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.

From Rawstory.com:

“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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