On yesterday an interview with President Obama given to David Remnick of “The New Yorker” magazine was made public. The release date for the publication is January 27, 2014. In the interview the president gave some personal observations in regard to the laws surrounding the legalization of marijuana. The interview also revealed President Obama's focus on reforming the laws that punish the users of drugs and use different standards by which to do so.
President Obama said:
“Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do,” he explained. “And African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties.”
Obama suggested that he has skepticism about lawmakers making laws that allow harsh penalties for doing something when in reality many of them have done the same thing themselves. An excellent example of this type of hypocrisy is Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla) who was busted in Washingtom. D.C. for purchasing cocaine from an undercover agent and received probation and is still a congressman.
President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have recently made changes to the sentencing disparities involved with crack cocaine. The published interview on Sunday reveals that the Obama Administration is now focusing on the disparities of the number of poor kids locked up as compared to middle-class kids that are not locked up for doing the same thing.
Marijuana is currently classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule 1 substance, which the DEA considers "the most dangerous class of drugs with a high potential for abuse and potentially severe psychological and/or physical dependence." Other Schedule 1 drugs include heroin, ecstasy and LSD.
Obama told Remnick:
“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."
Many Americans became outraged a little over a month ago when a Texas teen was given 10 years probation after killing four pedestrians while driving under the influence of alcohol. The defense presented at the trial was a defense psychologist call “Affluenza.” This defense is the assumption that kids from affluent backgrounds are not cognizant of the consequences as a result of the crimes they commit.
Obama and Eric Holder have three years left in their tenure as the top executive and lawmaker in the United States of America. With a Congress dead set on opposing him on everything that he proposes, Obama and Holder must be selective on the laws they enforce and the executive orders the impose.
With that said, the Obama Administration has no intentions of hindering the recent marijuana laws passed in Colorado and Washington State. With this laxed approach in enforcing the federal laws regarding marijuana, it’s only a matter of time before more states follow suit.