Obama Signals Support for Changing Course in Federal War on Medical Marijuana

In an interview that will air for the first time this weekend as part of CNN’s latest instalment of its medical marijuana documentary series “WEED 3,” President Barack Obama signals support for medical marijuana and for rolling back the federal government’s war on drugs.

CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, a vocal supporter of the legalization of medical marijuana, asks Obama in the documentary if he supports the goals of a historic Senate bill introduced in March that seeks to make several major changes in federal law, including drastically reducing the federal government’s ability to crack down on state-legal medical marijuana programs, encouraging more research into the plant and reclassifying marijuana as a less dangerous drug.

“You know, I think I’d have to take a look at the details,” Obama began in response, “but I’m on record as saying that not only do I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate and we should follow the science as opposed to ideology on this issue, but I’m also on record as saying that the more we treat some of these issues related to drug abuse from a public health model and not just from an incarceration model, the better off we’re going to be.”

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