Maybe the timing was intended to help your forget that other issue you care deeply about -- the freedom to get medicinal. Obama has a history on the subject that's rockier than storm surf at Zuma Beach.
We take you through Obama's Top 5 moments in marijuana.
5. Obama backs medical marijuana prosecution: Last month Obama made a huge flippy floppy when he said that he had to stand by as his U.S. Department of Justice prosecuted and raided weed businesses in medical-legal states like California. He said:
It's against federal law. I can't nullify congressional law. I can't ask the Justice Department to say, 'Ignore completely a federal law that's on the books.'
Turns out he can: By single-handed, executive order the president can downgrade marijuana from a wholly illegal, Schedule I drug to one with medical legitimacy (Schedule II or III).