This past Sunday, an intimate interview with Barack Obama was published in the New Yorker, in which the President dropped insightful commentary on his views surrounding marijuana. During his interview, Obama describes kush as being on par with other “bad habits,” and even continues to say that he doesn’t consider it any more dangerous than alcohol.
“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 recalled to New Yorker’s David Remnick.
When specifically asked if he thought pot was less harmful than alcohol, Obama said that it is less dangerous “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.” He then added, “It’s not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.”
The president continued to speak frankly on the subject of anti-weed propaganda, admitting that the current justice system perpetuates disproportionate arrests and incarcerations for marijuana among poor minorities. “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.”
Obama mentions the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, citing the recent changes as “important” steps towards a fairer justice system. “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 President stated.
Obama Says Weed Less Dangerous Than Alcohol.