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Obama says going after legal pot in Washington not a ‘top priority’

obama-voices-support-for-approving-r74WASHINGTON — Pot smokers and law enforcement agents in Washington state saw the first reaction Thursday from President Obama on the legalization of marijuana

Obama told ABC News’ Barabara Walters that recreational users of marijuana in Washington and Colorado were not a “top priority” for federal law enforcement officials, saying the government had “bigger fish to fry.”

“It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal,” Obama said.

In November, both Washington state and Colorado passed laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. However, the drug still remains a Federally Controlled Substance and a Schedule I drug. Schedule I drugs have no accepted medical value in the United States and are deemed to have a high potential for abuse. It is illegal to manufacture, distribute, dispense or hold the drug.

Obama said limited government resources restrict the federal government’s ability to go after marijuana users in states which have made pot legal. However, he said the situation was a gray area, since the drug is still banned by Congress.

“This is a tough problem because Congress has not yet changed the law,” Obama said. “I head up the executive branch; we’re supposed to be carrying out laws… How do you reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and state laws that say that it’s legal?”

Obama told ABC News he does not support the widespread legalization of marijuana. It is widely known that Obama smoked pot in teenage years, but told ABC News he regretted ever doing that.

“There are a bunch of things I did that I regret when I was a kid,” he said.


17 Comments to “Obama says going after legal pot in Washington not a ‘top priority’”

    mmanr1918 said:
    December 14, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    what we can expect from this liberal administration, from the moment they start support the rainbow party something wrong start with this leader country leader of the rest of the world, every country want emulate this pervert administration,

    toby nixon said:
    December 14, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Well it shouldn't be prohibition is a huge mistake. And it's built on a lie that Harry Anslinger made out of rascism for the oil, logging, chemical and pharmaceutical companies thrive off of.

    thug_life said:
    December 15, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    The feds still need to use marijuana as a probable cause to drill deeper with high profile criminals. Not to mention, the drug cartels get discounts when they pick up huge amounts of multiple drugs in one buy.

    Like $1m coke, $1m heroin, and huge discount on weed

    Daniel said:
    December 17, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    Legalize marijuana in palm coast Florida it’s like a retirement little side town and the people here need it

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    nod32 Keys said:
    April 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    what ever obama said, This is a tough problem because Congress has not yet changed the law

    lgentry00 said:
    November 5, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    There in lays the dilemma…..the confusion withing the USA over outdated laws and current laws..laws of the state and laws of the nation. We live in a time of chaos. Until we have a President and Congress/Senate that can work together, we the people are amidst a 'I'll scratch your back, you scratch mine' political circus. Substance abuse is a serious problem. It is going to take serious talks and action, to get a handle on this man-made disease.

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