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Dear Mr. Obama

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During your recent Internet town hall meeting, you very briefly addressed a question regarding the legalization of marijuana.  I am writing to let you know that I am deeply offended and disappointed by your disregard of the question.  It was a tactless and condescending way to deal with a very real issue that affects millions of Americans and others around the world.

I won’t go into statistics, as I’m sure you’ve had a flood of correspondence related to this, but I’d like you to consider one thing.  You’ve admitted to using marijuana yourself in your youth.  How would it have made you feel if you had been convicted of a felony and imprisoned for it?  How would it have made you feel to see your life disintegrate because of a plant?  How would it have made you feel to have your highest elected official laugh at your predicament?

Mr. President, marijuana does not wreck lives or kill people.  The prohibition of marijuana wrecks lives and kills people.  Please give this issue further consideration, and at the very least, consider not laughing at your constituents and erstwhile supporters.


Lu Nelson


Written by nelsonlu

April 2, 2009 at 7:48 am

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  1. Personally, I hope that our President sticks to more important stuff for the time being.


    The Center Square

    April 2, 2009 at 8:00 am

    • I don’t disagree — but I also don’t think he should laugh off serious policy questions. If he had simply said, “there are more important things to be considered right now, but we should revisit this,” I’d have been thrilled. Really, if he just hadn’t laughed and given an essentially one word answer, I’d have been thrilled.


      April 2, 2009 at 8:03 am

  2. I understand why Obama chooses to play down the issue of, “immoral” drug use, however I believe he should have shown more respect to the issue marijuana legalization and shown the same insight and common sense honesty that he was elected for. At the inauguration Obama highlighted the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln a man who led this country through one of its darkest times. What was remarkable about the Civil War was that it pitted brother against brother, a display to history that Americans are capable of inflicting terrible brutalities to one another when they fall on opposing sides of a powerful ideology. There are similarities between the “civil” war of old and the war on drugs today. Both wars pit Americans against Americans in a battle of divisiveness, bloodshed and suffering. Americans should exercise our collective control of government and email, call or write a representative. By doing so the drug war will become an issue that has to be dealt with now rather than a lingering one to be laughed off and prolonged as long as it is politically prudent to do so.


    April 2, 2009 at 7:23 pm

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