Marijuana Legalization Petition First To Hit Response Threshold On White House Website The 420 Times Staff September 23, 2011 Activism, Best Of The Best, Exclusive Web Content, Politics, The War On Drugs The powers that be at The White House had to see this coming. They created a petition site and asked for citizens to add their signatures to petitions dealing with the issues they care about. To no one’s surprise, a petition about marijuana legalization was the first one to reach 5,000 signatures within 30 days, the threshold needed for an official White House response. As of this writing, the top legalization petition has almost 17,000 signatures, 5,000+ more than the next closest petition. Three other marijuana petitions are approaching the 5,000 signature mark, one dealing with legalization, one with state cannabis laws and one with the legalization of industrial hemp. In fact, 4 of the 8 petitions on the front page – again, as of this writing – deal with marijuana law reform. So once again the White House will be forced to publicly announce their 100% opposition to cannabis legalization, further enraging a massive voting block that supported Barack Obama in 2008. While I appreciate another opportunity for cannabis users to flex their activism muscles, I fail to see what the White House gains from this petition site. I understand they want to be seen as listening to the people, but they fail to realize the people have stopped listening to them. Pronouncements from our “Rock Star” President no longer have the desired effect. The media no longer falls over itself to see who can give the greatest praise to the agent of hope and change. With a severely damaged Presidency that wolves from both parties are circling, the Obama Administration is flailing for anything to gain traction among a depressed electorate. You might not care Mr. President, and you may think it’s all a big joke, but the key to your reelection is marijuana legalization. With some 17 million regular marijuana users in this country, it is your only hope of salvaging your job. Scoff all you want, but when you are walking out of the White for the last time on January 20, 2013, you’ll wish you had heeded our repeated warnings. – Joe Klare 12 Responses Tj September 23, 2011 Overnight the petition climbed to over 17,500 signatures. The site has been active for close to 100,000 seconds. Yesterday the signature rate was holding strong at a new petitioner ever 5 seconds, and even over night that has only dropped to a new petitioner every 6.5 seconds. I’m going to be keeping track of the speed and progress, check it out! http://vrsry.com/maryjane Log in to Reply daniel_7322 September 23, 2011 My guess is that the president will quickly brush off concerned cannabis activists and then focus on petitions that he can express concern for without actually doing anything. Ah, but just knowing that he’d take time out of his busy day to address our concerns should tell us how he cares and has a finger on the pulse of our great nation. What a guy!!! Log in to Reply Freind of the Devil September 23, 2011 Follow the $$money$$. Thats why it’s illegal. Prisons/guards/cops/jails/courts/fines/forfeits/confiscations/assett seizures/big pharma/md’s/all of those budgets! You must vote for candidates who will do what they say: Follow the will of the People. Only vote in real Statesmen, this darkness goota end.The opposition is “THE $$MONEY$$. Log in to Reply Vyvstarr September 23, 2011 My guess is that they are gathering a database of would be offenders names and then gong to use that one day to fill the FEMA camps…If you think you can trust your government in any way, think again. Everything they do is against the people not for the people. Signing a petition is not going to get Cannabis decriminalized! Log in to Reply zion September 24, 2011 So damn true, look at the obama adminstration plan on “drug-free” environments, they don’t care about the tobacco and alcohol being sold, they always use the excuse of “it’s to protect the children”. When inreality alot of big pharma groups harm children with poisonous man-made drugs. Who is the real criminal here? I don’t trust government ran websites. Something don’t feel right about this “open government” policy. Too me it’s a load of sh*t, just another way to create a database, just as Vyvstarr claims. I do believe they are suckering in all those legal names and addresses/emails and ip addresses, it’s like some sort of “operation raid cannabis supporters as terrorists” operation I bet you. Log in to Reply JvanMT September 24, 2011 Some serious paranoia around here. Log in to Reply SHuff September 26, 2011 They’ve got one to pardon Marc emery, haha Log in to Reply Charles Queen September 26, 2011 If they were really sincere about fixing the economy of the country then they would legalize it for adult use nationwide.It would erase the national deficit within 3-4 years easily,perhaps sooner.It would put every stae in the black within 2-3 years easily.It would take care of s.s./SSI and militry disability and medicare.It would creat jobs and would also make funds available for those who want to start up small buisnesses of all types.The positive aspects are just way to many to list on here but it’s a very large list to be sure.It owuld pretty mcuh cause the mexican drug cartels to dry up considering their main source of income is by smuggling people and marijuana into the country.Cocaine is mainly brought into the country via florida and the jamacian and hatian gangs.Heroin is many brought in using the container shipping industry and meth and prescription pain pills are mainly made and gotten right here.All in all it is without a doubt the most intelligent and feasable thing our government could do at this point in time.Also lets not by pass it’s medicinal property’s which have been proven here and all over the world and more and more country’s are legalizing marijuana because of it’s many positive aspects and relativly zero bad aspects Log in to Reply DonDig September 30, 2011 The US government has had a patent on cannabinoids as a neuroprotectant since 2003. Quoting the patent, “This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.” Surely they speak the truth about this. Have a look at the patent. http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6630507.PN.&OS=PN/6630507&RS=PN/6630507Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO Dave Triplett (and others) have found cannabis oil to cure melanoma as he shows in his short movie about his own experience. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tghUh4ubbg Cannabis has been proven to kill cancer cells in lab tests without harming the healthy cells present. http://www.gsalternative.com/2010/05/cannabinoids-kill-cancer/ Many people have seen similar results personally, including a number of stage 4 cancer sufferers given ‘hemp oil’ by Rick Simpson in Canada, who were cured by ingesting it. (Rick said there was about a 70% recovery rate in those stage 4 folks; the rest died as their prognosis forecast.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0psJhQHk_GI I have started a We The People petition asking the government to reveal what it knows about cannabis that is beneficial, since it has thus far only been releasing detrimental information. You can view and sign the petition here: http://wh.gov/4y0 Thank you for your time. Log in to Reply Dan in CO October 1, 2011 To all of you claiming the government is trying to make a database of pot smokers your are not thinking clearly. Do you really think the US government really cares if you’re smoking weed? Of course they don’t. If anything they like the fact that some of us break the law and create of revenue for prisons and the judicial system. Aside from this it is really just silly to think that the government has a master plan to collect IP addresses and correct me if I’m wrong but it has never been a criminal act to sign a petition. No matter what that petition is for. It’s called freedom of speech people. Log in to Reply refrerf October 29, 2011 please support my petition, i think it’s worded well and addresses the whitehouse’s response to the earlier cannabis petitions. they only give you 800 characters so i had to trim but i think it covers important talking points. it takes 100 votes before it shows up on their site for public viewing so we have to spread it around and get 100 before it can really take off and get a response. please check it out and vote and share it everywhere!! http://wh.gov/bOl Log in to Reply Tisha Ziemer November 18, 2011 I live with chronic intractable pain every day for the last five years. I have a spinal chord injury and disease…nerve damage, etc. Unless you have had real pain, you can’t understand. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.