In David Remnick’s recent New Yorker interview with President Obama he quoted the President as saying:
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.
Is this the same guy that had his federal cronies’ raid legal medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington and California? This statement seems to imply that he has changed his attitude. Last time I checked alcohol and cigarettes are legal throughout the land.
President Obama’s rhetoric appears to aim at loosening the noose placed around the neck of those serving time for non-violent drug “crimes”. Maybe the President has miraculously decided to use the remaining two years of his presidency to right the wrongs of his predecessors and allow individuals to choose if they would like to ingest cannabis. Perhaps a light bulb has gone off and President Obama now realizes the inhuman behavior of the State which infringes upon the liberty of individuals and locks them in a cage due to possession of a plant.
There is no doubt that it is a positive for liberty that the President of the United State would make such a statement regarding a federally prohibited substance. The President must have left his guard down for a moment allowing his long subdued common sense to make an appearance. As the interview continued Obama tried hard to reel-in his strong pro pot declaration.
Remnick followed up the President’s comments by asking point-blank if marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol. To put it mildly, President Obama’s answer was not a ringing endorsement for liberating cannabis on a federal level.
The President began with a self-aggrandizing claim that he told his daughters smoking weed is a “waste of time, not very healthy.”