Well, we knew this would happen. President Obama was in Jamaica this week and as expected, he was asked about his thoughts on marijuana legalization. All that remained to be seen was how Mr. Obama would react and to nobody’s surprise, he responded similarly to how he has in other interviews.
According to an article in Yahoo, President Obama was at a town hall event in Kingston when a man asked Obama if “he would become ganja’s champion.” The gentleman also gave his case for legalization and decriminalization of the hemp industry and marijuana, before asking Obama what he thought.
Obama joked and said, “How did I anticipate this question?”, before explaining, “There is the issue of legalization of marijuana and then there is the issue of decriminalizing or dealing with the incarceration in some cases devastation of communities as a consequence of non-violent drug offenses. I am a very strong believer that the path that we have taken in the United States in the so-called ‘war on drugs’ has been so heavy in emphasizing incarceration that it has been counterproductive.”
As for legalizing marijuana on a federal level, Obama wasn’t as optimistic, saying, “I do not foresee, any time soon, Congress changing the law at a national basis.”