He noted the slippery-slope arguments that might arise. “I also think that, when it comes to harder drugs, the harm done to the user is profound and the social costs are profound. And you do start getting into some difficult line-drawing issues. If marijuana is fully legalized and at some point folks say, Well, we can come up with a negotiated dose of cocaine that we can show is not any more harmful than vodka, are we open to that? If somebody says, We’ve got a finely calibrated dose of meth, it isn’t going to kill you or rot your teeth, are we O.K. with that?”
OK- yes, if the matter were about health rather than a whorey mercantilist scheme to protect things as alcohol and Virginia Bright Leaf Tobacco.
YES we can have "negotiated" doses of cocaine in fact not only "not any more harmful than vodka" but rather as roughly as "safe as caffeine" - of course in forms anologous to how caffeine and even nicotine are consumed. That's how such drugs are consumed when their markets are legal, in dilute form through substances made from the parent substances as Coffee and Tobacco, or approximating such as in a nicotine vapor e cigarette. He behaves as if completely oblivious to the 50 some year history of the Vin Mariani era of Coca leaf products, let alone the subsequent era of pharmaceutical amphetamine pills which, despite the substance's potential dangers did not kill or rot teeth taken as directed as such were measured pills rather than smoked.
Obama was presented as a Harvard Law School graduate presumably intelligent enough to figure out - regarding drugs - the importance of a drug's form and mode of use. By issuing such statements, Obama behaves as one most unconcerned about actual drug Abuse, and as a tool of the Pharmacratic inquisition. His disregard of actual health matters on drug policy can only serve as a warning of the impending financial disaster mega boondoggle of the "Affordable Health Care Act".