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Monday, December 17, 2012

Marijuana Users Not a Top Priority for Obama

It's been just over a month since Americans went to the polls to exercise their the right to vote. Most Americans are aware that both Washington and Colorado voted to legalize the recreational use of Marijuana despite it being continued to be classified as a Scheduled I drug federally. A fact made clear by President Obama in a news interview with Barbara Walters; however he believes that it should not be a top priority for federal law enforcement officials, stating, "We’ve got bigger fish to fry."

Obama does not currently support widespread legalization of the drug, although he acknowledged public opinion on the issue is changing and there are few government resources to punish people who use marijuana.

"This is a tough problem, because Congress has not yet changed the law," he said. "I head up the executive branch; we're supposed to be carrying out laws. And so what we're going to need to have is a conversation about, 'How do you reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and state laws that say that it’s legal?'"

Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department have been asked by the President to look into legal issues involved in the conflicting federal and state laws on drugs.

"There are a number of issues that have to be considered, among them the impact that drug usage has on young people, [and] we have treaty obligations with nations outside the United States", Holder told ABC News.
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