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GOP Rep: Obama's Pot Comments Could Lead to More Teens Trying Pot

Congressman John Mica criticized the president's marijuana policies as "schizophrenic," despite a lack of substantive changes from the administration.

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By Bryan Le

02/05/14

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In a House Oversight Committee Government Operations subpanel hearing about marijuana, Congressman John Mica (R-FL) declared that President Barack Obama's recent statements about marijuana use could convince more American teens to toke up.

“Given the recent statements … the president may, in fact, be a major contributor now to some of the declines we see in the perception of risk,” Mica said during the hearing. “We’re going from ‘Just say no,’ to ‘I didn’t inhale,’ now it’s ‘Just say maybe.’”

Mica's comments came after President Obama made news for downplaying the effects of marijuana in an interview The New Yorker, which even caused a stir within the president's own administration. “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and 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.”

The congressman also criticized Obama for his “schizophrenic” marijuana policy, even though the president's support for legalization efforts in Colorado and Washington has yet to lead to any substantive changes.

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