Whether you’re for or against legalizing marijuana, many Americans have been wondering how the Obama Administration would react to citizens in Colorado and Washington approving the legalization of pot for recreational use.
In an interview with Barbara Walters, President Obama said he won’t go after Washington state and Colorado for legalizing marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. When asked whether he supports making marijuana legal, the president said, “I wouldn’t go that far.”
President Obama added, “It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view” to focus on recreational drug use in states where it is now legal.
In Washington and Colorado, it’s now legal for people over the age of 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use. Both states will tax marijuana and treat it much like alcohol, reaping millions of dollars for education and other state projects in the process.
It’s well known that President Obama smoked marijuana in his youth, but Walters said the president now tells his daughters to not make the same mistakes he did.