Obama Comments On Pot: Colorado, Washington Legalization Of Marijuana Not A Federal Priority [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on December 14, 2012 5:58 PM EST

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President Obama answers his thoughts on the legalization of marijuana during the interview with Barbara Walters (Photo: Reuters)

The President of the United States will be meeting with Barbara Walters for an exclusive interview (surely not the most important appearance for the President today) that will be air Friday. The President will answer many of the questions Walters will ask that concern the nation.

A particular topic of interest has become what is Obama's stand on marijuana. During the interview, the President acknowledged that its legalization of cannabis in ballot measures stands in direct opposition of the law.

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Despite the conflict, President Obama also noted that federal authorities should not invest its resources on cracking down users that are using marijuana recreationally in the state of Washington and Colorado when there are other matters to tend to.

Barack Obama said to Barbara Walters, "It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that under state law that's legal.

"At this point (in) Washington and Colorado, you've seen the voters speak on this issue. And, as it is, the federal government has a lot to do when it comes to criminal prosecutions."

The state of Washington and Colorado first legalized marijuana in a November 6 ballot that permitted an ounce of cannabis for private recreational use. On the other hand, a total of 18 states permit the medicinal use of marijuana. That said, federal officials must still enforce the law on thug drug dealers that illegal distribute marijuana and other drugs.

Finally, the Department of Justice also maintains that marijuana remains a federally controlled drug. In fact, the states have worked alongside federal authorities too avoid severe conflict between federal and state laws.

Be sure to watch the video below as President Obama answers his thoughts on the legalization of marijuana during the interview with Barbara Walters:

[Source: ABC News]

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