At one point on his life, Barack Obama had a close, personal relationship with Mary Jane. Barry led the “Choom Gang” in their high exploits. But somewhere along the line Barry lost the love.

420timesjoint_5_smallNow Barry laughs about Mary, making jokes about her as he did recently at the annual correspondents’ dinner. “You can’t keep up with it,” he said of social media. “I mean, I remember when BuzzFeed was just something I did in college around two A.M….It’s true!”

As a supposedly progressive President, Barack Obama has led the most prolific attack on medical marijuana in its short history. Barack may be laughing, but I can assure you that many people are not.

Where did things go off track? In his book “Dreams From My Father,” Obama wrote, “I had discovered that it didn’t make any difference if you smoked reefer in the white classmate’s sparkling new van, or in the dorm room with some brother you’d met down at the gym, or on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids who had dropped out of school…. Everybody was welcome into the club of disaffection. And if the high didn’t solve whatever it was that was getting you down, it could at least help you laugh at the world’s ongoing folly and see through all the hypocrisy and bullshit and cheap moralism.”

Granted, people grow up and their views on things evolve. People tend to become more conservative generally as they grow older, but few go to such an opposite extreme, and very few rise to a position of power that Barack Obama currently holds.

We may never know what happened, but we do know that it produced a man who has unleashed armed federal agents against state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries and collectives at an unprecedented rate while laughing about it.

If only Obama could be the man that saw how marijuana brought people together and cleared your mind. Maybe he could have been a great President.

– Joe Klare

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