Top Leaderboard, Site wide
April 25, 2015
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Get Truthdig's headlines in your inbox!






Galileo’s Middle Finger
The Teaching Brain
Data and Goliath


Truthdig Bazaar
Fit to Serve

Fit to Serve

By James C. Hormel and Erin Martin

The Impeachment of George W. Bush

The Impeachment of George W. Bush

By Elizabeth Holtzman and Cynthia L. Cooper
$10.17

more items

 
Ear to the Ground
Print this item

Obama Sounds Off on Marijuana vs. Alcohol, Legalization

Posted on Jan 19, 2014
marijuana
Wikimedia Commons / Bogdan

According to President Obama, smoking pot isn’t a more perilous prospect, health-wise, than drinking alcohol. Of course, Obama, in an interview with The New Yorker, couched this statement in a series of responsible-sounding disclaimers. 

The Washington Post on Sunday picked up the money quotes from the president’s musings on marijuana: 

“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,” the president said an interview with “The New Yorker” magazine.

Smoking marijuana is “not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy,” Obama said.

Obama also discussed the bigger-picture aspects of the legalization issue, such as racist and classist practices in law enforcement, and whether legalization would improve society as a whole.

—Posted by Kasia Anderson

More Below the Ad

Advertisement

Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

 
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 
 
 
Right Internal Skyscraper, Site wide

Like Truthdig on Facebook