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Celebstoner: Tommy Chong not stoked about Biden selection

In Activism, Barack Obama, Courts and Justice System, Crime, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Drug War, Health, Law, Media, Medical Marijuana, People in the news, Politics, Presidential Candidates, Science on August 28, 2008 at 10:58 am>

Tommy Chong not stoked about Biden selection

Earlier this week, in an interview with the Washington Post, Tommy Chong was asked what the average citizen can do to further the cause of decriminalization. “Check out the people you’re voting for,” Chong replied. “For instance, Joseph Biden comes off as a liberal Democrat, but he’s the one who authored the bill that put me in jail. He wrote the law against shipping drug paraphernalia through the mail – which could be anything from a pipe to a clip or cigarette papers.”

Obamas running mate Joe Biden doesnt want anyone to have fun

Obama's running mate Joe Biden doesn't want anyone to have fun

Barack Obama’s V.P. selection Sen. Joe Bidenalso sponsored the Rave Act, which targets music events where drug use is allegedly prevalent.

About medical marijuana, Biden said iin 2007: “We have not devoted nearly enough science or time to deal with the pain management and chronic pain management that exists. There’s got to be a better answer than marijuana. There’s got to be a better answer than that. There’s got to be a better way for a humane society to figure out how to deal with that problem.”

Biden coined the term “drug czar” and has championed the Office for National Drug Control Policy.

On a more positive note, Biden introduced a bill that would eliminate the discrepancy between crack and cociane sentencing in federal cases. The curent ratio is 100:1. In other words, 500 grams of cocaine equals five grams of crack; possession of either is punishable by a five-year sentence

“I have long regarded Biden as an opponent of the cause for reasons like Tommy says, and more,” offers Drug Policy Alliance executive director Ethan Nadelmann, “but I was surprised when he was the one who introduced the 1:1 crack/powder reform bill this year, which leapfrogged the more modest reforms put forward by Sens. Kennedy, Hatch and others. I’m not sure whether to take it as a sign of a more general opening up on his part, or just a play for the African-American vote in the primaries. But at least Biden isn’t entirely bad news for drug policy.”

What do you think of Obama’s choice of Biden for his running mate?

Many thanks to Steve Kubby for sending this item to LFV!


LP criticizes Biden for being ‘too libertarian’

In Politics on August 23, 2008 at 7:09 pm

In a recent e-mail sent out by the LP, Barack Obama’s selection of Joe Biden as his VP runningmate is criticized… NOT for Biden’s votes for the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, and DOMA (all of which LP presidential usurper, Bob Barr, voted for as well), and NOT for advocating a “surge” in Afghanistan (like LP VP wannabe W.A.R. told a self-described Zionist newspaper he supported), but for:

  • Opposing English being made the nationalist language
  • Opposing energy socialism/fascism in ANWR
  • Opposing special rights being given to gun manufacturers
  • Supporting McCain-Feingold, which the thuggish Barr junta tried to use to muscle its way on to private property just a week or so ago

Worst of all, the LP criticizes Biden for being a lifelong government employee — just like Bob Barr, who went from the CIA (where he’s still an asset) to federal prosecutor (where he jailed who knows how many innocents) to Congress (where he did more to destroy liberty than most) to being a lobbyist (hardly a “private sector” job). And besides, is being a scamdicapper and Boiler Room-style fraudster/bilker of investors (W.A.R.) any better?

The LP truly shouldn’t cast stones.

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Obama selects Biden as VP

In Politics on August 23, 2008 at 1:12 am

Eschewing more “libertarian” choices Bill Richardson and Jim Webb, Barack Obama has selected Joe Biden to be his presidential running mate. has at least had a little faint praise for Biden here and here.