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In Leaked Speech, Clinton Promises Bankers to Stand Against Pot Legalization ‘In All Senses of the Word’

Wikileaks has arguably been the most important thing that has happened to elections, if not the veneer of democracy, in quite a long time. We’ve been able to see the true side of politicians and bureaucrats like never before.

In Hillary Clinton, we see a figure beholden to Wall St., working diligently to advance the influence of financial corporations over government policy and taxpayer money. Her mega-donor list is a who’s who of megabanks that also happened to benefit from the TARP government bailout.

In return for their money, Clinton gave speeches to Wall St. giants behind closed doors between 2013 and 2015. She told Goldman Sachs she was “far removed” from ordinary people and that “you need both a public and a private position.”

Clinton has vacillated terribly on the issue of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is a gift to her donors but very unpopular to Americans who see it for the fleecing it is. She was for TPP before she was against it – a familiar descriptive.

As Bernie Sanders pointed out during the primary – where he was efficiently neutralized by the establishment – the only thing we know about Clinton is that she will be on the side of Wall St.

If Clinton supporters believe she will do anything about government’s war on cannabis, they should think again.

The good people at Marijuana.com have been studying the leaked emails, and during one of those Wall St. speeches, Clinton expressed a clear opposition to cannabis legalization.

During an on-stage Q & A session with Xerox’s chairman and CEO in March 2014, Clinton used Wall Street terminology to express her opposition to ending cannabis prohibition “in all senses of the word”:

URSULA BURNS: So long means thumbs up, short means thumbs down; or long means I support, short means I don’t. I’m going to start with — I’m going to give you about ten long-shorts.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Even if you could make money on a short, you can’t answer short.

URSULA BURNS: You can answer short, but you got to be careful about letting anybody else know that. They will bet against you. So legalization of pot?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Short in all senses of the word.

The exchange with Burns is part of an 80-page document containing the emails of John Podesta, her campaign manager. Campaign staffers have been working diligently to try and scrub embarrassing parts of the speeches, and this was one of them.

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As Tom Angell points out:

“That the campaign flagged the candidate’s opposition to legalization as a potential problem demonstrates a growing understanding by political operatives that marijuana law reform is now a mainstream issue, one which is supported by a majority of Americans and a supermajority of Democratic primary voters.”

As with so many other issues, it’s hard to tell from Clinton’s public statements exactly where she stands – unlike Sanders, who openly supports legalization and even introduced a bill to end federal prohibition.

Since that exchange with Burns in 2014, Clinton has acknowledged the medical value of cannabis and indicated she would let states do their own thing, and even said cannabis should be rescheduled under the Controlled Substances Act.

However, she adopts a ‘cover your ass’ approach by saying “I don’t think we’ve done enough research yet” and “I want to wait and see” what happens in states with recreational legalization.

This is not in line with the truth becoming exponentially obvious – that denying medical cannabis to suffering patients is a criminal act, and prohibiting a plant that people have used for thousands of years is oppression.

Clinton had no problem making it clear to a Wall St. corporation that she is against legalization, but why?

Perhaps because the pharmaceutical industry is a major part of Wall St., and they are desperately fighting ballot initiatives to legalize cannabis in several states, as it represents a direct threat to their profits.

  • Candice White

    There is nothing wrong with standing against pot unless you are a pothead you shouldn’t have a problem.

    • vongoh

      This is definitely one of the most ignorant, ill informed comments I’ve seen in a long time.

      • TechGump

        Candice is a Hitlery shill.

        • Just an ordinary paid shill working for less than minimum wage in a corporate shill shop. Follow the money. Per comment or per hour?

    • APRandom

      Which big pharma stocks do you hold?

    • TylerDurden0xb

      Nothing wrong with it, unless you mind looking like an ignorant luddite. There are so many studies that show that it’s basically harmless, you end up looking like a fool to try and defend her weak position. Then again, follow a position by Hillary and you can trace it back to money somewhere.

    • OvidiuGOA

      Ignorant whore. I have no decency regarding ignorant whores like you => this post

      • peoplearenodamngood

        ignorant whore?!? you sound a bit Trumpish…

        • OvidiuGOA

          Why is that, does he hate ignorant whores like i do ?

    • OttoZeit

      Reading comprehension problem alert! The article clearly presented several things “wrong” with denying a natural and accessible pain remedy to people — but the only conclusion you got from it was the same bias that was rattling around the inside of your own head.

    • TongueWagger

      But I believe in freedom and I have seen what charges have done to friends and loved ones. I do not use myself but I am very interested in this civil liberties issue. It is a litmus test. Show me a politician who supports legalization and you probably found one who is reasonable and freedom loving in other respects.

      • Check out the Trump video that I added above (provided that it isn’t taken down).

      • Yes, it made your children less obedient to p r i c k e s like you, and more free, like Americans. Not like you.

    • To paraphrase what the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1:16,

      For I am not ashamed of my smoking of pot.

    • sll1965

      I wonder how many died from Rx drugs, guns and alcohol during the time it took for you to post your trash?

    • ……says a Fascist pile of poop.

    • cptplanet

      There is though, Candice. There’s plenty wrong with it. The millions upon millions of people rotting away in prison over marijuana possession don’t deserve to be there first of all. Can you tell me honestly that these creative, productive and non-violent human beings can’t possibly contribute anything positive to society because the government has decided that they’re not allowed to make their own choices for their own bodies because they decided to ignore their blatant lies and corporate agendas? Choices that have no negative repercussions to society in any way, shape or form. Their empty arguments hold no basis in reality or scientific medical research to any degree, yet people like you gobble it up without question. Do you have any idea of how many innocent people have been thrown in prison by having bogus “evidence” planted on them by crooked cops? These people don’t even smoke pot and yet they’ve been arrested, tried and convicted with all the rest. It generates a lot of money for the people in charge for every body they keep locked in a cage. This is an evil act being committed by your criminal government and Hillary is soon to be the newly appointed Mouth of Sauron. Prohibition does not work. It only causes problems for everyone in the long run and that includes you. Please wake up. Or at the very least – stop trying to help.

    • James Peters

      As long as it doesn’t harm others then what a person does with their own body is up to them.

  • william beeby

    So the last bastion of the anti legalisation brigade is the argument that it would be bad for the profits of Big Pharma . All these years of having to argue against all the red herrings they could think up and now we finally get to the truth of the matter. It was made illegal in the first place because it was bad for a number of business interests , like the paper industry , synthetic fabrics , alcohol brewers and distillers, plastics ( which were very new then ) to name but a very few . Also it was made illegal when no research into health effects whatsoever had been carried out and it wasn`t until 1972 that an Israeli chemist discovered the active ingredient THC .

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    • Don’t forget that it was the PROGRESSIVE Movement in the early 1900’s that made marijuana illegal in the 1st place. They started w/ alcohol & other drugs & FDR finally tried to tax marijuana sales out of the market by signing the Marihuana Tax Act into law in 1937.

      • brickO Salt

        It was religious conservatives that put prohibition of alcohol not the left.

      • Vincent D’Emidio

        Please stop TRYING to apologize for these so-called “conservative” LOWLIFES. It is the Republicans who are resisting what MUST be…the legalization of one of the TRUE God’s gifts to mankind…reefer!

        • Wrong. I’m not a Republican, but if it wasn’t for former GOP Rep. TOM TANCREDO the re-legalization of pot in his home State of CO would have been more difficult that it was. He played an important, if not essential, role in making marijuana legal again. Former Rep. RON PAUL has been an outspoken supporter of re-legalization, as is his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Rep’s Dana Rohrabacker (R-CA) & Justin Amash are on the legalization side. as well as former GOP Rep. (now Libertarian & reformed uber-Drug Warrior) Bob Barr is also, as is Donald Trump who said he would give the issue back to the States where it belongs after he is elected POTUS next month.

        • So here you are reading an article about Hillary’s opposition to making marijuana legal again but somehow you can’t help but ignore her & blame Conservatives instead? You really need to get your head out. You are one awfully ignurnt mofo.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            “You are one awfully ignurnt mofo”

            Alright, so Hillary is a coward. However, look at Trump…look at who surrounds him…Rudy “Marijuana is a bad example for our children” Giuliani, Chris “I will not respect the people who voted for legalization” Christie! That says it all. Need more proof?

            Alright, I was 25 years-old when Reagan was elected President. As soomn as he came in, he brought along his “entourage” — Jerry “I am saved by god” Fallwell, Pat “The Democrats are evil” Robertson and Donald “kill all pot smokers” Wildmon! We had a good thing going during the 1970S…marijuana WAS everywhere, casual sex was the norm, all the races and ethnicities were getting along, cops and bible-bangers were nice and docile, just the way we like them! Republicans came along and systematically tried to turn back the clock…they re-launched the War on the American People — oops! I mean the “War on”, ahem, “Drugs”, instituted drug-testing, turned back drug liberalization laws, unleashed the pigs on the people, tried to close Women’s HealthCare clinics…these people are FILTH!

            Hillary may be flawed, but she is the lesser-evil. Too bad Bernie didn’t make it…he would’ve SQUASHED these right-wingers like the insects that they are!

          • Hillary said that she would not respect the rights of the States to make marijuana legal again, while Trump said that he would. Yes, I understand that Rudy & Christie are Drug Warriors (Chtisrtie especially), but they are not running for PRUS…Trump is. If either one of them become part of a Trump administration they would have to do what Trump says, not the other way around. They may try to influence Trump but he doesn’t have to listen to them…& they could resign if they don’t like Trump’s decisions to not fight the war on marijuana the way they would like to him to.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Yeah, that’s if I trust him, but I don’t. If Hillary wins, and the government control reverts back to the Democrats, talk like the GARBAGE that came out of Christie’s mouth would end! I want these so-called “conservatives” to butt-out of my personal decisions. I want drug-testing ENDED immediately. I want re-compensation, by the rich, “conservative” ANIMALS as payback for launching this evil, DISGUSTING “War on the American People”. you know, and I know, that so-called “liberals” are, by and large, much more pro-Marijuana than so-called “conservatives”, especially the fascists that have the audacity to call themselves, ah, “Christians”. Those LOWLIFES don’t know the first thing about Jesus Christ!
            If the Republicans win, things will go back to the place they were during the 1980s and early 90s…prohibition, “law and order” (oppression), tax cuts for the rich FILTH, cracking down on sexual freedom, xenophobia, prejudice, bigotry…need I go on? please don’t try to whitewash Republicans, I was there when they SEIZED power, and I don’t ever want it to happen again!

          • DogfartsTheNoxiousDestroyer

            thanks for correcting the record for us faggot

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            So, what’s your beef with what I wrote? I just call them as I see them, punk. Vote for Trump and see what you get, fool!

            Yo pussy, before you call somebody names, be sure that you won’t get your ass kicked by them. How’s your SLUT mother, by the way? Does she feel okay, after the, ah, “enema ” I gave her?
            Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            Why don’t you meet me this Saturday night, on the corner of Freeman Street and Southern Boulevard, in the S-O-U-T-H B-R-O-N-X (yeah, that’s right, the Black and Latin part, if you got the courage), this Saturday night at 8PM? If you do, I will “educate” you, and as we all know, EDUCATION can sometimes be painful. You’ll be in more pain than your stink-hole mother!

          • DogfartsTheNoxiousDestroyer

            oh shit we got us a badass up in here. oh lawdy im so scared of a bronx chimp. /s

            hows it like being so much of a pussy your unable to fight anybody unless you have three plus of your homies joining in, eh? nigga id put you down like your brother harambe.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Fine, punk. Put me down, I ‘m, waiting for you! And, what’s with this, “homies joining in, eh? nigga id…” bullshit? Do you REALLY believe that you are “Black”? Please spare me! You are a STONE, little “white boy” with no brains!
            Like I said, meet me on the corner that I mentioned, and you can prove yourself.
            I’m waiting.

      • kevin_hunt

        ..and it was declared unconstitutional in 1969 because it forced a citizen to incriminate themselves when they paid the tax…

      • Biggus Disqus

        Hearst was a PROGRESSIVE?

    • kevin_hunt

      Hillary is a drug war superpredator

      • Jon

        Her husband kept Mena airfield arkansaw open to Magog Bushes CIA cocaine import business and got them deep in the secret “big club” … https://youtu.be/cKUaqFzZLxU

        • kevin_hunt

          Dirty dealings by the Clinton-Bush crime syndicate. No wonder Bill Clinton admired GH Bush so much…he made the coke planes run on time.

  • APRandom

    Pretty much this, reported in the MSM, no less:
    “States that implemented medical marijuana laws experienced an especially notable drop in painkiller prescriptions”
    http://time.com/4404697/marijuana-opioid-epidemic/

  • FeshonALfliP

    Beeotch

  • JdL

    Asshole CUNT!

  • DC Choemix

    It’s a corporate bukkake up in here. Somebody cunt punt this old trollop.

    • Gomer Pyle

      You are a god! ?

  • Bob Btme

    Don’t forget the big multinational banks have been caught laundering billions of dollars in drug money. Remember “Scarface”? Banks get paid a percentage to launder illicit profits.

    Conversely for legitimate clients banks have to pay THEM to handle their deposits. Doesn’t take sophisticated math skills to understant this! Positive vs. negative – do the math.

  • DogfartsTheNoxiousDestroyer

    “you gotta have a public opinion and a private opinion”
    -guess who

  • Ant con

    What’s Trump’s position on this very important issue ?

    • He has spoken out IN FAVOR of medical marijuana & I believe that he will respect the 10th Amendment rights of the States to decide their own marijuana laws. At 4:10 Trump said he would NOT go after Colorado on marijuana & that the decision re: marijuana should be up to the States to decide for themselves:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww_gvwbJfpw&feature=youtu.be

      This is not the only video of Trump speaking out about marijuana. Check out YouTube, I didn’t have time to search for the speech where he spoke out in favor of medical pot.

      • Donald Trump is a confused old man who has no idea what he stands for except for himself.

      • Peter Belanger

        How can you trust a single word out of this guys mouth? He’ll say or even make any noise just for attention.

  • Gomer Pyle

    Worst part is, it looks like it was established form for her to give those same bankers an inside line on her inside knowledge. I wonder if she gave any Goldies a heads up when she lifted trade restrictions on behalf of Lockheed Martin and others? This gets better and better. We could potentially send the whole power structure of the Gambino and Bonano crime family – sorry meant to say Democrat and Republican crime family, up the river. Almost makes you wonder if Don curly Bush was sending a message to Billy as well. Not sure if that means he’s Fredo or Ricky Vale. Best election ever.

  • Hillary is more of a Republican then Trump is. Neither of which will EVER get my vote!

    • Guy Pinestra

      That’s a little short-sighted, don’t you think?

      • In what way?

        • Ryan Rji Rji

          Hillary wins by default then. Good job.

          • If either of them win it will not be because of my vote. Don’t try to tell me that voting 3rd party is like voting for the other person either, that’s nothing but fear mongering. If either of them were strong candidates they wouldn’t have to worry about outside challengers.

  • As of right at this moment, the majority of Americans have now officially reclassified the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (US DEA) and Hillary Clinton (along with Barack Obama and Eric Holder) – as a Domestic American Terrorist Organization and Domestic American Terrorists. Take that to the bank, Hillary. I’m talking directly at you.

    • Vincent D’Emidio

      Well, just remember this…if Trump is elected, he will have all these cops and cop-lovers at his side…Chris “I will never respect Marijuana legalization” Christie, Rudy “I never smoked a joint in my life” Giuliani.

      Do you really think that the Republicans, with all their “demons” will be good for the legalization movement.

      • Are you going to tell me how I must cast my vote too?

        In a word – Bernie. Or Gary Johnson.

        I wish Trump upon you.

        You deserve it.

        Also – CIA Torture.

        Let’s talk SLS and Orion too.

        • Vincent D’Emidio

          “Are you going to tell me how I must cast my vote too?”

          Well, obviously somebody HAS to! How do you go from supporting Bernie, a Socialist (as I PROUDLY am!) to even entertaining thoughts about supporting that Capitalist ANIMAL, Trump, and his cop-loving butt-buddies?

          Gary Johnson? He’s alright, but after viewing his performance on TV re: Foreign Policy, I can tell that he is not ready for Prime time. Too “Provincial”. Besides which man, Libertarians are too close to being Republicans. I am a 1970s Socialist, and, unlike Republicans, I DEMAND that the rich pay more in taxes. If I were running on the Socialist ticket, my motto would be, “Hey Rich Man…I’m gonna take yo’ shit”.

          Jill Stein is cool, but she doesn’t have a chance.

          • You are proud, you are authoritarian and you have demands. You’re obviously an animal too. I get that. Ergo – you are a fascist.

            An American fascist, which in America you are free to be. All of these political traits are distinctly unAmerican, but that’s ok, this is America. Where I am completely free to call you out as what you are and you are completely free to be as authoritarian as you want to be. Just don’t be surprised when as an American I simply refuse to submit to you and your demands on my personal life. Got it?

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            “you are a fascist”.

            Correction: Fascists are right-wing. They prefer rich, prejudiced, White folks. Socialists, like myself, grew up in the ghetto…y’know, the kinda neighborhoods that you are afraid to walk through.

            “You’re obviously an animal”

            Correction no. 2: “Animals” are rich capitalists, which I am not. I am part of the Proletariat, and we will win!

            “Political traits are distinctly un-American”

            Correction no. 3: Socialism is as American as Lasagna, or Carne Guisado!

            And I’m free to call you anything I wanna — and I choose to call you an ASS!

          • That’s the way to show me who’s boss!

            So you are not a member of the Kingdom of Animalia? Blah blah blah, Art is a Word and a Penguin is a Bird. You need to familiarize yourself with the definition of fascist as proposed by Lawrence Britt.

            Political science is an oxymoron.

  • gininitaly

    Welcome to your global economy.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXl-mKZ7aSc

  • cptplanet

    Soon to be the “leader of the free world”, huh? You ain’t kidding me, lady. What a tyrant.

  • Bobbyt

    I absolutely support all the states that are moving
    toward medical marijuana, moving toward — absolutely — legalizing it for
    recreational use. Jimmy Kimmel Live, March 24, 2016

    Haha, Bill Maher

  • DWallace32342

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results

    In 1998, the UN thought it could achieve a “drug-free world”. At this point anyone who truly believes that this is possible might be insane. It has been over 45 years and over a trillion dollars spent in the U.S. alone since Nixon launched his Drug War. Availability has increased, prices have dropped and overall usage has generally not changed. However certain groups of people have become very rich and powerful from the war (on both sides).

    The Lancet, one of the oldest and most well respected peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, recently concluded in their extensive drug policy review that prohibtion causes more harm than it prevents:

    Policies meant to prohibit or greatly suppress drugs present an apparent paradox. They are portrayed by policy makers to be necessary to preserve public health and safety, and yet they directly and indirectly contribute to lethal violence, disease, discrimination, forced displacement, injustice, and the undermining of people’s right to health.”
    “on the basis of the evidence identified and analysed by the Commission, we conclude that the harms of prohibition far outweigh the benefits

    [Csete et al. Public health and international drug policy. The Lancet Commissions. 2016]

    Economists of the London School of Economics, which included five Nobel Prize winners, recently completed an extensive study on the Drug War. They concluded that it is time to end it:

    The pursuit of a militarized and enforcement-led global ‘war on drugs’ strategy has produced enormous negative outcomes and collateral damage.”
    “The strategy has failed based on its own terms. Evidence shows that drug prices have been declining while purity has been increasing. This has been despite drastic increases in global enforcement spending. Continuing to spend vast resources on punitive enforcement-led policies, generally at the expense of proven public health policies, can no longer be justified.

    [Ending the Drug Wars: Report of the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy. 2014]

    Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has realized that decriminalization of all drugs and regulated legalization of cannabis is a better approach:

    the fourth and final step is to recognize that drugs must be regulated precisely because they are risky. It is time to acknowledge that drugs are infinitely more dangerous if they are left solely in the hands of criminals who have no concerns about health and safety. Legal regulation protects health. Consumers need to be aware of what they are taking and have clear information on health risks and how to minimize them. Governments need to be able to regulate vendors and outlets according to how much harm a drug can cause. The most risky drugs should never be available “over the counter” but only via medical prescription for people registered as dependent users, as is already happening in Switzerland.
    The widespread criminalization and punishment of people who use drugs, the over-crowded prisons, mean that the war on drugs is, to a significant degree, a war on drug users — a war on people” -Nobel Prize Winner, Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

    • Peter Belanger

      tl;dr
      C’mon really? a book?

  • timedonkey

    We are tired of being oppressed, criminalized and disenfranchised for pot. Marijuana is the only social issue that still has people in jail, socially enslaved and robbed. This is not about marijuana and more research, how can she justify killing people socially and politically for something that ‘needs more research’. 80 percent of folks support medical marijuana and an end to the state sponsored crime wave. Who will represent us? Trump, do you really want to win, then stand up against the rigged criminal system and end the stupidity of the pot laws. We will carry any candidate to victory who supports our rigtheous cause.

    • Peter Belanger

      NO….Trump will put pot-hating Chris Christie in the AG spot.
      Trump is a bigger threat to pot users.

  • Knopperz

    That should make voting easy for all the Potheads in America…
    Never Hillary !!!

    • Peter Belanger

      NEVER TRUMP EITHER!!!!!!!!!!

  • Peter Belanger

    Yeah, and if Trump gets in he’ll put marijuana hating Chris Christie in the AG spot.
    Trump and his buddies are a bigger threat to pot smokers!

  • Peter Belanger

    Hillary will continue the same marijuana policies. This is just campaign bullshit. These assholes(F.T.P.) are just trying to scare folks.