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President Obama: I don't think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | JANUARY 19, 2014 | MICHAEL WALSH

Posted on 01/19/2014 8:56:32 PM PST by EinNYC

In a profile published on The New Yorker's website, the President admits he smoked marijuana when he was younger and is pretty sure a lot of other politicians did, too, but that some demographics are more harshly punished for the offense. He says if it is legalized, it could lead to a slippery slope, with supporters possibly wanting to legalize recreational use of other drugs, such as meth or cocaine.

President Obama thinks marijuana is no more dangerous than booze — and even less harmful "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer." "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 said to New Yorker editor David Remnick in a lengthy profile published Sunday.

The commander-in-chief still wouldn't recommend any sort of dance with Mary Jane for his daughters — or anyone for that matter — but does seem to think that the country's historical aversion to the drug was blown out of proportion and that our current anti-drug laws disproportionately punish poorer people.

"Middle-class kids don't get locked up for smoking pot and poor kids do," he told Remnick. "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."

Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, said he shares Obama's concern that people from minority communities bear the brunt of pot prohibition and is thrilled that the President is "catching up" with "most Americans" who think marijuana should be legal. "For more than 80 years, our federal government has been exaggerating the harms of marijuana in order to keep it illegal," Tvert told the Daily News. "For one of the first times ever, one of our national leaders is acknowledging that marijuana is actually less harmful than alcohol for the consumer."

In the Remnick interview, Obama pointed out that the nation's lawmakers should not be hypocritical enough to throw pot smokers behind bars for long stretches of time when they probably experimented with cannabis themselves.

It is important for marijuana legislation to go forward in Colorado and Washington state, he said, because we should not "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."

But Obama also took a moment to entertain the opposing side, saying marijuana legalization leads to slippery-slope arguments concerning harder, more harmful drugs and difficult line drawing.

"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?" Recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in Colorado and Washington. It is permitted for medicinal purposes in 18 more states and the District of Columbia.


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cokehead; mayealittlebloooo; nosecandyman; obama; obamalies; racecard; snowman
So now the Pothead-in-Chief is a doctor, that he can aver pot is not dangerous? Anyone hear of him getting an M.D. degree? Maybe he printed one on a 3D printer, eh? Obviously his Choom days fragged whatever passed for a brain for him.
1 posted on 01/19/2014 8:56:32 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC
President Obama: I don't think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol

Fixed it.

2 posted on 01/19/2014 8:58:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: EinNYC
President Obama: I don't think

That's all that needs to be said.

3 posted on 01/19/2014 8:58:17 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: EinNYC

What does Allah/Mohammad think?


4 posted on 01/19/2014 9:01:51 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: EinNYC

The 1st POTUS of Choom!


5 posted on 01/19/2014 9:02:37 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: EinNYC

Well, it’s not but, you are a pathetic caricature of a man and a posuer president.

You just have diarrhea of the mouth and have to comment on all things as if your voice is that of Solomon.

You obnoxious schmuck.


6 posted on 01/19/2014 9:03:38 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: EinNYC

He doesn’t see anything wrong with Communism or killing the Constitution either......


7 posted on 01/19/2014 9:06:03 PM PST by G Larry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

At least when he addresses illegal drug use he’s finally commenting on an issue where he actually has some experience!


8 posted on 01/19/2014 9:09:29 PM PST by GMMC0987
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To: EinNYC

The choomer in cheat has spoken.


9 posted on 01/19/2014 9:11:58 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: EinNYC

Obama has been wrong about almost everything. There is a good chance he’s wrong about this too.


10 posted on 01/19/2014 9:16:10 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: EinNYC

In other news...

Obama says playing on the subway tracks is no more dangerous than running across a busy highway, and that juggling hatchets is no more dangerous than sticking your finger in a light socket.


11 posted on 01/19/2014 9:19:53 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: EinNYC
Boy...if his daughters do ever choose an abortion, it'll be all over the news as a good thing.

One sick ba*****

12 posted on 01/19/2014 9:26:41 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: EinNYC
One thing that you have to admit, though...

I've seen plenty of fights between two drunks. I can't say the same for any two potheads.

Besides, who cares what a Democrat is using to fry his teeny tiny brain?

13 posted on 01/19/2014 9:35:51 PM PST by jonascord (Hurrah for the Bonny Blue Flag that bears a Single Star!)
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To: EinNYC
I saw this news on a lefty blog, and posted the following WITHOUT a sarcasm (should be obvious) warning:

Obama is ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! In fact, you know they concluded that a little wine each day is good for you, so if pot is better than alcohol, then a smoking a little weed each day must have some even better health benefits, right?

And since health care is my rigtht, then in addition to legalizing pot, moderate amounts of both wine and weed should be made availalbe, and free to those of low income, through the Affordable Care Act!

I'm tired of these idiots in the GOP telling me what I should or should not do according to their concept of morality. If I want to smoke pot, then that should be my business. And like I said, since it's probably something I'd need for my mental, if not physical, health, then the government should help someone like me pay for it.

In fact, to help immediately get rid of this decades-long stigma against pot smoking, Obama should not only make it legal, but get the tobacco companies involved, since they already have experience with the marketing and distribution that would be needed, and they could help show our nation's youth that pot smoking was not only healthy, but also makes you cool!

Between the tobacco industry and the government, I'm sure they could come up with some clever advertisement to help get the word out. Hey, here's an idea, how about we bring back Obamagirl to do some kind of a viral video, like "I Got A Joint from Obama". Or better yet, remember the Obamaphone lady? Let's bring her back and get her to do a Youtube video, so she can tell everyone: "I love Obama, he gave me a PHONE, he gave me a JOINT - so c'mon and get your Obama-Phone and your Obama-Joint".

Thank you President Obama! It's about time someone had the courage to stand up for my right to do what I want with my own body and my own life. Like I said, the government has no business telling me what I should or should not be able to buy or to do when it comes to the health and well being of me and my family.

Well, except for telling me that I must be insured, they should do that.

Oh yeah, fatty foods and extra-large sugary sodas, they should do something about that too.

OK, I suppose I shoud be fined if I don't wear my seatbelt - that's for my own good.

And even if I think my own kids might be better off at a private or charter school, for the greater good of everyone else's kids, I guess the government should keep someone with limited resources, like me, from being able to send my kids anywhere but the under-performing public school for which we are zoned.

Wait, wait... what was I saying, now I think I'm getting confused. Hmmm, give me a moment, I'll figure this out (tick, tock, tick, tock).

AH, I've got the answer:

If CONSERVATIVES want to legislate what I should or should not do, then the government should not be involved.

But if LIBERALS want to legislate what I should or should not do, then since they know better, than I would. what is best for me and my family, then I want them to write as many laws as they think are needed to regulate our behavior.

Glad I took the time to get that clarified. Now light up, everyone!
14 posted on 01/19/2014 9:43:30 PM PST by zencycler
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To: EinNYC

He’s living proof that marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol.


15 posted on 01/19/2014 9:57:24 PM PST by CivilWarBrewing
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To: EinNYC

Everybody stand back! He’s “evolving” again!


16 posted on 01/19/2014 10:05:28 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It appears as though our "living and breathing" Constitution has died.)
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To: jonascord

I care if the higher-than-a-kite pothead doper is driving in the lane next to mine and can’t control their vehicle. Or if they are involved in some medical care for me. Etc.


17 posted on 01/19/2014 10:08:13 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC
President Obama, I don't think....."

The first truthful words spoken by Dear Leader!

18 posted on 01/19/2014 10:13:17 PM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: EinNYC
He's going to be there, in that car, in the next lane, giving you the wrong medical care, regardless. You can't legislate stupid.

All the War on Drugs has done is to establish a self-perpetuating destruction of the US Constitution, encouraged by foolish "conservatives". It's been going on for 90 years, and more stupid people are stoned than ever.

19 posted on 01/19/2014 10:18:38 PM PST by jonascord (Hurrah for the Bonny Blue Flag that bears a Single Star!)
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To: jonascord

I am speaking about the distorted perceptions caused by the dope, not the condition of stupid which caused the dope to be used in the first place.


20 posted on 01/19/2014 10:21:06 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Beat me to it!


21 posted on 01/19/2014 10:27:06 PM PST by SoCal SoCon (Conservatism =/= Corporatism.)
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To: All

Don’t you people recognize a trial balloon when you hear it.
Mexicans, Libertarians, Independents, etc.
(Yes, I have my broad brush out)
Hes Looking at gaining votes and TAX Revenue!
There is no way he cannot stop thinking about that Revenue.
Hes testing the waters for a change in federal law.
How can he resist.
Does anyone think this warped bastard does not “Bong Out” in the ovel orfice?
Freedumb for the masses.
Freedumb keeps the peasants at bay.
Republicans will jump on it too.


22 posted on 01/19/2014 10:27:41 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: EinNYC

He wasn’t referring to actually smoking it. He was attesting to the fact that alcohol is a flammable liquid and therefore could be dangerous and pot is some leafy green stuff that might, at its worst, get moldy.


23 posted on 01/19/2014 10:34:49 PM PST by anton
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To: right way right
What I noticed is that he used the issue to play the Race Card again.

"Middle-class kids don't get locked up for smoking pot and poor kids do," he told Remnick. "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."

24 posted on 01/19/2014 10:48:44 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: right way right
Don’t you people recognize a trial balloon when you hear it.

Had the same thought. I think it was designed to put the issue in play for the 2014 election season. They apparently think it's a winning strategy.

25 posted on 01/19/2014 10:52:18 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: TigersEye
Yep.
He is a race pimpin mack daddy!
He feasts om anything divisive because divisiveness is easy to exploit.
He is a evil satanic opportunist of a tyrant.
26 posted on 01/19/2014 10:58:35 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: Ken H

Watch the repubs glom on to it too.
Just like the immigration issue.


27 posted on 01/19/2014 11:03:22 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: right way right

True, all dat!


28 posted on 01/19/2014 11:13:37 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: EinNYC

- …maybe a little blow… - Barack Hussein Obama II


29 posted on 01/19/2014 11:50:09 PM PST by devolve ("He's just 'too talented' to do what 'ordinary people' do." "Barry of Bungle" "Homo Electus")
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To: EinNYC

The brain damage caused by his heavy drug use while young is becoming more and more obvious.


30 posted on 01/20/2014 12:38:33 AM PST by kaehurowing
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To: Ken H

He’s already sided with the illegals. Why not join up with the drug dealers as well. Actually, there’s a lot of overlap between the two groups.


31 posted on 01/20/2014 12:41:26 AM PST by kaehurowing
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To: EinNYC

This is meant to distract from Benghazi and other Obama scandals.


32 posted on 01/20/2014 12:48:01 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: jonascord

Perhaps not after they’re high. But lots of violence on the supply side of pot.


33 posted on 01/20/2014 3:30:13 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: EinNYC

King Barry is more dangerous than pot or alcohol combined.


34 posted on 01/20/2014 3:32:46 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: kaehurowing
Why not join up with the drug dealers as well.

He already has. He sent them hundreds of weapons that they are using every day in their business.

35 posted on 01/20/2014 3:35:54 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: EinNYC
Well, George W. Bush drank and you smoked pot.

I can't argue with him on that point, we know who has brain damage from their habits!

36 posted on 01/20/2014 5:07:42 AM PST by fedupjohn (America...Designed by Geniuses...Now inhabited by Idiots..Palin 2016...)
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To: EinNYC

“Or if they are involved in some medical care for me.”

In the late 70’s I returned to work after a maternity leave to find the entire second shift of the lab was populated with pot heads. At 9pm every night they would congregate in the parking lot and “smoke” One guy would come to work stoned and spend the first hour of work leaning against the sink for support. Tried to let the supervisor know what was going on but she wasn’t interested. In over 45 years I don’t know of anyone that was ever drunk in the lab although there were many that came in on a Saturday morning hung over.


37 posted on 01/20/2014 5:37:46 AM PST by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: heylady
That's what I'm talking about! You want your surgeon chopping up stuff in you while high? You want your sensitive "Do I have this disease or not?" lab work performed by goons such as you describe? I don't! Nor do I want to drive on a road with no shoulders bracketed by people who are high or drunk and who therefore have distorted perceptions and slower reaction times.

I wonder how many anti-"What Really Happened in Benghazi" flak pieces of distraction the lying Imbecile-in-Chief intends to drop, one by one, from his bag of "This isn't the thing you want to look closely at" tricks. Slavering brain-dead people like Obamaphone Woman will eagerly snap them up and look away. As Abe Lincoln said (some say P.T. Barnum), "You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time." Especially you can't fool FReepers.

38 posted on 01/20/2014 11:02:48 AM PST by EinNYC
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