OBAMA OPEN TO LIMITED LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2007 9:33 AM by Domenico Montanaro
From NBC/NJ's Aswini Anburajan
OBAMA WEEKEND CAMPAIGN NOTEBOOK
AUDUBON, IA -- Obama can't seem to escape the
smoke of his youthful indiscretions wafting after
him on the campaign trail. Just four days after
he told a group of high school students that he
had experimented with drugs in high school, Obama
had to admit to it again at a town hall here.
When a voter asked Obama if he was for the
legalization of medical marijuana, Obama said
that he wasn't in favor of legalization without
scientific evidence and tight controls. Citing
his mother who died from cancer young, Obama
compared marijuana to morphine saying there was
little difference between the two.
"My attitude is if the science and the doctors
suggest that the best palliative care and the way
to relieve pain and suffering is medical
marijuana then that's something I'm open to
because there's no difference between that and
morphine when it comes to just giving people
relief from pain," Obama said. "But I want to do
it under strict guidelines. I want it prescribed
in the same way that other painkillers or
palliative drugs are prescribed."
But he added that he was concerned that the
reasons for the use of marijuana would grow and
create a "slippery slope."
"I was feeling really tense, so I needed a
joint," Obama joked with the crowd of those who
might try and undermine that type of system.
The question was followed up by another voter
asking him, "Unlike other presidents, did you
"I did," Obama said to loud applause and
laughter. "It's not something that I'm proud of.
It was a mistake Š But you know, I'm not going
to. I never understood that line. The point was
to inhale. That was the point."
- Derek Rosenzweig