When President Obama finally sat down with the media to discuss marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington he was hesitant on concrete answers but did say prosecution would not be a top priority of the government. He could have never known it at the time but the president now has to use that priority space for a formal petition asking the government to begin construction on a Death Star spaceship, straight out of the “Star Wars” film franchise.
“We’ve got bigger fish to fry,” Obama told Barbara Walters during an interview with ABC News. “It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it's legal.”
Obama did not say he would stop the federal crackdown that’s seen a higher number of arrests than the Bush presidency, instead passing the buck to Congress. This notion is in direct contrast with a Rolling Stone article by Tim Dickinson, who reported the DEA would halt federal enforcement with a swipe of Obama’s pen. Still, he said conversations have been ongoing since the measures were approved on Election Day.
“This is a tough problem, because Congress has not yet changed the law," Obama said. "I head up the executive branch; we're supposed to be carrying out laws. And so what we're going to need to have is a conversation about, How do you reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and state laws that say that it's legal?”
The timing of the “bigger fish to fry” comment was curious, because it came just before Live Science confirmed the White House would be forced to recognize a petition for the building of the Death Star. The plea to start work on the space station was attracted over 25,000 signatures in a month, exceeded the minimum number to warrant an official comment from the White House.
“Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016,” the petition read. “By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.”
In the past petitions have forced the White House to deny the existence of extra terrestrial life and it’s doubtful they’ll offer any meaningful (or even mildly entertaining) comment on the fictional yet essential power grab by Darth Vader in his quest to dominate the universe.