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Obama Not Going After States Where Pot Is Legal

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File photo of President Barack Obama at a recent holiday function at the White House. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of President Barack Obama at a recent holiday function at the White House. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he won’t go after Washington state and Colorado for legalizing marijuana.

In a Barbara Walters interview airing Friday on ABC, Obama is asked whether he supports making pot legal. He says — quote — “I wouldn’t go that far.”

But the president won’t pursue the issue in the states where voters legalized the use of marijuana in the November elections. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Obama says — quote — “It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view” to focus on drug use in states where it is now legal.

Marijuana officially became legal in Washington state last week; it becomes legal in Colorado next month.

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