Since recreational marijuana was legalized in Washington and Colorado, President Obama and his administration have remained relatively quiet about their feelings on the matter.
However, during a speech at a meeting of young Mexicans at the Mexico City Anthropology Museum, Obama shared his opinions. He told the group, “I’ve been asked, and I honestly do not believe that legalizing drugs is the answer.”
Obama touched on the subject due to the prominent marijuana trafficking between Mexico and the United States, which has significantly contributed to violence that has led to the death of thousands of Mexicans over the years.
He continued to explained that his administration “understands that much of the root cause of violence that’s been happening here in Mexico, for which so many Mexicans have suffered, is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States. And so we’ve got to continue to make progress on that front.”
Some analysts believe that marijuana legalization is the answer to that problem, eliminating the need for a black market and taking marijuana profits away from dangerous drug cartels. However, Obama said that the solution is a “comprehensive approach– not just law enforcement, but education and prevention and treatment.”