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Video: Harold and Kumar Endorse Obama

A new campaign video features the iconic stoner duo, but the President remains conspicuously silent on drug policy.

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By May Wilkerson

09/04/12

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President Obama seems to be touting the "stoner vote," despite otherwise balking on the issue of drug policy. A new video promoting the Democratic convention to younger voters features John Cho and Kal Penn—the actors who play the iconic stoner duo in the famed Harold and Kumar film series—surrounded by mountains of munchies, and acting extremely mellow, while receiving an important phone call from POTUS. "There's a lot at stake here," Obama tells Penn in the video. Despite its seemingly light-hearted intentions, the video draws attention to the glaring absence of drug policy on either side of the Presidential debate leading up to the November elections. Recently, Obama sidestepped a slew of questions about drugs while taking the public's questions on Reddit. And in the Democratic Party Platform released this morning, there are only two paragraphs referring to illegal drugs—and no mention of the Mexican drug war or legalization of drugs, including medical marijuana. Some have argued that the video is hypocritical, since it seems to suggest a misleadingly "soft" approach towards marijuana use. “The fact Obama uses these characters to joke about this issue while on the other hand continuing to arrest people he’s appealing to is really disingenuous,” says Morgan Fox, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “As president he conducts more raids on medical marijuana facilities than Bush.”

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