Obama says exactly what we needed to hear about weed. We love it when he talks dirty.
Barack Obama might be our new favorite Bill Clinton. In a new interview with The New York Times, he said pretty much everything we ever wanted him to say about weed, and in doing so, has broken open the lock on our chastity belt just like he broke the lock open on the legalization conversation. Mmm.
"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," he said. "I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol." Do you think he wants to hang out with us?
He explained his attitudes about legalization by acknowledging that, "middle-class kids don't get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do. And African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties." Barack then gave his blessing to states like Colorado and Washington who have legalized weed, saying that "It's important for it [legalization] to go forward because it's important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished."
In admitting his own marijuana use in the past, he was also critical of today's anti-marijuana legislators, saying that "Some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing." No duh.
And while Obama isn't the first totally-chill-420 president to call for decriminalization (Clinton tried unsuccessfully to push it through in 2000), we're pretty turned on- sorry, "inspired" by- his willingness to stand up for the issue. Now if we could just get him to back 'sizzup,' we know we'd be just as happy as Justin Bieber.
And if you needed any more proof that he a) smokes weed, or b) is your new best friend, here's this: