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Apparently the Presidency is powerless to counter the message dominance of legalization advocates

Poor federal government with its limited resources to communicate policy. They’re absolutely powerless when confronted by the daunting media machine of marijuana legalizers.

That appears to be the point of Keith Humphreys’ bizarre government-as-victim post about the DOJ’s medical marijuana policies.

Could it be that the administration has been hypocritical about marijuana policy, intentionally vague about enforcement, completely anti-science, and trying to have it both ways (appearing to be pro-science progressives while really being anti-science shills of the pharmaceutical and law enforcement lobbies)?

Naw. Must be the fault of the legalizers.

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4 comments to Apparently the Presidency is powerless to counter the message dominance of legalization advocates

  • Duncan20903

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    Everybody is aware that the economy is swirling the bowl today, right? Our government is a fucking magician, they’ve made almost $2 trillion vanish into thin air in one business day.

    The full faith and credit of the United States of America WAS our country’s most valuable asset. After the obligatory dead cat bounce we’re going to be thinking a lot about how good we had it back in 1930. Even the friggin’ clowns that were running the government after the crash of ’29 didn’t
    manage to get our debt downgraded. Hmm, you know that creditors of a privately owned business can force a business into bankruptcy court if certain conditions are met. I wonder, can we force the USA into Chapter 9?

    A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon we’re talking about the Banana Republic of America. Idiots! Get back in there at once and sell! sell!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8H2FIf1oH4

    Our economy just isn’t pining for the fjords. It’s one dead parrot.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6Lq771TVm4

  • DdC

    Medical Marijuana Policy, Then and Now
    by Keith Humphreys
    The new, minimally-elaborated policy was spun for more than half a year by media-savvy, deep-pocketed legalization advocates as a sign that the administration in its heart was comfortable with large-scale marijuana production and use (Yes we cannabis!). That misunderstanding more than anything cued state legislators to act, creating the medical marijuana industry in the United States.

    I had a similar response so I passed.

    Aardvark Cheeselog says: August 8, 2011 at 10:01 am
    media-savvy, deep-pocketed legalization advocates guys in clown shoes who can’t appear in a news story without being the butt of “up in smoke” jokes, Fixed it for you.

    This may be a first, agreeing with Kleiman…

    Mark Kleiman says: August 8, 2011 at 9:25 am
    Just one footnote: the Federal government was paying Federal employees to commit Federal felonies at least from the establishment of Abu Ghraib to the departure of Don Rumsfeld as SecDef in 2006; torture is in direct violation of 18 U.S.C. 2340, and the orders to commit torture came from the top.

    Although that is only but one, of many examples, starting with the CSA.

    Cover-Ups, Prevarications, Subversions & Sabotage

    The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment & Linx

    AEC, DOE, NRC, Nuclear Murderers

  • DdC

    So it seems people are coming around to the fact the government lies about Ganja and the reasons behind the Drugwar. Now if they can only see if an elected official can make and enforce corrupt policies, then they can also legislate removing competition for the status quo paying for their campaigns the same way. Unless maybe some believe corporate CEO’s are incorruptible. Yup it’s getting better as more and more grasp the obvious and give their ops in fixing the symptoms. But still just as many stay denialists solely blaming the politicians and not the corporate money sponsoring them. Gutting regulations that curtail the fascism is as bad as making bogus regulations aiding the fascism.

    Al Capone and Watergate were red herrings to divert the countries attention from the Fascist acts of eliminating competition. Booze/Ethanol or Ganja//Hemp.

    AMERICA- Not A Christian Nation

    Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now. Thus in France the emetic was once forbidden as a medicine, and the potato as an article of food. Government is just as fallible, too, when it fixes systems in physics. Galileo was sent to the Inquisition for affirming that the earth was a sphere; the government had declared it to be as flat as a trencher, and Galileo was obliged to abjure his error. … Reason and experiment have been indulged, and error has fled before them. It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
    — Thomas Jefferson, “Notes on the State of Virginia,” 1787

  • kaptinemo

    When it comes to money, the propaganda arm of the drug warriors has always behaved like disgustingly obese people, lobes of quivering fat protruding in every direction…pointing to the fiscally anexoric ‘legalizers’ and screaming at the top of their lungs that the walking skeleton is incredibly fat and needs to go on a diet.

    That might have worked in the past, but with so much serious talk about budget cuts, that’s going to get harder and harder as things get worse.