Does Obama's personal history of narcotics use influence his pardon policy?

President Obama has released 102 more "nonviolent drug offenders" from jail.  If you read the WaPo article on the subject, you'd have absolutely no idea what their drug "offenses" were.  You might think they were all guys who were hauled off to jail for 20 years for taking one puff on a joint, not major drug dealers of cocaine and heroin, like those Obama has repeatedly released in the past.  But we do know that thus far:

President Obama granted clemency to another 102 inmates Thursday as he continued to release federal inmates serving long prison terms for nonviolent drug offenses.

Obama has now commuted the sentences of 774 federal inmates, more than the previous 11 presidents combined. With 590 commutations this year, he has commuted the most individuals’ sentences in one year in U.S. history, White House officials said.

They said Obama will continue granting commutations to federal drug offenders through the remainder of his time in office.

The question is, why is Obama releasing so many drug addicts and drug dealers?  The simplest explanation is that it is part of his ideology to effectively decriminalize drug use and drug dealing.  But where did that ideology spring from?

Obama has admitted to having used narcotics in the past, saying he went through college in a "haze" of alcohol and illegal drugs.  And by illegal drugs, we're not just talking about marijuana:

Obama had written in his first book, "Dreams From My Father" (1995), before entering politics, that he had used marijuana and cocaine ("maybe a little blow"). He said he had not tried heroin because he did not like the pusher who was trying to sell it to him.

But no one ever asked Obama if he stopped using narcotics.

Obama, using narcotics in the White House, surrounded by Secret Service?  Well, it has been widely reported that Malia Obama uses marijuana, and she is surrounded by Secret Service, so why not Obama?  You may think Obama smoking marijuana in the Oval Office is bizarre, but it isn't any more bizarre than what Bill Clinton did in that same room.

One last thing: Obama has played more golf than is humanly possible for an American president.  Why so much golf?  When Obama plays golf, he is cut off from the press and advisers; he is "off the grid."  Isn't off the record alone time a perfect time to abuse narcotics?

If Obama were a past drug addict who did not release dealers from jail, there might not be additional questions.  If he were never an admitted addict who did release dealers from jail, we might just think he's a liberal mush-head.  But given the situation, could there be an ongoing chemical dependency, or even blackmail, driving the president's unprecedented clemency decisions?  Because from appearances alone, it looks as if something is very wrong.

Ed Straker is the senior writer at