In an interview released today, President Barack Obama made his first public comments on cannabis since two states voted to legalize the plant last month, and his remarks were…not altogether unreasonable!
Addressing the thorny legal territory weed occupies in Colorado and Washington–legal on the state level but still outlawed federally–Obama said federal authorities should be focusing their attention elsewhere. “It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that under state law that’s legal,” he told ABC News. “At this point (in) Washington and Colorado, you’ve seen the voters speak on this issue. And, as it is, the federal government has a lot to do when it comes to criminal prosecutions,” he added.
Though he seems to support the measures taken in those states on some level, Obama’s weed policy hasn’t fully evolved yet, as he wouldn’t endorse nationwide legalization. “I want to discourage drug use,” he said.