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Obama says marijuana 'no more dangerous than alcohol'
CNN ^ | Jan 19, 2014 | Kevin Liptak

Posted on 01/19/2014 10:49:34 AM PST by Innovative

Speaking to New Yorker editor David Remnick, Obama said he still viewed pot smoking negatively – but that on the whole, the drug wasn’t the social ill that it’s been viewed as in the past.

“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 told the weekly magazine.

The president said pot was actually less dangerous than alcohol “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.”

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Great role model Obama is...
1 posted on 01/19/2014 10:49:34 AM PST by Innovative
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To: Innovative

It’s combining smoking and drinking.


2 posted on 01/19/2014 10:50:53 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Innovative

The voice of experience. Wait until he starts telling us how great cocaine is. Those are about the only things we know(?) he has experience with. Or is he lyin’ about that to just get some street cred.


3 posted on 01/19/2014 10:51:54 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: AppyPappy

Not to mention that marijuana is a “gateway drug”, i.e. those who smoke it, are more likely to go on to hard drugs.


4 posted on 01/19/2014 10:52:10 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

I don’t do either and I happen to think Obama is most dangerous of all.


5 posted on 01/19/2014 10:52:42 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Innovative

A role model in the likes of Bill Clinton.


6 posted on 01/19/2014 10:53:25 AM PST by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: Innovative

This disgusing POS keeps talking and talking and pushing this great country into the sewer. What a disguting person.


7 posted on 01/19/2014 10:53:33 AM PST by laweeks
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To: Innovative

I guess Barry should know.


8 posted on 01/19/2014 10:53:36 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where are Holder's "po folks" getting the I.D.s to sign up for ObamaCare?)
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To: Innovative

it’s obvious to him , most pot smokers vote for Obama and other Libs


9 posted on 01/19/2014 10:53:59 AM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: Innovative

Actually, that is absolutely not true. Marijuana smokers pretty much remain such. After 25 years of Prosecuting, studies, etc ... I have zero doubt that it should be legal. About 90% of us felt that way. The gateway drug meme has never held up.


10 posted on 01/19/2014 10:54:01 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Innovative

Yale study: Marijuana may really be gateway drug

http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Yale-study-Marijuana-may-really-be-gateway-drug-3805532.php


11 posted on 01/19/2014 10:54:13 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

He lies.. the WoD continues.. fully supported by the orifice he OCCUPYs.


12 posted on 01/19/2014 10:54:34 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: RIghtwardHo

“I have zero doubt that it should be legal. About 90% of us felt that way.”

Who is this “us”? 90% of marijuana smokers think it should be legal — what a surprise!


13 posted on 01/19/2014 10:55:59 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Is it more dangerous than an E-Cigarette? If not, why do they ban E-cigarettes and not marijuana?


14 posted on 01/19/2014 10:56:38 AM PST by Keli Kilohana (Editor, ZARR CHASM CHRONICAL [sic], Sore, WV)
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To: Innovative

Dr. Obama speaks. Next week he’ll familiarize us with the government approved rice cooker.


15 posted on 01/19/2014 10:56:41 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Innovative
So first he fancies himself a Dictator.

Emboldened by no real opposition to his ministrations, he now fancies himself as the greatest Surgeon General the US has ever seen. Ok. Got it.

What can't The One do?

16 posted on 01/19/2014 10:57:03 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: RIghtwardHo

When I see people express thoughts such as yours, it makes me think that the abuse, or over-use, of substances such as marijuana or alcohol are the real problems.

Taking a drink, or smoking a joint, can be done without becoming severely impaired, or causing other problems in your life.

The real problems are when someone uses drugs or alcohol to excess.


17 posted on 01/19/2014 10:57:06 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Innovative
President Pretentiousness really seems to think that he has got to speak his brilliance on all possible topics, and that his personal life experience is enlightening to all of us.
18 posted on 01/19/2014 10:57:17 AM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: RIghtwardHo

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/marijuana-use-and-its-effects


19 posted on 01/19/2014 10:57:46 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Government has no right to dictate what substances people can put into their bodies.


20 posted on 01/19/2014 10:57:52 AM PST by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Innovative

My son’s best friend was killed by a drunk driver. She was 17.


21 posted on 01/19/2014 10:58:24 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: cripplecreek

That is what fried his brain.


22 posted on 01/19/2014 10:59:47 AM PST by onthegulf
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To: Innovative

The problem isn’t pot; the problem is Obama.

Also, pot, through the WOD, has been responsible as the excuse for curtailing our freedom through several administrations. I speak of such wonders as “civil asset forfeiture,” or the increase in power and violence of drug gangs, particularly the Mexican gangs, with the consequent excuses for no-knock raids and increased paramilitary SWAT-like activity by the police.


23 posted on 01/19/2014 10:59:55 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Dilbert San Diego
The real problems are when someone uses drugs or alcohol to excess.

Precisely. The same thing also applies to other substances, like pain pills, diet pills, etc.

The thought a lot of people have seared into their minds seems to be "since pot's illegal it must be really bad and only really bad people do it".

24 posted on 01/19/2014 11:00:25 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Innovative

Mr. Choom Gang speaks. Pot actually has a much greater impact on the individual consumer. For one thing, it can have a permanent impact in the form of either permanent stupidity (I saw this happen to one of my son’s friends) or paranoid schizophrenia.

Also, 50% of the teenagers involved in serious injury automobile accidents in Florida tested positive for marijuana. And it’s not even legal in this state.

When can we expect the Executive Order?


25 posted on 01/19/2014 11:00:33 AM PST by livius
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To: Innovative

So he’s an expert on dangerous drugs now.

Is he going to use his pen to declare marijuana legal on a federal level?


26 posted on 01/19/2014 11:00:39 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: James C. Bennett

“Government has no right to dictate what substances people can put into their bodies.”

Well, the government is definitely regulating everything — including medications that treat illnesses — there are many medications proven effective in Europe for various diseases that are illegal in the US.


27 posted on 01/19/2014 11:01:18 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative
If it is illegal to sell marijuana, is it illegal for marijuana sellers to make campaign donations with proceeds?

Are campaign donations from illegal activity allowed?

I understand that on the local level they may be. But on the Federal level how can they be?

The reason I ask is this; if a person makes a donation to the DNC and that money ultimately ends up in Obamas hands how can it be legal?

He swore and oath to uphold the laws of the land and he is not enforcing them when it applies to marijuana.

28 posted on 01/19/2014 11:01:39 AM PST by highpockets
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To: Innovative
“The president said pot was actually less dangerous than alcohol 'in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.'”

He is right for once. But the war on drugs benefits his team (Statists and Govt Cronies), so his words are vacuous.

29 posted on 01/19/2014 11:01:54 AM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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To: livius

Of course it’s possible that the 50% number would show up for teens NOT involved in crashes also....


30 posted on 01/19/2014 11:02:15 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Innovative
Not to mention that marijuana is a “gateway drug”, i.e. those who smoke it, are more likely to go on to hard drugs.

And every one of those people have imbibed dihydrogen monoxide.

Same difference.

I'm not saying pot should be legal, I'm saying the statement it's a gateway drug is ridiculous.

The war WOD is nothing more than a war on our constitutional rights and needs to end.

31 posted on 01/19/2014 11:02:23 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Innovative

We have the most productive workforce in history, thanks to marijuana.

..../S


32 posted on 01/19/2014 11:02:41 AM PST by gettinolder
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To: Innovative

It’s been all downhill since alcohol was rehabilitated as the legal drug of choice.


33 posted on 01/19/2014 11:04:58 AM PST by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: RIghtwardHo; Innovative

I think most of the “gateway” incidences were caused by having to go to a dealer, who might try to convince one to try his other wares. “Hey Bogie! Ever tried hash? Coke? Try a little”


34 posted on 01/19/2014 11:05:34 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Innovative; LucyT
"As has been well documented...

how about that WHITE stuff that he shoved up his big nose?


35 posted on 01/19/2014 11:05:40 AM PST by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: gettinolder
We have the most productive workforce in history, thanks to marijuana.

Hangovers....../s

36 posted on 01/19/2014 11:05:50 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Innovative

yet more proof he is smoking something


37 posted on 01/19/2014 11:06:54 AM PST by usmcobra (Happiness is a belt fed weapon.)
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To: Innovative

Pot alters something in people’s heads. They are different after they start smoking. If you’ve known people who started to smoke, they are definitely different people afterwards. And the change is not for the better. They seem to lose their moral compass. They have an ‘I do not give a darn about things’ attitude, whereas before they smoked, they did care. It is an observable trait they all seem to have. The second thing is that they seem slower mentally. Where before they smoked, they were quick witted, now they are slower. There are other mental changes that are not so easy to describe.


38 posted on 01/19/2014 11:06:56 AM PST by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: rktman
"Wait until he starts telling us how great cocaine homosexual sex is. "
39 posted on 01/19/2014 11:06:59 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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“Obama says marijuana ‘no more dangerous than alcohol’”

Well, that’s reassuring.


40 posted on 01/19/2014 11:07:42 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Innovative

Hey look what it did to that morons brain function.


41 posted on 01/19/2014 11:07:53 AM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Innovative

Uh, (excessive) alcohol consumption, dope smoking, and tobacco smoking are ALL social ills. I respect the right of people to largely do what they please so long as they don’t harm me and mine, but let’s not kid ourselves. None of the above are good for you. Alcohol is the only one that has potentially good side effects when consumed in small quantities, but people have a propensity to abuse it, too.


42 posted on 01/19/2014 11:08:18 AM PST by CitizenUSA (Sodomy and abortion. The only constitutional rights protected by Democrats.)
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To: James C. Bennett

Would you be a passenger on a plane whose pilot is high on drugs?


43 posted on 01/19/2014 11:09:13 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Marijuana might be no more dangerous than alcohol, but it is not any less dangerous either.

Both impair judgment, and can lead to illogical thought patterns, as well as dissipate resources better utilized elsewhere. Their true cost lies not in the acquisition, but in the collateral damage from the effects of the slowed reaction times and misperception of the immediate circumstances. Both drugs feed into paranoia and clumsy uncoordinated actions, and slurred speech is only part of the problem.

Alcoholism and marijuana dependence are both preventable diseases.

And the treatment is identical in both instances - complete abstinence. There is never a surefire cure, short of that lifetime commitment.


44 posted on 01/19/2014 11:09:35 AM PST by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: usmcobra

I think he’s talking about pole smoking.


45 posted on 01/19/2014 11:11:54 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: CitizenUSA

” I respect the right of people to largely do what they please so long as they don’t harm me and mine, “

THAT is the key — the problem is that those people endanger others because they work, drive, etc., etc., in their impaired condition, putting innocent people at risk.


46 posted on 01/19/2014 11:12:23 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

This is where the far left and the libertarians sit down and smoke in unison. Great groups, those two.


47 posted on 01/19/2014 11:12:46 AM PST by Monty22002
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To: Innovative

The jackass clown keeps degrading the nation.


48 posted on 01/19/2014 11:14:20 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: nascarnation

I doubt it.


49 posted on 01/19/2014 11:14:50 AM PST by livius
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To: Innovative

I guess now we know that Obama gets drunk just to look at Michelle, can’t say I blame him, if I had to look at Michelle Id want to get wasted too


50 posted on 01/19/2014 11:15:01 AM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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