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    Posted: Jan 19 2014 at 11:33am
Obama says marijuana ‘no more dangerous than alcohol’
January 19th, 2014
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Washington (CNN) – Marijuana, which is still placed in the same category as heroin, ecstasy and psychedelic mushrooms by the federal government, is no more dangerous than alcohol, President Barack Obama said in an interview published Sunday.

Speaking to New Yorker editor David Remnick, Obama said he still viewed pot smoking negatively – but that on the whole, the drug wasn’t the social ill that it’s been viewed as in the past.


 

 
“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,” Obama told the weekly magazine.

The president said pot was actually less dangerous that alcohol “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.”

“It’s not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy,” he said.

Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized recreational marijuana use. Another 18, along with the District of Columbia, allow some legal pot use, primarily for medicinal purposes. But when it comes to federal law, marijuana remains a schedule 1 controlled substance - a drug with high potential for abuse but no accepted medical use - and the White House has said that Obama doesn’t support changing that status.

Instead, Obama said in the New Yorker interview that he’s focused on making laws that treat users fairly.

“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,” he told Remnick.

In August, Obama’s Justice Department announced it would not challenge legalization in Colorado and Washington, and instead focus federal enforcement on trafficking cases and preventing pot from getting in the hands of kids. Prosecutors are now required to focus on distinct enforcement priorities that also include preventing driving while high and forbidding the cultivation of marijuana on public lands.

In the New Yorker, Obama said Colorado and Washington’s laws were “important” since they decriminalized a commonly used substance. But he also said the laws could raise questions for other illegal substances.

“If marijuana is fully legalized and at some point folks say, Well, we can come up with a negotiated dose of cocaine that we can show is not any more harmful than vodka, are we open to that?” Obama wondered. “If somebody says, We’ve got a finely calibrated dose of meth, it isn’t going to kill you or rot your teeth, are we O.K. with that?”



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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,” he told Remnick
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Obama is wrong. marijuana has no bad side effects and proven to help your cognitive thinking and amongst so many health beneficial stuff. And hemp can be used for 100s of stuff for a tenth of the price. Its a stupid law and alcohol is more potent in danger than any drug since it attacks every organ in your body.
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Now Obama knows damn well those laws are not in place because of how "dangerous" they are

Good for him! He should take those laws on as the final mission for his legacy
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Never thought he would admit that.
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Originally posted by iliveforbhm iliveforbhm wrote:

Obama is wrong. marijuana has no bad side effects and proven to help your cognitive thinking and amongst so many health beneficial stuff. And hemp can be used for 100s of stuff for a tenth of the price. Its a stupid law and alcohol is more potent in danger than any drug since it attacks every organ in your body.
Why are you taking one sentence to heart, after the President stands for weed use ? Depends on the type of weed you smoke . You can obtain lung damage do the smoke young man .

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Originally posted by JoliePoufiasse JoliePoufiasse wrote:

Never thought he would admit that.

Didn't he write about doing coke and weed in his book?
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Originally posted by JoliePoufiasse JoliePoufiasse wrote:

Never thought he would admit that.
Jolie he said the same thing in one of his books . I think talking about it at the pulpit speaks volume lol . You know his Fox news haters are going to run with it .
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idk about it being proven to improve cognitive thinking... Ermm


but im glad/surprised he said that and i hope he finally makes it legal everywhere. 
i wont ever smoke like i used to but its annoying to have to worry about a drug test from that 1 blunt last month.. Sleepy
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