On the one hand, the president recently told The New Yorker he considers marijuana to be no more dangerous than alcohol and wants Washington and Colorado ballot measures that legalized recreational marijuana to proceed. On the other hand, the administration has continued to prosecute medical marijuana dispensers in the 21 states that have legalized medical marijuana.
The answer to the "schizophrenic" charge would be for Obama to direct Attorney General Eric Holder to remove marijuana from the list of Schedule I drugs. Congress also could change the law, but Blumenauer spokesman Patrick Malone noted that with the GOP in control of the House, that's unlikely: "So that leaves us with the administrative route. The president has said that he's going to use his executive powers to do what he can to effect change. Well, here is an opportunity."
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