President Obama has publicly stated that he does not view marijuana as being any more dangerous than alcohol. He has also been honest about his history with marijuana use, explaining in an interview with The New Yorker earlier this year, “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. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, told ABC News that President Obama supports the voters’ decision that approved the amendment to legalize the recreational use, personal possession and cultivation of marijuana in Washington D.C. last month. However, that will not stop him from signing the funding bill that will block this democratic decision by voters.
To explain, Earnest stated, “This administration has been a strong supporter of the District of Columbia getting statehood. We do not believe that Congress should spend a lot of time interfering with the ability of the citizens of the District of Columbia to make decisions related to how they should govern their community. However, the president supports the passage of this compromise proposal and would sign it if it arrives on his desk.”
The $1.1 trillion funding bill that will prevent a government shutdown through next September has a rider tucked into it that will block district money from being used for the recent legal marijuana measure, thus suspending its enactment. Ironically, this is the same bill that also removes the use of government money to interfere with medical marijuana operations that work in compliance with state regulations.