WASHINGTON D.C. – President Obama spent some time this weekend riding his “high” horse.
In an interview with the New Yorker magazine, the President said he doesn’t think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol. The President, who has admitted to smoking marijuana when he was young, has remained largely silent on the topic of pot. But with new legislation in Colorado and Washington state legalizing the mean-green, he’s opening-up on the subject. And as you can guess, it’s getting mixed reactions.
“I think alcohol probably causes a lot of DWI’s and that’s probably what he’s talking about,” Alex Rodriguez said.
Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said she “adamantly disagrees with the President” and that “the negative effects of marijuana use on a developing brain can be permanent.”
And while the President said marijuana use is not something he encourages, he did say it was important for legalization to go forward in Colorado and Washington as an effort to combat what he sees as a disproportionate number of arrests among minority youth. “Middle-class kids don’t get locked-up for smoking pot and poor kids do,” he told the New Yorker. And while plenty support the President’s remarks, others say it a poor message for today’s youth.
“Youth and people my age – I’m forty-years-old,” Mark Sullivan responded. “Definitely sends a bad message to me as a tax-payer and a voter.