On November 6, 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize the sale and possession of marijuana for recreational use [Washington Initiative 502], similar to alcohol.
“Prohibitionists were outraged by President Obamas recent observation that marijuana is safer than alcoholnot because it is not true but because it contradicts the central myth underlying public support for the war on drugs. According to that myth, certain psychoactive substances are so dangerous that they cannot be tolerated, and the government has scientifically identified them. In reality, the distinctions drawn by our drug laws are arbitrary, and marijuana is the clearest illustration of that fact.
‘As has been well documented, Obama told The New Yorkers David Remnick in an interview published on Sunday, ‘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 dont think it is more dangerous than alcohol.’ When Remnick pressed him to say whether marijuana is in fact less dangerous than alcohol, the president said yes, ‘in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.’
Judging from survey data, that is not a very controversial position. According to a recent CNN poll, 87 percent of Americans think marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol, and 73 percent say it is less dangerous. Yet Obamas statement does seem inconsistent with his administrations stubborn defense of marijuanas placement on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, a category supposedly reserved for drugs with a high abuse potential that have no recognized medical value and cannot be used safely, even under a doctors supervision,” quoting The Liberty Crier.