An Open Letter to President Obama

Dear Mr. President,


In light of recent events, you have an opportunity, dare I say an obligation, to fundamentally change America in a profound manner. You can enact an Executive Order that can solve some of this country’s biggest problems, and right some of our most egregious wrongs.

The acts described below are all interconnected and provide the foundation for a new beginning in American history. I fervently hope you will use your powers to transform our country in these meaningful and vitally important ways now!

The first step is to declare an end to the War on Drugs, most specifically an immediate decriminalization of all forms of cannabis and its non-psychoactive cousin, hemp. This act can take a bite out of racism in America and set the course for a more peaceful, non-violent nation.

Informed individuals understand that the “War on Marijuana” is largely a war on people of color, and has imprisoned millions of minorities for victimless crimes. Let’s review the facts:

  • Amount spent annually in the U.S. on the war on drugs:

          More than $51,000,000,000

  • Number of arrests in 2014 in the U.S. for drug law violations:


  • Number of these arrests that were for possession only:

          1,297,384 (83 percent)

  • Number of arrests in 2014 in the U.S. for marijuana violations:


  • Number of these arrests that were for possession only:

          619,809 (88 percent)

  • Proportion of black or Latino people incarcerated for a drug offense in state prison, although these groups use and sell drugs at similar rates as whites:

          57 Percent

  • Tax revenue that drug legalization would yield annually, if currently-illegal drugs were taxed at rates comparable to those on alcohol and tobacco:

          $46.7 billion

  • Number of people in the U.S. who have acquired AIDS directly or indirectly from syringe sharing:

          360,836 people, or 30% of all people diagnosed w/AIDS in the U.S.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that syringe access programs lower HIV incidence among people who inject drugs by:

          80 percent

  • U.S. federal government support for syringe access programs:

          $0.00, thanks to a federal ban reinstated by Congress in 2011 that prohibits any federal assistance for this program


Mr. President, we propose a new paradigm for America, where we have a war on violence instead of a war on minorities and our populous in general. Usher in a new day in America and encourage an environment of tolerance regarding personal freedom, but a society in which violent activity of any sort will simply no longer be tolerated, and will be severely punished.

By ending the prohibition on cannabis and hemp, you can help end a racist law that targets minorities and creates a fear of police felt on every urban street corner in America. This action can help erase 80 years of hatred, bigotry and propaganda, while also creating jobs, developing affordable housing, and improving education.

Our 8-part plan calls for a new way of thinking, along with the following actions:

  1. End the prohibition on cannabis and hemp
  2. Tax and regulate cannabis, just like alcohol and tobacco
  3. Encourage hemp farming and its use in a multitude of products
  4. Release marijuana possession prisoners from prison
  5. Create Back-to-Work Empowerment programs that offer former cannabis prisoners employment in the cannabis and hemp industries and extend these programs to others in need of meaningful opportunity.
  6. Use some of the taxes raised from legalized cannabis to fund education programs that retrain Police Officers to become Peace Officers, and facilitate an end to racism, ethnic profiling, random pat-downs, and extreme violence on American citizens.
  7. Appropriate funds from the cannabis tax to rehabilitate some of the 18 million vacant homes in America and make them available to the homeless and low income families and individuals (there are 3.5 million homeless people in America)
  8. End the war on drugs and use resources for compassionate care and rehabilitation. Prison shouldn’t be for people with addictions.

Mr. President, it’s time to end “politics as usual.” It’s time to Move America Forward, and take profound steps to end racism, end the homeless problem, end our war on minorities, end our lack of compassion, and end our outdated policies that widen the social divide. It is now time to choose the American people rather than publicly traded companies and their profits. It is now time for real change to occur.

Instead of being a “good” president, you have the power to become a transformative president, like Washington, Lincoln and FDR. You can create a legacy and implement changes that will truly “Make America Great Again.”



Alexander Nachman

American Citizen


P.S. Our country is in disarray in many ways. Taking this bold action will not only improve our economy, and help end racism and violence, it will also send a clear message to all American citizens, that the United States government is prepared to do things dramatically different going forward in order to create positive change for all our people. I believe this more tolerant approach will breakdown societal barriers and empower us as a country and as individuals to navigate life with a more compassionate compass allowing the healing process can begin and take hold nationwide.

Let us hold the values of Abraham Lincoln in our heart, and proclaim that all men are created equal and deserve a better quality of life.

Let this be the legacy of your historic presidency.