Frum defends Obama's medical marijuana crackdown:
Not hypocritical to experiment w drugs in early life, recoil, and as a mature adult favor prohibition.
— davidfrum (@davidfrum) May 29, 2012
Sure, but as Mike Riggs notes:
Obama did not turn against pot smoking as an adult, he turned against it at the point in his political career when he had the most power to change policy. As a state congressman in Illinois, Obama declared the drug war a failure. He said the same thing as a U.S. Senator. As a candidate for president, he condemened (and promised to stop) medical marijuana raids. Really, Obama did not come to favor prohibition until he became president.
Sonny Bunch also counters Frum:
It’s not so much that people think he’s a hypocrite for turning against pot smoking as an adult—it’s that people think he’s a hypocrite because they don’t actually think he thinks smoking pot is a big deal. He’s continuing the crackdown on weed for purely political reasons and ruining people’s lives in the process. He lacks the political courage to change an obviously broken system despite the fact that he has personal experience with the product being debated.