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In a YouTube interview on Thursday, President Barack Obama predicted that more states will consider legalizing marijuana in light of his administration’s hands-off approach that has allowed Colorado and Washington to successfully implement their laws ending prohibition.

“What you’re seeing now is Colorado, Washington through state referenda, they’re experimenting with legal marijuana,” the president said in response to a question from SciShow and VlogBrothers host Hank Green.

“The position of my administration has been that we still have federal laws that classify marijuana as an illegal substance, but we’re not going to spend a lot of resources trying to turn back decisions that have been made at the state level on this issue. My suspicion is that you’re going see other states start looking at this.”

Green prefaced his question by saying that he personally supports legalization even though he doesn’t use marijuana. Contrasting the fact that the drug is legal in some states but you can get sent to jail for possessing it in others, he said, “we’re in a really weird place with marijuana right now.” In the states that have legalized “everything’s doing okay,” he said, noting that in other states, prohibition “leads to excessive incarceration, especially among minorities.”

“How do we move forward out of this legal gray area weirdness?” Green asked.

“What I am doing at the federal level,” Obama responded, “is asking my Department of Justice just to examine generally how we are treating nonviolent drug offenders, because I think you’re right.”

“What we have done is instead of focusing on treatment — the same way we focused, say, with tobacco or drunk driving or other problems where we treat it as public health problem — we’ve treated this exclusively as a criminal problem,” the president said. “I think that it’s been counterproductive, and it’s been devastating in a lot of minority communities. It presents the possibility at least of unequal application of the law, and that has to be changed.”

 

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