January 24th, 2011 By: Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director
This Thursday, President Obama will field questions submitted from the world of social media during a live-streamed YouTube interview. NORML supporters can send their questions to the President at youtube.com/askobama, or via Twitter, by using the #askobama hashtag.
Obama will answer the top-rated questions when the interview kicks off at 2:30 p.m. EST on Thursday.
In two prior online question-n-answer sessions with the American public since taking office over two years ago, the question of ending America’s failed Cannabis Prohibition was a top question both times–which speaks to the importance and urgency of the public’s want to actually control cannabis via taxation and regulation. However, regrettably, President Obama has dismissed ending Cannabis Prohibition in no uncertain terms.
If you’re interested in asking President Obama about reforming America’s 74-year-old Cannabis Prohibition laws, you’ll have to send in your question by midnight, Tuesday, January 25th.
Be concise! White House staff says each question “should be about 20 seconds long.”
Suggested short questions for President Obama:
-Wouldn’t finally legalizing marijuana in America end the terrible Prohibition-related violence in Mexico. if not, why not?
-You claim you want to be the first ‘green jobs’ president, in a green economy, why does your administration continue to oppose American farmers growing industrial hemp. Governments in Canada, France and China allow thier farmers to prosper from industrial hemp cultivation, why not American farmers?
-Though you say you support medical access to cannabis, why does your drug czar (Gil Kerlikowski) and DEA chief (Michele Leonhart) continue to publicly lie claiming that cannabis has no medical use or value?
-If Jamaica (or Mexico), for example, wanted to legalize and tax cannabis, would your administration oppose their efforts to end Cannabis Prohibition in their country?
-As a person struggling with tobacco addiction, do you think the criminal justice system works better than health services to ween drug abusers from self-destructive behavior? Is the decision to stop using a drug, like tobacco, or marijuana, a personal or governmental decision?
You can check out a great question to President Obama from our friends at LEAP here.