President Obama: Marijuana Not More Dangerous Than Alcohol; Legalization in WA and CO “Important”

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President Obama: Marijuana Not More Dangerous Than Alcohol; Legalization in WA and CO “Important”

By Erik Altieri, Communications Director, NORML

In a profile published online over the weekend in New Yorker magazine, President Barack Obama continued his softening towards marijuana legalization. In the interview, the presidentcannaobama alluded to his own youthful marijuana consumption and clarified that, while he doesn’t believe it to be a healthy pastime and has discouraged his daughters from its use, it is a less dangerous substance than alcohol. President Obama also stated that current moves towards legalization are important experiments that can help end discriminatory arrest practices.

“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” President Obama stated when asked about the growing public support for ending marijuana prohibition.

“Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do and African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties.” he continued, “we should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing.”

“It’s important for it [marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington] to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.”

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You can read the full article on the New Yorker’s website here.

Perhaps President Obama will continue to evolve and find himself on the right side of history when it comes to marijuana legalization. It would take just one simple Executive Order to deschedule marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and help institute some real lasting change in our nation’s failed war on cannabis. At a minimum, these statements show just how far we have come from the “Just Say No” era of American politics.

1 Comment

  • Danny Hardin
    January 19, 2014

    Thank u mr.Oboma for telling the truth about marijuana.It is a whole lot less dangerous than alcohol or alot if prescription drugs. We need to save jail and prison cells for real criminals..we also need the tax money for iyr country instead if our money going to mexico or other countries.They r so many uses for it instead of oain pills nerve pills or other addictive pills that ruin peoples lives.Thanks again for your understanding.

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