President Obama: Marijuana Is No More Harmful Than Alcohol
In light of recent developments in marijuana legalization (specifically in Denver, Colo.), President Barack Obama isn’t exactly urging the world to go green though he isn’t outwardly shaming it The Prez recently spoke to the New Yorker’s David Remnick about weed, saying that although the drug is “not very healthy,” it is harmful, according to the Huffington Post. “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 Remnick. Michelle’s hubby also spoke on the high arrest rate of minorities because of weed and aims to reform laws that punish drug users, labeling the current laws hypocritical: “We should not be 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.” The law says marijuana is classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule 1 substance and is considered “the most dangerous class of drugs with a high potential for abuse and potentially severe psychological and/or physical dependence.” Heroin, ecstasy and LSD are also part of this category. With new laws in Colorado and Washington legalizing the recreational use of marijuana being labeled “important” by President Obama, perhaps the government’s war on drugs is getting a well-needed makeover. Check out the Huffington Post news report below.
Photo Credit: Getty