During an interview with ABC-TV's Barbara Walters, President Obama said he did not support marijuana legalization, but added that going after recreational marijuana users, in states which legalized the drug, was not a “top priority” (video below).
President Obama said: “We’ve got bigger fish to fry. It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal.”
“This is a tough problem, because Congress has not yet changed the law. 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?”
President Obama said that he told his daughters not to “make the same mistakes I made” in regards to his marijuana use as a young man, reports Mediaite.com.