President Obama: Marijuana Less Dangerous Than Alcohol; Legalization in WA and CO “Important”
In a profile published online over the weekend in New Yorker magazine, President Barack Obama continued his softening towards marijuana legalization. The president 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 daughter’s against its use, he also believes it is a less dangerous substance than alcohol and 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. Read more