President Barack Obama doesn’t think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol.

In an interview with “The New Yorker” magazine, the president talked about his use of pot in the past. “I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

President Obama said marijuana use is not something he encourages, and that he’s told his daughters it’s a waste of time and not very healthy. But he said he is troubled that poor kids, many of them African American and Latinos, are far more likely to get locked up for smoking pot than middle-class kids.

When it comes to states like Colorado and Washington legalizing the recreational use of pot, the president urged a cautious approach, saying people who think it will solve social problems are, quote, “probably overstating the case.”

What do you think of the president’s comments? How will what he said affect the marijuana debate in this country? Share your comments below, and we’ll read some of them on WBZ News in the Morning starting at 4:30am.

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