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Remember when ‘legalization’ wasn’t in their vocabulary?

Considering the Drug Czar famously said: “Legalization is not in the president’s vocabulary, and it is not in mine,” both of them seem to be using it an awful lot lately.

As Scott Morgan notes: We’re Winning Any Time the President is Forced to Say the Word “Legalization”

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13 comments to Remember when ‘legalization’ wasn’t in their vocabulary?

  • Somehow the whole “not in my vocabulary” nonsense didn’t even occur to me or I would have mentioned it. I’d say we’ve done a decent job of making those words rather regrettable.

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  • Francis

    Pres. Obama:

    “I think it’s entirely legitimate to have a conversation about whether the laws in place are ones that are doing more harm than good in certain places. I personally and my administration’s position is that legalization is not the answer, that in fact, if you think about how it would end up operating, the capacity of a large-scale drug trade to dominate certain countries if they were allowed to operate legally without any constraint could be just as corrupting, if not more corrupting, as the status quo.”

    The notion that a legal, regulated industry could be MORE corrupting, or even as corrupting, as the multi-billion dollar black market for illicit drugs is absurd. But in his defense, BHO is no doubt intimately familiar with just how corrupting legal industries can be. (I’m thinking in particular of the pharmaceutical industry and the prison-industrial complex.)

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    • kaptinemo

      I noted that on another site, and it’s really amazing that few people seem to have picked up on this. It’s about as embarrassing a gaffe as you could possibly make, as this can lead to the kind of secondary questions that will reveal just how woefully inarticulate and logically warped the entire prohib position is.

      This just goes to show that on the subject of drug prohibition Obama is completely on autopilot. He’s not engaged in this at all; his off-handed, consolation-prize appointment of Leonhart after a lengthy wait (and damn few takers lining up for the sh*tty dead-end, un-sexy job) just goes to show how unengaged he is.

      He’s only parroting the Party Line from the bureaucracy without ANY cogitation at all on his part. They’re telling him what to say. This subject does not register AT ALL on his radar. At least it didn’t until the foreign heads of state began to mention it. When that began to rattle his bankster master’s cage, then he took notice.

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      • the true test of obama occurs after the election when he no longer has to worry about losing.

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        • Mike Parent

          I don’t have your faith.
          Mr. President, “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you”. Friedrich Nietzsche

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        • kaptinemo

          Brian, I am not so confident that he’ll rise to the occasion. He didn’t have to let loose his civilian version of the ‘dogs of war’ in the (ha-ha-not-funny) ‘Justice’ department to do what they’re doing with regards to the dispensaries. But he did.

          Dispensaries had been a thorn in the side of the Bushies for years, but Junior didn’t let his snarling, slavering attack dogs loose on them the way Obama has. Not until Sativex was ready for marketing, anyway.

          Mind you, I am not speaking in any defense of dispensaries; the traitorous behavior that some of them engaged in with regards to Prop19 has earned many of them their present karma. They wanted to keep cannabis illegal to keep their profits; now a lot of them are facing bankruptcy at best, jail time at worst.

          Had Prop19 passed, Obama would have played his famous ’11th dimensional chess’ and ran the numbers to the last decimal and decided that it wasn’t worth the microscopically tiny political capital he’d have garnered with people who hate him, anyway. Because that’s all he has gained, aside from a huge sense of betrayal from people who should have known better than to trust a pol.

          On a much bigger stage, this is the ultimate, thoroughly predictable failure of incrementalization, and if the writing isn’t on the wall 3 stories high in big, bright red block letters that only full-bore re-legalization will do, then it’s not for lack of paint and brushes…wielded by Obama’s goons.

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  • Francis

    I also loved the “without any constraint” line, because, as you know, that’s what reformers are actually proposing.

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  • primus

    The paradigm must be altered; wide open black market and lock all users up on the one hand vs. wide open free market with no consequences on the other, with LRT (legalize, regulate and tax) shown to be the ‘moderate middle ground’.

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  • Jake

    I keep hearing Obama saying he doesn’t support “legalisation”.. but he keeps using the free-market libertarian/no regulation definition. No one here would support that. Every time I see him say it (such as when he was discussing it with Santos), I hear the words “complete and utter failure” in the back of my head and can’t help but think Obama, somewhere deep-down, knows that this is all BS and uses a bad definition of legalisation to justify the lie to himself.. or maybe I’m misreading him and he is a true drug warrior..?

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  • Servetus

    Wouldn’t it be great if we could eliminate a single word from our vocabulary and make what it references disappear at the same time?

    We could eliminate “prohibition” from the vocabulary and eliminate the ONDCP/DEA.

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  • Mike Parent

    The Scheduling of marijuana as a Sched I drug has to be changed/challenged in court and prove it as GIGO. The Prohibitionists will effectively use that as the catch 22 against any reform.

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