Obama Predicts More MMJ Legalization
President Obama sat down for an interview with VlogBrothers host Hank Green on Thursday. He predicts that more states will legalize cannabis after enacting the hands off policy which allow states like Colorado and Washington to implement their marijuana laws. Green opened the interview by sharing that he supports legalization even though he personally doesn't partake in marijuana use.
Although cannabis is legal in some states, Obama stated, "The position of my administration has been that we still have federal laws that classify marijuana as an illegal substance, but we're not going to spend a lot of resources trying to turn back decisions that have been made at the state level on this issue. My suspicion is that you're gonna see other states start looking at this." He recognizes that the U.S is in a sort of "gray area" when it comes to the legalization of cannabis and as a result of that, he ensures the public that, "What I am doing at the federal level is asking my Department of Justice just to examine generally how we are treating nonviolent drug offenders, because I think you're right."
One concern for the President of the United States is that the criminal repercussions that come along with marijuana are negatively affecting minorities. "I think that it's been counterproductive, and it's been devastating in a lot of minority communities. It presents the possibility at least of unequal application of the law, and that has to be changed," Obama stated.