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President Obama supporting legalization of marijuana?

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President Obama "evolved" on the issue of marriage equality for gays and lesbians for years, before he came out fully in support of it. Now, is he doing the same with marijuana legalization.

Like many progressives, I have been deeply disappointed in the Obama's administration response to medical marijuana legalization in many states. U.S. Attorneys have gone after medical marijuana growers at times and marijuana shops have been targeted by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

But, in an online profile in the New Yorker magazine, President Obama offered support for legalization. He stated, correctly of course, that marijuana isn't more harmful than alcohol. This is obvious, not too many bar brawls start off from two men smoking a marijuana joint. It is obviously less harmful, way less.

He also stated that poorer kids have less resources to "avoid unduly harsh" penalties. Agreed. The question is, why does his administration use precious resources of the Justice Department conducting raids on marijuana shops? I know, a President Romney would probably have be much worse. But Obama has been a huge disappointment on this issue.

President Obama, thanks, but please walk the walk, instead of just talking the talk.

Lastly, of course, you can support ending this absurd war on marijuana, by supporting the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the American Civil Liberties Union, in its' support of marijuana reform, among other issues.

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