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Obama: Marijuana Less Dangerous than Alcohol

Remark fuels flames of legalization controversy

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - President Barrack Obama talked about many things during a New Yorker interview, but it was his comments about marijuana that are getting the most attention.

The president said, " I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol."

He called it "less dangerous."

While former President Bill Clinton said he never inhaled, Obama admitted to smoking pot when he was a kid.

Obama said he has already told his daughters "it's a bad idea, a waste of time and not very healthy."

And he described the uneven playing field when it comes to marijuana arrests.

Obama said "Middle-class kids don't get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do.

The considers the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington an experiment.

People for and against legalization , reacted to the presidents comments with pro and con feelings as well.  Some said they have tried both and believe both are dangerous, especially for children.

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