Obama säger att marijuana är mindre skadligt än alkohol

I en 18 sidor lång artikel i The New Yorker säger Obama bland annat att marijuana är mindre skadligt för individen än alkohol.

“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,” Obama said. “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” When Remnick pressed on whether marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol, Obama thought about it for a while and said it was less dangerous “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer,” but emphasized that “it’s not something I encourage.” The president expressed particular concern with the disproportionate number of arrests for marijuana possession among minorities. “Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do,” he said, adding that individual users shouldn’t be locked up “for long stretches of jail time.”

Tyngre droger varnar han dock för eftersom skadorna för individen och kostnaden för samhället är avskräckande stora.