Marijuana users not high priority for President Obama

Marijuana users not high priority for President Obama

Marijuana users not high priority for President Obama

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by ABCNews.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 14 at 1:26 PM

(ABC News) -- President Obama says recreational users of marijuana in states that have legalized the substance should not be a "top priority" of federal law enforcement officials prosecuting the war on drugs.

"We've got bigger fish to fry," Obama said of pot users in Colorado and Washington during an exclusive interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters.

"It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it's legal," he said, invoking the same approach taken toward users of medicinal marijuana in 18 states where it's legal.

More of Barbara Walters' exclusive first joint, post-election interview with President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama airs tonight on "20/20" at 10 p.m. ET on WHAS11.

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