In the interview, Obama said marijuana use was “less dangerous” than alcohol “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.”
In an effort to clarify, the White House this morning released a list of potentially-negative side effects of the drug Obama admits he used in his youth.
“The president doesn’t want to give the impression that his historic experimentation with marijuana implies he condones it for young people,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “He has told his own daughters he thinks it’s a ‘bad habit,’ and has said that if he had a son who looked like Trayvon Martin, he would counsel his boy that pot smoking is ‘a waste of time,’ and ‘not very healthy.'”
Critics suggested the president was less than clear and forceful, so this morning the White House released the following list of potentially harmful long-term side-effects of recreational marijuana usage.
“President Obama wants American kids to know that frequent marijuana usage can lead to…
- Lethargic reactions to dangerous situations behind the wheel or when your consulate is attacked.
- Feelings of immortality, omniscience and omnipotence, leading to attempts to “do the impossible,” or take over entire economic sectors.
- Cravings for foods that are on the First Lady’s ‘no-no list’
- ‘Running with the wrong crowd,’ including petty law-breakers, communist dictators, Islamist warlords and even political consultants.
- Irresistible urges to flee responsibility, and spend countless hours at places where there’s ‘lots of grass’.
- Inattention to detail in written instructions, like laws or the U.S. Constitution.”
The White House retracted the list later in the morning, noting that the president didn’t recall approving its release.