In Leaked Speech, Clinton Promises Bankers to Stand Against Marijuana Legalization “In All Senses of the Word”

clinton-legalizationBy Justin Gardner

WikiLeaks has arguably been the most important thing that has happened to elections, if not the veneer of democracy, in quite a long time. We’ve been able to see the true side of politicians and bureaucrats like never before.

In Hillary Clinton, we see a figure beholden to Wall St., working diligently to advance the influence of financial corporations over government policy and taxpayer money. Her mega-donor list is a who’s who of megabanks that also happened to benefit from the TARP government bailout.

In return for their money, Clinton gave speeches to Wall St. giants behind closed doors between 2013 and 2015. She told Goldman Sachs she was “far removed” from ordinary people and that “you need both a public and a private position.”

Clinton has vacillated terribly on the issue of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is a gift to her donors but very unpopular to Americans who see it for the fleecing it is. She was for TPP before she was against it – a familiar descriptive.

As Bernie Sanders pointed out during the primary – where he was efficiently neutralized by the establishment – the only thing we know about Clinton is that she will be on the side of Wall St.

If Clinton supporters believe she will do anything about government’s war on cannabis, they should think again.

The good people at have been studying the leaked emails, and during one of those Wall St. speeches, Clinton expressed a clear opposition to cannabis legalization.

During an on-stage Q & A session with Xerox’s chairman and CEO in March 2014, Clinton used Wall Street terminology to express her opposition to ending cannabis prohibition “in all senses of the word”:URSULA BURNS: So long means thumbs up, short means thumbs down; or long means I support, short means I don’t. I’m going to start with — I’m going to give you about ten long-shorts.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Even if you could make money on a short, you can’t answer short.

URSULA BURNS: You can answer short, but you got to be careful about letting anybody else know that. They will bet against you. So legalization of pot?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Short in all senses of the word.

The exchange with Burns is part of an 80-page document containing the emails of John Podesta, her campaign manager. Campaign staffers have been working diligently to try and scrub embarrassing parts of the speeches, and this was one of them.

As Tom Angell points out:

That the campaign flagged the candidate’s opposition to legalization as a potential problem demonstrates a growing understanding by political operatives that marijuana law reform is now a mainstream issue, one which is supported by a majority of Americans and a supermajority of Democratic primary voters.

As with so many other issues, it’s hard to tell from Clinton’s public statements exactly where she stands – unlike Sanders, who openly supports legalization and even introduced a bill to end federal prohibition.

Since that exchange with Burns in 2014, Clinton has acknowledged the medical value of cannabis and indicated she would let states do their own thing, and even said cannabis should be rescheduled under the Controlled Substances Act.

However, she adopts a ‘cover your ass’ approach by saying “I don’t think we’ve done enough research yet” and “I want to wait and see” what happens in states with recreational legalization.

This is not in line with the truth becoming exponentially obvious – that denying medical cannabis to suffering patients is a criminal act, and prohibiting a plant that people have used for thousands of years is oppression.

Clinton had no problem making it clear to a Wall St. corporation that she is against legalization, but why?

Perhaps because the pharmaceutical industry is a major part of Wall St., and they are desperately fighting ballot initiatives to legalize cannabis in several states, as it represents a direct threat to their profits.

Justin Gardner writes for, where this article first appeared.

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13 Comments on "In Leaked Speech, Clinton Promises Bankers to Stand Against Marijuana Legalization “In All Senses of the Word”"

  1. Shell game subterfuge? Soros has been funding the legalization of marijuana, we can guess as TPTB’s “soma” because we know they aren’t interested in our health or medical freedom. Then this story pops up from CIA-Leaks fronted by ASSange a$$et. Distraction, division, or set up for what ???

  2. Like I needed another reason to dislike crooked Hillary. But this one takes the cake and proves once again that the Govt is full of hypocrites and on a number of levels. Anti cannabis and pro-war…I’ll tell you IF it was in my power I’d throw everyone of those criminal warmongering neocons in the deepest darkest dungeon I could find just for them and make these psychopaths break rocks with a mall and chisel for about 12 hours a day. Any medical problems and we could treat them with mass dosages of opiates – the same ones they want you to take for pain instead of something superior & non-addictive like cannabis oil or Kratom. Wouldn’t that be fun…

  3. Don’t forget the big multinational banks have been caught laundering billions of dollars in drug money. Remember “Scarface”? Banks get paid a percentage to launder illicit profits.

    Conversely for legitimate clients banks have to pay THEM to handle their deposits. Doesn’t take sophisticated math skills to understant this! Positive vs. negative – do the math.

    • Ex banker Hudes says the IMF are charging people for loans that go astray. She also says we dont live in a democracy! Not news to us but when people like her speak people should listen.

    • Even obama’s continuation and expansion of the war in Afghanistan was to increase the opium trade, among other things.

  4. CELLAPHANEMANtheDEPLORABLE | October 12, 2016 at 7:32 am |

    She is part of the drug overlords. The BUSHCLINTON crime syndicate supplies the U.S. with drugs, which is part of their income stream…that and selling military secrets…pay to play…traitors.

  5. The CIA launched the psychedelic era promoting LSD use, that’s not speculation, it’s known. Soros is funding this at the time the global elite are preparing their austerity program UN A2030, already underway in the wealthy middle east nations under the banner Vision 2030. Just connecting dots. I believe adults should have the right to take ANY medication they want, natural or Rx – absolute medical freedom – freedom period.

  6. Cunton with so called arsliken Hubby is against Jesse Ventura’s book Marijana Manifesto that Topped Times Best Seller List especially since the Government US Patent 6,630,503 Cannabidion CDB Treatment for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases.

  7. Why cant people in massive numbers see whats before them. Right across the western world people are blind. Its so sad.

  8. Get off the couch, potheads, and for the Trump. Hillary will have you arrested if you don’t. She will make NO exception for medical use.

  9. They are ALL flying in the face of the medical & presidential hypocritical oath to “do no harm”; AND the ONE biblical commandment … “Thou Shalt NOT KILL” … WHO’s the hypocrite now?

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