President Barack Obama announced that he doesn’t think pot is more dangerous than alcohol, but it’s still a “bad idea”.
The Obama administration has given states the green light to experiment with marijuana regulation. Colorado and Washington have already taken advantage of that and recently legalized recreational weed. The president said it was important for the legalization of marijuana to go forward in those states in order to avoid “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.” Or to put it in other words, the disproportional rates of prosecution and incarceration for drug crimes between middle-class whites and poor African Americans/Latinos aren’t exactly fair.
In an interview with “The New Yorker” magazine, the president downplayed the dangers of marijuana, comparing it to cigarettes and arguing it is no more dangerous than alcohol.
“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,” the president told the magazine.
He went on to say pot smokers shouldn’t be locked up for long stretches of time when people writing drug laws “have probably done the same thing.” Lesson: smoke pot, just don’t get caught.
Despite Obama’s gradual softening of legalization language, he’s not ready to go full stoner just yet. At least not until public opinion shifts…
Smoking marijuana is “not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy,” Obama said.
The president also urged a cautious approach to changing marijuana laws, saying that people who think legalizing pot will solve social problems are “probably overstating the case” and describing the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington as a challenging “experiment”.
Obama also raised a concern about where the U.S should draw the line when it comes to harder drugs.
“I also think that, when it comes to harder drugs, the harm done to the user is profound and the social costs are profound. And you do start getting into some difficult line-drawing issues,” Obama said. “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? 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 OK with that?”
I’m sure the methheads will be OK with that – except that the price will probably jacked up 3000%.
Via: Washington Times