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72 Percent of Americans Say Enforcing Marijuana Laws Not Worth It

Looks like Attorney General Eric Holder is going in the right direction with wanting to change the way we handle low level drug offenders since, according to Pew Research Center, 72 percent of Americans are all "why bother" when it comes to laws against marijuana and enforcing them.

Writes Pew:

A March Pew Research Center survey on changing attitudes about marijuana found that nearly three-in-four Americans (72%) believed that efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they are worth. And 60% said that the federal government should not enforce federal laws prohibiting the use of marijuana in states where it is legal. (Last fall, voters in two states – Colorado and Washington state – approved the purchase of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use).

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Video: Missouri Crowd Cheers Over Obama Rodeo Clown Stunt

Because my home state only likes to be in the news when it's bad news (like another flood, tornado, John Aschroft singing, segregation and inner city violence), someone had the bright idea to have a rodeo clown wear a President Barack Obama mask for a state fair Sunday, then ask the crowd if they'd like to see the 44th president run down by a bull.

Since this is Missouri, and rural Republican country Missouri at that, the crowd was all "Hells jeah."

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The Root: What Can Obama Do for At-Risk Youth?

Friday for The Root I wrote about the president's pledge to help at-risk and black youth last week during a meeting with House Democrats. He said he was willing to do what's in his power to help these kids without involving Congress. But it's the executive branch's job to execute the laws. He's very limited in what he can and cannot do. And with the problems young black boys and men face, can their big problems be solved with small solutions? 

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