In our story Monday about the White House’s “We the People” online petition program, we reported on how the Obama administration is responding to the large number of off-beat petitions that have flooded the site in the past 16 months.

Perhaps the most popular issue of all has been the repeated efforts to legalize marijuana. Currently, the No. 2 most popular petition, with 66,000 signatures, asks the president to remove the plant from the federal Controlled Substance Act.

The White House has issued three responses to marijuana requests, each time coming out against liberalizing production and distribution.