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Obama: Current Patchwork of Marijuana Laws 'Untenable'

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By    |   Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 10:30 PM

President Barack Obama has not changed his stance on marijuana, telling Rolling Stone in an exit interview the government should be "treating this as a public-health issue, the same way we do with cigarettes or alcohol."

"Look, I've been very clear about my belief that we should try to discourage substance abuse," Obama told Rolling Stone. "And I am not somebody who believes that legalization is a panacea. But . . . (this) is the much smarter way to deal with it.”

Medical marijuana use is legal in 28 states and Washington, D.C., and, allowed recreationally in eight states. But federal law still prohibits the possession, use, growth, purchase and selling of it, since it is still considered a Schedule 1 drug, per Fortune magazine.

Obama thinks a change needs to be made, calling the current mess of state and federal laws "untenable," but he is not the one to do it.

"Typically how these classifications are changed are not done by presidential edict, but are done either legislatively or through the DEA," he said. "As you might imagine, the DEA, whose job it is historically to enforce drug laws, is not always going to be on the cutting edge about these issues."

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