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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Attorney General Holder Responds to Marijuana Questions

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In the wake of President Obama’s recent comments about marijuana, which is still illegal under federal law, United States Attorney General Eric Holder was asked to give his opinion at a Senate committee Wednesday. In response to a question of whether he agreed with Obama that smoking marijuana was less dangerous than alcohol “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer,” Holder said that that all drugs, including alcohol, are “potentially harmful.”

At the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions said, “It’s difficult for me to conceive how the President of the United States could make such a statement.” 

President Obama admits that he smoked marijuana when he was younger. While smoking marijuana is not something that the President encourages, he told the New Yorker magazine that he does not think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol.

“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,” said Obama. He told his daughters that he thinks smoking marijuana is “a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.”

At the Senate committee Holder said, “I think that any drug used in an inappropriate way can be harmful. And alcohol is among those,” according to CNN

In Colorado and Washington, recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and older is now legal. Holder stated that the federal government will not challenge state laws; rather it will direct its attention to preventing marijuana use in minors.
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