A petition to legalize and regulate marijuana quickly jumped to the top of a the White House’s online petition site on Thursday, the first same day it was launched.
The petition, on the White House’s “We the People” site, asks: “Isn’t it time to legalize and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol? If not, please explain why you feel that the continued criminalization of cannabis will achieve the results in the future that it has never achieved in the past?”
The White House has promised to issue an official response for any petition that gets at least 5,000 signatures within 30 days. As of Thursday night, the marijuana petition already had more than 10,000 signatures.
The petition was created and promoted by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
In addition, two other petitions concerning marijuana legalization had more than 2,000 signatures as of Thursday night.
President Barack Obama has offered to answer popular questions on Twitter and YouTube, and those seeking to change the nations drug laws have pounced on the opportunity to bring their issues into the public spotlight.
He responded by saying that while he’s not in favor of legalization, he did see room for adjusting the drug war to focus less on incarceration and enforcement and more on medical treatment and other forms of interdiction.
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