Barack Obama is moving full steam ahead towards the national legalization of marijuana. He has expressed his full support of Colorado and Washington legalizing marijuana use for adults, stating in a new interview with the New Yorker that “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.” Although the President has not made made any statements about legalizing marijuana nationwide, many believe it’s only a matter of time before he publicly gets behind this as well.
Obama justified his support for the two states by declaring that cops display racist tendencies in deciding who gets put in jail for marijuana possession. “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.”
The President also said during the interview that he believes marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol “in terms of its impact on the original consumer.” Obama has acknowledged smoking marijuana in the past, but said he believes it’s “is a bad idea.” He has previously spoken out against the federal legalization of marijuana, but many fear he will try to push his craziest ideas in the final few years of his presidency when there is little for him to lose.