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Topping the White House's New Online Petition Site? Marijuana Legalization


"Isn't it time to legalize and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol?"

Everyone probably should have seen this coming.

Earlier this month, The Blaze reported on the White House's new "We the People" tool, which allows people to create their own online petitions on any issue they choose.

If a petition garners 5,000 signatures within 30 days, the White House promises lawmakers will automatically review it and the Obama administration will issue an official response on the subject.

The site went live Thursday. The first petition to cross the 5,000 signature threshold? One advocating for marijuana legalization.

"Isn't it time to legalize and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol? If not, please explain why you feel that the continued criminalization of cannabis will achieve the results in the future that it has never achieved in the past?" the petition reads.

By midday Saturday, the petition had reached nearly 30,000 signatures and was the most popular petition on the site.

Three similar petitions, which have also broken the 5,000 signature barrier, advocate for marijuana legalization as well.

The second most popular petition is one that calls for abolishing the Transportation Security Administration and instead using its "monstrous budget" to fund "more sophisticated, less intrusive counter-terrorism intelligence.

Other top petitions include removing the words "Under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance and the words "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency. The Pledge of Allegiance petition stood at more than 10,000 signatures Saturday, and the currency petition had more than 7,000.

The administration has yet to issue a response to any of the petitions.

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