Does Obama Have the Guts To Respond to This Former LAPD Deputy Chief on Marijuana?
Note: In case you didn't already know (you should be able to figure it out), JDA fully supports legalization of marijuana in the United States (tax it, idiots!) and stands behind the efforts of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition to bring law enforcement experience and sensibility to the nonsense that is the "war on drugs" in this country. If there ever was a legitimate war, it has failed. Meanwhile, more Americans are on soul-sucking anti-depressants than ever but that's totally legal. Sure, makes sense.
Tomorrow, President Obama will answer "a handful" of top-voted questions submitted through whitehouse.gov. Something tells me this question will not make the list, even though "the people" voted it up and it comes from an American citizen who spent his life protecting and serving the people of Los Angeles.
A question advocating marijuana legalization from a retired LAPD deputy chief of police won twice as many votes as any other video question in the White House's "Your Interview with the President" competition on YouTube this weekend. President Obama is slated to answer some of the top-voted questions on Monday.
The marijuana question, submitted by Stephen Downing, a board member for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), is as follows: "Mr. President, my name is Stephen Downing, and I'm a retired deputy chief of police from the Los Angeles Police Department. From my 20 years of experience I have come to see our country’s drug policies as a failure and a complete waste of criminal justice resources. According to the Gallup Poll, the number of Americans who support legalizing and regulating marijuana now outnumbers those who support continuing prohibition. What do you say to this growing voter constituency that wants more changes to drug policy than you have delivered in your first term?"
The Gallup poll to which Downing refers can be found here.
Thank you, Mr Downing, for your service to your community and for asking the tough questions.
Your move, Mr President.