Obama: Focus On Demand For Drugs, Not Arrests, Incarceration


In his second sit-down with YouTube, President Obama again learned that the most popular questions as voted on by users of the online video hub were about the legalization of marijuana, says the Los Angeles Times. “This is an entirely legitimate topic for debate,” Obama said after chuckling about the subject matter coming up again.

“I am not in favor of legalization,” said Obama, who believes Americans should look at drugs more as a public health problem than a legal issue. “When you think about other damaging activities in our society — smoking, drunk driving, making sure you’re wearing seat belts — you know, typically we’ve made huge strides over the last 20, 30 years by changing people’s attitudes. On drugs, I think that a lot of times we have been so focused on arrests, incarceration, interdiction that we don’t spend as much time thinking about how do we shrink demand.”


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