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Obama YouTube Interview: More States Likely to Legalize Cannabis

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Obama YouTube Interview: More States Likely to Legalize Cannabis

Just days after failing to address cannabis reform in his State of the Union, President Barack Obama said more states are likely to legalize marijuana. The statement, made today as part of the live YouTube Interview with President Obama, came following a question from a viewer concerning moving forward from marijuana’s “legal gray area weirdness.”

“What you’re seeing now is Colorado, Washington through state referenda, they’re experimenting with legal marijuana,” the President said. “The position of my administration has been that we still have federal laws that classify marijuana as an illegal substance, but we’re not going to spend a lot of resources trying to turn back decisions that have been made at the state level on this issue. My suspicion is that you’re gonna see other states start looking at this.”

The question, posed by YouTube user Hank Green of the VlogBrothers, was set up with Green stating he doesn’t smoke marijuana, but supports legalization as the federal government’s stance on cannabis has lead to “excessive incarceration especially among minorities.”

“What I am doing at the federal level is asking my Department of Justice just to examine generally how we are treating nonviolent drug offenders, because I think you’re right,” the President responded.

“What we have done is instead of focusing on treatment — the same way we focused, say, with tobacco or drunk driving or other problems where we treat it as public health problem — we’ve treated this exclusively as a criminal problem,” Obama said. “I think that it’s been counterproductive, and it’s been devastating in a lot of minority communities. It presents the possibility at least of unequal application of the law and that has to be changed.”

Tell us what you think of the President’s comments below.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. ralph edwards

    January 25, 2015 at 6:43 am

    It is obvious that Obama is still in the pockets of big oil, big pharma, big agra, the christian right, all other big corporations that would be affected by it’s legalization, and the 1% who made it illegal in the first place and profit most from it staying illegal! This is the most important plant of all time and needs to be available to all as it was before the greedy rich took over our country. It was nice to see Obama throw us a bone however small even though he hasn;t followed through on his initial promise of legalization.

  2. Mandy

    January 24, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Well I think he should,say fuck it n just legalize it everywhere ! Everyone can talk bout it but let’s actually do something good for America ! I no that the government could care less about its country n all but the least they can do after rape fucking us in the ass all the time,is legalize marijuana what the fuck r u afraid of? Is my question o yea I forgot they are afraid of looking like assholes for having been wrong for years here’s a lil clue to you guys you already look like the biggest pices of shit on gods green earth and u already look like the biggest assholes ever so who cares right 🙂

  3. Shane Perry

    January 23, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Bout time, that is the first time ever that a respectable, pretty cool dude for the president of the United States of America. Made a hell of alot sense to me

  4. Bobi Sharp

    January 23, 2015 at 6:27 am

    It was legal in the late 30’s and early 40’s….they just did not know how to tax it….we should legalize everywhere and not tax it at all….

    • curlee

      January 25, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Taxes. Its all about. Money

  5. vanessa lister

    January 23, 2015 at 3:49 am

    People need to realize this isn’t a drug its an plant/herb with many healing quality’s

    • Cash

      January 24, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Vanessa, just because it’s a “plant/herb” “with many healing quality’s” (sic “‘QUALITIES'”) has no bearing on whether its a drug or not. A vast majority of the world’s known drugs are plants or their derivatives. I’m not arguing against legalization, I’m all for it, but your argument makes the movement and its supporters look stupid.

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