Helping stash the cash for pot dealers

It is a shame President Barack Obama does not have the same level of concern for most businesses that it does for those in the marijuana industry. Obama, in addition to his recent comments supporting state-level legalization of recreational marijuana use, seems determined to help those involved in the trade.

Use of marijuana for recreational purposes has been legalized in Colorado and Washington, though it remains a crime under federal law. Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder revealed plans to change rules that ban most banks from doing business with marijuana dealers.

Marijuana dealers need to have access to banks so they won’t have large amounts of cash lying around, Holder explained.

Good heavens. It is one thing for Obama to encourage use of marijuana. It is another for him to order that federal laws making it illegal will not be enforced in Colorado and Washington. But it is taking the White House policy of aiding and abetting another giant step by actively helping marijuana dealers through actions such as the bank rule change

Clearly, Obama has forgotten his oath to enforce federal laws, not to mention his responsibility to millions of young Americans. What next? Agriculture Department advice on how to grow marijuana?

Democrat Party leaders in Ohio said Wednesday they will make “women’s health issues” one of their top priorities in election campaigns this year. Ed FitzGerald, the Democrat candidate for governor, accused Gov. John Kasich and Republican legislators of undertaking “extreme proposals” to limit abortions.

So that is what “women’s health” is, in the minds of leading Ohio Democrats – unfettered access to abortions.

What of those “extreme proposals”? Among the most controversial, condemned roundly by Planned Parenthood, is the new informed consent law. It requires that before abortions, women be informed if their fetuses’ hearts have started beating. It also stipulates that women considering abortions be told of the statistical probability of bringing their fetuses to term.

That’s all. The law merely insists that women be given information before they allow organizations such as Planned Parenthood to abort their babies. How is that “extreme”? How is having that information detrimental to a woman’s health?

Extremism is present in the debate over abortion – on the side of those who want no limits at all placed on it.