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The number used to be 25,000 signatures

The White House recently increased the number of signatures needed on its "We the People" petition site from 25,000 to 100,000.

"We the People" is a website where users can create and apply online signatures to petitions. When the number of signatures on a petition exceeded 25,000, it will receive a comment from the White House.

When the site launched in 2011, only 5,000 signatures were needed. As the number of users grew, the number was raised to 25,000. Now, the site has grown even more and 100,000 is the new number to beat.

However, any petitions that were existing before the new 100,000 rule will remain under the 25,000 signature rule. As of right now, there are a little under 40 petitions that have passed the 25,000 signature mark.

Source: NBC News



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By bitterman0 on 1/17/2013 3:08:04 PM , Rating: 5
"We the People" site is a nice PR ploy, I'll give the current administration that. However, for the most part it seems to be rather useless. Case in point:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/investig...

To summarize the petition and the WH response at the above link: 31K+ people (the limit was 25K at the time) are asking to investigate public boasting of bribery of federal politicians - on national television, no less. The White House response: you are requesting a specific law enforcement action, and it is against our policy to entertain such requests.

At some point we, the people, will have to start wondering what will it take for our elected politicians to start listening to our voices again.


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By fic2 on 1/17/2013 3:40:20 PM , Rating: 3
The one I always come back to is the marijuana petition. Too lazy to look it up but, I believe, it was to take marijuana off the schedule 1 list (heroine, cocaine, meth) and use actual science instead of reefer madness for laws. The white house response (from the DEA): marijuana is against the law therefore it must be really bad. Don't do drugs.

I totally agree with bitterman0 - the "We the People" is a useless PR ploy.


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By Breathless on 1/17/2013 4:52:29 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
Too lazy to look it up


This is inherent from your marijuana use :)


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By garagetinkerer on 1/18/2013 12:23:51 AM , Rating: 2
Lobbying from tobacco/ liqour industry would stop it. They stand to lose the most from it, and so i don't see why they would let it pass.


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By Ringold on 1/18/2013 3:47:16 AM , Rating: 1
The tobacco people should back it; they could get economies of scale at warp speed. They've perfected the business of selling things people can smoke at minimal cost, and they did so long before most people posting at DT were alive.

Brewers and whatnot, idk. I for one know plenty of people that love consuming both, so I don't see the connection.


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By headbox on 1/18/2013 4:42:33 AM , Rating: 2
False. They wouldn't make a penny because the people who grow & sell it are already growing and selling it. It's already cheap and abundant.


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By Strunf on 1/18/2013 8:34:51 AM , Rating: 3
Yes and no, sure they would get a big competition from local producers but they could make huge planting fields and maximize the return to the point that it would be cheaper to buy from them than produce your own cannabis.

Also cannabis may be cheap now cause it's not taxed or very little (medical one), most of the price of the tobacco is taxes, tax the cannabis like tobacco and cannabis will be more expensive.

I'm all to tax every smoker to mayhem, in a way that any health problems they have will be payed with the money from these taxes and not from everyone else.


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By maugrimtr on 1/18/2013 11:02:15 AM , Rating: 2
You're forgetting the influx of government regulations that would put small time sellers out of business and open the door for the tobacco industry to lobby (i.e. bribe politians) for dumb licensing requirements and other nonsense to raise economic barriers to new entrants who don't have a few Billion to spare.


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