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“I think the president needs to speak to his [National Institutes of Health] director in charge of drug abuse,” he said, predicting that she “would tell the president that, in fact, today’s modern, genetically modified marijuana [has] much higher THC levels, far surpass[es] the marijuana that the president acknowledges smoking when he was a young person.”

What’s more, the National Drug Control Policy’s stance, still posted on the website, says just the opposite of what the president says.

“Confusing messages being presented by popular culture, media, proponents of ‘medical’ marijuana, and political campaigns to legalize all marijuana use perpetuate the false notion that marijuana is harmless. This significantly diminishes efforts to keep our young people drug-free and hampers the struggle of those recovering from addiction,” the website says.

“The administration steadfastly opposes legalization of marijuana and other drugs because legalization would increase the availability and use of illicit drugs, and pose significant health and safety risks to all Americans, particularly young people.”

But with his plunging approval rating, Mr. Obama is looking for a boost from — anywhere. Maybe his last hope is the stoned-out twentysomethings. So light up, America: It’ll make Obamacare seem so much better.

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times and is now editor of the Drudge Report. He can be reached at and on Twitter @josephcurl.