What Does US President Obama Say About Cannabis?

President Obama has made many comments about cannabis and medical marijuana, positive and negative.

He admitted smoking it but then continues raiding MMJ dispensaries - what does Obama really think of cannabis?






Obama said in an interview with The New Yorker in January 2014:

"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"

So Obama admits to using cannabis, even seeming to be for the legalization of marijuana. Again in The New Yorker he spoke of his views on the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington saying:

"it’s important for it to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished."

When he was running for president, Barack Obama claimed that he would not, "use Justice Department resources to try and circumvent state laws about medical marijuana." However then the raids on MMJ dispensaries continued.

Rolling Stone Magazine asked him about this, he replied:

"What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana.

I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana – and the reason is, because it's against federal law. I can't nullify congressional law.

I can't ask the Justice Department to say, "Ignore completely a federal law that's on the books." What I can say is, "Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage."

As a consequence, there haven't been prosecutions of users of marijuana for medical purposes."

The problem is that MMJ users often get their medicine from the so-called "large-scale producers and operators of marijuana".

Seems like typical politician talk to us, say one thing to get votes, then conveniently reinterpret your message once in power. We hope that use of medical marijuana grows in mainstream popularityin the USA and the rest of the world, which it swiftly is, that President Obama and other politicans will be forced to accept and the truth and will finally leave peaceful medical marijuana users alone!