President Obama believes that marijuana is not as dangerous as alcohol and that the ban in most states unfairly targets the poor and minorities.
In an interview with the New Yorker, the president stated that marijuana use is not something that he would suggest for his daughters or anyone else, but prohibition has become a problem for the U.S.
‘As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous,’ Mr Obama said.
Marijuana has been a taboo topic for politicians, and even caused former President Bill Clinton some troubles while running for office in 1992 when it was revealed he smoked pot while studying in England, and he responded that he ‘didn’t inhale’ and ‘didn’t try it again’.
President Obama on the other hand, has been far more candid, admitting to smoking pot and even taking cocaine in his 1995 memoir Dreams of My Father.
‘I think that, at this stage, my life is an open book, literally and figuratively,’ he said while running for Senate in Illinois. ‘Voters can make a judgment as to whether dumb things that I did when I was a teenager are relevant to the work that I’ve done since that time.’