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Will Obama Go Soft on Pot?

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Posted February 17, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Attention loaders, stoners, heshers, potheads and burnouts: The Obama administration might go a little easier on people who smoke the icky than past presidents. Word on the street is R. Gil Kerlikowske, the chief of the Seattle Police Department, may be the president’s choice for head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In Seattle, the government focuses on marijuana harm reduction as opposed to punishment. That means intervention, treatment and a reduction of problems drug use can cause instead of locking people up for smoking weed. While it wasn't Kerlikowske idea, he didn't stand in the way of the more-sane drug policies of the city.

“What gives me optimism,” Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance told the New York Times, “is not so much him per se as the fact that he’s been the police chief of Seattle. And Seattle, King County and Washington State have really been at the forefront of harm reduction and other drug policy reform.”

Here in California, we have medical marijuana laws so prescriptions for weed are easily and legally obtained (if you have a medical reason to smoke it), but that doesn't stop the Federal cops from occasionally busting a pot dispenser. It doesn't make a lot of sense.

Because of this story, G4's Eugene Morton and I have been amusing ourselves by throwing antique drug slang back and forth: "I'm gonna get some 'ludes and some bennies then blow a lid of grass, man." "Dude, you got any of those goofballs? I was flying like the Jefferson Starship last night!" Add your own in our comment section, if you wish..

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