Obama was for it before he was against it — decriminalizing marijuana

Obama was for it before he was against it

Thomas Lifson
Decriminalizing marijuana, that is. Jen Haberkorn of the Washington Times reports that last Fall during a presidential debate Barack Obama

“hesitantly raised his hand and joined with most of his Democratic rivals to declare that he opposed decriminalizing marijuana,” and provides a video clip showing the event.
But there is a second video available in her article, one showing Obama running for the Senate four years ago and telling college students:
“”I think we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws,” Mr. Obama told an audience during a debate at Northwestern University in 2004. “But I’m not somebody who believes in legalization of marijuana.”
Asked about the two different answers, Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign said he in fact has “always” supported decriminalizing marijuana as he answered in 2004, meaning the candidate mistakenly raised his hand during the presidential debate last fall. [emphasis added]
That position leaves Mr. Obama as the lone presidential candidate among the four leading challengers in either party who supports eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana.
So the candidate mistakenly took a position counter to his real views and has not corrected the mistake over a period of several months. Did he really believe the other candidates supported decriminalization?

Haberkorn also reports that there are several other positions on which Obama has taken varying positions, and promises a full report in tomorrow’s paper.

One Response to “Obama was for it before he was against it — decriminalizing marijuana”

  1. demapublican Says:

    Source: ontheissues.com

    Obama’s voting record [on crime] shows Obama voted AGAINST help for the black community:

    “No. More black men in college than in prison” and “No extra penalty for gang association”

    Obama also voted twice against bankruptcy, promises an army brigade will be deployed March 2009, promises to invade Pakistan without their government’s permission, promised and reniged on Public Financing, voted twice against a bill to give medical care to PAB babies born alive, took about 1 billion in earmarks, and promised in a New Mexico Town Hall Meeting to bring COMPROMISE, not change.

    Do your homework on the south-side of Chicago! Flukey Stokes, the black-panther underground, the black-seperatism movement and the black-liberators [based on slave reparations] like Oprah Winfrey & Rev. J. Wright.

    See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil….doesn’t mean that evil isn’t there.

    Are YOU listening to the words [NOT the harmonized-music] coming out of Barry’s mouth?


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