Obama admin pot policy dazed, confusing to many

Obama admin pot policy dazed, confusing to many

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ADELPHI, MD - FEBRUARY 04: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks about the ConnectED program at Buck Lodge Middle School February 4, 2014 in Adelphi, Maryland. As part of the president's ConnectED program, Obama has tasked the Federal Communications Commission to help to build high-speed digital connections to America's schools and libraries, with the goal of getting 99-percent of American students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on February 4, 2014 at 10:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- Figuring out where the Obama administration stands on marijuana is starting to get confusing.

The White House-run Office of National Drug Control Policy says marijuana is a dangerous drug. But President Barack Obama recently told The New Yorker magazine that he doesn't think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol. Obama has acknowledged smoking pot in his younger days.

But then there's the Drug Enforcement Administration policy: marijuana is a top tier, illegal drug under federal law.

So what's the government's position? That's what members of Congress want to know and they're pressing Michael Botticelli, deputy director of the drug-control agency, for an answer at a House subcommittee hearing on Tuesday.

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