President Obama says prosecuting marijuana users in states where they are now legal is not a priority.
“We’ve got bigger fish to fry,” Obama said in an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters.
Some White House and Justice Department officials have indicated the administration was pursuing a strong legal stance against states like Washington and Colorado, where citizen-passed ballot initiatives legalizing marijuana have been enacted. But in the exclusive interview with Walters, Obama suggested that federal enforcement was not at the top of the administration’s to-do list.
“It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal,” he said.