Obama: Pot is not more dangerous than alcohol

President says he is troubled at disproportionate number of arrests and imprisonments of minorities for marijuana use
Associated Press
Jan 19, 2014

President Barack Obama said he doesn't think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer."

"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," the president said an interview with "The New Yorker" magazine.

Smoking marijuana is "not something I encourage, and I've told my daughters I think it's a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy," Obama said.

Obama's administration has given states permission to experiment with marijuana regulation, and laws recently passed in Colorado and Washington legalizing marijuana recently went into effect. The president said it was important for the legalization of marijuana to go forward in those states to avoid a situation in which only a few are punished while a large portion of people have broken the law at one time or another.

The president said he is troubled at the disproportionate number of arrests and imprisonments of minorities for marijuana use. "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."

He said in the interview that users shouldn't be locked up for long stretches of time when people writing drug laws "have probably done the same thing."

But Obama urged a cautious approach to changing marijuana laws, saying that people who think legalizing pot will solve social problems are "probably overstating the case."

"And the experiment that's going to be taking place in Colorado and Washington is going to be, I think, a challenge," the president said.

Ethan Nadelmann, the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance praised Obama's words, saying his use of the word "important" about the new Colorado and Washington laws "really puts the wind in the sails of the movement to end marijuana prohibition.

Critics of the new laws raise concerns about public health and law enforcement, asking whether wide availability of the drug will lead to more underage drug use, more cases of driving while high and more crime.

 

Comments

thinktwice

What he really thinks: Just get those da%& tax payers stoned just enough to work, pay taxes, vote for me and die.

Centauri

https://archive.org/details/Reef...
Reefer Madness (1936)
"A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music"

Darwin's choice

Yeah Baby!!!

From the Grave

The jazz music was really to blame since it was played by Negros.

G_Richardson

The old guy at the end of the bar once told me "Alcohol is good for the body, Especially the bodies of the women you meet at the bar and Mary Jane is good for the mind"
All I can say is other peoples habits whether it be smoking,drinking or just picking up ugly women is none of my business as long as the do not steal my drink, blow smoke in my face or try to feel up my ugly woman.

LabMan

I miss the Ask Eda blog

From the Grave

Maybe she couldn't pass the SR drug test.

Azure Ray

Kudos to the president for speaking the truth.

From the Grave

So Obama just now noticed there's a problem?

vicariouslyAlive

if we changed the laws simply because a number of people break them then why have speed limits or tax penalties?

From the Grave

Yeah, speeding, and sodomy.

yea right

remember who "outlawed" pot..and "who" said it was a gateway drug??

Contango

Pres. Obama vaca's in Hawaii in part in order to hang out with some of his ol' Choom Gang buddies.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/20...

Wonder what a urine test would reveal?

looking around

LOL all you have to do is put Obama's name in the headline and the right wingers begin to drool on themselves!

Contango

Re: "Obama's (blessed be his name) name,"

Also the Obamabot sheeple bleating their love. lol.

deertracker

@ looking around
Truer words have never been spoken! LOL!

pepenik99

Doesn't it bother anybody that smoking is still smoking and that the U.S. is encouraging all facilities to ban smoking......pot or cigs. or cigars or chew...........how can any SMOKE,irritant, be good for your health (i.e. lungs)?

Centauri

http://www.drugpolicy.org/race-a...
"The drug war has produced profoundly unequal outcomes across racial groups, manifested through racial discrimination by law enforcement and disproportionate drug war misery suffered by communities of color."
"We believe that the mass criminalization of people of color, particularly young African American men, is as profound a system of racial control as the Jim Crow laws were in this country until the mid-1960s."

https://www.aclu.org/criminal-la...
"New ACLU Report Finds Overwhelming Racial Bias in Marijuana Arrests"

Centauri

http://www.drugscience.org/State...
Marijuana in Ohio
Arrests, Usage, and Related Data

"Marijuana arrests also divert law enforcement and criminal justice system resources from possession and sales offenses involving other illicit drugs."

Ohio County Leaders in Marijuana Possession Arrest Rates (2007)
Erie County - 700

Ohio County Leaders in Marijuana Possession Arrest Rates, Males Aged 15 to 19 (2007)
Erie County - 4,252

Ohio County Leaders in Marijuana Possession Arrest Rates of Blacks (2007)
Erie County - 3,252

Erie County leads all of Ohio's 88 counties in arrests rates for marijuana. Erie County also leads all of Ohio's 88 in the arrest rates of blacks.

Centauri

The drugs of choice for corrupt Ohio's judicial system and government officials is cocaine and alcohol. Many of corrupt Ohio's attorneys serve as government officials.

These members of Ohio's judicial system and attorneys get a free pass from punishment.

http://www.ohiolap.org/
"Alcoholism, substance abuse, addictive behavior, and psychological problems are treatable illnesses rather than moral issues."

"Illness" for Ohio's judicial system but a "crime" for others. Double standard for sure.

deertracker

Great posts!

fsand99

That was a correct statement made by the president ! Alcohol is more lethal that marijuana. No one has ever died by smoking too much. Alcohol kills when you drink too much . Alcohol alters your state to the point you can't operate a moving vehicle. If you smoke a blunt or two you can still perfectly operate a motor vehicle. Marijuana has healing properties alcohol does not. For all of you saying it increases crime rates. NO . That's those people decisions. I know people who have smoked for years never been arrested , never been in trouble. That's definitely a false statement . DO YOUR RESEARCH

Centauri

http://www.webmd.com/mental-heal...
12 Health Risks of Chronic Heavy Drinking

I can add many more illnesses caused by alcohol consumption. How many innocent people were killed by drunk drivers or innocent people killed at work by drunk coworkers?

Contango

Go back to the 1972 "National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse":

"Looking only at the effects on the individual, there, is little proven danger of physical or psychological harm from the experimental or intermittent use of the natural preparations of cannabis."

From this we began the infamous war on drugs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat...

Contango

The Broncos vs. the Seahawks; it's being called the Pot Bowl. lol

Contango

FDR: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Teddy Roosevelt: "Speak softly and carry a big stick."

JFK: "Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.",

Harry Truman: "The buck stops here."

Ronald Reagan: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"

Barack Obama: "I don't think pot is more dangerous than alcohol."

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20...

Nemesis

Hey Contango, give the guy a break - it's the first reasonable thing he's said since being elected.

There you go again

"Sign up for Obamacare and you get free pot."
Is that what Obama said?!?!

kURTje

Many here smoke a white owl.

From the Grave

Remember: POT MAKES YOU BORING

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