Admirable Obama Administration statement on marijuana legalization

When the Obama Administration decided to invite petitions from the public, it no doubt anticipated that there would be one or more about legalizing cannabis, a proposal that now has roughly 50% public support. Of course, the Administration isn’t ready to go there, but it had a perfectly sensible response:

Marijuana is the most widely used of the illicit drugs, and clearly not as risky for users or others as cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine. Of course it is not benign: about 10% of those who start to use it come to meet clinical criteria for abuse or dependency. Use more at