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31 August 2009
Is Obama a Flip Flopper?
    Take this quiz. You be the judge.
  1. Which Obama administration official called the War on Drugs "an utter failure"?

  2. What was President Obama's stance on marijuana decriminalization?

  3. Which Obama administration official called for ending the War on Drugs?

  4. Which Obama administration official oversaw the Seattle Hempfest in his capacity as the city's police chief?

  5. Questions concerning what topic emerged as the most popular on the Obama transition team's Change.gov website, whose purpose was to shape Obama administration policy?

  6. On what will the Obama administration base public policies, as reflected in a memorandum signed by the president in March 2009?

  7. Scientific cannabis research is still being blocked by the DEA at what prestigious U.S. university?

  8. How many cannabis-derived drugs are currently on the market as pharmaceutical agents?

  9. Consider the statements: "Marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit," and "Legalization is not in the president's vocabulary, and it's not in mine." Who made them and were they by an appointee of the Bush administration or the Obama administration?
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    Answers to quiz:
  1. President Obama. "Obama judged the war on drugs 'an utter failure' - - harsh words" From OBAMA REBALANCES US DRUG POLICY, Source: Christian Science Monitor, March 17, 2009. http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n314/a03.html

  2. He supported marijuana decriminalization in 2008 during his campaign. OBAMA HONEST ABOUT DRUG USE AS A YOUTH, "his campaign has since said that he supports decriminalization." Source: New York Newsday, February 11, 2008. http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v08/n164/a03.html

  3. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske. "Regardless of how you try to explain to people it's a 'war on drugs' ... people see a war as a war on them ... We're not at war with people in this country." From WHITE HOUSE CZAR CALLS FOR END TO 'WAR ON DRUGS.' Source: Wall Street Journal, May 14, 2009. http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n514/a02.html

  4. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske. "As Seattle's police chief, Kerlikowske oversaw the city's annual Hempfest ( a giant and mellow smoke-in ) without bothering the celebrants." POT COULD BE GOLD FOR CALIFORNIA. Source: Detroit News, August 14, 2009. http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n793/a12.html

  5. Marijuana. "After receiving nearly 100,000 total votes on more than 10,000 separate public policy issues, the most widely voted on question for Obama is: 'Will you consider legalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and create a billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.'" WHAT WILL OBAMA DO ABOUT MARIJUANA? Source: CounterPunch, December 25, 2008. http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v08/n1159/a03.html

  6. Science. "President Obama signed a 'scientific integrity presidential memorandum' and promised that his administration would base its public policies on science, not politics." THE SCIENCE OF POT. Source: Los Angeles Times, March 10, 2009. http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n289/a08.html

  7. University of Massachusetts. "Drug Enforcement Administration rejected University of Massachusetts Professor Lyle Craker's request to become a marijuana manufacturer ..Craker, a horticulturist in the Department of Plant, Soil and Insect sciences submitted his application in 2001 to receive a license to grow large amounts of marijuana in a controlled environment to further study its effects for medical use." UMASS PROFESSOR LYLE CRAKER DENIED PERMISSION TO GROW AND STUDY MARIJUANA ON CAMPUS. Massachusetts Daily Collegian, February 1, 2009. http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n121/a04.html

  8. Three: Cesamet, Marinol, Sativex. IS BIG PHARMA TRYING TO TAKE ALL THE FUN OUT OF POT? Alternet, July 25, 2009. http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n737/a05.html

  9. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske, Obama Administration. DRUG CZAR: FEDS WON'T SUPPORT LEGALIZED POT. Fresno Bee, July 23, 2009. http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n000/a144.html