains to be seen. I suspect they’d be too tightly knit for that.

  11. Who Knows? says

    I think President Obama is between a rock and a hard place on this and many other issues. Just as women have to work twice as hard to appear just as good as men. black men have to work twice as hard to look just as good as white men. I can only imagine the racist uproar from the right should President Obama back off the drug war.

    Give the poor guy a break.

  12. d cwilson says

    Who Knows?:

    You may be right about the reasons behind Obama’s actions. There’s the issue of state forfeture laws. There’s a lot of pressure from state and local law enforcement agencies to keep up the sham war because it’s become such a big source of revenue. On top of that, you have the private prison lobby who are one of the biggest pushers of tough drug sentencing laws. It’s not something that any president can just unilateraly overturn, at least not without facing a huge backlash.

    I’d equate it to when Clinton tried to end discrmination of gays in the military. Yes, he could have used his authority to end it unilaterally, but he quickly learned that Congress, at that time, was ready and willing to pass a law unriding that decision with a veto-proof majority. The result was the shitty “compromise” of DADT.

    Of course, that doesn’t mean that people who care about this issue should backoff from holding his feet to the fire.

    As for whether or not Romney would be better, all I have to say is, are you f**king kidding me? Romney belongs to a religion that forbids consuming caffeine. Plus, he’s still beholden to all of the forces I mentioned above. What possible reason would make anyone think he’d scale back enforcement against MM?

  13. Brandon says

    Is there any evidence that “medical marijuana” isn’t a nonsense term? The last I recall hearing is that smoked cannabis does not have medical advantages over THC. THC, when purified can be administered in quantifiable doses, which makes it far more suitable for medical purposes than cannabis. Am I misinformed about this topic? As near as I can tell, “medical marijuana” has been nothing but a distraction from a push towards legitimate legalization, a short-run loop hole rather than a real solution.

  14. says

    Brandon:

    Apocryphal stories suggest that smoking pot may be partly “placebo effect” but, if it makes someone dying of cancer feel better, I’m all for it.

    Methadone was supposed to better than heroin was supposed to better than morphinew was supposed to better than laudunum was supposed to be better than the dreampipe. I am somewhat unconvinced that processing drugs to make them more “acceptable” is all that beneficial. Otoh, I’m certain that smoking “water” (pot soaked in embalmng fluid or PCP–or both) cannot be good.

  15. says

    “I honestly doubt Romney could be any worse than this if he tried.”

    That’s amazingly stupid. Here in Colorado, the federal government has indeed been harassing medical marijuana dispensaries, and there was a recent order to close a couple of dozen that were within 1000 ft. proximity of a school. But yet, there are still hundreds of them, and they do a brisk business.

    Given that they are illegal under federal law, it would be very easy to be worse than the Obama administration. Just order them all shut down and raid those that don’t comply. It’s not like they’re hard to find.

  16. D. C. Sessions says

    Romney belongs to a religion that forbids consuming caffeine.

    On the other hand, it’s down with ephedrine — which is the parent of the amphetamines.

  17. says

    “On the other hand, it’s down with ephedrine — which is the parent of the amphetamines.”

    What? Mormeth? Hey, is “Breaking Bad” a fucking documentary? HOLY BOXERBRIEFS BATMAN!!

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