January 24th, 2014
08:41 PM ET

Who's afraid of a little POT? Obama, Perry speak out on marijuana but not legalization

On the heels of President Barack Obama, who said marijuana is no more dangerous than pot and slammed the unfair penalties for some users - Texas Governor Rick Perry said that he supported his state's policies toward decriminalization of marijuana.

"What I can do as the governor of the second largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keeps people from going to prison and destroying their lives, and that's what we've done over the last decade." Rick Perry said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

His spokesperson the clarified saying the governor doesn't support the "L" word - "Legalization", but believes it's all about states having the right to make their own laws.

Similar to the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who also backpedaled his boss's headline grab on pot, saying the President's position on legalizing pot has not changed.

So why are all the politicians flirting with marijuana but no one really wants to commit? What are they afraid of?

OutFront: CNN'S Miguel Marquez, who's been covering Colorado's experiment with legal marijuana, Bloomberg Television Anchor Trish Regan. She's the author of "Joint Ventures Inside America's Almost Legal Marijuana Industry" and Former Senior Drug Policy Advisor to President Obama, Kervin Sabat.

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  1. Dennis Pielack

    The President's experience with marijuana was marred with the ignorance of the age, and it obviously left him scarred as a man and father in a generation that values truth (about marijuana) more than his opinions based in his own sorry drug (more than marijuana) experience. Yet, being the poorly effective President that he is, even though his own drug use was illegal and he skirted the law, he as President, still persecutes with force, those Americans who followed his example to use illegal drugs with the same intent of not being caught. His drug policy continues to enrich the drug cartels while incarcerating parents and breaking up families for smoking pot . Obamacrisy is its own form of hypocrisy.

    January 27, 2014 at 9:14 pm | Reply

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