Even President Obama Says Prohibition Isn’t Tenable
Today, November 8, nine U.S. states may legalize marijuana in either medical or recreational form. With just over half of the U.S. having some sort of legal marijuana regulations in place and many others decriminalizing possession of marijuana, even President Obama says that “prohibition isn’t tenable” in the near future. The people of the United States are showing that they are more tolerant and accepting of marijuana than in decades before.
Bill Maher recently interviewed President Obama on Real Time. Five states are voting to legalize recreational marijuana today, if all five pass, then federal prohibition is likely to crumble. It will be difficult and too costly for the DEA, and associated agencies, to keep up with where they can prosecute marijuana offenders and where they can’t. It will be difficult for them to police regulations and will spend a lot of time stepping on the toes of legally operating businesses and law-abiding citizens.
What did President Obama have to say? He’s quoted as saying:
“The good news is that after this referenda, to some degree it’s going to call the question. Because if in fact it passed in all these states, you’ll now have a fifth of the country that’s operating under one set of laws and four-fifths in another. The Justice Department, DEA, FBI, for them to try to straddle and figure out how they’re supposed to enforce laws in some places and not in others, they’re going to guard against transporting these drugs across state lines – you’ve got the entire Pacific Corridor where this is legal. That is not going to be tenable. It’s not something that I think is going to happen overnight. I think there are some legitimate concerns that people have about how you draw lines on these issues, but it is indisputable that right now the biggest drug crisis we have is with opioids, many of which are legal and are ravaging entire communities all across the country. For us to re-sort how we think about these problems and not think of everything through the criminal justice lens, but also through the public health lens, I think is something that’s going to need to happen.”
Watch the President’s full, 37-minute interview with Bill Maher on Real Time
Is the End of Prohibition Really Coming?
Prohibition is coming an end, in the fairly near future. Industry experts and lawmakers have been speculating for most of 2016 that prohibition will come to an end – some predict by 2020. The federal government cannot ignore what the will of the people are. Alcohol, prescription drugs and harsh street drugs already prove to be fatal. It is impossible to overdose on marijuana – and it’s been scientifically proven. When the President of the United States says that prohibition isn’t tenable (meaning that it will not be able to be maintained), that says something for marijuana in a positive light.
The industry is preparing for an expansion boom, even with this small amount of U.S. states voting for legal recreational and medical marijuana today, so the government is going to have to back down at some point – we hope it’s sooner rather than later.