Obama: 'I don't think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol'

When asked about his views on marijuana, President Barack Obama said that he did not believe it was more dangerous than alcohol.

Obama: 'Poor kids get locked up for smoking pot'

Barack Obama has said that although he believes smoking marijuana is a "bad idea" he is concerned that "poor kids" get locked up for "smoking pot".

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.

Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do.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.

...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.

– Barack Obama speaking to The New Yorker Magazine.

President Obama speaks about marijuana: 'I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol'

When asked about his views on marijuana, President Barack Obama said that he did not believe it was more dangerous than alcohol.

United States President Barack Obama. Credit: Aude Guerrucci/DPA/Press Association Images

In an interview with The New Yorker Magazine he said:

"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.”

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