In this interview by CNN’s Jake Tapper with President Barack Obama they talk about Marijuana Legalization. Although the official Obama Administration seems to not support the legalization The Presidents own personal believes on the subject seem to differ.
President Obama has been open in his admissions about his own prior drug use, as he first described his frequent dabbles with the drug in high school in his memoir that was released when he was a Senator.
The issue has come up again in recent weeks following an interview he gave to New Yorker editor David Remnick wherein he said that the drug is not as dangerous as it has been perceived and the laws surrounding it deserve to be revisited.
‘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,’ President Obama said in the New Yorker interview.
‘Middle-class kids don’t 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.’
‘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,’ Mr Obama added.