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Obama: Pot is not more dangerous than alcohol

Posted by on Jan. 19, 2014 at 9:27 PM
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WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

© Copyright 2014 Globe Newspaper Company.

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rocketracer
by Gold Member on Jan. 20, 2014 at 8:06 AM
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Forget about the auto crashes cited due to the drivers being stoned or those, who can't really afford it, racking up credit card bills....it's all about the tax revenue....

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Jan. 20, 2014 at 10:43 AM

After/if more and more people become addicted to weed how long will it be before Obama gives a speech about predatory growers and sellers and seek to reform/limit the weed industry....he will never learn that gov't will never be able to save people from themselves....

Lilfootmommy
by on Jan. 20, 2014 at 10:48 AM
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Hes right alcohol is far more dangerous than weed.
blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Jan. 20, 2014 at 10:50 AM
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Obama forgets pot is a stepping platform to hard drugs. He admittedly used pot & cocaine. I lived in that world many yrs ago. I've shared my personal experiences on this forum. The devastation & suffering caused by illicit drugs is equally harmful to individuals & families. In some cases more so than alcohol. I'm not saying alcohol is not dangerous because it has been devastating for millions of families concerning personal addiction. Dependency on pot & alcohol can lead to many car accidents & serious concerns for authorities. Addiction in either form is unhealthy & detrimental to our communities. As usual Barack Obama is blind to reality & common sense. He's unable to think past the moment. 


Obama's Cocaine Confessional Won't 'Blow' His Chances

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/BothSidesAllSides/story?id=2773754&page=1

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Jan. 20, 2014 at 10:52 AM
What kind of warning labels have to be on the packaging?
BaronSamedi
by Bronze Member on Jan. 20, 2014 at 11:46 AM
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  AQbout time to decriminalize pot.  We have wasted too much tax dollars that could have goen to medical research. 

autodidact
by Silver Member on Jan. 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM
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malarkey

Quoting blondekosmic15:

Obama forgets pot is a stepping platform to hard drugs. He admittedly used pot & cocaine. I lived in that world many yrs ago. I've shared my personal experiences on this forum. The devastation & suffering caused by illicit drugs is equally harmful to individuals & families. In some cases more so than alcohol. I'm not saying alcohol is not dangerous because it has been devastating for millions of families concerning personal addiction. Dependency on pot & alcohol can lead to many car accidents & serious concerns for authorities. Addiction in either form is unhealthy & detrimental to our communities. As usual Barack Obama is blind to reality & common sense. He's unable to think past the moment. 


Obama's Cocaine Confessional Won't 'Blow' His Chances

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/BothSidesAllSides/story?id=2773754&page=1


vic270
by Vic on Jan. 20, 2014 at 3:02 PM
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 i can see it now they will probably dismiss any fda warnings and put according to obama i think etc. lol

Quoting rocketracer: What kind of warning labels have to be on the packaging?

 

vic270
by Vic on Jan. 20, 2014 at 3:05 PM

 i wa just wondering do you have children. some of the comments make me think you don't. i think if you were a mother you couldn't really feel as you do. just my opinion

Quoting BaronSamedi:

  AQbout time to decriminalize pot.  We have wasted too much tax dollars that could have goen to medical research. 

 

Mandallyn
by on Jan. 20, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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This is a myth. It's a getaway drug because of dealers who want to make more money and are willing to push harder drugs on their buyers. If you're in a store that only sells marijuana that stepping stone is broken. Plus it's proven teens are more likely to try harder drugs, once they start trying them, than adults.

Just because you crossed the line doesn't mean the majority of people of will. I knew the damage hard drugs like cocaine, crack, and heroine would have on my life so I never tried them. There are a myriad of people who know better and because if that do better.


Quoting blondekosmic15:

Obama forgets pot is a stepping platform to hard drugs. He admittedly used pot & cocaine. I lived in that world many yrs ago. I've shared my personal experiences on this forum. The devastation & suffering caused by illicit drugs is equally harmful to individuals & families. In some cases more so than alcohol. I'm not saying alcohol is not dangerous because it has been devastating for millions of families concerning personal addiction. Dependency on pot & alcohol can lead to many car accidents & serious concerns for authorities. Addiction in either form is unhealthy & detrimental to our communities. As usual Barack Obama is blind to reality & common sense. He's unable to think past the moment. 


Obama's Cocaine Confessional Won't 'Blow' His Chances

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/BothSidesAllSides/story?id=2773754&page=1

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