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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — This morning on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, Chris Stigall discussed the reaction to an interview in New York Magazine where President Obama said he didn’t think marijuana was more dangerous than alcohol and, “we should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing.”

Stigall pointed to Chris Matthews, who hosts a show on MSNBC and said, “I generally support the President on a lot things, I’m infamous for that, but the fact is I don’t think he’s right on this one because people have addictive personalities and some people react to freedom differently than others,” and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy who responded, “I think the President needs to speak to his NIH Director … who would tell the President today’s genetically modified marijuana, [with] it’s much higher THC levels, far surpass the marijuana that the President acknowledges smoking when he was a young person.”

Stigall himself said he was, “stunned at the way prominent members on the left … who are really upset, bothered and disappointed about what he said regarding pot.”

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Stigall also quoted a report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse that states, “Adolescent use of marijuana does something that alcohol does not, it causes permanent brain damage, including the lowering of I.Q.”

Stigall also thought it was hypocritical for supporters of marijuana legalization to claim their freedom was being denied while, ”as a cigar guy, I have a spent far too long listening to nanny state, meddlesome government people tell me why I’m second class citizen because I enjoy a cigar. So I’m sorry. You pot people spare me your indignation.”

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