Getting priorities straight

Say one thing for President Barack Obama: When he sets priorities, he sticks to them.

Take the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline for example, which could help the U.S. hold gasoline prices down and provide thousands of jobs, while continuing a longstanding partnership with Canada. Obama has delayed it for more than five years, even though a study done by the State Department says just weeks ago that there are no significant environmental concerns.

Apparently, the president believes in handling such matters slowly and carefully.

Now consider White House policy on marijuana – possession of which is still illegal under federal law, even though Washington and Colorado have made it legal in those states.

On Friday, just weeks after Colorado legalized marijuana, the Obama administration announced plans to help banks deal legally with marijuana sellers.

Normally, such transactions would be illegal. But the White House, acting quickly to ensure newly well-to-do marijuana dealers can bank like the rest of us, has expedited what amounts to an exemption from the law.

So yes, it is all about priorities. Obama’s answer to an important energy program is no. To the marijuana dealers, however, it is yes.