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BY LOGAN TITTLE

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, President Barack Obama told Barbara Walters federal law enforcement has “bigger fish to fry” when it comes to prosecuting marijuana users in Colorado and Washington.

“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, ‘Under state law, that’s legal.’”

Obama went on to say he does not support the widespread legalization of marijuana and even though recreational use was legalized in Washington and Colorado in November, growing, selling or possessing ANY amount of it remains illegal under federal law.

A writer for CBS News says the Obama administration has yet to respond to the recent changes in the two state’s laws, “...but it has a number of choices: Its options include taking a hands-off approach and letting the states proceed, enforcing the federal law itself and raiding state-sanctioned marijuana sellers once they're established next year, or suing the states.”

KSWB says a recent Gallup Poll reveals the majority of people do not think enforcement officials should prosecute users in the states that have deemed it legal.

“64% do not want the federal government to enforce its anti-marijuana laws … compared to only 34 percent who do. Overall, though, a slight majority of Americans still feel marijuana should not be legalized everywhere.”

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday the Justice Department will announce its policy on recently-passed state measures legalizing the use of marijuana “relatively soon.”

 

Obama: 'Bigger Fish to Fry' than Pot Busts

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Dec 14, 2012

Obama: 'Bigger Fish to Fry' than Pot Busts

 

(Image source: Salon)

BY LOGAN TITTLE

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, President Barack Obama told Barbara Walters federal law enforcement has “bigger fish to fry” when it comes to prosecuting marijuana users in Colorado and Washington.

“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, ‘Under state law, that’s legal.’”

Obama went on to say he does not support the widespread legalization of marijuana and even though recreational use was legalized in Washington and Colorado in November, growing, selling or possessing ANY amount of it remains illegal under federal law.

A writer for CBS News says the Obama administration has yet to respond to the recent changes in the two state’s laws, “...but it has a number of choices: Its options include taking a hands-off approach and letting the states proceed, enforcing the federal law itself and raiding state-sanctioned marijuana sellers once they're established next year, or suing the states.”

KSWB says a recent Gallup Poll reveals the majority of people do not think enforcement officials should prosecute users in the states that have deemed it legal.

“64% do not want the federal government to enforce its anti-marijuana laws … compared to only 34 percent who do. Overall, though, a slight majority of Americans still feel marijuana should not be legalized everywhere.”

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday the Justice Department will announce its policy on recently-passed state measures legalizing the use of marijuana “relatively soon.”

 

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