Obama Agrees to Interview with High Times
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs confirmed today that President Barack Obama will respond in writing to four questions submitted by HIGH TIMES magazine “in order to clarify the official marijuana policy” of the federal government.
“The President does not, at this time, support the legalization of marijuana,” Gibbs asserted, in accepting HIGH TIMES’ request for an email interview. “But he does recognize that many Americans are interested in the issue, based on change.gov and other online forums, and he wishes to engage all sides on this debate.”
Don’t get your hopes too high here. One can be reminded of politicians that have been interviewed by gay magazines like The Advocate and then gone on to oppose gay rights legislation. Nonetheless, this is a step in the right direction. It seems more debate has been going on over this issue of late, whereas those calling for reform were previously sidelined to the outskirts of political debate.