Obama wants to decriminalize it.
Last fall during a nationally televised presidential debate, Sen. Barack Obama hesitantly raised his hand and joined with most of his Democratic rivals to declare that he opposed decriminalizing marijuana.
But as a candidate for the U.S. Senate four years ago, Mr. Obama told Illinois college students that he supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use or possession, according to a videotape of a little noticed debate that was obtained by The Washington Times. "I think we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws," Mr. Obama told an audience during a debate at Northwestern University in 2004. "But I'm not somebody who believes in legalization of marijuana."
Nowadays I don't think that this will make or break a candidacy. I know that Barak is pandering to college students who never put down their sticky-iky long enough to go and vote.
On a related story, there are now weed vending machines at the aptly named Timothy Leary Medical Dispensary in the San Fernando Valley