Obama Says Can’t Touch Pot Users

So the news is out; the Obama administration is not going to put the legal hammer down on states that have legalized marijuana and there are now 20 of them, most recently Colorado and Washington. Advocates hail the change as a sign of enlightenment on the part of the Federal government. Others not so much: U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is not happy about it and thinks this “sends the wrong message to both law enforcement and violators of federal law.”

U.S. Allows States to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Within Limits | Psych Congress Network

According to President Obama, “It does not make sense, from a prioritization point of view, for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that’s legal.” In other words, he’s saying the Feds can’t touch those who use marijuana to have fun. In fact, Obama has admitted he’s used it himself–in the past.

I’m not sure how rank and file psychiatrists feel about it, but in one of my more recent posts about marijuana, Medical Marijuana in the News – The Practical Psychosomaticist, a recent survey seemed to show psychiatrists to be less than enthusiastic about medicinal marijuana.

What do you think?


Author: Jim Amos

Dr. James J. Amos is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the UI Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Amos received a B. S. degree in Distributed Studies (Zoology, Chemistry, and Microbiology) in 1985 from Iowa State University and an M.D. from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 1992. He completed his psychiatry residency, including a year as Chief Resident, in 1996 at the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa. He has co-edited a practical book about consultation psychiatry with Dr. Robert G. Robinson entitled Psychosomatic Medicine: An Introduction to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. As a clinician educator, among Dr. Amos’s most treasured achievements is the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

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