Obama’s Opinion on Marijuana
Hit Parents Below the Belt

By Jim Berlin

President Obama delivered a casual kick to the groin of all caring parents with teens when he told The New Yorker magazine that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol.

Seeking regular-guy status, the reluctant leader of the free world also found it necessary to dredge up his own dance with the doobie, which will lead to the following exchange in thousands of American households:

Parent: “Do you know what happens to kids who smoke pot?”

Child: “Yeah. They grow up to be president of the United States.”

Ouch. Marijuana – One. Parental Guidance – Zero.

Words have weight, and to the masses, the weight increases as the speaker grows larger in the public eye. This is why companies pay movie stars and sports heroes to endorse everything from perfume to pickup trucks.

We equate celebrity with wisdom, with knowing something we don’t know, with possessing an insider’s knowledge of the way things really are.

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The correlation is a fallacy.

Barack Obama doesn’t know anything more about the dangers of marijuana and CBD vape than you or I or Joe Metuzzio. In fact he knows a lot less than the doctors, scientists and psychologists who put in the actual work of studying it.

The president owes a whole bunch of parental groins a big apology. More important, he needs to remember the weight of his words – before weighing in.