Obama says marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol

AS THE marijuana legalisation debate rages in the US, President Barack Obama has said he thinks cannabis use is "not very different from cigarettes" and no more dangerous than alcohol.

Speaking in an interview with the New Yorker editor David Remnick, Mr Obama said that while "it's not something I encourage", those who are caught using marijuana should not be given prison sentences.

While the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the US still classes marijuana as a "Schedule One" substance on a par with heroin or ecstasy, it has now been legalised for recreational use in two states, Colorado and Washington.

Mr Obama told the weekly magazine: "As has been well documented, 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."

When pressed on whether he felt marijuana was less harmful than alcohol, the President said he agreed it was less damaging "in terms of its impact on the individual customer".

Read more at The Independent



Early works begin on Rocky’s Drug Rehab Centre

Premium Content Early works begin on Rocky’s Drug Rehab Centre

With work now underway on the centre, it has been revealed when the first patients...

CQ leads state’s road toll with 82 deaths

Premium Content CQ leads state’s road toll with 82 deaths

This year’s road toll for Central Queensland is a massive 41.4 per-cent up on 2019...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Our reef in a ‘critical condition’

Premium Content LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Our reef in a ‘critical condition’

Harry Bruce’s cartoon of the day and readers have their say on current events.