President Obama Won’t Go After Recreational Marijuana Users in States That Legalized It
Pack your suitcases and stock up on Cheetos marijuana lovers and head to Colorado or Washington state! In the recent elections, those two states legalized recreational marijuana use. However it is still a federal crime to partake, so questions arose as to what would be done in regards to the federal government and marijuana use in those states. Turns out, not much at all.
According to an article posted on StarTribune.com, President Barack Obama says the federal government won’t go after recreational marijuana use in Washington state and Colorado, where voters have legalized it.
In a Barbara Walters interview airing Friday on ABC, Obama was asked whether he supports making pot legal.
“I wouldn’t go that far,” Obama replied. “But what I think is that, at this point, Washington and Colorado, you’ve seen the voters speak on this issue.”
But the president said he won’t pursue the issue in the two states where voters legalized the use of marijuana in the November elections. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
Basically, the federal government has bigger fish to fry. Using resources to go after marijuana users in states where citizens have legalized it wouldn’t make financial sense.