When Barack Obama was running for president, he was first for the legalization of marijuana, then as the polls got closer, he was against it. He remained against it for the first 4 years of his presidency.
During an interview for his second Q-and-A session with YouTube, the most popular topic was the legalization of marijuana and at one point prior to the online interview, the top 50 questions were pot-related. At this time, Barack thinks that decreasing the demand for illegal drugs is the answer. He went on to say he doesn’t see marijuana as a means to reviving our economy.
This year the question on legalizing marijuana wasn’t brought up right away. When the question came up about the legalization of marijuana, Obama didn’t specifically talked about it, instead he said it was an “entirely legitimate” issue for debate, but that he didn’t support legalization, that drugs were actually a “public health issue, and that the goal was to decrease demand”. The president was once again avoiding the questions all the way up to 2014.
Obama Says Marijuana Is No More Dangerous Than Alcohol. This caused the White House to downplay Obama’s comparison. But at this time, Washington D.C. is giving out free marijuana seeds to its residence because recreational marijuana was voted legal in our nation’s capitol this year.
From The WhiteHouse.gov website:
Marijuana is a topic of significant public discourse in the United States, and while many are familiar with the discussions, it is not always easy to find the latest, research-based information on marijuana to answer to the common questions about its health effects, or the differences between Federal and state laws concerning the drug. Confusing messages being presented by popular culture, media, proponents of “medical” marijuana, and political campaigns to legalize all marijuana use perpetuate the false notion that marijuana is harmless. This significantly diminishes efforts to keep our young people drug free and hampers the struggle of those recovering from addiction.