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President Obama Responds To Question About Legalizing Marijuana… And His Own Past Drug Use

Obama Responds To Question About Legalizing Marijuana... And His Past Drug Use

Barbara Walters sat down with both President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama — and Good Morning America previewed that interview on Friday. In particular: the question of legalizing marijuana and Obama’s own “choom gang” past.

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Asked if pot should be legalized, the president replied, “I wouldn’t go that far.” Voters in Washington and Colorado — where recreational use is not legal — spoke out on the issue, he added. “And, as it is, the federal government has a lot to do when it comes to criminal prosecutions. It does not make sense, from a prioritization point-of-view, for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that, under state law, that’s legal.”

“We’ve got bigger fish to fry,” he said, citing the “tough” problem: “How do you reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and state laws that say that it’s legal?”

In the past, Obama’s own pot use (from back in the day) has made the news — particularly following David Maraniss‘ book about the president, in which he wrote that Obama started “a few pot-smoking trends” and was known for “interceptions” when the joint was making its rounds.

Walters said she asked the president what he tells his daughters about that. “He says what a lot of parents say,” Walters said. “‘Don’t make the mistakes I made.'”

“There are a bunch of things I did that I regret when I was a kid,” Obama told Walters. “My attitude is, substance abuse generally is not good for our kids, not good for our society.”

“I want to discourage drug use,” he said.

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