During an interview with The New Yorker magazine, President Barack Obama made an unexpected statement about marijuana, the legalization of it, and who is penalized the most that may have shock some constituents and collegues.
“I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” Also, the President goes on to say, “It’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.”
Minorities are 14 times as often as whites for pot related marijuana arrests. 54% of all those convicted of first time drug offense are minorities according to marijuana-arrests.com.
The President, who has been known to admit using marijuana in the past believes it is a “bad habit.” In the United States marijuana is illegal under federal law. There are 21 states that allow marijuana use. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have made legal for marijuana usage. Alaska and District of Columbia is looking to do the same.
The President’s critics have suggested that the government is pushing this iniative in the effort to capitalize off marijuana just like alcohol. Supporters feel it is a long time coming and legalizing marijuana would curve the number of arrests especially among minorites. Marijuana is used for recreational and for medical purposes. Studies have shown the consumption of marijuana have alleviate nausea and increased appetite in cancer patients.