January 20th, 2014
08:42 PM ET

President Obama: Pot "no more dangerous than alcohol"

In an interview with the New Yorker, President Barack Obama declared marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol.

Obama says marijuana ‘no more dangerous than alcohol’

"...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," Obama said.

So why is the President wading into the controversial politics of pot?

OutFront: Editor-in-Chief of Reason-dot come Nick Gillespie and CNN legal analyst Paul Callan.

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