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.

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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.