“We are trying to sort out what is the policy of the administration as it is now faced with many states passing legal use of marijuana, first for medical purposes, now recreational purposes,” the Florida Republican said.
Meanwhile, the Drug Enforcement Administration is also struggling with the chaotic policy. During a Senate hearing last month, James Capra, chief of operations for the DEA, said “going down the path to legalization in this country is reckless and irresponsible.”
“I’m talking about the long-term impact of legalization in the United States. It scares us,” he said. “The treatment people are afraid, the education people are afraid. Law enforcement is worried what is going to happen. In every part of the world where this experiment has been tried, it has failed, time and time again.”
And just as the nation’s capital prepares to decriminalize marijuana, making the penalty for holding an ounce of pot just $25, less than a parking ticket, the president weighed in on — cigarettes?
“I applaud this morning’s news that CVS Caremark has decided to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores, and begin a national campaign to help millions of Americans quit smoking instead,” said the nicotine gum-chomping president.
“Today’s decision will help advance my administration’s efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths, cancer, and heart disease, as well as bring down health care costs — ultimately saving lives and protecting untold numbers of families from pain and heartbreak for years to come,” he said.
But marijuana? Not so bad. So for you tobacco smokers, quit that weed and pick up the other one, wacky tobacky. Endorsed by the president of the United States!
• Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times and is now an editor of the Drudge Report. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @josephcurl.