YouTube Censors Marijuana Question In Obama Interview

Yes We CannabisThanks Steve for the news tip! Steve Elliott writes in the Toke of the Town:

If you voted for marijuana as a CitizenTube question, then your vote didn’t count. Yes, questions about marijuana were the most popular in the CitizenTube voting Monday afternoon.

But YouTube, in a gutless move, decided at the last minute not to present the highest ranked questions to the President. Initial reports that the President had ignored the marijuana questions were inaccurate; YouTube took pot, the top vote getter, out of the running.

President Obama never even got an opportunity to answer the most popular question of all.

Wait, what? “We’ll let you vote, but don’t expect it to actually MEAN anything.”

If they were going to ignore the questions that got the most votes, then why, exactly, did YouTube ask viewers to go to the trouble of voting? And why did they go through the motions of counting those votes, if they were good for bupkis, nada, zilch?

Read More of Steve Elliott’s article in Toke of the Town

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  • skepticalhippo

    Respect your fucking president. He is fighting two foreign wars he didn't start and trying to fix our economy with no help from anyone and you want to bug him about getting high.Seriously, can't you see that him not answering is a good thing? He is on your side, but he can't say it right now. Get it? Did you ever have parents? Do you have any experience dealing with authority figures outside of flaunting them to impress your friends? Grow up, read between the lines. Legalisation is going to happen, lets not allow a bunch of braindead stoners to ruin it with impetuousness.

    • cathie

      honestly? how is being concerned about marajuana prohibition not respecting the president. even if not used for personal uses, medical marajuana is very important, some people, which i have known, have died of stage four cancer, the only thing to help them is to get them comfortable. which marajuana is the only reasonable option because morphine is too expensive. are you so self righteous? butt the fuck out and stop mouthing off to try to sound intelligent and holier than thou. marajuana prohibition is pointless, dont run your mouth unless you learn about why it even happened, pretty sure during alcohol prohibition people wanted to ask the president when it was going to end. and oh yes im sure asking one question is going to lost the war and fuck the economy. grow the fuck up you little dickweed and worry about yourself.

    • rebcee

      Haha, Skepticalhippo, IMHO, Your Wrong Big Time.
      i'm 18 years of age, My average night used to consist of 10 Pints of Stella, Small bottle of vodka, 3 arguments, 1 punch-up, 1 arrest, then waking up in a holding cell. So much fun eh.
      But over the past year i have been smoking Marijuana and you wanna hear how that night goes…
      I eat dinner, sit in my chair, start smoking, then after a while i make my way to my bed and have a lovely sleep…
      now which night sounds more appealing?

    • ancientzayed

      the man on the high horse is right

    • TNReason

      I think the point was that President Obama never got the chance to either address or ignore the issue…YouTube didn't respect him enough to give him the option. They took it upon themselves to decide what questions the President was capable of or willing to answer.

      • JIm164876419

        No offense man but you really think youtube censored the question? Please there a media organization that makes money off viewership. Nothing brings viewership and notice like a good controversial question. The president doesnt grant interviews without a full approval clause. He (and his staff) get to review every question before being asked and make the final decision as to whether it will be allowed in the interview or not. If he didnt veto the question out they definitely would've loved to be the ones who got to broadcast the response to that one.

    • LairdThomas

      Did you forget that legalizing marijuana can help the economy?

    • lady

      of all of the marijuana questions that were most voted for, and would have been the ones president obama would have addressed if they hadn't been censored, most of them were about how legalizing marijuana and taxing its sale would generate a lot of money for the government. the others were about the medical benefits of marijuana. there were no “braindead stoners” saying “hey prez y won't u let me get high thats so laaame!!!”

    • Your mother

      pretty sure he started the second, bro. just sayin. and the new healthcare system would do wonders for the economy. if you haven't noticed, the absolute worst time to implement a new healthcare system is when the economy is trash.

    • Samantha

      Legalizing weed would help to fix the economy, if not single-handedly fix it. Nobody knows for sure how many stoners there actually are out there because nobody wants to risk admitting to it. We are only now beginning to see people come out of the woods and say “Yes, I smoke pot, so what?” It's the little guys right now, but soon the big guys will come out and show themselves; i.e. doctors, lawyers, police officers, and other professionals. If the numbers are as high as they are appearing to be at this time, our economy could find itself right-side up very soon for the first time since the Reagan administration, but only IF those in Washington who's duties include doing the will of the people wise up and actually DO the will of the people.. Unfortunately, there are still those who don't understand the drug and, of course, it's human nature to fear what you don't understand. Educate yourself on what you speak about BEFORE you speak.

      BTW – The mythical “braindead” stereotype of the marijuana user is false and people are finally realizing this. Don't believe what you see in movies. There are no more “braindead potheads” in the world than their are lazy, good-for-nothing, stinking-a** drunks. Most stoners are hard-working, intelligent individuals; many college educated.

      Marijuana is actually less of a drug than alcohol. At least with marijuana you don't get that false sense of security that your actions and behavior are appropriate when they are in actuality far from it. At least with marijuana a person is content to stay home and be happy and cozy instead of wanting to go out on the town and put people's lives in danger. Like I said, educate yourself.

      • Terry

        High five to you – Samantha,

        The war against tokers has been going on for over 70 years and I've got people on this discussion screaming for me to “wait” because Mr. Obama has bigger fish to fry. Damn, If there were not the need for the police to arrest 3/4 of a million marijuana users every year that would certainly free up a lot of police to fight terrorists both foreign and domestic. Like you say alcohol is the substance that kills both the user and innocents in such huge numbers.
        A point that seems to never get mentioned is that of how many millions of social contracts that go unmet because there is a need for tokers to keep inordinate levels of privacy and security. Think of the invitations to social gatherings that are either declined because one person doesn't feel safe to have others in their home. I will not hire a house keeper because of the risk of my smoke being detected.
        Look at our law enforcement group – they drug test so they don't get tokers, but they get plenty of alcohol users. That makes me damn nervous and I'm not advocating being stoned on the job either.

        Gotta go burn a bowl – kind regards

        • samantha74

          Yup! How many times have I (a lazy, good-for-nothing, apparently), covered for someone at work because they have the brown-bottle flu? Plenty! More times than I can count, honestly, and I'm sick of it. I dream of a world where the majority smokes pot instead of drinks and actually makes it to work when they should, since marijuana has NO HANGOVER EFFECT WHATSOEVER! Hear that all you alcohol users? No hangover effect. Marijuana users wake up the next morning bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready for work.

          • pottage

            Well, I wouldn’t go that far. Me and my tokin’ friends definitely agree we sometimes get ‘stoneovers’ when we wake up after a heavy night of smoking feeling very groggy, wouldn’t be able to work well at all, wouldn’t call it ‘being bright-eyed’. Plus you can get a sore throat/nasty taste in your mouth after smoking a lot. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hardly a bad feeling, especially compared to the kind of crippling hangovers I know I get from too much alcohol. It’s definitely a much more palatable option to be given.

    • T1dreamweaver

      You are very very very much in the dark about who YOUR president is and what he is doing, he does not respect the overwhelming majority of what we the people are saying and what we say no to!
      It is not me the president it is we the people you ignorant fuck. What are you a fed disinfo agent or what?
      About these foreign wars you dumb bastard they are all illegal ONLY CONGRESS CAN DECLARE WAR NOT THE FEDS WITHOUT AN ATTACK ON U.S. SOIL AND CONGRESS WAS NEVER GIVEN THE CHANCE TO AUTHORIZE ANYTHING YOU DUMB BASTARD SUCH AS THE FACT ISREAL AND THE DAUL CITIZENS AMERICAN/ISREALI CITIZENSHIP WITHIN THE FED GOV’T DID 9/11 DID YOU KNOW THE MISSILE HIT THE PENTAGON EXCACTLY WHERE THE RECORDS ARE KEPT THAT RUMSFELD REPORTED ON 9/10 THAT 2.3 TRILLION OF MY FUCKIN MONEY IS MISSING OH YOU ONLY LISTEN TO OUR CENSORED MAINSTREAM MEDIA, it doesn’t matter what you believe there is only one truth and huge evidence of an attack on my people from within, you need to get the fuck offfff U.S. soil and renounce your citizenship, RESPECT YOUR OWN FUCKIN PEOPLE YOU NAZI!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • woopidity do da

    first!

  • murphie

    Dude if he let us get high it would at least stop one war you asshole… The 'war on drugs' haha.

  • http://bestofstumbleupon.com/ BestofStumbleupon

    Dude, that's so messed up..

    • me

      stupid selfish ignorent americans…

  • The Green knight

    fuck youtube i am moving to Bing because of this

    • jim164876419

      “I'm am moving to bing because of this”…. WAH. Please, bing? Go to Bing and type in a bad question about microsoft and all the response come up roses. All they do is censor there searches so that microsoft never looks bad. that's like saying “I heard the president wasnt completely forthcoming with something once so therefore im defecting to china.” Get a grip and calm down.

  • http://madcowone.blogspot.com/ zedge

    Why?, you wanna know why? 'cuz all that there votin' brung lots'a fraffic to da websight any dern fool nose that! Shucks whut you think? we's all stewpid er what?

  • http://www.myspace.com/justlikeammy kevin

    Doesn't Google own YouTube?

    This….really disappoints me.

    A lot.

  • Terry

    YouTube defies the people's will.

  • http://www.piratepasta.com/ Jon

    That is a fail on Youtube's part

  • penfold

    Dude, it's YouTube-dot-com. Maybe hoping that you'd get some nebulous democracy-juice from a corporate body was a bit misguided. They are only really responsible to their shareholders. They claim no journalistic mandate. YouTube doesn't owe you anything, it is just a product you use. The Obama interview was nowt to do with democracy, it was an image thing. Their corporate image and his political image. And the thing is, deep down, we all knew this at the time. You only get one vote that is sacred; it had better be enough.

    President Obama does not need the internet to offer him a chance to talk about drugs policy. He's been voted head of the government. Now he can say, with great force, whatever he wants. We are still waiting…

    • Oxnardi

      Then they should have presented it like that: ''This vote doesn't count, it's just to make us look like we care when really we're just interested in money. So don't bother voting in this phoney poll, we're gonna just make up questions anyway. Although many people confuse voting with democracy, we don't believe in democracy, and that “do no harm” bit…that was before we were stinking rich! Thank you and please visit again.''

  • http://www.facebook.com/ErickPardus Erick Wessels

    All the THC…….be careful with your brains…and with YouTube, and “don't follow leaders…, watch the pawking meters…?!hahaha ;-0

  • Taint Rag

    Look at the other side of this issue:
    http://www.filthyrichmond.com/2009/04/keep-mari

  • typical

    What else would you expect from a Google owned company? They silently collect personal information on all of us, appease dictatorships and then have the nerve to say their motto is: Don't Be Evil. My A$$.

    • Ben

      Appease dictatorships? What about their vehement opposition to China's censoring?

      • typical

        Up until now they have. Only time will tell if they stay true to their word. There is a lot of money at stake.

  • davidkips

    Having worked within these circles, it appears very likely to me that youtube was requested by a presidential attaché not to ask any marijuana related questions – seeing as it is a highly polarized topic at the moment. Most news organizations comply with these requests as they would like to maintain their relationship for the future.

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  • McBlunt

    FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

    Damn you youtube.

  • iampresident@gmail.com

    if he answered this question, how do you think he'd look to the rest of the world??

    I'm all for legalization, but not at the cost of him (and our country) looking insensitive.
    if you don't think the president had a hand in what questions made it through, you're kidding yourselves.

    president calls the shots (as he should).

    of the most pressing questions the us citizens could ask, it's not going to be weed. c'mon. we'd look like shitheads to the rest of the world.

    in due time.

  • doraj

    Is this question serious? YouTube gets eyeballs, advertisers get exposure, and the pothead hippies get nothing. Status quo, my friends. They'd do anything to get you on their pages….why is anyone surprised that once you got to the party, Google didnt give a flying toss if the kegs ran dry and the dog ate all the chips? Thanks for the cover charge, suckers.

  • here, now

    This is democracy.

  • DeepCough

    Look at this way: if more and more states begin legalizing medical marijuana, then the federal gov't will have to leave them alone according to Obama's decree regarding states that have legislation on the issue. I mean, who wouldn't go back on his promise (even though it took him a while to remember to keep it).

  • 420

    yeah bro, give em a break….what you say may very well be true, but further solidifying the national policy on a forum like this will always be a huge step forward in the eyes of people like judges, jurors, neighbors, etc. etc. etc.
    Social as well as legislative reform is always changing, and every step forward is a good step, so SPEAK UP ABOUT IT OBAMA!!!! DONT HIDE ….YOU START TO SEEM LIKE A COWARD!!!! I DONT LIKE THAT!!!420

  • meals

    Though censorship is bullshit, I think some of you guys are probably right that Obama and his staff rejected the questions about legalization. But I would too if I were the first black president, as much as I wish race didn’t matter. He’s a sensible guy, and he knows that much of the white majority would react badly to an executive decision (by a black man, unfortunately there are people who would glue that stereotype to him and vote accordingly) reversing the War on Drugs. He probably wants to, but he’s already in dire straits regarding re-election.

    If he’s gonna talk about this stuff (which he has, really, and he threw us a bone when he got the feds to stop raiding dispensaries) at length then it will probably be after he’s re-elected. Until then he’s got more serious shit to fix. Legalization is important to me but shit, we can still find weed. It’s better to enact this change through local and state legislature anyway

  • meals

    Though censorship is bullshit, I think some of you guys are probably right that Obama and his staff rejected the questions about legalization. But I would too if I were the first black president, as much as I wish race didn't matter. He's a sensible guy, and he knows that much of the white majority would react badly to an executive decision (by a black man, unfortunately there are people who would glue that stereotype to him and vote accordingly) reversing the War on Drugs. He probably wants to, but he's already in dire straits regarding re-election.

    If he's gonna talk about this stuff (which he has, really, and he threw us a bone when he got the feds to stop raiding dispensaries) at length then it will probably be after he's re-elected. Until then he's got more serious shit to fix. Legalization is important to me but shit, we can still find weed. It's better to enact this change through local and state legislature anyway

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    Free Market Hemp can replace foreign oil as a source of fuel and provide millions of green, local jobs growing, processing and manufacturing products, plastics, fiber, medicine and fuel. The economic potential of hemp is not the medical or recreational use of this plant, the power is in industrial hemp an entire industry just waiting to be the foundation of a truly green, sustainable and local source of energy. Leadership often means admitting the mistakes of the past to allow and create a new future. I invite the president to join millions of Americans and George Washington and tell the nation, Plant It Everywhere…

  • T1dreamweaver

    You are very very very much in the dark about who YOUR president is and what he is doing, he does not respect the overwhelming majority of what we the people are saying and what we say no to!
    It is not me the president it is we the people you ignorant fuck. What are you a fed disinfo agent or what?
    About these foreign wars you dumb bastard they are all illegal ONLY CONGRESS CAN DECLARE WAR NOT THE FEDS WITHOUT AN ATTACK ON U.S. SOIL AND CONGRESS WAS NEVER GIVEN THE CHANCE TO AUTHORIZE ANYTHING YOU DUMB BASTARD SUCH AS THE FACT ISREAL AND THE DAUL CITIZENS AMERICAN/ISREALI CITIZENSHIP WITHIN THE FED GOV’T DID 9/11 DID YOU KNOW THE MISSILE HIT THE PENTAGON EXCACTLY WHERE THE RECORDS ARE KEPT THAT RUMSFELD REPORTED ON 9/10 THAT 2.3 TRILLION OF MY FUCKIN MONEY IS MISSING OH YOU ONLY LISTEN TO OUR CENSORED MAINSTREAM MEDIA, it doesn’t matter what you believe there is only one truth and huge evidence of an attack on my people from within, you need to get the fuck offfff U.S. soil and renounce your citizenship, RESPECT YOUR OWN FUCKIN PEOPLE YOU NAZI!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • pottage

    Well, I wouldn’t go that far. Me and my tokin’ friends definitely agree we sometimes get ‘stoneovers’ when we wake up after a heavy night of smoking feeling very groggy, wouldn’t be able to work well at all, wouldn’t call it ‘being bright-eyed’. Plus you can get a sore throat/nasty taste in your mouth after smoking a lot. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hardly a bad feeling, especially compared to the kind of crippling hangovers I know I get from too much alcohol. It’s definitely a much more palatable option to be given.

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