NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — President Obama recently voiced his opinion as to the dangers of marijuana, and it’s providing new fuel for the debate over the drugs legalization.
“I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
That was the President’s response when marijuana was discussed during a recent interview with The New Yorker magazine and it has people talking.
“I 100 percent absolutely agree,” said Shayden Fakhimi of Northampton.
“Ten times safer. You don’t see people dying, like overdosing on weed like you see an alcoholic overdose on alcohol,” Chris Nelson commented.
Everyone we spoke to in Northampton was very quick to agree with the President’s sentiment that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. However, Attorney Richard Evans pointed out the political significance of his statement.
“The President has answered for us the question, in my opinion, of whether or not we should legalize and obviously if the answer is yes, we should legalize, then clearly it’s immoral to continue punishing people,” Attorney Evans explains.
Whether it’s denying a student a scholarship, terminating an employee, or taking children away from parents who smoke marijuana, Attorney Evans says it’s the repercussions of the drug that are the problem.
“It’s the illegality of marijuana that makes it dangerous, not the marijuana itself,” Evans adds.
In the end though, for some, legal or not, it doesn’t matter.
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s legalized or not because people are going to smoke it anyway,” Fakhimi explained.
Later this month, the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program will award licenses to 35 dispensaries across the state.