Earlier today America watched the President of the United States be sworn in for his second term. There was an enormous crowd on hand to witness the historical event. Unfortunately, in modern day politics, the day would not be complete without House GOP members playing politics with the Presidential Inauguration. Many skipped the event with critics accusing them of making America “look like brats.”
It does not feel as if four years have passed since we lasted watched Barack Obama recite the oath. There was optimism in the air for activists when President Barack Obama became president in 2009. The self proclaimed fan of marijuana took a progressive stance on our failed marijuana policy. He informed the public that marijuana was a low priority and that he did not envision the Department of Justice using significant resources to attack the medical marijuana industry. Over the course of the last year and a half, however, those statements seemed to be challenged by federal raids in California, Colorado, and Montana.
As we have already covered in previous articles, 2012 looks to be serving as a key turning point in the marijuana reform movement. If the recent tax and “fiscal cliff” debate are any example, then finances are going to be a point of contention for some time. It is time for this president to re-prioritize our resources. America wants our children protected and lack of funds for mental health facilities, or additional police officers for schools will be considered unacceptable by the public.
Marijuana.net recently reported that a high profile Obama ally, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has publicly discussed reforming marijuana laws in his state. Cuomo may be testing the waters for future political action. Since his statements have not resulted in a political suicide, we hope the president takes note. Any president is conscious of his legacy and we wonder exactly what President Obama was thinking as he placed his hand on that bible and said “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Somewhere in that Constitution we are pretty it says something about protecting the rights of the people.