Congressional negotiators have quietly tucked into a $1.1 trillion spending deal a provision prohibiting the district from spending money to enact the new policy. Marijuana Not High Obama Priority “We do not believe that Congress should spend a lot of time interfering with the ability of the citizens of the District of Columbia to make decisions related to how they should govern their community,” Earnest told ABC’s Jonathan Karl. But despite the concerns, “the president supports the passage of this compromise proposal and would sign it if it arrives on his desk.” D.C. voters approved a referendum in November, by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, to legalize the possession of up to 2 ounces of pot or up to three plants for personal use. District leaders have protested the anti-marijuana rider as anti-democratic interference, since residents of the capital city do not have voting representation in Congress.
Barack here. Obama Misquotes the Bible Defending Immigration Action
The good book says dont throw stones at glass houses, or make sure were looking at the log in our eye before we are pointing out the mote in other folks eyes, he said. The first part, dont throw stones at glass houses, is a generic proverb around since the days of Chaucer. There is a Bible verse in the gospel of John about not casting stones against a woman who has committed adultery, but that includes no mention of glass houses. The log-in-the-eye passage is however in Jesus Sermon on the Mount in the gospel of Matthew. Mote, which the King James translation of the Bible uses, is more commonly translated as speck, and has caused some confusion with reports that the president said moat. The passage was also a favorite of President George W.
Obama administration to allow Native American tribes to grow and sell marijuana – Yahoo News
Some federal restrictions will still apply. Marijuana can’t be sold to minors, grown on public land, fall into the hands of drug cartels, or systemically spread to states where the drug remains illegal. It’s unclear how many tribes will take advantage of the opportunity. Many are opposed to marijuana legalization . The federal government will continue enforcing prohibition for those tribes, at their request, even in states where pot is legal. State jurisdiction is limited in tribal reservations View gallery .
Obama Opposes Effort to Stop DC Pot Legalization – ABC News
President Barack Obama expressed caution Thursday about the possibility of the United States adding more sanctions against Russia for its incursion into Ukraine because it could divide Washington and Europe. With some lawmakers on Capitol Hill considering more sanctions, Obama told the President’s Export Council that the current path he is taking, in which the United States operates largely in lockstep with Europe, eventually will force Russian President Vladimir Putin to reconsider the wisdom of going into eastern Ukraine. Read More Why India and Russia remain BFFs “The notion that we can simply ratchet up sanctions further and further and further and then ultimately Putin changes his mind, I think is a miscalculation,” Obama said. What ultimately will lead Putin to make a strategic decision, he said, is if Putin recognizes that Europe and the United States are standing together over the long haul. “If they see that there aren’t any cracks in the coalition, then over time, you could see them saying that the costs to their economy outweigh any strategic benefits that they get,” he said. White House
Obama cautious on more Russian sanctions unless Europe agrees
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday that despite reservations, Obama is set to sign legislation to fund nearly the entire government through the end of the budget year Sept. 30. District voters approved an initiative Nov. 4 to allow possession of up to 2 ounces of pot or up to three mature plants for personal use. But language inserted by Republicans in the spending bill would bar the city from moving forward with legalization. Earnest says the president believes Congress shouldn’t interfere with the will of city voters on marijuana and other issues.