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Obama: Smoking Pot No More Dangerous Than Drinking

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Obama: Smoking Pot No More Dangerous Than Drinking


Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama says smoking pot is no more dangerous than drinking but calls it a “bad idea,” amid a push for legalization in several states.

In comments to The New Yorker magazine published Sunday, the U.S. leader also noted that poor minority youths are more likely to get prison time for using marijuana than their richer counterparts.

“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,” Obama said. “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

He added that he has told his two daughters Sasha and Malia that “it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.”

Obama, in a wide-ranging series of interviews with the prestigious publication, went on to say that “middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do.”

“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,” he added.

In that vein, Obama welcomed the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington.

“It’s 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,” he said.

Couching his remarks somewhat, Obama called the move in the two states a challenging “experiment.”

“Those who argue that legalizing marijuana is a panacea and it solves all these social problems I think are probably overstating the case,” he added.

And Obama stopped short of calling for legalizing the drug at the federal level.

Colorado and Washington are creating a recreational market in which local authorities will oversee growing, distribution and marketing — all of it legal — for people to get high just for the fun of it.

While Colorado’s law went into effect January 1, Washington’s recreational marijuana shops are expected to open later this year.

Obama made a distinction between marijuana and more potent 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,” he said.

The article is published in the magazine’s January 27 issue.

AFP Photo/Jim Watson



  1. daniel bostdorf January 20, 2014

    Obama is very wrong on that opinion IF it relates to young people from ages 14 through 22 years of age as it contributes to brain chemistry disorders in pre-puberty and young adul teens through early 20’s.

    This causes psychosis and other behaviorial problems…. as we have seen in teen mass shooters who have been using marijuana and other drugs.

    This is not my opinion but scientific fact here:

    Teens who smoke pot at risk for later schizophrenia, psychosis


    I should know because I have a relative that smoked weed in high scool at age 15 through age 22 and devloped “schizophrenia’ because of it…

    He is recovery very well with medication that balances the brain chemistry….he is not violent, college grad and writer and lecturer…

  2. daniel bostdorf January 20, 2014

    More evidence that Obama’s opinion is based on a false premise and it really does a dis-service to young adults….

    “Cannabis is commonly regarded as an innocuous drug and the prevalence of lifetime and regular use has increased in most developed countries. However, accumulative evidence highlights the risks of dependence and other adverse effects, particularly among people with pre-existing psychiatric disorders.”

    Psychiatric effects of cannabis—article by 2014 The Royal College of Psychiatrists

    article here:

  3. Mr.Eugene January 23, 2014

    I think for the specially designated places and with paragraphs adherence and even in favor of the state budget is a subject can be to the taste of success , every free citizen has the right to do what wishes soul and heart – if a person is better to smoke weed and alcohol I don’t like to calm the nerves who took me to the police in Ukraine . I can show outstretched arms and you’ll immediately see the state of my health , but it is not important , the question I look positively !!!

  4. Mr.Eugene January 23, 2014

    No if smoke correct weed , I think he even favor – it’s important approach is the use of systematic constantly Yes it is dangerous , but if you smoke in moderation and with the right approach as I suppose you could say as a medicine , natural sedative . If smoke often , different grass – effects of this loss of memory , braking strong deterioration of the auditory organs and the weakness of the body – this is the case if you smoke constantly , suppose in my case it is a sedative , will not say to you that done to me the government of Ukraine is 10 years, I suffered and my health and bad habits consequences and wine – Laws in Ukraine .

  5. Mr.Eugene January 23, 2014

    Yes if a person has problems in his life, he will abuse the grass , and the system of dependencies , this is a fact harmful habits like cigarette suppose , but I sample I smoke for a long time , but I do it correctly and with a high quality product a lot depends on this , because every sort of grass on your gives the difference is very severity of varieties that really affect health , but there is a solution is a natural growing – then this is a quality product and man knows how to smoke correctly , you do not even guess what he smokes … I smoke correct weed!!!!!!!!!!!!! If smoke in moderation and use the right approach in fact this dosage , then problems with addiction will not be 100% .Нужно apply paragraphs adherence , and then people will not suffer and the state will also have the benefit of!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. The Savage Hombre January 25, 2014

    A brief introduction to the Bolshevik ideologues attempting to control your access to medical care: http://www.westernjournalism.com/cass-sunstein-pay-no-attention-to-my-pro-death-past/


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