Barack Obama has never been shy about his weed smoking as a young lad and normally laughs off the questions even though there have been plenty of them about whether or not he would consider legalizing marijuana. But he told VICE recently in an interview that he wants the drug to be treated much softer than other controlled substances such as LSD and heroin.
“We may be able to make some progress on the decriminalization side,” said President Obama. “At a certain point, if enough states end up decriminalizing, then Congress may then reschedule marijuana.”
Obama expressed his own optimism that pot could be reclassified. He believes that we could make progress in terms of its decriminalisation and that if this does happen then Congress may in fact reschedule the substance. Since then, 3 states have decriminalized pot and the drug has become lucrative with the public.
Advocates who want the decriminalisation to happen have asked for more information on the subject. They believe that voters are now forcing more and more change, but national policy makers need to do their part by keeping up with the movement. They also believe that Obama can reschedule pot without needing any congressional action, and that he should do this if he wants to see the change happen.
Last week, three senators introduced a legislation that would remove the felony threat for those who use marijuana. This includes both medical and recreational use in states where it is legal, so there would be much more clarification for law enforcement officers on where they stand in terms of the law. This would also put the public at ease, because they wouldn’t need to worry about committing a federal crime in a state where the act itself is legal but only time will tell whether or not Obama will consider this move.