Over a week ago the White House kicked off their "Your Interview with the President" campaign, the most recent in a string of initiatives that hopes to stir support of our current president in preparation of the upcoming election. The campaign implied that any person can ask a question and once the question receives a certain amount of "up" votes from the audience it will then qualify to have Obama answer it.
Erik Altieri, a NORML Communications Coordinator attempted to participate in the discussion by adding the following question to the stream.
“With over 850,000 Americans arrested in 2010, on marijuana charges alone, and tens of billions of tax dollars being spent locking up marijuana users, isn’t it time to regulate and tax marijuana?”
This simple and relevant question was then promptly removed after having been up voted to the tune of 4,000+ votes. Altieri reports that of the top 150 questions posed to POTUS 105 of those questions were marijuana related.
Clearly, NORML and other marijuana and civil rights advocates didn't take this slight by the White House lightly. They informed their readers of the internet censorship trickery going on with the campaign. Marijuana advocates are using this as an opportunity to draw a line in the sand.
Considering this is the same individual who previously stated that, “we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws” and that legalization is a “perfectly legitimate topic for debate,” maybe he will take this opportunity to address the issue seriously for once.
So, will Obama address the issues raised before him by his constitutes or will we continue to see more double talk by our elected officials, aggression by the Federal government and social discordance?
Your Interview With the President is schedule to go down today, January 30th and I say we hold the feet of POTUS and the administration over the fire by posing our issues regarding marijuana rights intelligently and civilly as we watch what happens next.
It is an election year, but lets not be fooled into thinking that marijuana rights and access is a SOLE reason to vote in another president. On the other hand, if Obama continued to ignore marijuana advocacy and progress does that mean he is not a worthwhile president otherwise?
I would really hate to see all the politicians playing us out so easily because ,if so, we risk living in a society that's even worse than the one we currently have.
The thought just might make you reach for your bong, as you look out the window for the police bust that may be coming to a door near you, because we're still treated as criminals. Let's not forget.
But imagine a world with not
a pot to piss in...or a window to throw it out of.