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President Obama said marijuana should be 'treated like alcohol and cigarettes'


President Barack Obama talked about marijuana legalization in his latest sitdown interview with Rolling Stone.

During his interview, he said marijuana should be "treated as a public-health issue, the same way we do with cigarettes or alcohol."

He said while he doesn't believe legalization is the end-all solution to the country's weed problems, treating it like other legalized drugs is a start.

This is the Rolling Stone interview Obama did that went up this week.

Obama added that it wouldn't be easy to treating marijuana like cigarettes and alcohol wouldn't be easy:

"Typically how these classifications are changed are not done by presidential edict but are done either legislatively or through the DEA. As you might imagine, the DEA, whose job it is historically to enforce drug laws, is not always going to be on the cutting edge about these issues," he said.

Here's more from his interview.

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