President Barack Obama talks marijuana, says it is not more dangerous than alcohol

By Raquel Luster,

In a new interview, President Barack Obama gave his thoughts on marijuana, explaining that he thinks it is not more dangerous than alcohol.

While speaking with the New Yorker, Obama said, “In terms of its impact on the individual consumer,” marijuana is not more harmful than alcohol, reports the Associated Press.

Marijuana typically leads to more arrests, while alcohol leads to more deaths. Yet, alcohol is sold in groceries stories and liquor stores across the nation.
In no way is President Obama promoting use of either substance but suggests a different approach on how marijuana users are handled by the justice system..

Obama has mentioned his familiarity with marijuana in his younger years. He also sees “it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person,” notes the Independent.ie.

The AP reports that the Obama administration gave Washington and Colorado the authority to test out marijuana regulations as they see fit.

The president noted that more minorities have been jailed because of marijuana use. Typically, “middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do,” and unfortunately most of these poorer kids are African-American and Latino, Obama said.

Obama stopped short of calling for new federal marijuana laws, though. Those who think legalizing marijuana will solve all issues are "probably overstating the case," he said.

image: Wikimedia Commons

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