No Marijuana Question During Online Interview With Obama

President Obama’s CitizenTube forum concluded today with questions about ending marijuana prohibition receiving the most votes, by far. Yet, an answer to the most popular question was absent from the president’s address, which took place on YouTube this afternoon.
Last year, when marijuana reform questions topped the president’s “Open For Questions” forum, the president at least answered — albeit without serious consideration to the issue.
Obama needs to realize something: ending marijuana prohibition is not a fringe issue. Not anymore. The question consistently ranks among the most popular whenever the president holds one of these unfiltered forums, and the polls are showing rapid increases in support for reform nationwide (46% of Americans think small amounts of marijuana should be legal, according to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll). We can’t just ignore it. With at least three states considering legislation or ballot initiatives to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol in the coming years, the issue is going be addressed in a serious way — whether or not Obama continues to ignore it.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that President Obama chose to ignore marijuana reform questions. The questions posed to him were selected by YouTube, which decided not to present the highest ranked questions to the president. This post has been changed to correct that inaccuracy.

YouTube’s CitizenTube forum concluded today with questions about ending marijuana prohibition receiving the most votes, by far. Yet, the questions about marijuana prohibition were not presented to the president this afternoon.

Last year, when marijuana reform questions topped the “Open For Questions” forum operated by the White House, the president did answer them — albeit without serious consideration to the issue. It’s unfortunate that YouTube would shelter the president from something that’s obviously on a lot of people’s minds.

Ending marijuana prohibition is not a fringe issue. Not anymore. The polls are showing rapid increases in support for reform nationwide (46% of Americans think small amounts of marijuana should be legal, according to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll), and at least three states are considering legislation or ballot initiatives to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol in the coming years. This issue will be addressed in a serious way, and it’s regrettable that YouTube would shy away from it.

81 thoughts on “No Marijuana Question During Online Interview With Obama”

  1. I just closed my account with youtube and deleted the shortcut. I tried to send them an email but they’ve got the page set up so you cant email them. Sounds like they dont give a damn about customers. Just who the hell do they think they are to delete the #1 question?

  2. Volcanoman #51: Think that has changed. Do believe Peter said the war on drugs talk was taken out of Bill 714.

    Go listen to the beginning of this at:

    Scroll down a smidgen and on the left hand side of the screen choose the small play thingy and it’ll start.
    01/24/10 – Peter Christ

    Peter Christ, founding member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition + Neill Franklin a working Baltimore policeman

    If none of you have listened to the Cultural Baggage show you may want to start.

  3. O.K., it wasn’t Peter that said it but I did hear it in the last week or two somewhere. Sorry, didn’t mean to be misleading.

  4. #35- Yes, that is exactly what is happening. Not many people realize their 4th amendment rights don’t apply when providing information to a third party (such as YouTube, the phone company, etc.) They needn’t have probable cause to to scour your information, and these companies willfully turn over your information to the authorities if so demanded.

    I was literally laughed at when I suggested a level of apprehension in submitting a video. It was not because I am paranoid, but rather, fully aware that YouTube could willingly hand over a list of all persons who had provided a “pro” cannabis vote. No court order. No jury of your peers. Nada.

  5. Found it: The Senator Webb bill stuff.
    Very first story, 01/31/10, center of the page, near the end of the 29 minute recording with Eric Sterling of Criminal Justice Policy Foundation.
    “war on drugs agenda, that language was taken out”.

  6. Anyone that says he needs us is ridiculous. He has shown his true nature, in 2012, vote for the other guy, or (lady). But don’t vote for Obama. He is a hypocrite, and a liar of the worst caliber. He has done nothing but push an elitist agenda under the guise of being a humanitarian. Much the way Hitler did. When you end up in a camp (for your safety) during a time of conflict or natural disaster…. you’ll remember when I told you this.

  7. DarthNole #53:
    You may want to learn some more about Leonhart.
    Leonhart’s career is linked to the career of perjury by the DEA’s singular informant, Andrew Chambers, who is estimated to have taken home $ 4 million in payout for his undercover work!

    Read more at:

  8. Lea: I’m well aware of her baggage and am disgusted with her appointment, but my point is that it is Kathleen Sebelius that we should be directing our attention to. She alone can tell Leonhart (or whoever else heads the DEA) to re-schedule marijuana becaue it does have medical uses for treatment and Leonhart can’t say no.

  9. @Lea: I think the Criminal Justice Commission still has the ability to consider drug policy in their review of the overall system. There was an attempt by some Midwest Republican — I forget who — to insert an amendment specifically prohibiting the consideration of drug policy in this commission, but last I knew that amendment had been killed.

    Who knows though, maybe I’m wrong. I’ll listen to the Sterling interview and try to find any media accounts of that development. At any rate, I’m still very interested in where Sen. Webb’s idea goes.

  10. It is all politics guys. With health care being screwed up and the economy, Obama does not want to lose votes from moderates talking about marijuana. In the 2012 election, Obama will have nothing to lose in a second term, and if you think a first term Republican president will give a crap what you think about cannabis (or anything for that matter) then I have too point and laugh at you. I don´t like my voice being ignored in our supposed Democracry either, but welcome to America. This is what it has become, and untill all of us come out of the cannabis closet to our friends and family to broaden our support base it seems unlikely anything will change. I mean 43 million Americans don´t have health care and they still are fucking them over.

  11. Yes, Obama has already said he doesn’t support legalization. All some of us are asking at this point is for him to explain in some amount of detail WHY he is against it. We deserve that much.

  12. @ alex (YES!!!)
    We need this guy in for a second term if there is any hope of legalization or drug re-classification. NO PRESIDENT WOULD EVER DO THIS IN THER FIRST TERM IF THEY WANTED A SECOND TERM!!!!

    No republican would do it ever let alone their first. Don’t let what happened to Gore with Nader happen again. Don’t give away votes to the right…they will crush us.

  13. Sounds like we need to be really pissed of at (Youtube) for not presenting the most asked about questions about marijuana.
    Seems like they were just following orders from their corporate masters to cover it up and ignore it, or they were just being real dick heads!!!!!!!
    Go figure, business as usual in the USA, just keep shoveling the crap and covering up the truth and what the people already know, want and in some cases really need!!!!
    Screw YouTube then!!!

  14. #63 – Word. The same way Blackwater walked after murdering Iraqi civilians – the same government that hired mercenaries botched their prosecution (oops!). Fuckers.

  15. I would like the real TRUTH I know the Pres. has access to the questions online.

    I’m calling BS as I know that even if Utube didn’t turn over this question that the White House knew anyways! BS

    Make sure you question all people running for office on this subject, no answer= no vote we are THE PEOPLE not them.

  16. I have personally written the president 14 times about legalization, I have never received any responses at all. I wrote my district legislature and got a response the next day, he even went as far as to put me into contact with my Senator, who responded 3 days after that. Both of them heard what I had to say and gave me ample information covering legislation for medicinal and what not.

    I need medicinal marijuana, I am an Army vet and am physically and mentally hurt from my Army service, as pills were “cure worse than the disease”.

    I agree with many of you, that talk is cheap and you need to be active. Get out there and join NORML or MPP. Write and call your politicians daily. I also fully support a national 420 initiative of civil disobediance, 4-20-10 everyone gather at their local government building and light up!

  17. i’m done with them all, i think we need to do some serious research into who is blatantly and inadvertently supporting the war on citizens (aka. The war on drugs) i’m just gonna start boycotting everything… kelloggs products haven’t made it into my shopping cart or past my lips since they dropped Phelps and Subway is the ONLY “fast food” i’ll eat anymore. I urge you all to join me

  18. It does not matter who sensored the guestion. Once again some asshole in a goverenment office knows more about medicine than any doctor. I have no use for the lying P.O.S. that is running this country. As for the rest of our great goverenment, they too can kiss my ass. They do nothing for the little guy. What they do is always for themselves and big corperations. We mean nothing to them. We need an overhaul from the white house to the bottom where we are at.

  19. MPP. Why has there not been an update for the Mn. mpp site? There has been no updates since Oct. 16. Who will MPP support in the race for Mn’s governers seat? Who would I contact at MPP to get some political questions asked? I have contacted your office before and got no reply. I expect that from the goverenment, not so much from you.

  20. Doesn’t matter who you vote for, in the end what you get is a professional politician whose primary function is to raise funds and kiss babies.
    If the republicans are gray then the democrats are grey. All the rest fly the rainbow flag of futility, some choice.
    The only hope for real change is to ignore those idiots in federal govt and handle our business ourselves at the state and local levels.

  21. J.W. thats why I am a supporter of a National 420 Initiative where at a national level Americans light up on 420 and show the government that they either WILL listen to us or see a national arrest for a victimless crime skyrocket, in turn destroying their own constituents and in turn their votes.

  22. I’m with all of you guys for social disobidience. We been trying for too long to be heard and to be recognized, for something more than common criminals, or unproductive parts of the society as some dare to label marijuana smokers.
    Just an FYI. I been smoking weed for close to 10 years. During this period of time I maintained a 50K+ job, managing a production facility.
    I spend on average $600 a month on weed, that’s $7,200 a year and $72,000,00 over the 10 year period. I have no problem with spending this money, as weed balances me out, helps me to maintain good apettite and i get a good night sleep every night. My problem is my 72 grand went to support Mexican drug cartels and not American economy or it’s people. I know at least 10 people who spend about as much as I do on weed and who’s been smoking even longer. So that’s close to a million dollars just from me and my buddies that went to benefit drug traffickers and drug cartels. This financial bleeding in this country has to stop.
    Everyone should join up for National 420 Initiative. Government is not listening to us, why should we listen to the government.
    Free The Weed. Free The People.

  23. Schedule I is specifically set aside for drugs that are considered “dangerous, with or without supervision”. I think the American people deserve to know how the government can justify classifying marijuana as “dangerous”.

    What is the definition of a dangerous drug? Something that can kill you? Something that can make you violent? Something that you can overdose on? Something that you can become physically addicted to? I think everyone, even politicians, would have to agree that none of these things are happening on a regular basis with pot smokers. So where is the danger? What makes marijuana dangerous? Show us some numbers! What is it we’re missing?

    Secondly, who are we to question mother nature, or God? If we begin to meddle, by eradicating species from the planet on a paranoid whim that it’s ‘evil’ or ‘bad’, where do we draw the line? Can we eradicate bears because they attack humans from time to time? They do kill more humans per year than marijuana does, after all.

    We need consistency in these laws. If tobacco is legal, then marijuana should be legal. They’ve shown all kinds of “dangers” with tobacco. And as far as I know, it has no medicinal value. Should tobacco be a sched I drug? What does tobacco have that marijuana does not?

  24. We can’t get all puffy with the feds about this. We have to keep our cool and our composure. We’re currently doing the right thing. If we start having rallys and being disobedient, what do you think will happen? Every media outlet in the country will begin showing videos of people smoking pot. Of course, they always show the social misfits in the crowd. People who LOOK weird, dance weird, speak weird, etc. They always get the limelight while responsible upstanding smokers (the ones who showed up for all the right reasons) get no airplay whatsoever.

    We probably wouldn’t be in the boat right now had the hippies not flown pot flags in the face of our political leaders back in the day. Just another example of people trying to show just how “different” they are, but only succeeding in proving how odd they look.

    We need to simply ask the right questions, and MAKE THEM HEAR US! We can do this without mass disobedience and making ourselves look stupid. If we revolt in a way that is illegal (like lighting up in front of a public office just to make a point) it WILL backfire. They WILL show it in a negative light, and the whole cause WILL backslide. “See, this is what happens when you get lots of people gathered together smoking marijuana, they break laws”.

  25. Holy Smokes! How that Change thing going? I’m seeing a lot of it. The more things change. The more they stay the same. Mr. O grab your balls out of the purse. You remember the purpose was to inhale. You are on record saying that was the purpose. I would like to see the change of the corruption at the highest floor of the DEA.


  26. Holy Smokes!

    Join my party: The Pot Party

    OR, my party of one – RAMP – Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition

    Yes, you can have conservative tendancies but not drink the Kool-aid!


  27. If Obama didn’t know in advance what was being presented on You-Tube then he is a bigger dumb ass than Bush. He knew, enough said. Google owns You-Tube so we better start watching out for Google also.
    You just can’t trust stoners who get in positions of power and turn on their brothers and sisters like some republican piece of shit. Proves that they never were cool in the first place.

  28. Realistically he really cann’t address this issue forcefully this term. He has 8 years of Republican crap to undo. The economy etc etc. He can’t waste political capitol now. Especially since Republicans broke the Senate majority.

    I think we should realize that he is the brightest, most articulate President in ages. He is on our side and will be better than anyone else. We need to get out and support candiates this year so they don’t lose further ground. Build support for him and keep the faith. It can and will hapen.

  29. Marijuana prohibition will go down in history as the greatest mistake and misguided science since the Flat Earth theory. Ironically there are many similarities to that and this fiasco. In particular the often times severe penalties and consequences for not marching in lock-step with the asserted government falsehoods. Believe what we tell you, even if it doesn’t make sense, even if science disproves the Government’s position. Our Government has willfully violated the Constitution both the 1st amendment (separation of Church and State) and the 10th amendment (people have natural rights that cannot be taken away from them by an over-meddling over-reaching Federal or State Government). Government has usurped the natural right of the people to responsibly use a plant and erred again when it asserted this Puritanical ideal of a “drug-free” America and again when it went on to promote this “flat-earth” philosophy world wide. So many myths and false allegations are embedded within this prohibition that are blindly accepted by the majority of the people. But that is changing. No longer are people willing to accept as readily myths like: any and all use equals abuse, that there is no responsible way to consume marijuana, that marijuana is always extremely potent, that marijuana is dangerous, that prohibition is regulation of commerce, that marijuana users are unproductive people.

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