VIDEO: Watch Obama dodge medical marijuana question

Barack Obama in Cannon Falls. Photo: Kathy Easthagen for the Minnesota Independent

Appearing in Minnesota yesterday, President Obama was asked about legalizing medical marijuana. His answer was beyond vague and not entirely supportive.


“If you can’t legalize marijuana, why can’t you just legalize medical marijuana?” a woman asked the president.

“A lot of states are making decisions about medical marijuana,” Obama explained. “As a controlled substance, the issue is then that is it being prescribed by a doctor as opposed to… you know, well, I’ll leave it at that.”

Watch this video from C-SPAN, broadcast Aug. 15, 2011.

Here is an interview with Obama shortly after he became president. In this one he supports medical marijuana when prescribed by a doctor for a medical condition, which may be what he was trying to say Monday, or not.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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