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Posted on 01/19/2014 8:13:36 AM PST by Sub-Driver
January 19, 2014, 10:26 am Obama: Pot laws 'important to society'
By Justin Sink
President Obama said in an interview published Sunday he does not believe marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol and that it was important that the legalization of the drug in some states to go forward because it would prevent unfair penalties for some users.
"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 dont think it is more dangerous than alcohol, Obama said in an interview with The New Yorker.
Pressed on whether marijuana was less dangerous than alcohol, Obama noted that its not something I encourage, and Ive told my daughters I think its a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.
But, Obama said, he did see pot as less dangerous in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.
Obama said he was particularly concerned by disproportionate arrests of and sentences for minorities possessing the drug.
Middle-class kids dont get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do, he said. 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.
The president said he believed it was unfair that the government was 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.
Thats why, Obama said, he was generally supportive of experiments in Washington and Colorado to legalize the drug.
Its important for it to go forward because its important for society not to 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.
Last September, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department would work with the states to implement the law, even though federal law continues to prohibit possession or use of the drug.
A Department of Justice memo said that the federal government would still prosecute those who distribute the drug to minors, buy from criminal enterprises, move marijuana to states where it is illegal, or drive drugged.
Legal pot went on sale for the first time at the beginning of the month in Colorado, raking in millions of dollars in early sales.
marijuana makes you sit around and do nothing just like Obama
Obama is decadent and dangerous. Yet it is no accident he was elected. American culture is clearly in decline.
It's disturbing because up until now the rhetoric has been that pot smoking laws should not be relaxed for youth.
I get very nervous about legalizing anything that's accepted by the risk takers in society, but not the more toe-the-line elements. Why? Because if it's legal, it no longer meets their need to stretch the boundaries. So, if everyone can smoke pot, those risk-takers that stretch the rules, but just enough to be outside the norm will have to do something worse to meet that personality need.
There are way too many people who don’t belong in prison, put there due to the nefarious collusion between lawmakers and lobbyists for prison operators, turning marijuana smokers into hardened criminals through their exposure to hardcore criminals in prison.
The “war on drugs” has done more damage to eliminating American freedoms than anything else, bar the “patriot act”.
This from the “Choom Room Kid”. Populate America with “Stoners” and he can rule forever.
heres a GEM
“ot very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life”
up through a big chunk....
that must be community organizer speak...
Populate congress with RINOs and he can rule forever.
It is odd that he smokes but his wife gets the munchies.
Spoken like a true drugged-out pot head.
Be proud Congress. You let it continue to happen.
Selective enforcement of the laws.
Alcohol laws should be adjusted to match pot laws since both substances are pretty equal in effects on the user.
A teen caught with one beer should get one year in prison. A six pack should guarantee 20 years in prison. A case of beer, or second offense with one beer should yield life in prison.
LOL. You should apply for a grant to study the effects of second-hand pot smoke.
I see he quickly went from “pot isn’t bad” to drug laws are racist.
Man, I could be totally wasted beyond all proportion on whatever and I’d still never vote for that little islamist.
I'd actually disagree with that; the War on Drugs has been the single biggest destroyer of liberties in America. Consider:
precedentto the level of Constitutional Law (actually trumping it, when desired).
Of cOurse you don't BO YOU WANT YOUR DRUG DEALING FRIENDS TO MAKE A LOT OF MONEY..Are you still smoking pot?I AM ALMOST SURE YOU STILL SMOKE A PACK A DAY OF TOBACCO
You really hate the 8th amendment, don't you?
Considering the damage he does when he does something, I suggest moving the White House to Colorado for the next three years.
When it comes to someone enjoying beer or pot in their own homes, only the government knows what is best for you and what your limits should be. Lengthy prison terms, even for first offenders, is the only way to rid the earth of people who like to relax.
Further proof that Obama can turn any subject into an excuse to launch a soliloquy about his favorite topic. Himself.
America approves of this moron. Unbelievable.
Obama: Pot laws important to society.
Kind of like Obamacare you have it but good will it do.
Sounds like the communist manifesto!
The fools just refuse to see.
The whole of Western Civilization is in serious decline and will only continue to get much much worse.
Soros funded the legalization drives in Arizona. Keep ‘em high and they won’t care who is running the country. An old commie trick.
As a "kid" or as a young adult? I'm guessing he smoked marijuana at least through his college years.
...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.
So pot is "not very different" from cigarettes? Amazing how he says this stuff with a straight face. Cigarettes don't get you high, Mr. president.
When was the last time jOkeass to a drug test?
So do the NFL playoffs, which I plan on watching after I lay in some comfort food.
Sure it did. = “ I want to see more white folks in jail and less colored folks in jail for pot. By the way I smoke cigs, choom and snort a little blow so stop arresting colored folks but bust more white folks”
Much as I despise Soros, it was the big drug companies and the Hearst company that promoted the illegalization of hemp and marijuana.
Hearst held huge timberlands used to produce paper. Hemp required much less earth to grow and effort to process than did timber, and he wanted to protect his profits. The drug companies wanted to promote their expensive prescription drugs when drugs could have been made more cheaply with hemp.
The AMA was against the criminalization, but they were fighting Roosevelt’s government. The debate in Congress apparently lasted 92 seconds after yellow journalism and lunatic testimony influenced the law makers.
As with alcohol, it should be restricted among minors, but I notice no ill effects on various of my successful friends.
Said president of the Choom gang.
How about Arizona enforcing federal law? How about state abortion law? How about state gay marriage laws? I detest Obama.
I agree! So much so that I would like to see an amendment to the Constitution to prohibit the sale of alcohol entirely.
To a pot smoker, everything is racist!
Well, that would certainly reduce traffic fatalities and liver and other disease... but on the other hand, I prefer the concept of freedom and letting people decide how they want to live their own lives.
Middle-class kids dont get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do, he said. 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.IOW, Zero was high when he gave the interview. Thanks Sub-Driver.
Must be nice to be a member of a democrat pity party group...
This from the leader of the “choom gang”.....